After hours of passionate debate, a bill that would get rid of the death penalty in Colorado initially cleared the House by a narrow margin on Wednesday. The measure aims to use the savings to help investigate unsolved murders and beef up the state’s budget. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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