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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 25, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

ROCKIES-HOMETOWN HURLER

DENVER _ Left-hander Kyle Freeland takes great pride in the success of the Colorado Rockies. That only figures since he grew up in Denver and was a big fan of the team as a kid. He will be the Opening Day starter in Miami on Thursday as he tries to get the Rockies started on the right foot. They are coming off a season in which they made the postseason for a second straight year.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-SUICIDES

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tragedies like the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and Sandy Hook Elementary school massacres eventually fade from view, blunted by other mass shootings and the passage of time. But for the survivors, the pain can never end. The father of a Sandy Hook victim killed himself Monday, just days after two Stoneman Douglas students also took their lives. The Florida deaths have officials in Parkland and nearby Coral Springs renewing their communities’ focus on the suicide prevention and mental health resources that remain available 13 months after a gunman killed 17 people at the high school. By Terry Spencer, Kelli Kennedy and Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-EMERGENCY ROOM

Five years after Colorado first legalized marijuana, a new study shows pot’s bad effects are sending more people to the emergency room. Inhaled marijuana caused the most severe problems at one large Denver hospital. Marijuana-infused foods and candies, called edibles, also led to trouble. Patients came to the ER with symptoms such as repeated vomiting, racing hearts and psychotic episodes. The study, published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, stemmed from tales of tourists needing emergency care after gobbling too many marijuana gummies. By Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-SENIORS

A growing number of Americans in their 70s and 80s are using marijuana. Many industry officials say people 65 and older make up the fastest-growing segment of their customer base. They say aging baby boomers and even those a little older are using pot to help treat the aches, sleeplessness and other ailments of old age “I would say the average age of our customers is around 60, maybe even a little older,” said Kelty Richardson, a registered nurse with the Halos Health clinic in Boulder, Colorado, which provides medical examinations and sells physician-recommended cannabis through its online store. By John Rogers. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

SALMONELLA LAWSUIT-NEVADA CASINO

RENO, Nev. _ A Nevada man is suing the corporate owner of a casino restaurant, claiming he was infected with salmonella after eating there. Harry Wiseman of Elko says he is one of at least 17 victims of a salmonella outbreak confirmed in the northeast Nevada community over the last three weeks. Jacobs Entertainment, based in Golden, Colorado, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 430 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE-DEADLY SHOOTING-CLEARED _ A Colorado district attorney has determined that a police officer was justified in a February fatal shooting.

_ COLORADO CONVICTION OVERTURNED _ A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Denver authorities filed by a man who spent 28 years in prison for a rape conviction that was later overturned.

_ KROGER-COLORADO _ The union representing Colorado grocery store workers has reached a tentative deal to avoid a strike at King Soopers and City Market stores.

SPORTS:

BKC-NIT-NORFOLK ST-COLORADO

BOULDER _ Colorado hosts Norfolk St. in NIT basketball. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

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