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DENVER _ Colorado Gov. Jared Polis outlines his first-term priorities to a Legislature controlled by fellow Democrats.
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AU PAIR PAY
DENVER — Young people from around the world who provided low-cost child care for American families will share in a proposed $65.5 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by a dozen former au pairs against the companies that bring the workers to the United States. Nearly 100,000 au pairs, mostly women, who worked in American homes over the past decade will be entitled to payment under the proposed settlement filed in Denver federal court Wednesday, a month before the case brought by a dozen former au pairs from Colombia, Australia, Germany, South Africa and Mexico was set to go to trial. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.
DENVER — Denver on Wednesday became the latest city in the nation to take steps to eliminate low-level marijuana convictions in places where the drug is now legal, acknowledging the barriers that such offenses pose to minority, low-income and other people. Denver officials said Colorado law doesn’t allow them to go as far as some other cities and states in automatically dismissing or pardoning convictions. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 590 words, photos.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WILDLIFE REFUGES
WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges, including one in Colorado, to return staffers to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The partial restaffing of 38 wildlife refuges is angering wildlife groups, who accuse the Trump administration of trying to minimize the public impact of the more than two-week-old shutdown to limit the political blowback for President Donald Trump. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 900 words, national lines. AP Photo.
_ COLD CASE SLAYINGS-COLORADO _ The Nevada Supreme Court is taking up a prison inmate’s appeal of an extradition order sending him to Colorado to face murder charges in four slayings in suburban Denver dating to 1984. (With AP Photos)
_ POLICE-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ A former police officer in Colorado has been arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual assault, the second time he has been accused of a similar act while on duty.
_ RV PARKING BAN-COLORADO SPRINGS _ The Colorado Springs City Council has delayed an ordinance banning recreational vehicle parking on all city streets.
_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. gained 2.25 cents at 5.20 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 2 cents at 3.82 a bushel; Mar. oats was up 3 cents at $2.8575 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 5.25 cents at $9.1150 a bushel.
ENGLEWOOD — Forget RPOs. John Elway is going with AARP. The Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, 60, has accepted Elway’s offer to become the Denver Broncos’ next head coach, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Broncos didn’t announce the hiring, something the team won’t do until Fangio signs his contract. He’s expected to be introduced as the club’s 17th head coach on Thursday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 850 words, photos.
CALGARY, Alberta _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Calgary Flames. (Game starts at 7:30 p.m. MT)
SUPER BOWL TICKETS-LAWSUIT
Super Bowl tickets don’t figure to get any easier to come by — or any cheaper, probably — after a court ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by a fan against the National Football League. New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled that the NFL didn’t violate state consumer fraud laws with its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, a decision that likely will spell defeat for a federal lawsuit that seeks potentially millions of dollars in damages. By David Porter. SENT: 530 words.
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees host Baltimore and Washington is at home against the New York Mets on March 28, the first games of the earliest regular major league opening day. The commissioner’s office announced games times Wednesday for the schedule, which was released in August. The previous earliest regular start was March 30 in 2003, 2008 and 2014. SENT: 430 words.
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