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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 15, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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MISSING WOMAN-COLORADO

DENVER _ An official leading the search for a missing Colorado woman urged her fiance to speak with investigators, saying Friday that police believe he is the last person to see the 29-year-old “face to face” since Thanksgiving. Police also began searching the property of Kelsey Berreth’s fiance, Patrick Frazee. Officials said completing the search could take days and did not immediately disclose any information about why they were combing the property in the tiny community of Florissant, south of Denver. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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JUVENILE SENTENCING

DENVER _ A Colorado man sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole for his involvement in a fatal 1995 carjacking as a teenager will be released next year, the state’s outgoing governor ordered Friday. The order means Curtis Brooks will be released from prison on July 1, with a five-year term of parole. Gov. John Hickenlooper also commuted the sentences of five other prisoners serving life terms without a chance at parole, setting parole eligibility dates ranging from four to 10 years from now. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 710 words, photo.

OLY-SALT LAKE-WINTER BID

Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse. The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utah’s capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada. By Eddie Pells and Brady McCombs. SENT: 580 words.

APPLE-NEW CAMPUSES

AUSTIN, Texas _ One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions _ and offer huge sums of public money _ in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move. The outcome was largely the same: Amazon and Apple are running out of room in their West Coast hometowns and establishing a major foothold in a handful of U.S. cities already known as second-tier technology hubs. By Michael Liedtke And Matt O’brien And Will Weissert. SENT: 950 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ LOVELAND-PEDESTRIAN DEATH _ A 47-year-old Colorado man has pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide in the death of 13-year-old boy.

_ THE WEEKLY STANDARD-SHUTTERS _ Conservative magazine The Weekly Standard is closing down after 23 years.

_ COLORADO LEASE SALE _ A federal oil and gas lease sale in Colorado netted nearly $1 million in revenue.

_ ANIMAS RIVER RESTORATION _ The restoration of the Animas River is underway, as Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have poured 1,500 rainbow trout into the river.

_ GIRAFFE DEATH _ Zoo officials say the oldest giraffe in North America has died in Colorado Springs after her health rapidly declined.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. lost 6 cents at 5.30 a bushel; Dec. corn was up 2.75 cents at 3.7825 a bushel; Mar. oats fell 6 cents at $2.8750 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans was off 6.50 cents at $9.0050 a bushel.

SPORTS:

OLY-SALT LAKE-WINTER BID

Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse. The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utah’s capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada. By Eddie Pells and Brady McCombs. SENT: 580 words.

AVALANCHE-BLUES

ST. LOUIS _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the St. Louis Blues. By Joe Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts 6 p.m. MT)

THUNDER-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Friday night. (Game starts 8 p.m. MT)

OLY-USOC-SEX ABUSE

The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors meets for the first time since the release of a scathing report that outlined failures in catching and curbing Larry Nassar’s abuse of hundreds of athletes. By Eddie Pells. UPCOMING

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