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Violent felons released early; Is the justice system working? 

A News 5 investigation has uncovered the majority of officer-involved shootings in Pueblo involve felons who are on probation or parole and should not have been in possession of a firearm. Some offenders have violent histories. District Attorney Jeff Chostner explains why some felons don’t always serve lengthy sentences behind bars.

$8,000 check issued to retiree after News 5 Investigates gets involved

Imagine finding out the State of Colorado owes you thousands of dollars, but you have to fight the government for months to get it. Our News 5 Investigates team was able to help a retiree get an $8,000 refund.

The Great Colorado Payback Program is supposed to reunite Coloradans with lost assets, but some people are dealing with frustrating delays in getting their claims processed.

Bill to strengthen legislation against squatters fails 

A bill to strengthen last year’s legislation on squatters has died in the State Senate Committee. Sen. Dennis Hisey (R-Fountain) and Rep. Bri Buentello (D-Pueblo) proposed expediting the eviction process for squatters who take over vacant land. 

News 5 Investigates: Radon test results in schools

Colorado law requires all schools and day cares to test for Radon exposure, but there is no requirement to fix the problem. State and federal laws also do not address how frequently schools should test. While some schools have tested in recent years, some haven’t tested in decades.

News 5 Investigates: What you need to know about Radon

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado homes, businesses and schools are at-risk for having elevated levels of Radon. Many people may be exposed to the cancerous gas and not even know it. Unlike Carbon Monoxide which can kill someone in a short amount of time, the impact from exposure to Radon isn’t immediately seen.

Web extra: Free Radon testing kits

Testing for Radon in your home is relatively inexpensive. At-home Radon kits can be purchased at most hardware stores for under $25. Some cities and counties have a limited supply of free test kits available as well.

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