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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 8, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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COLORADO GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION

DENVER _ Colorado took a formal step to the left Tuesday with the inauguration of Democrat Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay governor whose overwhelming election victory and party’s consolidation of legislative control promise ambitious changes for energy and environmental regulation, health care and state-funded early childhood education. Several thousand people gathered on the state Capitol’s west slope on a crisp morning to watch the ceremony under sunny skies. By James Anderson. SENT: 470 words. AP Photos.

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COLORADO GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION-THE LATEST

POLIS-BIO BOX

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

TEACHERS-POLITICS

PHOENIX _ After a campaign buoyed by a surge in teacher activism, Arizona’s new schools chief took office with a pledge to address the kind of grievances that led to school-shuttering walkouts in several states last spring. Kathy Hoffman, a 33-year-old school speech therapist, is among hundreds of educators being sworn into office following the #RedforEd protests, which were credited with raising awareness of the needs of public schools and inspiring many educators to join the political fray. By Brian Skoloff and Carolyn Thompson.

IN BRIEF:

FUNERAL HOME CLOSED _ A third lawsuit has been filed against a closed Colorado funeral home, accusing the owner of harvesting body parts without permission and selling them for profit.

AVALANCHE MITIGATION _ The Colorado Department of Transportation is changing the way it handles avalanche mitigation efforts on the Western Slope.

SPORTS:

BKN--NUGGETS-HEAT

MIAMI _ Western Conference-leading Denver comes to Miami on Tuesday, facing a Heat team coming off a blowout loss in Atlanta. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 5:40 p.m. game.

HKN--AVALANCHE-JETS

WINNIPEG _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Winnipeg Jets in NHL action Tuesday night. Game starts at 6 p.m.

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