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November 17, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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XGR-COLORADO BUDGET

DENVER — Colorado’s John Hickenlooper on Friday presented his last budget request as governor to lawmakers — one he says helps prepare the state for an eventual recession. Hickenlooper spoke on Friday before the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee. The bipartisan panel will use the proposal in fashioning a state budget for fiscal years 2019-2020 during next year’s legislative session. By James Anderson. SENT: 370 words.

COLORADO-MILEAGE STANDARDS

DENVER — Colorado has adopted vehicle emission rules that incorporate California standards, joining several other states in moving pre-emptively to avoid any weakening of federal standards by the Trump administration. Friday’s vote by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission enacts a June executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper, whose administration is seeking to reduce greenhouse gases by 25 percent by 2025. SENT: 390 words.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

CONGRESS-WOLVES

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves have bounced back in the western Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 430 words, photo.

ELECTION SECURITY-MONTANA

HELENA — Montana’s midterm elections saw a record number of absentee ballots overwhelm voting machines, found election officials in a dozen counties hand-counting votes and underscored the need to replace hundreds of aging voting machines for the disabled. But money for equipment is scarce and state law restricts when absentee ballots can be counted, meaning the circumstances that resulted in votes still being counted days after the Nov. 6 election aren’t likely to change anytime soon, according to Associated Press interviews with election officials across the state. By Matt Volz. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ARCHBISHOP-GENDER POLICY — The Catholic archbishop of Denver called out a local Jesuit-Catholic university’s provost for encouraging faculty to attend a student drag show.

— BRECKENRIDGE TROLL — A wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone but it’s possible he could find another home there. (With AP Photos)

— MOUNTAIN LION KITTEN-BRATWURST — Wildlife officials who seized a mountain lion kitten from a southern Colorado home say the feline fell ill after the residents fed it bratwurst.

— SCHOOL DISTRICT-EXTERNAL MANAGER — The Colorado State Board of Education has ordered a struggling Denver-area school district to turn over supervision to an external manager.

— PUEBLO MAYOR-RUNOFF — The race to elect Pueblo’s first mayor in decades will head to a runoff in January.

— MONTANA DEQ-MCGRATH — Montana’s governor has named a former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency in Denver as the new director of the state Department of Environmental Quality.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. was up 1.25 cents at 5.0675 a bushel; Dec. corn was off 2.75 cents at 3.6475 a bushel; Dec. oats gained 6 cents at $2.9825 a bushel; while while Jan. soybeans rose 3.5 cents at $8.9225 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-GARCIA OUT

ENGLEWOOD — Left guard Max Garcia showed up at the Denver Broncos’ headquarters Friday with a sore left knee, something that initially seemed like a minor annoyance for a team preparing for two big offensive line changes already. With right guard Connor McGovern preparing for his first NFL start at center and Elijah Wilkinson set to make his first pro start at right guard, Garcia went for an MRI. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 620 words, photo.

ON FOOTBALL-WITHER YOUR QB?

When things go sour, an NFL team’s fan base often points to two people: the guy calling plays on the sideline, and the man behind center trying to execute them. As we get deeper into the 2018 schedule, the futures of some coaches could be tied to how their quarterbacks have struggled — or outright flopped. Doug Marrone and Blake Bortles in Jacksonville? Perhaps. Vance Joseph and Case Keenum in Denver? Possibly. John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco? Could be. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

T25-UTAH-COLORADO

BOULDER — Mike MacIntyre, Colorado’s embattled coach , ditched his injuries-are-no-excuse mantra last week when the Buffaloes lost their fifth straight game. “I’ve never had a season where going into the 10th game of the year we had nine starters out that started the first game, nine!” MacIntyre said following his team’s 31-7 drubbing at the hands of Washington State. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 760 words, photo.

T25-UTAH STATE-COLORADO ST PREVIEW

FORT COLLINS — In one corner stands No. 14 Utah State, checking in with 517.5 yards of offense a game and averaging 51 points. In the other, a reeling Colorado State that’s dropped three straight. Round 7. Ring the bell. Utah State coach Matt Wells views the conference schedule almost like a boxer and focuses on one round at a time. The Aggies (9-1, 6-0 Mountain West) want to stay off the Canvas Stadium mat Saturday at Colorado State (3-7, 2-4) and shuffle into Round 8. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CAPITALS-AVALANCHE

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche host the defending champion Washington Capitals on Friday night in a matchup of fourth-place teams trying to gain traction. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

BKC-AIR FORCE-UMBC

BIMINI, Bahamas — Joe Sherburne made four 3-pointers and scored 24 points and UMBC beat Air Force 77-72 in double overtime on Friday in the Bimini Jam. Brandon Horvath’s 3-pointer with 1:35 left in the second overtime gave the Retrievers a 71-69 lead and Max Curran scored on their next possession as Air Force went scoreless for nearly two minutes until Lavelle Scottie’s 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. K.J. Jackson went 1 of 2 at the line, Air Force was off on a 3-pointer and Curran iced it with a dunk. SENT: 220 words.

BKC-NEBRASKA-OMAHA-COLORADO — Nebraska-Omaha plays Colorado at Coors Events Center.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— NUGGETS-SUE BIRD — WNBA champion Sue Bird is joining the Denver Nuggets’ front office while continuing her own professional basketball playing career.

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