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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 13, 2019

Colorado at 1:05 p.m.

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MINE WASTE SPILL-CLEANUP

DENVER _ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is laying out its long-term cleanup goals for old mining sites in southwestern Colorado, focusing on cleaning up rivers, keeping mine waste out of waterways and preventing blowouts of heavily polluted water from mine shafts. By Dan Elliott. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-BIPARTISANSHIP

WASHINGTON _ When John Hickenlooper announced his Democratic presidential campaign, he vowed to sit down with the Senate’s top Republican if he wins in 2020 — the kind of milquetoast pitch for bipartisanship that White House hopefuls have made for generations. But for some Democrats, Hickenlooper’s pledge landed with a thud. By Julie Pace. SENT: 960 words.

WESTERN WINTER WEATHER

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ A raging winter storm prompted the cancellation Wednesday of more than 1,000 flights in Denver and closed hundreds of miles of interstate highways in other parts of the West and Upper Midwest. The storm brought blizzard conditions to parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota. SENT: 280 words. Will be updated. AP Photos.

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ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS

Congressional Democrats and tribal leaders are renewing criticisms of President Donald Trump for scaling back two national monuments in Utah following a wider review of lands protected around the country by past presidents. Democratic members of the House Natural Resources Committee said during a hearing Wednesday in Washington that the 2017 national monument review had a predetermined outcome and didn’t take into account tribal interests despite some of the lands being sacred to them. By Brady Mccombs and Matthew Brown. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

GRAND TETON-CELL TOWERS

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ A national park in Wyoming is moving ahead with plans for a network of cell towers amid questions about how the National Park Service balances public safety with the experience of wilderness. Grand Teton National Park is taking public comment on plans for nine cell towers in already-developed areas of the park in northwestern Wyoming. The park currently has two cell towers. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT

NEW ORLEANS _ A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments Wednesday on a 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children. A federal district judge in Texas last year struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a victory for opponents, including adoptive parents, who say it is racially motivated and unconstitutionally discriminatory. By Kevin Mcgill. SENT: 640 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

XGR-IMMIGRANT DRIVERS LICENSES-COLORADO _ Colorado’s Senate has endorsed legislation to expand a program allowing residents who are in the country illegally to obtain drivers licenses.

XGR-HOSPITAL TRANSPARENCY _ Colorado’s Senate has tentatively endorsed legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures to help lower health care costs.

OIL AND GAS CONFLICTS-COLORADO _ Colorado’s Senate has passed a contentious bill to grant more local control over oil and gas drilling operations. The Democrat-controlled chamber voted 19-15 along party lines Wednesday to send the bill to the House.

FINANCE RULES COMPLAINT-DURANGO _ A Durango resident has accused the city’s manager and four city councilors of using city resources to advocate for a tax increase to pay for the operation, maintenance and construction of streets and street-related improvements.

SPORTS:

BKC--PAC12-COLORADO-CALIFORNIA

LAS VEGAS _ No. 5 seed Colorado faces No. 12 California in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 3:30 p.m.

BKC--COLORADO ST-BOISE ST

LAS VEGAS _ Colorado State meets Boise State in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference tournament Wednesday. Game starts a noon.

WORLD CUP-US GAMES _ USA Basketball has added two games to its schedule in advance of this summer’s FIBA World Cup in China. The Americans will hold an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 9 in Las Vegas and face Spain in an exhibition at Anaheim, California on Aug. 16.

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