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  1. How Colorado fares in U.S. News' high schools rankings; here are the top 10 in the state
    Colorado doesn't fare too badly in U.S. News & World Report's latest ranking of the best high schools in the nation. The state comes in at 15th out of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., in U.S. News' " Best High School" rankings, released today. To compile its report, U.S. News assigned schools gold, silver and bronze medals based on several metrics, such as: Overall performance on state high school proficiency tests. Disadvantaged students’ performance on those tests. Graduation rates. Advanced…
  2. Bill to allow later bar-closing hours gets shut down by Colorado Senate
    Proponents of an effort to allow cities to extend the closing hours of bars threw in the towel Monday, saying their proposal had been set back inexorably by a letter from Gov. John Hickenlooper that all but said he would veto the bill. Sponsoring Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, asked the Senate to lay House Bill 1123 over until May 11, the day after the Legislature adjourns, in a move that kills the proposal. Co-sponsoring Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, said later that he believed backers had…
  3. Colorado House unanimously passes construction-defects reform
    The Colorado House of Representatives did Monday what would have been unthinkable just one week ago — it passed a construction-defects reform bill aimed at spurring condominium construction by a unanimous vote. Five days after business and legislative leaders announced a compromise to end four years of feuding over similar measures, not a single member of the House disagreed with the deal laid out in House Bill 1279, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Alec Garnett of Denver and Republican Rep. Lori…
  4. Hickenlooper signs 3 health-care bills into law
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed three health-care bills into law over the past six days, including: Senate Bill 88, sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert of Parker and Democratic Sen. Angela Williams of Denver, requires insurers to define criteria by which health-care providers are included in their networks and to hear appeals from providers de-selected from networks. Business networks originally opposed the bill as roadblock to cost-saving narrower networks but…
  5. Colorado oilfield-services company names IPO price
    Denver’s Liberty Oilfield Services Inc., which in February filed plans to go public, today put a price tag on its shares of between $16 and $19 per share — or $365.7 million at the $16 per share end of the spectrum. Liberty, which offers hydraulic fracturing services to oil and gas companies, has said it plans to sell 22,857,143 shares of its Class A common stock. The company has grown rapidly since its founding in 2011, when it had just one active set of fracking equipment. As of January of…
  6. Colorado House again seeks to ban questions on job applicants' criminal history
    Colorado senators will be asked once again to ban employers from requiring job seekers to say on application forms whether they have a criminal past. State House members on Monday passed House Bill 1305, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Mike Foote of Lafayette and Jovan Melton of Aurora, by a vote of 36-28. While no Republicans in the chamber supported the measure, every Democrat except Rep. Matt Gray of Broomfield backed it. HB 1305 would allow businesses to do background checks on applicants and…
  7. 3D printing company considers Colorado, two other states for new HQ
    Colorado is among three states being considered for a new headquarters for a 3-D printing company now based in Florida. DeLand, Florida-based 3D Material Technologies LLC — a division of ARC Group Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCW) — is considering Colorado, Georgia and Daytona Beach, Florida, as the home for its new HQ. 3D Material Technologies' new headquarters facility will focus on production capabilities for printing metal components. The expansion would create 30 jobs with an average annual…
  8. Ex-CU Boulder professor to lead New York university system
    Kristina M. Johnson — a former professor at the University of Colorado Boulder — will be the 13th chancellor of the 64-campus State University of New York system. SUNY, headquartered in Albany, New York, has more than 440,000 students enrolled. Johnson, a former undersecretary of energy in the Obama administration, will replace Nancy Zimpher, who is retiring this year. Johnson, 59, begins as chancellor on Sept. 5 with an annual salary of $560,000. SUNY's Board of Trustees confirmed the appointment…
  9. Frontier Airlines adds, restores dozens of flights for summer; offers discounts today only
    Frontier Airlines said today it is bringing back nonstop summer flights to and from 37 markets — including 14 Denver destinations — and has begun new nonstop service in seven markets. The Denver-based airline also is offering discounted fares through its website today only. (See below for details.) Frontier said it already has restored nonstop summer service between Denver and 12 destinations and will add two more in coming days. The 12 nonstop summer destinations from DIA already added are: Bismarck,…
  10. Analyst: Why King Soopers parent Kroger should buy Whole Foods
    An acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. would lead to big benefits for Kroger Co. -- parent of Colorado's King Soopers and City Market chains. That's according to a Wall Street analyst's report to clients last Thursday. on April 20 that a Kroger acquisition of Austin-based Whole Foods (Nasdaq: WFM) would be a big benefit to Cincinnati-based Kroger (NYSE: KR). Edward Kelly, an analyst who tracks Cincinnati-based Kroger (NYSE: KR) for Credit Suisse, wrote that a Kroger purchase of Whole Foods…