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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 5, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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DENVER _ Democrats gaveled in their new Colorado legislative majority Friday, vowing to work for citizens not sharing in the state’s growing economy by seeking to lower health care costs, enact paid family leave and protect air quality in this oil and gas-producing state. Those themes and a spate of others will dominate a session in which Democrats control both chambers and achieved a November elections trifecta with the easy gubernatorial win of Jared Polis, who next week succeeds term-limited Democrat John Hickenlooper. By James Anderson. SENT: 760 words, photos.



DENVER — Investigators believe a 7-year-old boy found dead in a Denver storage unit just before Christmas last attended school in late May, a police spokesman said Friday. Sgt. John White said investigators are focused on what happened to the boy between then and Dec. 23, when police found his body inside the storage facility after getting information from police in neighboring Aurora. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 550 words, photo.


CRIPPLE CREEK — A Colorado man charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancee will be allowed to see a court record laying out the reasons for his arrest after prosecutors withdrew a request to keep the document from him. Prosecutors initially asked a court to bar Patrick Frazee’s attorneys from discussing the court record with him, saying investigators were still tracking down leads and trying to interview people. SENT: 300 words.



SEATTLE — More than six years after the state legalized the adult use of marijuana, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday he plans to pardon thousands of people convicted of small-time possession charges — the latest in a series of moves by states and cities to ease the burdens people face from having minor criminal records for using pot. The Democrat, who is mulling a 2020 presidential run, made the announcement at a cannabis industry summit in SeaTac, south of Seattle. Inslee said he was creating an expedited process that would allow about 3,500 people to apply for and receive a pardon without having to hire a lawyer or go to court. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 580 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ With no shutdown resolution in sight, President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders agreed Friday to additional staff-level talks over the weekend during a White House meeting at which Trump indicated he could keep parts of the government closed for “months or even years.” Cory Gardner of Colorado said Congress should pass bipartisan bills to fund government “while we continue to fight for more border security money.” By Matthew Daly, Catherine Lucey and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.


DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown, leaving investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous time for agricultural markets. The USDA had planned to release the closely watched reports Jan. 11 but said that even if the shutdown ended immediately , the agency’s staff wouldn’t have time to release the reports as scheduled. Congressional leaders met with President Donald Trump on Friday but there were no indications the shutdown would end soon. By Scott McFetridge. SENT: 500 words, photos.


_ JONBENET RAMSEY-BROTHER-LAWSUIT _ A $750 million defamation lawsuit filed against CBS by the brother of JonBenet Ramsey has been settled.

_ SECURITY FRAUD _ A Colorado man has been sentenced to 76 years in prison for securities fraud.

_ COMPLAINT HOTLINE-RENTALS _ A hotline is now live for residents of Breckenridge and Silverthorne to voice any complaints about short-term rentals.

_ CRAZY FRENCH RANCH _ Conservation groups have reached a deal to buy and protect a southern Colorado ranch that includes the landmark Fishers Peak near Trinidad.

_ RESTAURANTS-MONEY LAUNDERING _ Federal prosecutors say fast-food restaurants in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado are laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug trafficking proceeds.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. gained 3.25 cents at 5.17 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 3.25 cents at 3.83 a bushel; Mar. oats was up .75 cent at $2.8025 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans advanced 9.25 cents at $9.0950 a bushel.



ENGLEWOOD — John Elway met with Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak about the Denver Broncos’ vacant head coaching position Friday, one Hall of Famer to another. Munchak met with Elway at Broncos headquarters just as former Colts coach Chuck Pagano did Wednesday before Elway flew to Los Angeles to interview Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor on Thursday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 600 words.


DENVER _ The New York Rangers visit the Colorado Avalanche. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)


NEW YORK — The Yankees view Troy Tulowitzki as their starting shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer. Still, general manager Brian Cashman won’t rule out trying to sign Manny Machado, one of the top free agents on the market. And, in his first question-and-answer session of the year, Cashman revealed he has dragged talks to trade Sonny Gray until the Yankees know CC Sabathia will be ready to pitch following surgery to implant a stent in an artery from his heart. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 710 words, photo.


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