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BC-CO--Colorado News Coverage Advisory, CO

April 2, 2019

Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Colorado. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 303-825-0123 or apdenver@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

MOVED:

MARIJUANA PIONEERS-RELAXING RULES

SEATTLE _ When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Businesses would need to track plants and products with bar codes. Regulators would have to approve money invested to ensure it was not tied to criminals. Owners of pot operations would have to live in-state and pass background checks. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 961 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN HUSTLE

WASHINGTON _ How many ways can you measure the first quarter of the year? For Democratic presidential candidates, it’s 300-plus events, 24 states and hundreds of voter questions. A handful of candidates have lagged behind in their total number of first-quarter events, including former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee each holding 12 events. By Elana Schor. SENT: 1,127 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

FALLEN ELEPHANT-RESCUE _ An aging elephant at a Colorado zoo is recovering after being hoisted back to her feet with help from firefighters.

BANK COMPANY SALE-JOB CUTS _ Officials say more than 40 Dubuque jobs will be lost after MidWestOne’s purchase of ATBancorp is completed. Iowa City-based MidWestOne has 24 branches in Iowa, 13 in Minnesota, four in Wisconsin, two branches in Florida and one branch in Colorado.

COLORADO SNOWPACK-DROUGHT _ Recent figures show snowpack across Colorado is up by almost half after late-winter, early-spring storms. The Denver Post reports that while the snowfall that pounded Colorado’s mountains in recent weeks has helped break the near-term drought, water experts aren’t declaring an end to the troubling long-term trend of low water levels as the state’s climate shifts to greater deficiency of moisture.

PHOTOS:

MARIJUANA PIONEERS RELAXING RULES

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN HUSTLE

SPORTS:

HKN--OILERS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ The Edmonton Oilers visit the Colorado Avalanche. With AP Photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BBO--ROCKIES-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell makes his second start of the season when the Tampa Bay Rays continue a three-game series against lefty Kyle Freeland and the Colorado Rockies. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 5 p.m. game.

BKN--NUGGETS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Golden State Warriors hold a one-game lead on Denver for the best record in the Western Conference as the Nuggets visit Oracle Arena. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6:30 p.m. game.