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April 2, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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COLORADO-DEATH PENALTY

DENVER — Colorado Democrats who control the state Senate ended their effort to repeal the death penalty on Tuesday, failing to round up enough votes to ensure they could eliminate the rarely-used punishment. SENT: 303 words, photo.

MARIJUANA PIONEERS-RELAXING RULES

SEATTLE _ When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Businesses would need to track plants and products with bar codes. Regulators would have to approve money invested to ensure it was not tied to criminals. Owners of pot operations would have to live in-state and pass background checks. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 961 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

FALLEN ELEPHANT-RESCUE _ An aging elephant at a Colorado zoo is recovering after being hoisted back to her feet with help from firefighters.

SUV IN RIVER _ Authorities are investigating an incident in which a vehicle with a mother and her two young daughters went into the Arkansas River in southeast Colorado last weekend.

BANK COMPANY SALE-JOB CUTS _ Officials say more than 40 Dubuque jobs will be lost after MidWestOne’s purchase of ATBancorp is completed. Iowa City-based MidWestOne has 24 branches in Iowa, 13 in Minnesota, four in Wisconsin, two branches in Florida and one branch in Colorado.

COLORADO SNOWPACK-DROUGHT _ Recent figures show snowpack across Colorado is up by almost half after late-winter, early-spring storms. The Denver Post reports that while the snowfall that pounded Colorado’s mountains in recent weeks has helped break the near-term drought, water experts aren’t declaring an end to the troubling long-term trend of low water levels as the state’s climate shifts to greater deficiency of moisture.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

PARALYZING ILLNESSES

NEW YORK _ More than 500 U.S. children have been struck by a mysterious paralyzing illness in the past decade, more than 200 of them just last year. Health officials see potential similarities to polio and fear the problem will get worse. The first real burst of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, cases hit in 2014, when 120 were confirmed, with the largest concentrations in California and Colorado. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,290 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN HUSTLE

WASHINGTON _ How many ways can you measure the first quarter of the year? For Democratic presidential candidates, it’s 300-plus events, 24 states and hundreds of voter questions. A handful of candidates have lagged behind in their total number of first-quarter events, including former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee each holding 12 events. By Elana Schor. SENT: 1,127 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-SOLAR ENERGY SCAM

Hundreds of ads on Facebook promised U.S. homeowners that they were eligible for huge state tax breaks if they installed new solar-energy panels. There was just one catch: None of it was true. The scam ads used photos of nearly every U.S. governor — and sometimes President Donald Trump — to claim that with new, lucrative tax incentives, people might actually make money by installing solar technology on their homes. Facebook users only needed to enter their addresses, email, utility information and phone number to find out more. By Amanda Seitz and Mae Anderson. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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MARIJUANA PIONEERS RELAXING RULES

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN HUSTLE

SPORTS:

HKN--OILERS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ The Edmonton Oilers visit the Colorado Avalanche. With AP Photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BBO--ROCKIES-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell makes his second start of the season when the Tampa Bay Rays continue a three-game series against lefty Kyle Freeland and the Colorado Rockies. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 5 p.m. game.

BKN--NUGGETS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Golden State Warriors hold a one-game lead on Denver for the best record in the Western Conference as the Nuggets visit Oracle Arena. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6:30 p.m. game.

ALL-AMERICA TEAM

The season did not end as Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett intended. The fabulous freshmen came to Duke to win a national championship and their bid came up short with a loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight. Williamson and Barrett still managed to make a bit of history. By John Marshall. SENT: 1,193 words, photos.

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