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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 21, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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OIL AND GAS RULES-COLORADO

DENVER _ Colorado officials say they have no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to focus on health, safety and the environment. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 130 word update, photos. Will be expanded.

INTERSTATE 70-FATAL PILEUP

DENVER _ Colorado prosecutors want a judge to require a GPS monitor for the truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people on a highway now that the man has bonded out of jail. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 369 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

US-RUSSIA AIRCRAFT _ U.S. fighter jets have intercepted six Russian in international airspace in the vicinity of Alaska.

TRUMP-HEALTH CARE-RELIGIOUS BELIEFS _ Nearly two dozen states, including Colorado, and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs.

SPRING STORM-ROCKIES _ A late spring storm has dumped heavy, wet snow in Colorado and Wyoming, cancelling flights and snapping newly greened up tree limbs. The check in lines were long at Denver International Airport Tuesday morning with travelers from earlier canceled flights hoping to fly out.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

COLORADO RIVER DROUGHT PLAN _ Federal, state and tribal water managers are marking completion of a long-negotiated plan for 40 million people and vast irrigated farms to share crucial Colorado River water despite ongoing drought in the arid U.S. Southwest. Interior Department official Tim Petty, Bureau of Reclamation chief Brenda Burman and representatives from seven states met Monday at Hoover Dam to commemorate an agreement spurred by nearly 20 years of drought and shrinking reservoirs.

WOMAN KILLED-DAUGHTERS ABDUCTED_ A man accused of fatally beating a Central Texas woman and kidnapping her daughters has been sentenced to life in federal prison. Forty-five-year-old Terry Allen Miles was convicted in February of several charges, including two counts of kidnapping. He was sentenced Tuesday.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SHOOTING _ The wife of a man convicted of gunning down a University of Utah student from China has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft. The Deseret News reports prosecutors dropped other counts in exchange for the Monday plea from 25-year-old Kathleen Boutain, including criminal solicitation. She and husband Austin Boutain were accused of hatching a carjacking plot that led to the October 2017 death of Chenwei Guo, a student from Beijing.

SKIER VISITS-UTAH _ Utah ski resorts set a record for visitors this past winter thanks to heavy and consistent snowfall.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-LANGLEY’S POSITION SWITCH

ENGLEWOOD _ Here’s the catch: Brendan Langley reached a point where he would rather receive passes than pick them off. So, the Denver Broncos third-year player is calling an audible and going over to the other side — from cornerback to wide receiver. By Pat Graham. SENT: 709 words, photo.

BBN--ROCKIES-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Pirates open a six-game homestand on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. Chris Archer (1-3, 5.58 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh against German Marquez (4-2, 3.80). By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 5:05 p.m.

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