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January 4, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MISSING WOMAN-COLORADO

CRIPPLE CREEK _ A Colorado man charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancee is due back in court. A judge may rule on several motions filed by prosecutors and Patrick Frazee’s attorneys regarding evidence in the case. (ON MERITS)

TOP STORIES TODAY:

TRASH BIN BODY-INDIANAPOLIS-CHARGES

INDIANAPOLIS — A 21-year-old U.S. soldier is accused of flying to Indianapolis from Colorado to kill his estranged wife, then dumping her body in a trash bin and fleeing to Thailand. Peter Lian was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of Khuang Par, whose body was discovered in a suitcase in an Indianapolis dumpster on Dec. 23. SENT: 280 words, photo.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-OREGON OVERSUPPLY

SALEM, Ore. — For the second year in a row, Oregon cannabis farmers have harvested more than a million pounds of usable marijuana. The huge harvest (more than 453,592 kilograms) is again driving down prices for consumers and putting pressure on growers who aren’t getting the price they hoped for after a similar phenomenon in 2017, The Bulletin reported Thursday. SENT: 750 words, photo.

FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE SETTLEMENT

A company that owns two national for-profit college chains said Thursday that it will erase nearly $500 million in debt incurred by former students as part of a settlement with 48 states and the District of Columbia. The deal with Career Education Corporation will resolve allegations that it lied about job placement rates and misled potential students to get them to enroll. State attorneys general began investigating the company in 2014 following complaints from students and a damning report by the U.S. Senate. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 600 words.

NEW CONGRESS-PELOSI FOES

WASHINGTON — What started out as a rebellion with a potentially devastating effect on Nancy Pelosi’s winning drive to reclaim the House speaker’s post officially fell short Thursday as just 15 Democrats refused to back her bid for the job. Though suspense about the outcome vanished last month, the 15 Democrats who supported other people or voted “present” was an unusually high number of defectors for speaker elections, which every new Congress holds on its first day. And it underscored that there remains a nucleus of Pelosi opponents within her party whom she may need to confront, if she seeks to lead the House again after the 2020 elections, should Democrats retain their majority. By Alan Fram. SENT: 630 words, photos.

NEW CONGRESS

WASHINGTON — The 116th Congress gaveled into session Thursday swathed in history, returning Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker’s office and ushering in a diverse class of Democratic freshmen ready to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government. Many GOP senators are up for re-election in 2020 in states, including Colorado and Maine, where voters have mixed views of Trump’s performance in the White House. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING WOMAN-COLORADO _ A Colorado girl will temporarily remain with her maternal grandparents as prosecutors pursue a murder charge against the 1-year-old’s father in her mother’s death. (With AP Video)

_ JEWELRY HEIST-SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED _ Authorities have identified three Chilean men as suspects in a jewelry theft from a luxury hotel in Aspen.

_ FATAL CRASH-MARIJUANA CHARGE _ A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to reckless vehicular homicide in a crash that killed a woman and her three-year-old son.

_ STORAGE UNIT-DEAD BOY _ Police say a woman believed to be the mother of a missing boy whose body was found in a Denver storage unit has been arrested. (With AP Photo)

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. advanced 7 cents at 5.1375 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 4 cents at 3.7975 a bushel; Mar. oats was up .25 cent at $2.7850 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 5.50 cents at $9.0025 a bushel.

SPORTS:

NUGGETS-KINGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Denver Nuggets visit the Sacramento Kings. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)

BKC-PAC-12 THIS WEEK

A look at things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference. SENT: 350 words.

BKC-COLORADO-ARIZONA _ Colorado plays Arizona at McKale Center.

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