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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

November 30, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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HOMELESS KILLED-DENVER

DENVER — A man accused of killing three homeless people in a Denver parking lot over a drug debt is due in court. Prosecutors may present more evidence against Maurice Butler during Friday’s preliminary hearing. Developing from hearing that starts at 1:30 p.m.

COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

BILLINGS, Mont. — A major coal mine expansion in southeastern Montana received a preliminary green light from state and federal officials on Friday even as the mine’s owner remains tied up in bankruptcy proceedings with plans to sell the property. Officials released an 800-page environmental study of Westmoreland Coal Co.’s expansion of the Rosebud Mine expansion that clears the way for a final decision in coming months. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 403 words, photo.

DRY SOUTHWEST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — National climate experts have been watching and waiting but El Nino has only been teasing, leaving the American Southwest to hang on longer until the weather pattern develops and brings more moisture to the drought-stricken region. Experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center and the National Weather Service on Thursday said the epicenter of the nation’s drought has been centered for months now over the region where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 437 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SENIOR COMMUNITY-EXPLOSION— Documents show firefighters were called to assist with four gas leaks at an Aurora senior living community in the days before an explosion at the community killed a woman and injured others. Firefighters were at Heather Gardens on Nov. 16 investigating a gas leak when an explosion killed 82-year-old Carol Ross.

COLORADO SPRINGS-OFFICER SHOT — An Iraqi refugee accused of critically wounding a Colorado police officer has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. Karrar Noaman Al Khamassi entered his plea Friday. A judge scheduled his trial to begin May 13.

RAIL LINE COMPLIANCE ISSUES — Federal safety regulators who oversee the Regional Transportation District’s A Line to Denver International Airport say they may shut it down if the transportation district does not develop a plan to fix ongoing issues within a year.

SPORTS:

VONN’S RETIREMENT

Lindsey Vonn can’t bring herself to say goodbye to ski racing without one final run at her favorite course. So she intends to extend her farewell tour into next season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 666 words, photos.

SKI--WCUP-MEN’S DOWNHILL

BEAVER CREEK — Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway knows the Beaver Creek course better than just about anyone. He’s going for this third straight World Cup downhill win at the venue Friday. A few of the racers standing in Svindal’s way include: Austria’s Max Franz, who captured the opening downhill last weekend in Lake Louise, Norwegian teammate Kjetil Jansrud and Swiss racer Beat Feuz, the only man to win three downhills a season ago. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Race started at 10:45 a.m.

BRONCOS-HOLLAND

ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos have promoted rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland from their practice squad and waived inside linebacker Alexander Johnson. The Broncos (5-6), who visit the Bengals (5-6) on Sunday, juggled their linebacking corps with Shaq Barrett sidelined with a hip flexor. He got hurt against Pittsburgh last week and is expected to miss two to four weeks. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 302 words.

HKN--BLUES-AVALANCHE

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche have won six straight heading into their game Friday night against the St. Louis Blues. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. game.

BKN--NUGGETS-TRAIL BLAZERS

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche have won six straight heading into their game Friday night against the St. Louis Blues. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. game.

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