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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at [email protected].

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This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, near Houston. (Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Suspect in Santa Fe High School shooting placed on suicide watch

The suspect in the Santa Fe High School mass shooting that left 10 dead has been placed on suicide watch, according to authorities. Charged with capital murder and being held without bond is 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis Jr., who admitted to authorities that he opened fire at the school but did not kill students he liked "so that he could have his story told," according to the police affidavit. Published May 21, 2018

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Tech industry enlists Southern Poverty Law Center to ferret out 'hate'

The Southern Poverty Law Center has plenty of critics bemoaning its fall from venerable civil-rights champion to leftist fundraising machine, but apparently not in the tech industry. The Alabama-based legal group has watched its influence soar as the go-to consultant on "hate" for top tech firms, including Amazon, Spotify, Lyft and Google-owned YouTube, in the aftermath of the August white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Published May 16, 2018

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, looks up while in court for a hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, April 27, 2018. The hearing is expected to deal with several procedural issues possibly including setting an initial trial date. Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Feb. 14, 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool) ** FILE **

Nikolas Cruz revelation turns up heat on Obama-era soft discipline guidance

Broward County school officials bolstered the case against the Obama-era discipline directive by admitting -- after months of emphatic denials -- that the confessed Parkland shooter was referred to a program designed to keep youths out of the "school-to-prison pipeline." Published May 7, 2018

Teachers camp out as the Arizona legislature debates a budget negotiated by majority Republicans and GOP Gov. Doug Ducey Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Capitol in Phoenix. The budget gives teachers big raises but falls short of their demands for better school funding. The teachers, in the sixth day of walk outs, have agreed to return to the classroom once the budget has been approved by the legislature.(AP Photo/Matt York) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Arizona teacher walkout ends with 20 percent pay increase

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Thursday to give teachers a 20 percent salary increase over three years, ending a six-day walkout that closed most public schools as instructors in red T-shirts converged on the state Legislature. Published May 3, 2018