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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 20, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

OIL AND GAS RULES-COLORADO

DENVER _ The new-look Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is holding its inaugural meeting as it begins rewriting state rules to emphasize public safety instead of production. Commissioners meet in Denver on Tuesday for the first time since Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed a law mandating sweeping changes in oil and gas regulation.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

ELECTION 2020-MICHAEL BENNET-CLIMATE

DENVER _ Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Monday he wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury. His campaign’s climate plan also would require utilities to offer consumers green-energy options as the Colorado senator joined two rivals for the 2020 nomination, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who already have released detailed proposals on the issue. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 250 words.

GUN CONTROL-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A nonprofit that pushes for gun control laws nationwide said Monday that emails obtained through public records requests show a group of New Mexico sheriffs received extensive help from the National Rifle Association in their stance against state gun-control legislation. Brady, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, included excerpts from the emails in a report, saying NRA representatives penned op-ed drafts for the sheriffs, spoke at New Mexico Sheriffs Association meetings, and used the group to advance its agenda of blocking gun-control legislation. SENT: 440 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO-GRADUATION _ Seniors at a Colorado high school where a student was killed in a shooting two weeks ago are graduating.

_ COLORADO-DRUG DOGS _ The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that police require probable cause before deploying dogs trained to detect marijuana.

_ SPRING STORM-ROCKIES _ Officials are warning drivers traveling through a broad swath of central Colorado and Wyoming to be prepared for snow and ice as a late spring storm passes through.

_ PARK SERVICE RESEARCH-PROBE _ U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse is calling for an investigation to be reopened into allegations that the National Park Service tried to remove references to human-caused climate change from a University of Colorado researcher’s report.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for July advanced 13.25 cents at 4.7825 a bushel; Jul corn rose 5.75 cents at 3.89 a bushel; Jul oats was up 2.50 cents at $2.9650 bushel; while Jul soybeans gained 10 cents at $8.3175 a bushel.

SPORTS:

PAC-12-SPRING MEETINGS

Pac-12 revenue fell by $12 million in 2018 to $497 million because the conference could not make up for lost Rose Bowl revenue from when the game hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal after the 2017 season. Payouts to member schools rose 5% to $31.2 million each as conference distributions included money held back from Rose Bowl payments in the previous two years. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ BRONCOS-BAILEY _ The Denver Broncos will induct longtime cornerback and new Hall of Fame member Champ Bailey into the team’s Ring of Fame.

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