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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 28, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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XGR-HOSPITAL TRANSPARENCY

DENVER _ Colorado hospitals will be required to report annual spending in an effort to curb health care prices under a bill Gov. Jared Polis is signing into law Thursday. The bipartisan legislation is key to Polis’ efforts to reduce health care costs and increase price transparency in a state where rural residents often pay some of the nation’s highest insurance rates. By James Anderson. SENT: 400 words. Will be updated after 2 p.m. bill signing.

LAW ENFORCEMENT-POT OR HEMP?

PORTLAND, Ore. _ Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. late last year and expanded an industry already booming because of the skyrocketing popularity of CBDs, a compound in hemp that many see as a health aid. But now, just a few months after Congress placed the marijuana look-alike squarely in safe legal territory, the hemp industry has been unsettled by an unexpected development. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,154 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD PORN-DOCTOR _ Records show a Denver-area doctor admitted to secretly taping nude young boys while he examined them. KMGH-TV reported on Wednesday that court documents filed after Justin Bowen Neisler’s detention hearing Tuesday say the doctor admitted to taping young boys.

HANGING LAKE MANAGEMENT _ The city of Glenwood Springs and the Forest Service partnership for Hanging Lake has announced that reservations for a permit to visit Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon will be available to buy at 10 a.m. on Monday.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

INTERIOR-BERNHARDT

WASHINGTON _ The former oil and gas lobbyist nominated to head the Interior Department declined on Thursday to commit to recusing himself from future regulatory decisions involving past clients, telling senators “you want to have your A quarterback on the team.” David Bernhardt appeared before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which was considering his nomination as Interior secretary. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, defended Bernhardt, saying his past work for industries and previous stints as a senior staffer at Interior gave him valuable experience. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 624 words, photo.

SPORTS:

FAST FRIENDS

Ten years ago, Mikaela Shiffrin visited a friend and fellow ski racer in the hospital who was diagnosed with cancer. Thomas Walsh could barely sit up or eat and later had parts of his pelvis and lung removed due to the tumors. Shiffrin grew up skiing with Walsh, the two sharing a similar instructor in Shiffrin’s mom and an equally similar passion for the slopes. By Pat Graham. SENT: 979 words, photos.

BBN--ROCKIES-MARLINS

MIAMI _ Kyle Freeland, who had a breakdown season last year, starts for the Colorado Rockies in their season opener Thursday against Jose Urena and the Miami Marlins. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 4:10 p.m. ET.MIAMI _ Kyle Freeland, who had a breakdown season last year, starts for the Colorado Rockies in their season opener Thursday against Jose Urena and the Miami Marlins. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 2:10 p.m. game.

BKN--HOUSTON-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ The Houston Rockets look to bounce back from a loss to the Bucks when they host the Denver Nuggets, who are just 1/2 game behind the first-place Warriors in the Western Conference. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos from 6 p.m. game.

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