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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 6, 2019

Colorado at 1:10 p.m.

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XGR-COLORADO-DEATH PENALTY

DENVER _ Democrats who control Colorado’s Legislature are rushing to act on a bill to repeal the state’s little-used death penalty. The Senate Judiciary Committee hears the bill Wednesday, just two days after the proposal was introduced. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

XGR-OIL AND GAS OVERHAUL

DENVER _ A plan to refocus Colorado’s oil and gas regulations on health and safety passed its first milestone in the Legislature on Wednesday after 187 people testified during a 12-hour hearing. The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee voted 4-3 to approve a measure that would require regulators to make the protection of human health and the environment their top priority. Current law makes energy production the primary goal. SENT: 250 words. AP Photos.

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ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

CLIMATE CHANGE-EDUCATION

HARTFORD, Conn. _ A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative viewpoints without fear of losing their jobs. As climate change becomes a hotter topic in American classrooms, politicians around the country are pushing back against the near-universal scientific consensus that global warming is real, dire and man-made. By Michael Melia. SENT: 570 words, national lines. AP Photos.

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IN BRIEF:

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED _ Lawyers for the parents of a Colorado woman murdered by her husband say he killed her after she threatened to keep him from seeing their children because he wanted a divorce.

COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO-DENVERITE _ Colorado Public Radio is buying the online news site Denverite. Colorado Public Radio announced Wednesday that Denverite’s team will join its staff but continue to focus on covering Denver for locals.

SPORTS:

BKN--NUGGETS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES _Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets look to end the three-game losing streak that has knocked them out of first place in the Western Conference when they visit LeBron James and the slumping Lakers. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 8:30 p.m. game.

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