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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 27, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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LATINO VOTE

LITTLETON _ Republicans are holding onto a steady share of the Latino vote in the Trump era. With a Republican president who targets immigrants from Latin America, some analysts predicted a Latino backlash against the GOP. But it hasn’t happened. Data from AP’s VoteCast survey suggests Republicans are holding onto support from Latino evangelicals and veterans. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,122 words, photos.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana. Canada ushered in broad legalization, and Mexico’s Supreme Court set the stage for that country to follow. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,132 words, photos.

BEYOND PLUTO

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world. Lead scientist Alan Stern of Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, expects the New Year’s encounter to be riskier and more difficult than the rendezvous with Pluto. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 831 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL I-70 CRASH _ Residents of a Colorado mountain community are mourning the loss of a mother of four and teacher who was killed in a Christmas Eve car crash on Interstate 70.

ATTORNEY GENERAL-VETERANS _ Minnesota’s attorney general says a Colorado-based charity has agreed to spend $425,000 on programs benefiting veterans and then dissolve itself to settle allegations it falsely promised donors to use their money to buy phone cards for service members and their families.

COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH _ People who have not been charged with a crime now will not be given a bed at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan in Denver for the foreseeable future. KUSA-TV reports the Colorado Department of Human Services announced that patients discharged from the hospital are being replaced with someone in the criminal justice system as of Christmas Eve.

NATIONAL GUARD-CYBER PROTECTION _ National Guard soldiers from Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah are deploying to Fort Meade, Maryland, as part of a cyber protection team supporting U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.

SPORTS:

HKN--AVALANCHE-KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 6 p.m. game.

FBN--BRONCOS-ROBY’S RETORT

ENGLEWOOD _ A late call had Bradley Roby seething. Not a penalty, just a rebuke from an announcer. The Denver Broncos cornerback was called out by ESPN commentator and former NFL tight end Jason Witten for standing around on a run play late in a loss to the Oakland Raiders. Heading into free agency, to be called a quitter was the last thing he could afford. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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FBN--CHARGERS-BRONCOS PREVIEW CAPSULE

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