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BC-CO--Colorado News Coverage Advisory, CO

March 13, 2019

Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Colorado. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 303-825-0123 or apdenver@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

WESTERN WINTER WEATHER

DENVER _ About 1,000 flights into Denver have been canceled as a winter storm hits the western U.S., with blizzard conditions expected to engulf parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota. School was canceled Wednesday in many places where up to more than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow and winds as high as 80 mph (129 kmh) was possible. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

TOP STORIES ON THE WIRE:

OIL AND GAS CONFLICTS-COLORADO

DENVER _ A fiercely contested oil and gas project in a residential neighborhood outside Denver cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when state regulators approved a request by an energy company to drill for reserves that belong to dozens of people, including some who don’t want to participate. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 5-1 to allow Extraction Oil & Gas Inc. to use a process called forced pooling to tap oil and gas belonging to several owners and gather it from a single drilling site in suburban Broomfield. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 760 words, moved late Tuesday.

INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT

NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments Wednesday on a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children. A federal district judge in Texas last year struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a victory for opponents, including adoptive parents, who say it is racially motivated and unconstitutionally discriminatory. By Kevin Mcgill. SENT: 640 words. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

BKC--PAC12-COLORADO-CALIFORNIA

LAS VEGAS _ No. 5 seed Colorado faces No. 12 California in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 3:30 p.m.

BKC--COLORADO ST-BOISE ST

LAS VEGAS _ Colorado State meets Boise State in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference tournament Wednesday. Game starts a noon.

TIMBERWOLVES-NUGGETS

DENVER _ Mason Plumlee was completely surrounded under the basket when he tossed a no-look pass over his head to teammate Nikola Jokic for an easy score. Now that’s more to the liking of coach Michael Malone, who implored his players to return to their selfless ways after a bumpy stretch. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, moved late Tuesday. AP Photos.