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DENVER _ People in Colorado and Wyoming were urged to get home early Wednesday and stay there before snow and wind from a powerful spring storm make travel all but impossible. SENT: 329 words, photos. Will be updated.
Blizzard warnings were posted from Colorado to Minnesota on Wednesday and wildfires were a concern in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as the second so-called “bomb cyclone” storm in less than a month hit the central U.S., raising the prospect of renewed flooding in the already drenched Midwest. Up to 2 ½ feet (0.61 meters) of snow was expected to fall in parts of eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota, the National Weather Service said. Winds in excess of 50 mph (80.46 kph) also were expected, creating life-threatening conditions. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 785 words, photos. Will be updated.
XGR-IMMIGRANT DRIVERS LICENSES
DENVER _ A bill to allow more Colorado residents who are in the country illegally to apply for drivers licenses is one step from clearing the Legislature after a House vote on Wednesday. The bill would increase from three to 10 the number of Department of Motor Vehicles offices offering special drivers licenses to those residents. Colorado began issuing the licenses in 2014 under a program funded entirely by fees paid by applicants. More than 61,000 licenses have been issued since then. By James Anderson. SENT: 361 words.
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SCHOOL SHOOTINGS-PRINCIPAL SUPPORT
COLUMBUS, Ohio _ In the days after a teenager shot and killed three fellow students at Ohio’s Chardon High School in 2012, then-Principal Andy Fetchik remembers getting a call from someone who knew just what he was experiencing. It was Frank DeAngelis, the principal of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, during the deadly 1999 shooting. DeAngelis told him: It’s going to be OK. You’ll get through this. If you have questions, feel free to call me. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 674 words, photo.
PEDESTRIAN KILLED _ A man suspected in a fatal hit-and-run crash in downtown Denver has been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann’s office filed the charges Wednesday against 29-year-old Jerek Fabjancic of Golden. Fabjancic was arrested Saturday.
ASPEN FIREWORKS-CANCELED _ Officials say there will be no Fourth of July fireworks over Aspen Mountain this summer due to concerns about wildfires.
POLICE SHOOTINGS-COLORADO _ One man is dead after being shot by police in southern Colorado. In Denver, police say a carjacking suspect fired at police leading one officer to return fire early Wednesday.
DENVER _ The Colorado Rockies can’t seem to avoid losing a home game on their own. The weather spared them from possibly dropping their sixth in a row at Coors Field. The Rockies’ game against the Atlanta Braves that was scheduled for Wednesday was postponed because of a strong storm expected to hit Colorado and beyond. The game will be made up Aug. 26. By Michael Kelly. SENT: 647 words.
DENVER _ The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Denver Nuggets in NBA action Wednesday night. Game starts 8:30 p.m.
HKN--PLAYOFF PRIMER-BY THE NUMBERS
Welcome back to the playoffs, New York Islanders. Same goes for you, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina and Calgary. All five teams are returning to the postseason after at least one season off (or nine, for the Hurricanes). It’s a familiar number: In 12 of the last 14 seasons, the playoff lineup has included five teams that hadn’t been there one year earlier. By Pat Graham. SENT: 720 words, photos.
TORONTO _ Thanks to a trade with the last-place Ottawa, the Colorado Avalanche go into the draft lottery with the best odds of landing the top pick. Colorado has an 18.5% of winning and can fall no farther than No. 4. UPCOMING: 650 words. Lottery starts 8 p.m.
BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Defenseman Cale Makar cited loyalty in sticking to his commitment to play at Massachusetts despite a coaching change. Two years later, Makar is a Hobey Baker finalist and has the Minutemen (30-9) preparing to make their first Frozen Four appearance. UMass will face Denver, while Providence is playing Minnesota Duluth in the semifinals on Thursday. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
TIMBERWOLVES-FRONT OFFICE _ The Minnesota Timberwolves will make hiring a new president of basketball operations their first offseason priority. The Timberwolves announced Wednesday before their final game of the season in Denver they will start an immediate search for a front office leader, with the fates of general manager Scott Layden and interim head coach Ryan Saunders yet to be decided. By Dave Campbell.
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