Denver startups begin 2017 strong with $49.5 million in funding

In industries ranging from cannabis to healthcare, API integration to cybersecurity, these startups are as innovative as they are varied.

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The Rocky Mountains seen from the Colorado State Capitol. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

These five startups got off on the right foot this year, pulling in a combined $49.5 million in funding within the first month.

In industries ranging from cannabis to healthcare, API integration to cybersecurity, these startups are as innovative as they are varied. And you can bet they’re feeling pretty good about 2017.


Trump announces $600 million in savings on the F-35 program; Lockheed says it was already cutting costs

Boeing could still step in as a potential competitor for future fighter jet contracts.

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Donald Trump at the Western Conservative Conference 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

President Donald Trump announced Monday that weeks of negotiation with Lockheed Martin prompted the defense contractor to cut about $600 million from the F-35 program.

Trump failed to clarify how the savings were calculated or if the contract with Lockheed will change. He did say the savings will apply to the next lot of 90 jets, after which Boeing will step in as a potential competitor for future fighter jet contracts.


Work-related deaths are declining in Colorado, except in the private construction industry

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An ambulance screams down Speer on a snowy evening. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work-related fatalities are once again declining in Colorado. According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, deaths dipped to 75 in 2015, after a rebound in 2014.

Despite the good news, fatalities in the private construction industry actually increased 62 percent in 2015, to a total of 21 deaths. The last time rates were this high was 2008, when total work-related deaths totaled 105, with 23 from private construction.


Officials investigate mumps outbreak after 14 cases are reported in January alone

The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment issued a mumps advisory Friday.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment issued a mumps advisory Friday after 14 cases of mumps were reported in January.

Of the diagnoses, 11 in Denver and Aurora are being investigated in connection with a larger, nationwide outbreak. The three other confirmed cases are not thought to be connected.