HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL-COLORADO
Colo. insurance signups lag some other states
DENVER (AP) - Colorado is struggling with signups for private health insurance as are most of the other 13 states operating their own health exchanges.
The Obama administration released enrollment statistics through Nov. 30. Colorado's state-run exchange, Connect For Health Colorado, had released its own figures. But the numbers released today allow comparisons with those of other state-based exchanges.
Five exchange states - California, Connecticut, Kentucky, New York and Washington - each signed up more people for private insurance than Colorado, where 9,980 people have signed up.
Connecticut and Kentucky signed up 11,631 and 13,145 people, respectively; those states have fewer people than Colorado.
Colorado's high-end projection through December had been more than 61,000; its low-end was 22,215.
Today's figures show 35,214 applications representing 69,691 people have been completed through the Colorado exchange.
Loveland man, 91, dies after frigid night outdoors
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - Colorado's cold snap is being blamed for the death of a 91-year-old man in Loveland.
Robert Kopher was found dead outside the Sugar Valley Estates Independent Living Residences early yesterday morning. The Larimer County coroner says he died of hypothermia.
Investigators believe Kopher became confused late Monday night and wasn't able to get into the facility or his vehicle. It's not clear why he was there. Coroner investigator Matthew Canaga said Kopher once lived at the facility.
He wasn't reported missing.
Solitary confinement declines in Colo.
DENVER (AP) - The number of Colorado inmates in solitary confinement is declining and prison officials say they're looking at changing policies to continue the trend.
The Colorado Department of Corrections told lawmakers Wednesday that there were 662 inmates in solitary confinement in September, compared to 1,505 in September 2011.
DOC Executive Director Rick Raemisch also told lawmakers there are only eight inmates in solitary confinement with a mental illness now, compared to 140 at the same time last year.
Some of the policy changes prison officials are considering include reducing the number of daily hours an inmate is in solitary confinement.
The mental health consequences of solitary confinement have received more attention since the murder of former Colorado DOC Director Tom Clements. The suspect was a former inmate who served time in solitary confinement.
KILLED AFTER CRASH
Man who refused ride to people is charged in death
DENVER (AP) - Authorities say a motorist who got into a fight with people whose car had overturned is suspected of later running down and killing one of them in Colorado.
The Colorado State Patrol said today that 21-year-old Jesse Plouvier (PLOO'-vee-yay) of Florence is facing charges of vehicular homicide after the hit-and-run incident early Sunday near Florence.
The death came after a vehicle slid off the road and overturned. The three people inside flagged down passing motorists for assistance and said Plouvier refused to give them a ride and drove off.
Trooper Josh Lewis said the three people kept trying to get help until one was struck and killed.
Lewis said investigators identified Plouvier as the driver following a tip that led to a search of his home. It could not be immediately determined if he had a lawyer.
WORLD WAR II AVIATOR-BURIAL
World War II aviator from NJ to be buried in Colo
DENVER (AP) - The body of a U.S. aviator who disappeared over Germany during World War II will be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
Army Capt. Franklin B. Tostevin will be buried Friday.
He crashed on March 20, 1945, but his remains were not accounted for until Oct. 30 of this year.
Tostevin was born in New Jersey. Veterans Affairs officials say they believe his closest living relative lives in Colorado.
The Defense Department says he was flying in an F-6P on a reconnaissance mission over Eigen (EYE'-gen) when the plane rolled to the right and crashed. No anti-aircraft fire was reported.
He was a member of the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group of the Army Air Forces.
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