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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 7, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES

BILLINGS — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres in the American West. Land management documents released by the U.S. Interior Department show the administration intends to open more public lands to leasing and allow waivers for drilling to encroach into the habitat of greater sage grouse. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 890 words, photos.

With: SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES-THE LATEST

POLICE-SEXUAL ASSAULT

DENVER _ A former police officer in Colorado was on duty when he sexually assaulted a woman after offering her a safe ride home, according to charges filed Thursday by Denver prosecutors. Randall Butler, who resigned from the Lakewood Police Department after Denver police began their investigation, was charged with two counts of sexual assault. He has not yet entered a plea. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 410 words, photo.

OIL AND GAS DRILLING-COLORADO

DENVER — Colorado oil and gas regulators are considering enlarging the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property. A proposal released by the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission late Wednesday afternoon would require new wells to be at least 1,000 feet (305 meters) from buildings as well as outdoor areas that schools use, such as playgrounds and athletic fields. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 340 words.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS

NEW YORK — Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year’s end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May, a full three months before the premier debate of the 2016 cycle. And long-rumored White House hopefuls are already bowing out. By Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,250 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-CHARTER SCHOOLS

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor’s race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country’s highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state’s attorney general, ultimately lost to Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat and former state lawmaker who pledged on the campaign trail to “put an end to the DeVos agenda.” She has promised to stop new for-profit schools from opening and to demand more accountability from charter schools. By Sally Ho. SENT: 800 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLORADO-MISSING BOY _ A Colorado man accused of killing his 13-year-old son is appearing in court for a two-week hearing to determine what evidence will be allowed at trial and where the trial will be held.

_ FRONTIER AIRLINES-PILOTS _ Frontier Airlines pilots will be voting on whether to accept a new contract proposal over the holidays.

_ HOMELESS CAMP CLEANUP _ A large homeless camp in Colorado Springs will be cleared out by Monday after the city received permission from landowners to remove tents and residents.

_ REGENTS-TUITION _ Students from six surrounding states will soon pay the same tuition rate as South Dakota residents at the state’s public universities.

_ INTERSTATE STANDOFF-STABBING _ A standoff that shut down Interstate 70 for more than two hours in western Colorado started after authorities say a man cut the throat of another man trying to help him after a car crash.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Dec. declined 9.25 cents at 5.0525 a bushel; Dec. corn fell 2.25 cents at 3.72 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 3 cents at $2.84 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans was up 7.50 cents at $8.9475 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-49ERS PREVIEW

SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ When Kyle Shanahan was up for a head coaching job in the NFL two offseasons ago, he had one of his interviews in a very familiar place. Shanahan met with Denver general manager John Elway for about four hours to interview for a job his dad, Mike, held for 14 seasons, helping Elway and the Broncos win a pair of Super Bowl titles. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With: BRONCOS-49ERS PREVIEW CAPSULE _ DENVER (6-6) at SAN FRANCISCO (2-10) Monday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS By The Associated Press.

RELYING ON ROOKIES

ENGLEWOOD _ John Elway’s plan has worked brilliantly. After watching his 2017 rookie class crater in crunch time, the Broncos general manager placed high value on experience and maturity this spring. Those criteria produced a cast packed with players who had spent four years in college and who had been captains for their teams. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 860 words, photos.

COLORADO-TUCKER

BOULDER — New Colorado coach Mel Tucker took a tour of the football facilities with his two teenage sons. Typically, his kids aren’t easy to impress. “We get back to hotel room and the boys said, ‘Are you kidding me? We can win here!’” Tucker said Thursday at his introductory news conference. “I’m like, ‘What do you think we’re doing here? We’re here to win. We’re here to win big.’” By Pat Graham. SENT: 780 words, photos.

AP ALL-PAC-12

There’s no question at quarterback: Washington State’s Gardner Minshew II leads the way in the Pac-12. Minshew, a graduate transfer who leads the nation with an average of 373.1 passing yards per game, was the unanimous choice for first-team quarterback on The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team, selected by a panel of sports writers who cover the conference. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 920 words, photos.

AVALANCHE-PANTHERS

SUNRISE, Fla. _ The Florida Panthers, who are last in the Atlantic Division, play at home for the first time since Oct. 20 when they face Edmonton on Thursday. By Paul Gereffi. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. (Game started at 5 p.m. MT)

FRE-WOMEN’S HALFPIPE-CHAMPION SHARPE

Cassie Sharpe was name-dropped in a tweet by movie star Ryan Reynolds, saw a little girl dressed up as her for Halloween and even got her face on a pair of socks owned by the prime minister. These things can happen when you win Olympic gold. 630 words, photos.

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