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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 18, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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DENVER _ Attorneys for a Colorado baker who was sanctioned for refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition argue their case in federal court. The Masterpiece Cakeshop baker prevailed in an earlier case over a same-sex wedding cake.


SALT LAKE CITY _ When Salt Lake City was in hot pursuit of hosting a Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors had become commonplace. That led Salt Lake City to take it too far and get caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the plans for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Two decades later, the script has flipped.



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan King thanked God for his wife just moments after he was told she was killed in a hit-and-run crash as they walked along a street in Denver. King and his daughter Kendall King were both seriously injured in the Thanksgiving night wreck, but his wife of 32-years, Karen King, was killed. By Ivana Hrynkiw, AI.com. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 650 words.


High tech’s center of gravity is shifting east. Google has announced plans for a new $1 billion office complex in New York City. And this year it opened new offices and data centers in cities including Detroit; Boulder, Colorado; and Los Angeles, as well as in such states as Tennessee and Alabama. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 589 words, photos.


DENVER _ After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion program to develop a new ground control system for the satellites. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 860 words, photos.


_ XGR-COLORADO DEMOCRATS-SENATE _ A Democratic Party vacancy committee has selected state Rep. Joann Ginal to serve out the term of Sen. John Kefalas, who was elected to the Larimer County commission. The Coloradoan reports the selection was made Sunday.

_ MEATPACKER-CONTRACT EXTENSION _ Hundreds of workers at a Greeley-based meat processing company have ratified a contract extension that will include annual pay raises and continued health coverage.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. was up 5.25 cents at 5.3525 a bushel; Mar. corn was off 1 cent at 3.84 a bushel; Mar. oats unchanged at $2.88 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans rose 3.75 cents at $9.0475 a bushel.



ENGLEWOOD_ Vance Joseph doesn’t want to fret over his future with the Broncos missing the playoffs again. Nor does he care to ponder his past following a report Monday that general manager John Elway considered bringing back Mike Shanahan this season before ultimately deciding against a coaching change. “I’ve spoken to John. That’s a private conversation, obviously. But, to be honest, that’s the least of my worries, an article,” Joseph said. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 940 words, photo.


DENVER _ The New York Islanders start a four-game trip Monday night against Mikko Rantanen and the Colorado Avalanche. Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon are first and second in scoring this season. The third member of their line, captain Gabriel Landeskog, is also among the leaders. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)


DENVER _ The topic: Denver leading the Western Conference and whether teams are starting to take the Nuggets more seriously. The look from Nikola Jokic: Nearly expressionless. The Joker doesn’t jest about this subject. “To be honest, I don’t really care,” Jokic said. “Because we know that we’re good.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 770 words, photos.


LAS CRUCES, N.M. _ Northern Colorado plays New Mexico State at Pan American Center in college basketball action Monday night. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)


_ FBC-NC STATE-ROPER _ North Carolina State has hired former Duke and Colorado offensive coordinator Kurt Roper as its quarterbacks coach. Coach Dave Doeren announced Roper’s hiring Monday.


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