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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 9, 2019

Colorado at 5:45 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

STORAGE UNIT-DEAD BOY

DENVER _ A woman charged in the death of her 7-year-old son is due back in court Wednesday morning in Denver. Elisha Pankey is charged with child abuse resulting in death and abuse of a corpse. Her son’s body was found just before Christmas inside a storage unit.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

COLORADO GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION

DENVER _ Democrat Jared Polis’ inauguration Tuesday as the first openly gay U.S. governor firmly moved Colorado to a darker shade of blue — and other celebratory colors of the LGBTQ community — as he vowed to expand health care, pursue publicly funded preschool and protect the environment. Polis, 43, emphasized his inaugural theme, “Colorado for All,” to mark the historic occasion. He took the oath of office accompanied by his longtime partner and “first gentleman,” Marlon Reis. Their children, Caspian and Cora, also attended. By James Anderson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

With:

_ COLORADO GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION-THE LATEST

_ POLIS-BIO BOX

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

TEACHERS-POLITICS

PHOENIX _ After a campaign buoyed by a surge in teacher activism, Arizona’s new schools chief took office with a pledge to address the kind of grievances that led to school-shuttering walkouts in several states last spring. Kathy Hoffman, a 33-year-old school speech therapist, is among hundreds of educators being sworn into office following the #RedforEd protests, which were credited with raising awareness of the needs of public schools and inspiring many educators to join the political fray. By Brian Skoloff and Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 730 words, photos.

MUSIC-GRAMMY WATCH-TIA FULLER

NEW YORK — Saxophonist Tia Fuller was crying in bed. And praising God. She’d just received the news that she was nominated for her first-ever Grammy Award — but it’s not just any nomination: Her inclusion in the best jazz instrumental album category is a historic moment for women because they have rarely been nominated for the coveted award throughout the Grammys’ 61-year history. And if Fuller wins, she becomes just the second women to take home the prize. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FUNERAL HOME CLOSED _ A third lawsuit has been filed against a closed Colorado funeral home, accusing the owner of harvesting body parts without permission and selling them for profit.

_ WELD COUNTY-INMATE SEX _ A Colorado deputy accused of having sex with a female jail inmate has pleaded guilty.

_ DRUG ROBBERY KILLING _ A Colorado judge has sentenced a 30-year-old man to life in prison without parole for killing a 19-year-old during a robbery last year in Fort Collins.

_ HUMAN REMAINS-COLORADO _ Authorities are trying to identify human remains found in southern Colorado but say there is no connection to the high-profile case of a missing woman.

_ AVALANCHE MITIGATION _ The Colorado Department of Transportation is changing the way it handles avalanche mitigation efforts on the Western Slope.

_ TAOS INN SALE _ The Historic Taos Inn in New Mexico is changing ownership hands after 29 years.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. was up 1 cent at 5.1775 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 2.25 cents at 3.80 a bushel; Mar. oats rose 3.25 cents at $2.8275 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans was off 6 cents at $9.0625 a bushel.

SPORTS:

NUGGETS-HEAT

MIAMI _ Western Conference-leading Denver comes to Miami on Tuesday, facing a Heat team coming off a blowout loss in Atlanta. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game started at 5:40 p.m. MT)

AVALANCHE-JETS

WINNIPEG _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Winnipeg Jets in NHL action Tuesday night. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ OLY-LOPEZ-BAN OVERTURNED _ An arbitration panel has ruled in favor of taekwondo coach Jean Lopez, meaning his name has been removed from the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s sanctioned list and he is free to resume coaching without restriction.

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