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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

February 28, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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OIL AND GAS DRILLING-COLORADO

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic lawmakers will discuss planned legislation Thursday that is widely expected to deal with regulations on oil and gas drilling. Developing from 1 p.m. announcement. Photos planned.

IMMIGRANT DRIVERS LICENSES-COLORADO

DENVER _ A bipartisan bill to make it easier for Colorado residents who are in the country illegally to obtain state drivers licenses has passed a Senate committee. The bill would increase the number of Department of Motor Vehicles offices offering the special licenses from three to 10. By James Anderson. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 450 words, file photo by 3 p.m.

MORE FROM THE LEGISLATURE:

E-CIGARETTES-COLORADO-CRACKDOWN _ A bill to ban vaping in public spaces where smoking isn’t allowed has cleared its first Colorado House committee hearing. The bill would add electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act. E-cigarettes heat a nicotine solution into a vapor that’s inhaled

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

FARM DEBT

WICHITA, Kan. _ The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due around Jan. 1, in part to give producers enough time to sell crops and livestock and to give them more flexibility in timing interest payments for tax filing purposes. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 1,010 words, photo.

COYOTE FUR

HERKIMER, N.Y. _ Those fur-trimmed parkas so common on city sidewalks have become a boon to backwoods trappers. Coyote fur pelts are in big demand to provide the lush, silvery or tawny-tinged arcs of fur on the hoods on Canada Goose coats and their many global imitators. The top price at a recent Colorado auction hit $170, a 40 percent increase from four years ago. SENT: 675 words, photos.

ICE CASTLES

NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. _ Thousands of people are flocking to a winter wonderland constructed from ice in New Hampshire, one of six in North America. Other parks are located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Excelsior, Minnesota; Dillon, Colorado; Midway, Utah; and Edmonton, Alberta. This year, the attractions will stand until early March in most locations. SENT: 634 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SCHOOL CLOSED-ILLNESS _ A public middle school in northeast Colorado has been closed for two days in an effort to stop the spread of a norovirus outbreak. A news release from Greeley-Evans School District 6 says the Franklin Middle School in Greeley was closed Thursday and Friday and scheduled to reopen Monday.

PHOTOS:

OIL AND GAS DRILLING-COLORADO

IMMIGRANT DRIVERS LICENSES-COLORADO

DEMARYIUS THOMAS-CRASH

BKN--JAZZ NUGGETS

SPORTS:

DEMARYIUS THOMAS-CRASH

Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans receiver Demaryius Thomas has been arrested on allegations including felony vehicular assault stemming from a crash earlier this month. Thomas was taken into custody Wednesday after turning himself in and was also being held on allegations of reckless driving and not having proof of insurance, both misdemeanors, police said Thursday. SENT: 335 words.

BBN--ROCKIES-DODGERS

Colorado plays Los Angeles at Camelback Ranch. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

BKN--JAZZ NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets take a nine-game home winning streak into the game against Utah on Thursday night. The Nuggets are a league-best 27-4 at the Pepsi Center. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 8:30 a.m. game.

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