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Nikki Widner from Colorado Parent Magazine tells us some of the new things we can find at summer camp.

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TABOR may force Colorado to refund excess marijuana money to taxpayers

DENVER — Tax revenues from Colorado’s new recreational marijuana industry are pouring into state coffers — and that’s actually a bit of a problem for lawmakers.

Taxpayers, however, may stand to benefit if lawmakers decide to refund the tax revenue that comes in above last year’s $67 million first-year estimate.

According to a legal analysis conducted by the state and obtained by FOX31 Denver, the marijuana revenues are subject to the state’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), which will require lawmakers to take action if tax revenues from the new legal marijuana industry exceed the estimated $67 million in annual revenue that was anticipated in the 2013 Blue Book analysis of Proposition AA, the new sales and excise tax rates voters approved in November.

Bitter cold could turn roads icy after snowstorm

The view from FOX31 Denver viewer Jacob Paulsen on a normal day and a snow day March 11, 2014. (Photo: Jacob S. Paulsen/Twitter)

The view from FOX31 Denver viewer Jacob Paulsen on a normal day and a snow day March 11, 2014.
(Photo: Jacob S. Paulsen/Twitter)

DENVER — Temperatures were expected to drop into the teens Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and roads that were wet from afternoon snow could turn icy in metro Denver.

Snow and strong wind arrived in city by midday Tuesday. Conditions were very cold and wet for anyone who had to go outside, a far cry from the 70s of just a couple of days ago.

Home for Our Troops building houses for those who have served

PARKER, Colo. — It’s the most expensive investment many will ever make.

But one Parker family got the keys to a brand-new, mortgage-free home Saturday.

It’s the 166th house built in 39 states by the non-profit Homes for Our Troops — twelve of these homes are in Colorado.

The Martinez family moves in Sunday.

A fire truck dropped off the family at their new, 2,700 square feet home in Parker as dozens cheer them on.

But Gabe Martinez paid a high price to live there, and it’s a welcome to the neighborhood like no other.

Gabe paid for the house in his blood.

“On Thanksgiving Day 2010, on my second deployment to Afghanistan,  I stepped on a 20-pound improvised explosive device,” said the former Marine Sergent.

Homes For Our Troops wanted to make it right with a gift of a new home.

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Police: Jordan Road in Parker reopens after crash

PARKER, Colo. — A car accident at Jordan Road and Main Street in Parker Saturday afternoon forced police to shut down Jordan Road in both directions, according to the Parker Police Department.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, Parker police tweeted that Jordan Road had been closed north and southbound due to a car crash.

Police advised motorists to take alternative routes.

All clear at Legend High School after evacuation over bomb threat

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  • Students from Legend High School were evacuated to Cimarron Middle School Friday March 7, 2013.


  • Students from Legend High School were evacuated to Cimarron Middle School Friday March 7, 2013.

Loophole allows sex offenders in classrooms

DENVER — A loophole in the monitoring system could allow a convicted sex offender into Colorado classrooms, possibly sitting next to your child.

We’ve found that parents of juvenile sex offenders can bypass monitoring systems in place by school officials and law enforcement by simply enrolling them into a new school district.

“What we discovered is when you go from one district to another school district, there doesn’t appear to be any requirement, either on the parent, or probably more appropriately the school district, to transfer the information,” said Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler.

In November, we showed you how public schools monitor students who have been convicted of serious crimes: including rape, incest and sexual assault.