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Regional News • Americas • United States
Colorado surpasses 2016 voter turnout by 10am on Election Day

As of 10 am local time, Colorado has surpassed the voter turnout of the 2016 presidential election, so Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Tuesday, adding that the state was working with the National Guard to help monitor and protect the election support system. So far, at least 2,893,295 Coloradans have voted.

Health
US reports 70,000 new Covid-19 cases in one day, highest single-day increase since July

According to the New York Times data, the United States have recorded over 70,450 new Covid-19 cases in one single day, the highest single-day increase since July 24. Among the states that set a single-day case record are Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Colorado will issue automatic pardons to over 2,700 marijuana convictions
Colorado will issue automatic pardons to over 2,700 marijuana convictions
Credit: Jeffrey Beall / Public domain

Colorado Governor Jared Poli has announced that he is planning on issuing a mass-pardon for 2,732 low-level marijuana possession convictions. Earlier this year a bill had been signed to give him the authority to issue such pardon through an executive order.

The pardon will apply to convictions in state courts through 2012 of up to 1 ounce for recreational use.

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Colorado issues statewide mandatory mask order
Colorado issues statewide mandatory mask order
Credit: Office of Congressman Jared Polis / Public domain

Amid rising Covid-19 numbers in the state of Colorado, Governor Jared Polis has issued a statewide mask order. Everyone over the age of 10 will be required to wear face masks or facial coverings in all public indoor spaces. The order takes effect at midnight.

"Look, in Colorado, there's no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service. Very simple," so Polis during a news conference on Thursday.

Law
Colorado police arrests person who started shooting after told to wear a mask

The Colorado police have arrested a person on suspicion of attempted murder. According to the authorities, the person tried to order at a Waffle House in the Denver suburb Aurora and was told by the staff that he needs to wear a mask in order to place an order for takeout. The suspect allegedly returned at a later point and was turned away again, because he did not wear a mask despite having one with him. According to the police he then returned for the third time and shot the victim as it was running from him.

Science • Animals
Colorado Wild Animal Sanctuary has rescued 39 tigers from zoo shown in "Tiger King" on Netflix

The staff of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado has rescued 39 tigers and three black bears from the roadside zoo shown in the Netflix documentary "Tiger King". The Chief Science and Welfare Officer at the sanctuary, Becca Miceli, has said how difficult it was seeing the exploitation of the animals with them being held in "small enclosures, the indiscriminate breeding" and other forms of abuse. After rescuing the animals the sanctuary now provides them with large open spaces for the animals to run and decide what they want to do for themselves.

Health
Colorado starts offering free Covid-19 drive through testing

From March 14 on the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is offering free tests for the coronavirus. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. people can line up with their cars and the first 100-150 vehicles will get tests. The testing is free and proof of insurance is not needed.