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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 15, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO

CASTLE ROCK — Nearly 2,000 people turned out Wednesday for a memorial service to honor the Colorado teenager who was killed while charging one of the two gunmen who opened fire inside a high school and shot nine people just days before graduation. A line of Jeeps and trucks stretched along a Highlands Ranch roadway ahead of the service for Kendrick Castillo, 18, who was a Jeep and off-road vehicle enthusiast. His casket was draped with yellow and blue flowers that represented the colors of the STEM School Highlands Ranch, and the stage of the church where the service was held was adorned with symbols of his passion for science, the outdoors and his faith. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 870 words, photos and video.

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LITTLETON — A student who helped thwart a shooting at a suburban Denver high school says he was still pinning one of the attackers down when he decided to call one of the most important people in his life — his mother. Joshua Jones, an 18-year-old senior at STEM School Highlands Ranch, said during a news conference Tuesday he was watching “The Princess Bride” in his British literature class when a classmate pulled a gun and told everyone to stay still. Jones said he was acting on instinct when he, Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy subdued one of two students who attacked the school south of Denver on May 7. By Thomas Peipert. SENT: 540 words, photos.

OIL AND GAS RULES-COLORADO

DENVER — Environmentalists and community activists asked Colorado regulators on Wednesday to stop issuing new oil and gas drilling permits until they rewrite the rules under a new law that makes public safety and the environment the state’s top priorities. Just a month after the law took effect, some activists told the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission it should be further along in revising the regulations. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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GENDER-PASSPORTS

DENVER — Nine state attorneys general asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to allow an intersex Colorado resident to get a passport listing the person’s gender as nonbinary instead of male or female. The states filed a brief with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver asking the justices to uphold a lower court ruling that said the State Department could not deny a passport to Dana Zzyym. SENT: 270 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-PRESIDENT _ Experts say the three-year contract for the new president of the University of Colorado offers more protections to the university than it does the president.

_ FORT CARSON SHOOTING _ The Army says one person has been shot and wounded in a house on Fort Carson.

_ COLORADO-WEDDING PLANS-AVALANCHE _ Crews clearing avalanche debris from a road to a Colorado scenic area believe they can get the road open by May 24, but the amphitheater at the Maroon Bells area still won’t be available for late spring weddings.

_ AVALANCHES-COLORADO _ Colorado’s avalanche season is being extended by a healthy snowpack that’s lingering longer than usual.

_ COLORADO SNOWPACK _ Officials say Colorado’s snowpack this year could recover the state’s hydrological system following last year’s drought.

_ FORT COLLINS HOMICIDE _ Police in Fort Collins are investigating the April death of a 62-year-old man as a homicide.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for July gained .25 cent at 4.4875 a bushel; Jul corn rose .75 cent at 3.6950 a bushel; Jul oats advanced 1.75 cents at $2.8775 bushel; while Jul soybeans was up 4 cents at $8.3550 a bushel.

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_ SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO

_ OIL AND GAS RULES-COLORADO

_ ROCKIES-RED SOX

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BOSTON _ The Colorado Rockies play the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game started at 5:10 p.m. MT)

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ ESPN-MONDAY NIGHT BOOTH _ ESPN’s broadcast crew for the season-opening “Monday Night Football” doubleheader between Denver and Oakland will feature analysts who played for the Broncos and Raiders.

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