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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 14, 2019

Colorado at 6 p.m.

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WINTER WEATHER

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A window-rattling late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. “This is a very epic cyclone,” said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center. “We’re looking at something that will go down in the history books.” In Colorado, a state patrol officer was hit and killed by a car as he was helping another driver who slid off Interstate 76 near Denver. By Bob Moen and Dan Elliott. SENT: 740 words, photos and video.

With: WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

MINE WASTE SPILL-CLEANUP

DENVER _ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is laying out its long-term cleanup goals for old mining sites in southwestern Colorado, focusing on cleaning up rivers, keeping mine waste out of waterways and preventing blowouts of heavily polluted water from mine shafts. By Dan Elliott. UPCOMING: 300 words.

ELECTION 2020-BIPARTISANSHIP

WASHINGTON _ When John Hickenlooper announced his Democratic presidential campaign, he vowed to sit down with the Senate’s top Republican if he wins in 2020 — the kind of milquetoast pitch for bipartisanship that White House hopefuls have made for generations. But for some Democrats, Hickenlooper’s pledge landed with a thud. Still stung by President Barack Obama’s fierce battles with Republicans and at odds with nearly every policy the GOP has pursued during the Trump administration, some Democrats say they have little interest in talk of cross-party cooperation. By Julie Pace. SENT: 960 words, photo.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

MONTANA CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Wednesday he’s backing state legislation that aims to prevent foreign money from influencing state elections by closing a loophole created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling that allows corporate spending in elections. Bullock said the bill will outlaw foreign spending in Montana elections by preventing foreign corporations, governments and nationals from hiding behind domestic shell companies to make such contributions. A hearing for the bill sponsored by Sen. Nate McConnell, D-Missoula, not been set. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 410 words.

TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS

Congressional Democrats and tribal leaders renewed criticism Wednesday of President Donald Trump for scaling back two national monuments in Utah following a wider review of lands protected around the country by past presidents. The 2017 national monument review had a predetermined outcome and didn’t take into account tribal interests despite some of the lands being sacred to them, lawmakers and tribal leaders said during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in Washington. By Brady Mccombs and Matthew Brown. SENT: 730 words, photos.

GRAND TETON-CELL TOWERS

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ People who have long been critical of a plan to put more cell towers in Grand Teton National Park are getting the opportunity to officially weigh in on the project. Grand Teton National Park in western Wyoming seeks thoughts from the public on plans for a new network of cell towers amid questions about how the National Park Service balances public safety with the experience of wilderness. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 550 words, photo.

INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT

NEW ORLEANS _ A 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children is an unconstitutional race-based intrusion on state powers that has caused families to be “literally torn apart,” an attorney told a federal appeals court Wednesday. But supporters of the decades-old law say it’s needed to protect and preserve Native American culture and families. In court, lawyers for Indian tribes argued that the law’s definition of an Indian child is based not on race, but on tribal political affiliations. By Kevin Mcgill. SENT: 780 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ IMMIGRANT DRIVERS LICENSES-COLORADO _ Colorado’s Senate has endorsed legislation to expand a program allowing residents who are in the country illegally to obtain drivers licenses.

_ HOSPITAL TRANSPARENCY _ Colorado’s Senate has tentatively endorsed legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures to help lower health care costs.

_ OIL AND GAS CONFLICTS-COLORADO _ Colorado’s Senate has passed a contentious bill to grant more local control over oil and gas drilling operations.

_ FINANCE RULES COMPLAINT-DURANGO _ A Durango resident has accused the city’s manager and four city councilors of using city resources to advocate for a tax increase to pay for the operation, maintenance and construction of streets and street-related improvements.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. fell 6 cents at 4.4025 a bushel; Mar. corn was up .75 cent at 3.5725 a bushel; Mar. oats rose 1.25 cents at $2.60 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans gained 4.25 cents at $8.89 a bushel.

SPORTS:

FREE AGENCY-BRONCOS

ENGLEWOOD — John Elway cycles through quarterbacks and head coaches at a dizzying rate. Yet, what’s really an annual rite of spring in Denver is his shuffling of the Broncos’ offensive line. After hiring his fourth head coach in six seasons and swapping out quarterbacks again this offseason, the Broncos general manager targeted Ja’Wuan James in free agency, luring the ex-Dolphins lineman with a four-year deal worth up to $51 million, making him the NFL’s highest-paid right tackle. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 710 words, photos.

BKC-PAC12-COLORADO-CALIFORNIA

LAS VEGAS _ McKinley Wright IV scored 18 points and Colorado held off California 56-51 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament. The fifth-seeded Buffaloes (20-11) had a hard time holding onto the ball, committing a season-high 23 turnovers, but made up for it by shutting down the Bears defensively. By John Marshall. SENT: 530 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ BKC-COLORADO ST-BOISE ST _ Zach Haney had 16 points and seven rebounds and Derrick Alston posted 17 points as Boise State defeated Colorado State 66-57 in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament on Wednesday. (With AP Photos)

_ WORLD CUP-US GAMES _ USA Basketball has added two games to its schedule in advance of this summer’s FIBA World Cup in China.

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