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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

April 4, 2019

Colorado at 1:10 p.m.

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LEGAL MARIJUANA-CITIZENSHIP DENIALS

DENVER _ U.S. immigration authorities blocked two immigrants’ applications for citizenship because of their work in Colorado’s marijuana industry, their attorneys and Denver officials said, accusing the Trump administration of quietly targeting immigrants seeking jobs in the growing field. Oswaldo Barrientos said he began working in the marijuana industry in 2014, inspired by the research he had done into medical products after his mother’s skin cancer diagnosis. He was brought to the U.S. from El Salvador as an infant and was granted a green card when he was 13. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 830 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-JOHN HICKENLOOPER

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ During a campaign trip to South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is meeting with church members who survived a racist massacre in 2015. The former Colorado governor is scheduled to have dinner and a roundtable discussion Saturday with survivors of the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME, Hickenlooper’s campaign announced this week. Nine black parishioners were slain as they prayed during Bible study at the church. The shooter, a white man who said he hoped that the killings would start a race war, is on federal death row . By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 325 words. AP Photos.

INTERIOR SECRETARY

WASHINGTON _ A Senate panel voted Thursday to put a veteran former lobbyist in charge of the Interior Department, despite a last-minute round of intense debate on allegations that he was using his federal position to benefit former industry clients. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 14-6 to approve David Bernhardt’s appointment to oversee the country’s public lands and resources. Two Democrats and one independent joined Republicans in voting yes. The vote sends President Donald Trump’s nomination to the full Senate, which has not yet scheduled a final vote. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 780 words, national lines. AP Photos.

COLLEGES-ACCEPTING FAILURE

WALTHAM, Mass. _ A growing number of U.S. colleges are assuring their students that it’s OK to fail. Campus mental health officials from Massachusetts to California are trying to normalize failure for students as one way to combat rising rates of anxiety and depression among college students. Colorado State University invites students to take a pledge to embrace failure and persist through it. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 919 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

ELECTION 2020-MICHAEL BENNET _ Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado says he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer as he considers a 2020 Democratic presidential bid.

COLORADO DROUGHT _ Some depleted water reserves in Colorado are still recovering from one of the worst dry spells on record.

MINE FATALITY-NEVADA CITATION _ Federal mine safety officials have cited Newmont Mining Corp. in the death of a Nevada miner who was run over by his truck.

SPORTS:

SOC-AUSTRALIA-US

COMMERCE CITY _ The U.S. women’s soccer team plays a friendly match against Australia on Thursday night as the teams prepare for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in June. The game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be a homecoming for U.S. forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Lindsey Horan, who both grew up playing for rival club teams in Colorado. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 7 p.m. game.

HKN--JETS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ Both Winnipeg and Colorado have plenty on the line Thursday in Denver. The Jets are trying to wrap up the Central Division while the Avalanche are hoping to secure the final wild-card spot. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 7 p.m. game.

NBA PLAYOFF PICTURE _ A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with seven days remaining in the regular season. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 780 words.

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