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DENVER (AP) - Colorado's public pension is on much stronger financial footing after state lawmakers approved a rescue package in May. The pension board on Friday released its annual financial report, which shows dramatic improvement from this time last year.

DENVER (AP) - Colorado is joining a growing list of states that allow unaffiliated voters _ the state's largest voting bloc _ to participate in the major party primaries. It's a big step for Colorado, a swing state where independents are the largest voting bloc. Advocates say it's too early to predict independents' turnout or impact on the campaigns.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management has agreed to pay SG Interests $1.5 million after the company sued over the cancellation of 18 oil and gas leases covering more than 30 square miles in the Thompson Divide area in western Colorado. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the undeveloped leases were among 25 covering more than 50 square miles that the BLM canceled in 2016. SG argued it had invested in working toward the development of the leases and viewed the cancellations as a breach of contract.

DENVER (AP) - Some of the parents who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border are being held at an immigration facility in suburban Denver. U.S. Customs and Immigration said Friday that 50 parents are being held at its detention center in Aurora. Immigration attorneys say they've been working to get parents released on bond as they try to reunite with their children.

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