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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.

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.

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Sandy Hook survivor, family move to Colo., work for safer schools

PARKER, Colo. — Separated by nearly 2,000 miles, Frontier Valley Elementary School in Parker is closer than ever to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Reichen Posey is a now second grader at Frontier Valley.

But on December 14th, 2012, he was attending his last day at Sandy Hook Elementary before his family moved to Colorado. He was in the first grade classroom when gunfire erupted.

The gunman even pointed his gun at Reichen’s head, but somehow, the boy escaped.

And now his family is sharing their story to hopefully help others. Reichen’s father, Dave said, “There’s a reason behind our story now, it’s not just to sensationalize what happened, but to talk about how to move forward.”

The Poseys’ main mission is to help families who are going through traumatic experiences of their own.

New video of killer’s violent crime spree released at woman’s sentencing

DENVER — New video and pictures of the violent crime spree Evan Ebel went on almost a year ago were released Monday as Stevie Vigil, the woman who provided a gun to the murderer , was sentenced to 27 months in prison Monday.

The sentence came down shortly after a Texas sheriff’s deputy, who nearly died after Ebel shot him, said that he considers Vigil a full partner in Ebel’s killing of Colorado Department of Corrections director Tom Clements and Commerce City father Nathan Leon.

Rock Canyon HS students raise $72,000 for Make-A-Wish

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — The students at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch are raising money, raising awareness and seeing first-hand who they’re impacting.

Friday was the final day of their “Wish Week,” doing something no other school in the state has done for Make-A-Wish Foundation. They raised $72,517.79 with one goal in mind, to send 13-year-old Isaac, who has Lymphoma, on his dream trip to the Big Apple.

Senior Morgan Harrison said, “Our goal is grant Isaac’s wish and everything else is just extra.”

Isaac couldn’t be at the school assembly, he’s fighting a bout with the flu. But, his spirit was alive in the Rock Canyon Gym as students carried signs and pictures in his honor.