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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 7, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

COLORADO FOREST HEALTH

DENVER _ Colorado releases its annual report on the health of the state’s forests, focusing on the results of efforts last year to reduce wildfire risks.

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED

DENVER _ Colorado authorities are scheduled to release records detailing a new interview with the man who pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and the couple’s young daughters. Christopher Watts was sentenced in 2018 to life in prison without parole.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

XGR-COLORADO-DEATH PENALTY

DENVER _ Democrats who control Colorado’s Legislature rushed to act on a bill to repeal the state’s little-used death penalty, holding a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposal just two days after it was introduced. Proponents on Wednesday argued the death penalty doesn’t deter violent crime and affects people of color disproportionately. Repeal opponents urged lawmakers to refer the issue to voters, and some crime victims admonished bill sponsors for not reaching out to them before introducing the bill. By James Anderson. SENT: 580 words, photos.

XGR-OIL AND GAS OVERHAUL

DENVER _ A plan to refocus Colorado’s oil and gas regulations on health and safety passed its first milestone in the Legislature on Wednesday after 187 people testified during a 12-hour hearing. The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee voted 4-3 to approve a measure that would require regulators to make the protection of human health and the environment their top priority. Current law makes energy production the primary goal. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 430 words, photos.

With: XGR-OIL AND GAS OVERHAUL-THE LATEST

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

CLIMATE CHANGE-EDUCATION

HARTFORD, Conn. _ A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative viewpoints without fear of losing their jobs. As climate change becomes a hotter topic in American classrooms, politicians around the country are pushing back against the near-universal scientific consensus that global warming is real, dire and man-made. By Michael Melia. SENT: 570 words, photos on national lines.

With: CLIMATE CHANGE-EDUCATION-GLANCE

IN BRIEF:

_ DERAILMENT-PASSENGER EJECTED _ Authorities have said that a Colorado woman who lost one of her feet in a January light rail accident was thrown out of the train’s door because the train shook violently and caused the door to open.

_ AIR FORCE CADETS-INVESTIGATION _ The Air Force Academy says it dismissed hazing charges against three members of the school’s swimming team.

_ GUN BILL-COLORADO _ Another county in Colorado has become a so-called “Second Amendment sanctuary county.”

_ COLORADO FAMILY KILLED _ Lawyers for the parents of a Colorado woman killed by her husband say he did so after she threatened to keep him from seeing their children because he wanted a divorce. (With AP Photo)

_ ASPEN LIFT-VOTERS APPROVE _ Voters in the Colorado ski community of Aspen have narrowly approved a redevelopment plan that will increase the size of the resort’s base area.

_ COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO-DENVERITE _ Colorado Public Radio is buying the online news site Denverite.

_ DELAWARE-ELECTORAL COLLEGE _ The state Senate is set to vote on having Delaware join other states that want to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. declined 13.75 cents at 4.5425 a bushel; Mar. corn fe11 3.50 cents at 3.6250 a bushel; Mar. oats was up 3.50 cents at $2.5975 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans was lost 11.50 cents at $8.8975 a bushel.

SPORTS:

NUGGETS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES _ Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets look to end the three-game losing streak that has knocked them out of first place in the Western Conference when they visit LeBron James and the slumping Lakers. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 8:30 p.m. MT)

BRONCOS-STEWART RELEASED

ENGLEWOOD — Safety Darian Stewart is joining a crowded field of free agent safeties following his release Wednesday from the Denver Broncos, where he won a Super Bowl ring. A starter in Denver since 2015, Stewart was a part of the famed “No Fly Zone” secondary that also featured safety T.J. Ward and cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib. With Stewart’s departure, Harris is the only remaining member of that secondary that helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 three years ago. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 340 words.

BKC-PAC-12 THIS WEEK

A look at things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference. By John Marshall. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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