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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

November 16, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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DENVER — A network of U.S. cities and counties paying for lawyers to represent immigrants facing deportation in the wake of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown is planning to expand. During a network conference Thursday in Denver, New York-based Vera Institute of Justice announced it was seeking proposals from cities and counties to join its Safety and Fairness for Everyone Network. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 500 words.


NEW YORK — Hey, remember Gary Hart? Ask most people, and if they’re old enough to remember anything at all, it’s that famous photo of the doomed candidate with a smiling Donna Rice in his lap, on perhaps the most unfortunately named yacht in American political history: “Monkey Business.” What most people don’t recall, or never even knew, is that the photo emerged two weeks after the 1987 scandal had ended in Hart’s withdrawal from the Democratic race, his hugely promising political career destroyed over suspicions — never confirmed — that he’d had an affair with Rice. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.


Women’s winning streak in this year’s elections has extended to statehouses across the country. More than 2,000 women will serve in state legislatures when those chambers convene for their upcoming sessions, representing roughly a quarter of all state lawmakers across the country. That mark will eclipse the record of 1,875 who served this year, according to reports Thursday from the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 780 words, photos.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A major Colorado River water user has proposed an interim plan for Arizona as the state faces looming a looming deadline to manage expected shortages. The Central Arizona Project board said its proposal could jumpstart talks after previous ones failed to gain consensus among water users. The Central Arizona Project wants to draw up to 400,000 acre-feet of water it stored in Lake Mead and 50,000 acre-feet in Lake Pleasant to lessen the burden of shortages on mainly farmers and developers. A second component would be a $60 million conservation program. Another program would help improve groundwater systems but doesn’t have a price tag. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 700 words.



TOLLAND, Conn. — Like many victims of a Connecticut sex trafficking ring that preyed on troubled young men and teenage boys for more than 20 years, Samuel Marino never told his family or police about being coerced into sexual relations with much older men. It is not uncommon for male victims to worry about their masculinity and sexual orientation being questioned, said Robert Lung, a Colorado state judge and member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. By Dave Collins. SENT: 1,100 words, photos on national lines.


— NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANT-OIL WELLS — An oil and gas company says it’s canceling all of its plans to drill near a former nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver.

— BRECKENRIDGE TROLL — The town of Breckenridge in central Colorado is removing an art piece of a troll that has become a tourist attraction but also rankled nearby residents.

— POLICE SHOOTING-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-THE LATEST — Multiple sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man they say reached for a gun after he fled the scene of a reported domestic disturbance southeast of Denver.

— SUPERFUND EXPANSION — The Environmental Protection Agency will test for lead and arsenic at the Runyon Sports Complex, Pueblo’s main baseball fields.

— PROPOSED OIL LEASES — The Bureau of Land Management has opened a new public comment period for land it plans to offer for oil and gas leasing in an upcoming sale.

— FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-JUSTIFIED — The Adams County District Attorney has found an Aurora police officer justified in shooting an auto theft suspect who investigators say rammed into two patrol vehicles following a pursuit.

— BANKERS SURVEY — For the first time this year, a monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates the regional rural economy is shrinking.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. rose 2.50 cents at 5.0550 a bushel; Dec. corn was up .50 cent at 3.6750 a bushel; Dec. oats was gained 3.75 cents at $2.9225 bushel; while Nov. soybeans was 4.75 cents higher at $8.8875 a bushel.



DENVER — The Atlanta Hawks visit the Denver Nuggets Thursday night. (Game starts 7 p.m. MT)


ENGLEWOOD — Try as he might, Von Miller just can’t find anything bad to say about Philip Rivers anymore. “I’ve always enjoyed going against Philip,” Miller said Thursday. “Well, I’m lying. I didn’t use to always like going against Philip. I really didn’t like the guy until like two years ago.” That’s when the Broncos’ star pass rusher got to know the Chargers’ star quarterback at the Pro Bowl. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 630 words, photos.



COSTA MESA, Calif. — Joey Bosa isn’t sure if he will make his long-awaited season debut for the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. The third-year lineman has practiced the last two days as he works his way back from a foot injury that caused him to miss the first 10 games. Bosa said before Thursday’s practice that he is doing team and individual drills and that he feels good. But he also acknowledged that it will likely be a game-time decision if he plays this week. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 490 words, photo.



PAC-12-THIS WEEK — Some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 640 words, photo.


LARAMIE — Sean Chambers is the talk of the town. That’s what happens when you go from being the backup quarterback to the starter. Wyoming’s true freshman signal caller did that three games ago and has had a rousing introduction to the Mountain West in helping Wyoming get on its first winning streak of the season heading into Saturday’s game against Air Force. By Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 710 words.


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