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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 4, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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ELECTION 2020-JOHN HICKENLOOPER

DENVER _ Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Monday he’s running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who’s used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically divided state. “I’m running for president because we need dreamers in Washington, but we also need to get things done,” Hickenlooper, 67, said in a video announcing his campaign. “I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver.” By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,006 words, photos.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

Monday marks yet another federal deadline for seven Western states to wrap up work on a plan to ensure the drought-stricken Colorado River can deliver water to millions of people who depend on it. Without a consensus from the states, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it is accepting comments from governors about what to do next. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER-COLORADO

DENVER _ The avalanche danger in Colorado’s northern and central mountains was high Monday a day after a snow slide tumbled down a mountain and spilled across an interstate. The avalanche happened Sunday on I-70, a highway that connects the Denver area to ski resorts, between Frisco and Copper Mountain. No injuries were reported. SENT: 239 words.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

ETHIOPIA-US-ERITREA

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia _ A U.S. congressional delegation has visited Eritrea for the first time in 14 years as Washington seeks closer contact with the long-reclusive state in the Horn of Africa after it made surprising peace with Ethiopia last year. “Eritrea has been a mystery,” Karen Bass told reporters in Ethiopia on Monday after visiting Asmara with fellow lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Joe Neguse, whose parents fled Eritrea in the early 1980s as it fought for independence. By Elias Meseret. SENT: 481 words.

MAJORING IN MARIJUANA

Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she’s majoring in marijuana. “My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed,” said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University. “I say, ‘No, it’s a serious degree, a chemistry degree first and foremost. It’s hard work. Organic chemistry is a bear.’” By Mary Esch. SENT: 990 words, photos.

ELI LILLY-INSULIN PRICE CUT

INDIANAPOLIS _ Eli Lilly is offering a half-price version of a top-selling insulin to ease the financial strain imposed on some patients, but an advocacy group says much bigger changes are needed. The drugmaker said Monday it will introduce a version of the diabetes treatment Humalog that will be called Insulin Lispro and come with an initial price 50 percent lower than Humalog’s current rate of about $275 per vial. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 674 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-BILL CLINTON

WASHINGTON _ Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party has changed. So far, none of the party’s early front-runners has had a formal meeting with Clinton. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was meeting with Hillary Clinton at the couple’s Chappaqua, New York, home when the former president stopped by and sat in on the rest of the meeting. By Julie Pace. SENT: 1,080 words.

MUSIC-DIERKS BENTLEY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ After watching a recent documentary about the doomed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, country star Dierks Bentley was appalled at how it all went disastrously wrong. Bentley knows the pressure of putting on a destination music festival that he’s invested in and curated as he’s heading into the second year for the Seven Peaks Music Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado, a small town about two hours outside of Denver. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 526 words, photo.

SPORTS:

BKN--NUGGETS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets try to stop a two-game slide in a visit to the Spurs, who are going for a sweep of a three-game homestand coming off their rough rodeo trip. The Nuggets have lost 12 straight in San Antonio. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 6:30 p.m. game.

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