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John Frank
23 hours ago - News

What to know about Colorado's "precarious" economy

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Two new forecasts offer a cautionary outlook on the direction of Colorado's economy after years of sustained growth.

State of play: Greg Sobetski, the Legislature's chief economist, called the current economic landscape "precarious" in a recent presentation to lawmakers.

Alayna Alvarez
23 hours ago - News

Colorado rural murder mystery gets renewed attention

Marjorie Fithian and her son, Sage. Photo courtesy of the Weld County Sheriff's Office

One of Colorado's coldest murder cases is drawing new interest.

Why it matters: The renewed spotlight on the mysterious and gruesome killing could help detectives finally crack the case and bring closure to the victim's family.

Brianna Crane
23 hours ago - News

Denver ranks 9th most expensive metro for renters

Data: Dwellsy; Chart: Axios Visuals/Axios

Denver is among the most expensive cities in the country for renters, per the latest report from rental company Dwellsy.

Why it matters: Already expensive rents have grown pricier in 2022, making it tougher for people to afford housing.

Play this game to draw Denver neighborhoods and test your knowledge

Illustration: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Have you ever gotten into an argument about where RiNo actually begins? Or which streets make up the East Colfax neighborhood?

  • We have! And if you're like us, you're going to love this neighborhood drawing game from Axios.
Shawna Chen
Updated Sep 23, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Amended autopsy: Elijah McClain died from sedative after forcible restraint

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Sheneen McClain stands at the site where her son Elijah was killed in Aurora, Colorado, two years after his death on Aug. 18, 2021. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

An amended autopsy report made public Friday has changed the cause of death for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after police officers put him in a chokehold in 2019, from "undetermined" to complications from administration of the sedative ketamine after forcible restraint.

The big picture: Nationwide protests against police brutality in 2020 renewed attention on McClain's death. Though the Aurora, Colorado police department found no policy violations in an earlier investigation, an independent probe concluded that officers had no legal basis to stop, frisk or use a chokehold on McClain.

Alayna Alvarez
Sep 23, 2022 - News

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann wages new fight against fentanyl

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Illustration: Victoria Ellis/Axios

Denver's district attorney plans to take "aggressive" action to fight fentanyl dealers as the epidemic of overdose fatalities tied to the synthetic substance worsens statewide.

Why it matters: In Colorado and across the country, the deadly drug is increasingly putting youths at risk, particularly as they return to school — where they may encounter the opioid laced with other substances, Axios Vitals' Tina Reed writes.

Alayna Alvarez
Sep 23, 2022 - News

Hot homes: 3 brand new listings around Denver, starting at $849K

522 South Sherman St. Photo: Rae Barber/milehimodern

Denver's housing market is cooling as rising interest rates push people to hold on to their homes, the latest data from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors shows.

Why it matters: After years of limited options, ruthless bidding wars and sky-high prices, economic uncertainty is balancing the market in the Mile High City.

Business leaders say start early to recruit more Latinos

From left: Juan Torres, Susie Lira-Gonzalez, Patsy Landaveri and Tim Stevens-Armijo during a panel on Latinos in tech at Denver Startup Week on Sept. 22. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios

Latinos make up 17% of all workers across occupations, according to Pew Research, but when it comes to positions in science, technology, engineering and math, they represent only 8% of STEM workers.

Driving the news: The discrepancy was the topic of an all-Latino panel on Thursday at Denver Startup Week, which this year had a focus on underrepresented groups.