Legal Lasso: The Whole Deal

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Amazon announced its purchase of Whole Foods in a $13.7 billion deal to be carried out in the second half of this year.

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

Groundwater Contamination
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has stopped monitoring the levels of perfluorinated chemicals in the Pueblo County area.

Conjunction Function
An amendment onto House Bill 1367 concerning cannabis pesticides and testing almost killed the legislation, until the language was changed from “state-certified or ISO-accredited” to “state-certified and ISO-accredited.”

Colorado Works
The state’s unemployment rate stayed at a historic low of 2.3 percent in May, with growth in the private sector. 

Boulder Expansion Compromise
An agreement between the Board of County Commissioners and City Council would allow the board to retain some veto power regarding city growth.

Safe Place Program 
Denver Police Department Lt. Michael Wyatt introduced the new LGBTQ program Thursday, designed to enlist businesses as safe spaces, in the event an individual experiences harassment or violence, to stay until police arrive.

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

Consent Decrees Roll Back
Justice Department civil rights officials have verbally directed staff to pursue settlements without consent decrees, opening the door to less oversight on court-enforced agreements. 

DuPont, Dow Merger
The companies attained U.S. antitrust approval for the merger on Thursday, contingent on the sale of certain assets.

Appeals Vote on FCC
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declined to block a Federal Communications Commission vote regarding local television ownership. 

Texas Adoption Bill
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill allowing for adoption agencies to deny placement of children into homes or families if the environment conflicts with the organization’s religious beliefs.

No Credible Path Forward
That’s Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly’s take on the nullification of an Obama-era order regarding blocked deportations.

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