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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 1, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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LEGISLATURE:

XGR-HEALTH CARE-PUBLIC OPTION _ Some warned about mission creep. But Colorado’s Democrat-controlled House has tentatively endorsed developing a proposal for a public health insurance option. Gov. Jared Polis insists such an option will introduce competition and make insurance affordable for thousands of Colorado families.

IN BRIEF:

SHOPLIFTING-SHOOTING _ Authorities say a suspected shoplifter who was armed is dead after being shot by police in suburban Denver. The shooting happened at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Park Meadows mall in Lone Tree as officers were responding to a theft at Macy’s.

SKI LIFT FALL _ A 33-year-old woman has been injured after falling about 17 feet (5.2 meters) off a sit-ski lift at a Colorado ski area. An Aspen Skiing Co. statement says a lift attendant who attempted to keep the woman from falling also fell from the lift during the incident Tuesday afternoon at Snowmass Ski Area but wasn’t injured.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

ELECTION 2020-INSLEE

SEATTLE _ Declaring climate change the nation’s most pressing issue, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee launched his 2020 Democratic presidential bid with a promise to refocus American government and society. The 68-year-old former congressman is the first governor to enter a race dominated by senators. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper also are eyeing presidential campaigns. SENT: 984 words, photos.

SPORTS:

HKN--AVALANCHE-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Trade deadline acquisition Gustav Nyquist is set to make his home debut for the San Jose Sharks against the Colorado Avalanche. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 8:30 p.m. game.

MLS-PLAYERS TO WATCH

With the MLS season beginning this weekend, here are nine players or duos to keep an eye on for the 2019 season: — Josef Martinez and Pity Martinez Atlanta United. Josef Martinez, the reigning Golden Boot winner, decided not to move overseas and instead signed a new deal to remain in Atlanta. He lost Miguel Almiron as his partner in goal scoring, but the addition of Pity Martinez from River Plate in Argentina will help keep Atlanta among the most potent offenses in the league. By Tim Booth. SENT: 613 words.

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