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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 22, 2018

Colorado at 5:30 p.m.

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MISSING WOMAN-COLORADO

DENVER — The fiance of a Colorado woman who has been missing since Thanksgiving Day was arrested Friday on allegations of killing the mother of his child, and police said she likely died at her house in a mountain town. But authorities declined to say whether they had found the body of Kelsey Berreth, 29, what led to the arrest of Patrick Michael Frazee and what motive there might be for Berreth’s disappearance and slaying. By Jim Anderson and Mead Gruver. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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FBI AGENT-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

DENVER — A dancing FBI agent who accidentally shot a man in the leg after doing a backflip at a Denver bar will avoid jail time after pleading guilty Friday to third-degree assault. Chase Bishop, 30, struck a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to two years of probation, The Denver Post reported. He also must pay more than $1,600 in fines and court costs. SENT: 310 words, photo.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

LEGAL HEMP-FDA

SEATTLE — The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop. CBD oils have become increasingly popular in lotions, tinctures and foods, but their legal status has been murky and the Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to some companies making health claims for CBD. By Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 400 words, photo.

NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR-CABINET

SANTA FE, N.M. — Democratic New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham named new leaders Friday to three agencies that oversee state procurement, economic development incentives, and professional licensing and consumer protection regulations. Lujan Grisham succeeds termed-out Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Jan. 1. Newly appointed Cabinet secretaries begin work at the same time, prior to confirmation by a Democrat-led state Senate. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 410 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRUMP-SCHOOL SAFETY _ The parents of a man killed in a 2012 mass shooting say the White House’s new school safety recommendations include a “significant inaccuracy” about a campaign they founded.

_ COLORADO MARIJUANA _ Beginning next year, Colorado will bring in more tax revenue from wholesale deals involving marijuana intended to be sold to consumers after the average prices of those wholesale products rose in the latter part of this year.

_ FIRE DANGER _ Weather forecasters warn of high fire danger amid gusty winds and warm temperatures in southern Colorado.

_ DEPUTIES-CAR CRASH _ Friends, family and fellow officers gathered in Pueblo to pay their respects to a southern Colorado sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a car crash while responding to a disturbance.

_ COLD CASE MURDER _ Investigators say they have figured out what happened to a man suspected in a fatal stabbing in suburban Denver more than two decades ago.

_ BORDER-TROOPS _ The U.S. military says the number of active duty troops deployed at the border with Mexico is down to about 2,600.

_ CARIBOU COFFEE HACKED _ The parent company of Caribou Coffee and Bruegger’s Bagels says hackers gained access to customer information at 265 of its stores, mostly in Minnesota.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. was off 9.50 cents at 5.14 a bushel; Mar. corn was up 3.25 cent at 3.7350 a bushel; Mar. oats was down 1 cent at $2.8025 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans fell 8.75 cents at $8.8475 a bushel.

SPORTS:

KEEPING VANCE JOSEPH

ENGLEWOOD _ Across the airwaves, the consensus is that Vance Joseph is about to coach his final two games in Denver. Hold on. Although the Broncos (6-8) must beat the Raiders and Chargers to avoid their first back-to-back losing seasons in 46 years, there’s a strong case for John Elway to keep the coach who’s won just 11 of 30 games since taking over a team that was a year removed from a Super Bowl title. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 870 words, photo.

ROCKIES-MURPHY

DENVER — Daniel Murphy had no second thoughts about the Colorado Rockies bringing him in to play first base. As for taking his kids to get a picture with Santa at the mall just days before the holiday? Hey, at least the whole family was wearing Rockies purple for the photo. “Stood in line for an hour and a half,” Murphy cracked Friday in a teleconference call from Jacksonville, Florida. “I’m just excited it all went through.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 830 words, photo.

T25-DENVER-GONZAGA

SPOKANE, Wash. _ Denver plays at Gonzaga on Friday night. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

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