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9 more test positive for flu
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The state Health Department said Wednesday a total of 19 Coloradans have tested positive for swine flu, up from 10 confirmed cases Tuesday. The agency reported cases in the following counties: four in
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The Colorado Senate rejected a proposal to abolish the death penalty by a single vote Wednesday, hours after backers revived the measure for a final vote on the last day of the legislative session. Senators voted, 18-17, to defeat the bill, which would have used the savings from eliminat-
ing capital punishment prosecutions to fund cold case investigations. Last month, a similar proposal passed the House by one vote. In the Senate, four Democrats sided with Republicans to defeat the bill despite a plea from outgoing Senate President Peter Groff to put aside fears of being re-elected and stand up for the sanctity of life.
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Park Lane Elementary School officials in Aurora said they will reopen doors Thursday after canceling school Wednesday when a student tested positive for swine flu. Excel Academy Charter School officials in Arvada said they plan to stay closed for the rest of the week after students there tested positive for the virus.
Senate votes against death penalty repeal THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Adams, five in Arapahoe, three in Jefferson, two in Denver and one each in Boulder, Douglas, Eagle, Fremont and Garfield. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the severity of the H1N1 virus is similar to that of the seasonal flu. It reversed an earlier recommendation and advised schools not to shut down for swine flu cases.
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Groff said the question of who lives and dies shouldn’t be decided by prosecutors under political pressure or a “governor wracked by guilt.” “It’s easy for me because I believe that life begins at conception, until God says come home, my good and faithful servant,” Groff said. But Sen. John Morse, one of the Democrats who voted against the bill, objected to tying abolishing the death penalty to the funding of cold cases because the Senate earlier this week came up with a series of new fees to pay for investigations of unsolved crimes. He said the death penalty portion of the bill should have been given its own vote. “I think there was just too much political posturing going on here,” said Morse, a former police chief who said he was undecided on whether to abolish the death penalty.
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