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Colorado ethics commission puts Denver, Aurora and other cities on notice in turf battle over gift rules

Colorado’s voter-passed Amendment 41 put the clamp down on most gifts to government officials and employees a decade ago — but not in the state’s largest cities, which have set or kept less-restrictive local ethics rules.

Now, the state’s ethics commission has delivered a shot across the bow of Denver, Aurora, Colorado Springs and dozens of other home-rule cities, signaling that such independence may be in jeopardy.

Denver homicides spike 11 percent, but overall crime rate held steady in 2016

The number of homicides spiked 11.5 percent in Denver last year — the second year in a row the city saw an increase — even while overall rates for violent and property crimes held steady in 2016.

The Denver Police Department reported a 1 percent increase in violent crime over 2015, which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, according to its year-end crime report obtained by The Denver Post through an open-records request.

In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press 

WASHINGTON — Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The vote trains the spotlight on whether they and Donald Trump can deliver on repeated pledges to not just erase that statute but replace it.

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