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March 19, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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STORAGE UNIT-DEAD BOY

DENVER — Authorities say a mother charged in the death of her 7-year-old son told a fellow inmate that the boy died in July, months before his body was discovered encased in concrete inside a Denver storage unit. The information is contained in court records unsealed Tuesday, providing a first look at the investigation leading to 43-year-old Elisha Pankey’s January arrest. Authorities have released few details about Caden McWilliams’ death since his body was discovered in December. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

WYOMING URANIUM

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. government approved plans Tuesday to expand a Wyoming uranium mine while it considers a proposed new mine by the same developer not far away. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will allow Littleton, Colorado-based Ur-Energy to more than double the surface area of its Lost Creek Mine while tapping deeper deposits underlying the sagebrush country of south-central Wyoming. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 480 words.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Seven states that rely on a major river in the U.S. West are pushing for federal legislation to implement a plan to protect the water amid a prolonged drought, signaling they see the finish line in what has been years of negotiation. The Colorado River serves 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Representatives of those states are meeting Tuesday in Phoenix to sign a letter asking Congress to support their drought contingency plans. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 380 words, photos.

With: COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN-THE LATEST

DRY SOUTHWEST-RIO GRANDE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Some ski areas touted an “endless winter” as forecasters on Tuesday called the snow that has been falling along the New Mexico-Colorado border a good sign for cities and farmers who depend on one of North America’s longest rivers. Climatologists and hydrologists with the National Weather Service provided a favorable water supply outlook for the basin that feeds the Rio Grande, saying snowpack in the mountains where the headwaters form is about 135 percent above median levels. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 550 words, photo.

BISTATE GROUSE-OFF ROADERS

RENO, Nev. _ Conservationists want to join a legal battle in opposition to off-road vehicle users who are trying to overturn U.S. protections for a type of imperiled bird found only along the California-Nevada line. Four environmental groups filed the request to intervene in the case over the bistate grouse in U.S. District Court in Reno on Friday. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 550 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE CONTACT-INVESTIGATION-THE LATEST _ A Colorado city is backing away from plans to have a former prosecutor review an incident in which police officers confronted a black man who was picking up trash outside his house.

_ SKIER DEATH _ Authorities have identified the skier who died after he was found unconscious at a Colorado ski resort last week.

_ RANCHER KILLING _ A Colorado jury has convicted a 28-year-old man in the shooting death of an Elbert County rancher in 2016.

_ INMATE ESCAPE _ A Colorado man has been found guilty of attempted murder for shooting at a Denver police officer.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for May was off .25 cent at 4.5650 a bushel; May corn lost .25 cent at 3.7125 a bushel; May oats fell 5 cents at $2.73 a bushel; while May soybeans dropped 1.75 cents at $9.04 a bushel.

SPORTS:

NEW RULES

DENVER _ In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer. Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a blown call late in the NFC championship game pretty much cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,100 words, photos

ROCKIES PREVIEW

DENVER _ A certain Colorado Rockies player struck it rich this spring: Leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon . Although, All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado didn’t fare too bad, either, with his eight-year contract worth $260 million. Blackmon profits through Colorado’s experiment to bat Arenado in the No. 2 spot — a plan that could spill into the regular season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 840 words, photos.

INDIANS-GONZALEZ

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Gonzalez’s career is laden with personal achievements — a batting title, three All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves. He has earned the respect of teammates and opponents and the unwavering devotion of Colorado fans, who have spent the past decade cheering the outfielder known simply as “CarGo.” SENT: 530 words, photo.

AVALANCHE-WILD

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Minnesota Wild in a key matchup for two Western Conference wild card contenders. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

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