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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 26, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

Colleen Slevin is on the desk and can be reached at 800-332-6917 or 303-825-0123. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

IN BRIEF:

SHERIFF DEPUTIES-MANSLAUGHTER _ Two sheriff’s deputies in Colorado charged with manslaughter in the death of a man they were transporting to detox are no longer with their department. The Daily Camera reports that Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Mike Wagner says an internal investigation has concluded and the employment of both James O’Brien and Adam Lunn ended Monday.

XGR--GUN BILL-COLORADO _ Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says he’s confident the state’s sheriffs are committed to following the laws passed at the Capitol but also says they have discretion to decide which issues to focus on.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION LANDSCAPE

NEW YORK _ To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn’t so black-and-white. Leaders in solidly-blue New Jersey are vowing it will still become the 11th state to legalize the drug. But when a state Senate vote was abruptly put off Monday because it didn’t have enough support, the delay was a reminder that the politics of pot legalization aren’t purely partisan. The key question instead can be whether voters or legislators are making the decision, experts say. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 851 words, photos.

SPORTS:

HELTON-DUI

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has received a misdemeanor citation on a charge of driving under the influence after getting involved in a one-car accident. Helton’s lawyer says the former Colorado Rockies star has entered a residential treatment program. SENT: 283 words.

ROCKIES-HOMETOWN HURLER

DENVER _ Denver native Kyle Freeland wears the affection for his city on his right arm: Tattoos of the area code (303), the elevation (5,280) and a silhouette of the Rocky Mountains. With his left, there’s the ability to carry the Colorado Rockies to even greater heights. By Pat Graham. SENT: 853 words, photo.

BBO--SALARIES

NEW YORK _ Even with huge new contracts for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado, Major League Baseball’s average salary is on track to drop on opening day for an unprecedented second straight season, according to projections by The Associated Press. The 872 players on rosters and injured lists on Monday evening averaged $4.36 million, down from $4.41 million at the start of last season and $4.45 million on opening day in 2017, according to AP studies. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 1,285 words.

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