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The more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is rampant in Colorado, but Gov. Jared Polis dismissed the need for new public health restrictions to stop its spread.
Why it matters: The variant first discovered in India now comprises 9 of 10 cases in Colorado, well above the national average.
What started as a pilot program to reimagine policing primarily in downtown Denver is now expanding citywide and piquing interest across the country.
Driving the news: The City Council this week voted to boost the STAR (Support Team Assisted Response) program by $1 million, on top of $1.4 million already allocated from the 2021 city budget.