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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 17, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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IN BRIEF:

SEX ASSAULT CONVICTION OVERTURNED _ A Colorado judge has overturned an attempted sexual assault conviction after the victim testified in a separate trial that the sexual contact between her and the man was consensual.

OPRAH-COMMENCEMENT-COLORADO _ Oprah Winfrey will give the commencement address to Colorado College graduates on Sunday.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO _ Funeral services are held for an 18-year-old student killed during a school shooting in a Denver suburb. AP photos planned of burial ceremony. With AP Photos.

STOLEN SNO-CAT-DUKES OF HAZZARD _ A Colorado man has been ordered to pay more than $28,000 to cover damages after he pleaded guilty to stealing a Sno-Cat painted to look like the “General Lee” car featured in the TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The Vail Daily reports the owners of the Sno-Cat said Jason Cuervo damaged the tracks, axles and electrical system after stealing it last year.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

PRISON HEALTH CARE-EMPLOYEES

PHOENIX — Two companies that provide health care in jails and prisons across the United States have agreed to pay $950,000 to resolve a lawsuit that alleged it discriminated against employees with disabilities by failing to accommodate them, requiring them to be fully healed before they can return to work, and firing them. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 346 words, photo.

BORDER WALL-LAWSUITS

SAN FRANCISCO _ President Donald Trump is moving fast to spend billions of dollars to build a wall on the Mexican border with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts. On Friday, a federal judge in Oakland, California, will consider arguments in two cases that seek to block the White House from spending Defense and Treasury Department money for wall construction. California and 19 other states brought one lawsuit; the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, brought the other. By Daisy Nguyen and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 658 words, photos. Will be updated.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON _ Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, “totally brilliant,” high-skilled workers he says won’t compete for American jobs. Trump’s sweeping immigration plan is more a campaign document than anything else. It’s a White House attempt to stretch beyond the “build-the-wall” rhetoric that swept the president to office but may not be enough to deliver him a second term. As Trump heads into reelection season, his campaign sees the plan as a way to help him look more reasonable on a signature issue than he often seems — and to cast Democrats as blocking him. By Zeke Miller, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,201 words, photos.

PHOTOS:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO _ Funeral services are held for an 18-year-old student killed during a school shooting in a Denver suburb.

SPORTS:

BBM--TEBOW’S JOURNEY

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Six weeks into his first year of Triple-A baseball, former quarterback Tim Tebow is struggling with the Syracuse Mets of the International League. By John Kekis. SENT: 1,039 words, photos.

BBN--ROCKIES-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA _ Cole Irvin (1-0) makes his second career start for the Phillies and Jon Gray (3-4) goes for the Rockies. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 8:05 p.m. game. By Rob Maaddi.

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