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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 18, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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EVANS — The person shot and wounded by a Colorado police officer after a car chase on Wednesday is a sheriff’s deputy from a nearby county, authorities said Thursday. Adams County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dan Monares told KMGH-TV on Thursday that the injured person is employed as a deputy. Monares did not provide the deputy’s name or other details. He did not immediately return a phone message seeking more information. SENT: 220 words.



PORTLAND, Ore. _ Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year’s fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the break from the flames to prepare for the next onslaught, but much of that effort has ground to a halt on U.S. land because employees are furloughed. Firefighting training courses are being canceled from Tennessee to Oregon, piles of dead trees are untended in federal forests and controlled burns to thin dry vegetation aren’t getting done. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 830 words, photos.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates _ Iran kept up its criticism Thursday of the FBI’s apparent arrest of an American anchorwoman from Iran’s state-run English-language TV channel, with its foreign minister saying “she’s done nothing but journalism.” The hard-line Vatan-e Emrooz paper criticized the detention of Press TV’s Marzieh Hashemi as “Saudi-style behavior with a critical journalist.” By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 390 words, photos.


_ SKYDIVING DEATH _ An investigation has determined that the death of a 23-year-old skydiver last October in Colorado was an accident.

_ COLORADO GOVERNOR-ELECTRIC VEHICLES _ Colorado’s new governor is taking several steps to promote the use of electric and zero-emission vehicles.

_ HEMP SHIPMENT SEIZURE _ The president of a medical-grade hemp company in Colorado is working with authorities in Oklahoma to get back a shipment of about 18,000 pounds of hemp that was seized by police.

_ CELL TOWER-FATAL FALL _ The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a Colorado technician who fell from a cell tower in southwestern South Dakota.

_ MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION _ Maine officials will host a hearing about an appeal of a contract to serve as the state’s cannabis consultant.

_ BANKERS SURVEY _ A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests banks are growing increasingly concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. rose 5.25 cents at 5.1775 a bushel; Mar. corn was up 6 cents at 3.80 a bushel; Mar. oats gained .25 cent at $2.9575 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans advanced 13.25 cents at $9.0775 a bushel.



DENVER _ The Chicago Bulls have lost eight straight heading into their game against Denver on Thursday night. What’s more, the Bulls haven’t won in the Mile High City since Feb. 8, 2006. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)


NEW YORK — While shying away from high-priced free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the New York Yankees are boosting their bullpen. Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Yankees agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is subject to a successful physical. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 400 words, photo.


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