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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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In this May 25, 2016 photo, Oregon Liquor Control Commission member Marvin Revoal, left, moves an artificial marijuana plant during a hearing at the OLCC in Portland, Ore. as, from left, commission member Pamela Witherspoon, commission Chair Rob Patridge and commission member Michael E. Harper Sr. look on. The OLCC is establishing regulations and issuing licenses for recreational marijuana growing, processing and sales in Oregon. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Car crashes leap in states with legalized marijuana: Study

Insurance claims for car crashes have jumped since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, Washington and Oregon, spurring concerns about traffic safety as more drivers take to the roads under the influence. Published June 22, 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos fought back after letters to 77 colleges rejecting Upward Bound grant applications were declined because of spacing issues. (Associated Press)

DeVos refuses to be hamstrung by Education Department red tape

No sooner had Betsy DeVos been sworn in than the Department of Education dispatched letters to 77 universities rejecting their Upward Bound grant applications for piddling errors such as single-spacing instead of double-spacing. Published May 25, 2017