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President Trump scraps planned talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Also on our Friday rundown: California lawmakers support and emergency hotline for foster kids; and boating is a booming business in states like Minnesota.

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Public News Service - CO: Health Issues

Low-income children in Colorado are almost twice as likely to go without fruits and vegetables as are other kids. (Erik Scheel/Pexels)

DENVER – From May to October, a rainbow of locally grown produce arrives at farmers markets, and at some 85 locations across Colorado, food stamps are worth double for fruits and vegetables. The "Double Up Food Bucks" program allows SNAP recipients to use their EBT cards to get up to $20 in

Lyndsey Williams (r), director of La Puente's Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley, speaks with Colorado Health Foundation President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller in Cañon City. (Sarah Skeen)

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – Even with Colorado's overall robust economy, poverty, especially in rural areas, continues to be the leading driver of inequity when it comes to health. A recent Colorado Health Foundation event in Cañon City put a spotlight on innovative efforts under way to addr

New analysis shows more than 12 percent of Colorado households struggle to afford a nutritional diet, and many low-income households would face severe food insecurity without SNAP benefits. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As Congress heads into recess next week, a new report by the Colorado Fiscal Institute highlights the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, to local economies. As of March 2017, 476,000 Coloradans participated in the progra

Colorado lawmakers are considering a measure that would require out-of-network health providers to add language to their bills that explain consumer rights under state law. (Pixabay)

DENVER - A new bill introduced in the Colorado Senate is designed to help protect consumers from so-called surprise medical bills. Frequently, said Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, patients with insurance end up getting billed for services from

President Donald Trump's executive order in May 2017 instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law.” (Getty Images)

DENVER – The Trump administration's guidelines allowing what it calls "religious exemptions" has opened the door for discrimination across dozens of federal agencies and programs, according to a new report – Liberty and Justice for a Select Few – from the Center for American Progre

A job-requirement program for Medicaid recipients, similar to SB 214 in Colorado, is expected to cost Kentucky taxpayers nearly $374 million over the next two years. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado's Senate, following the lead of the Trump administration, is considering adding work requirements for people with Medicaid coverage. Critics warn the move could end up taking health insurance away from more than six million Americans – including hundreds of thousands of

The presence of a firearm in the home of someone with a history of domestic violence increases the risk of the survivor being killed by as much as 500 percent. (Pixabay)

DENVER – There is a strong link between mass shootings and domestic violence, according to new analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety. The study found the majority of incidents "involve domestic or family violence." Lydia Waligorski, public policy director for the Colorado Coalition Against D

Colorado law prohibits selling tobacco products to minors, but there are no federal rules limiting access to electronic cigarettes. (Info-Electronic-Cigarette.com/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – An increasing number of teens in Colorado and across the United States are drawn to electronic cigarettes, with such flavors as watermelon and cotton candy. But new research says vaping produces toxic chemicals, even when there's no nicotine in the product. Researchers at the Univers

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