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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 5, 2018

Colorado at 5:30 p.m.

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DENVER — Denver officials are planning to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. Colorado was among the first states to broadly allow the use and sale of marijuana by adults, but cities elsewhere have led the way on automatic expungement of past misdemeanor marijuana convictions. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 330 words, photo.


SEVERANCE — A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be — his little brother. Dane Best, who lives in the often snow-swept town of Severance, presented his arguments at a town board meeting Monday night, and members voted unanimously to lift the ban. SENT: 350 words, photos and video.


DENVER — A utility serving 3.6 million electricity customers in eight states says it will try to eliminate all its carbon emissions from electrical generation by 2050. Xcel Energy made the announcement Tuesday in Denver. CEO Ben Fowke says the company set the goal as a response to climate change. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. UPCOMING: 300 words.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock. It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around Bennu on Dec. 31. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small cosmic body. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 610 words, photo.



MOOSE, Wyo. — Spotting a mountain goat perched high on a cliff might thrill many of the millions of tourists who visit Grand Teton National Park every year, but park officials say it might be time for the agile, bearded animals to go. Park officials announced Tuesday they’re taking public comment on a plan to kill or relocate the mountain goats. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 400 words, photo.


HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals Tuesday evening from a death row inmate who’s scheduled to be executed for the death of a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery 18 years ago. Joseph Garcia, 47, is slated to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. at state penitentiary in Huntsville. He was among the notorious “Texas 7” gang of inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000 and then committed numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot 29-year-old Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 times, killing him. By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk. SENT: 600 words, photo on national lines.


— SUPERVISED DRUG-USE SITE — Federal authorities say Denver’s proposal to host a facility where people can use drugs under the supervision of medical professionals is illegal.

— WESTERN STATE-NAME CHANGE — Western State Colorado University has dropped “state” from its name as part of an unofficial rebranding.

— GUN ROBBERY-TRUCK — Police say thieves used a cement truck to break in and steal guns from a shop in suburban Denver.

— DUI FATAL SENTENCE — A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a drunken-driving crash in Colorado Springs that killed three people, including his brother.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. was up 3.50 cents at 5.1925 a bushel; Dec. corn rose 3 cents at 3.7425 a bushel; Dec. oats lost 3.25 cents at $2.8350 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 6 cents at $9.1175 a bushel.



ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos have signed veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor to add depth to their defensive backfield with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. out with chip fracture in his lower right leg. Taylor is a six-year pro from Boise State who has appeared in 74 career games and made 41 career starts with the Arizona Cardinals (2018), Cleveland Browns (2016-17) and Miami Dolphins (2013-15). By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 230 words.


PITTSBURGH — The Colorado Avalanche visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL action Tuesday. (Game started at 5 p.m. MT)


BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes have won three straight heading into their game against South Dakota on Tuesday night. With a win, Colorado will capture its 1,300th victory in program history. The team is 1,299-1,198 over 116 seasons. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)


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