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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 17, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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XGR-COLORADO BUDGET

DENVER _ Colorado Gov. Jared Polis pitched his plan for state-funded full-day kindergarten to lawmakers on Wednesday, calling it an opportunity to address educational and economic inequities facing young families. Polis asked for $227 million for full-day kindergarten — to start this fall — in a $33.7 billion budget request for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Funds for that and $25 million in implementation costs would come from surplus tax revenue legislative budget writers have to work with this session. By James Anderson. SENT: 560 words.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

TEEN VAPING-ADDICTION

WASHINGTON _ The nation’s top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine. E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, according to the latest U.S. figures, which show that Juul and similar products have quickly outpaced cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other substances that have been tracked over more than four decades. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

CONGRESS-RUSSIA SANCTIONS

WASHINGTON _ The Senate has narrowly upheld a Treasury Department decision to lift sanctions from three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. A vote to move forward on a Democratic resolution that would have reversed Treasury’s decision failed Wednesday on a 57-42 vote, just short of the 60 votes needed. The vote came up short even though several Republicans had criticized the sanctions move and 11 of them, including Colorado’s Cory Gardner, voted with Democrats. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 770 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PRO RODEO DEATH _ A professional bull rider died after a bull stomped on his chest during a competition at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. (With AP Photo)

_ DENVER ART-DAMAGE _ The Denver Art Museum now estimates the damage done by a vandal last month at less than $100,000, down from the nearly $2 million it initially reported to police.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-COLORADO _ Officials say a Colorado police officer shot a woman while investigating a stolen car.

_ COLORADO FUGITIVE ARRESTED _ Police in Goodyear say they have arrested a man wanted by Colorado authorities for multiple offenses.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. rose 1.50 cents at 5.1250 a bushel; Mar. corn was up 2.75 cents at 3.74 a bushel; Mar. oats gained 3 cents at $2.9550 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans was 1.25 cents higher at $8.9450 a bushel.

PHOTOS:

_ PRO RODEO DEATH

_ KING MONUMENT-DENVER _ Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. monument apparently vandalized.

SPORTS:

HUMBLED NUGGETS

The Denver Nuggets woke up out of first place in the Western Conference for the first time in 2019. Arriving at work on Wednesday, a stark reminder of just why awaited: Watching the footage of Golden State hitting 21 3-pointers. It wasn’t fun viewing. The playoff-contending Nuggets learned a hard truth in a 142-111 loss to the Warriors in which they allowed an NBA-record 51-point first quarter and all those 3-pointers: They still have plenty of work to do. By Pat Graham. SENT: 740 words, photos.

POURING IN 140

NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn’t done in 35 years. Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver. The Warriors went on to a 142-111 win that moved them ahead of the Nuggets into first place in the Western Conference. “They made a lot of shots, to be honest,” Denver’s Nikola Jokic said. “They played really good basketball at a high level.” SENT: 360 words, photos.

YANKEES-LEMAHIEU

NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu is putting away his mittens and packing more mitts. A star second baseman for Colorado, LeMahieu is set to join a crowded New York Yankees infield. “I was told to bring a lot of gloves,” he said Wednesday on a conference call. That’s fine with LeMahieu, who became a free agent after the season and got a $24 million, two-year contract with the Yankees. By Ben Walker. SENT: 600 words, photo.

AVALANCHE-SENATORS

The Colorado Avalanche visit the Ottawa Senators. (Game started at 5 p.m. MT)

BKC-UNLV-AIR FORCE

UNLV plays Air Force at Clune Arena.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ BRONCOS-KREITER PRO BOWL _ Denver Broncos third-year long snapper Casey Kreiter has been named to the Pro Bowl.

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