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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

Articles by Valerie Richardson

A police officer walks toward the Ferguson Police Department Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Two officers were shot in front of the police department early Thursday as demonstrators gathered after the police chief resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report alleging bias in the police force and local courts. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Police detain three in Ferguson police shooting 'ambush'

Police brought in for questioning three people Thursday in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers at a midnight protest rally in Ferguson, an incident the police chief described as an "ambush." Published March 12, 2015

Ferguson Mo., Mayor James W. Knowles reads a statement, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Ferguson. The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ferguson mayor vows to hold biased police accountable

The mayor of Ferguson said city officials will hold accountable anyone involved in the targeting of the minority community for tickets and arrests revealed in last week’s Justice Department report. Published March 8, 2015

Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, told National Journal this week that he may have been guilty of overreach even as he defended his probe into the funding sources of seven professors, now known as the "Grijalva Seven." (Associated Press)

Democrats on 'witch hunt' for doomsday-denying climate scientists

Democrats may be flustered after a week of being accused of engineering an anti-science "witch hunt," but they aren't backing down from their investigations into the financial backing of climate change researchers who challenge the movement's doomsday scenarios. Published March 5, 2015

Workers, some who have been laid off or can't find jobs in the oil industry, wait for assignments at the Command Center temporary staffing agency in Williston, North Dakota. (Associated Press)

North Dakota counters plunging oil prices with $1.1 billion infrastructure 'surge'

No state among the lower 48 has been hit harder by the drop in oil prices than North Dakota, which is why Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a Republican, has taken a page from U.S. military tactics in Iraq and signed off last week on a $1.1 billion "surge" designed to buck up the state's infrastructure needs as it adjusts to changing times. Published March 1, 2015

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Black pastors urge CBC not to skip Netanyahu speech

The message from a dozen prominent black pastors this week to the Congressional Black Caucus was loud and clear: Don't skip out on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuhu's speech. Published February 27, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House Oct. 1, 2014. The two leaders have long had a prickly relationship. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Team Bibi schools Team Obama in speech boycott showdown

Team Barack started strong, but Team Bibi is showing it knows how to finish, as supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pick up steam against those urging a boycott of his speech next week before Congress. Published February 23, 2015