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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

October 2, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

CONSERVATION FUND

WASHINGTON — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over whether its renewal should be part of a broader package of land-use and parks bills. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 620 words, photo.

EPA-RADIATION ROLLBACK

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is quietly moving to weaken U.S. radiation regulations, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight. “If they even look at that — no, no, no,” said Terrie Barrie, a resident of Craig, Colorado, and an advocate for her husband and other workers at the now-closed Rocky Flats nuclear-weapons plant, where the U.S. government is compensating certain cancer victims regardless of their history of exposure. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,114 words, photos.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-EMPLOYMENT

HARTFORD, Conn. —New court rulings have favored medical marijuana users trying to keep or obtain jobs at drug-testing employers, an emerging trend after a series of decisions against pot users nationwide. Earlier rulings had gone against medical pot users in employment cases by state supreme courts including those in Colorado. By Dave Collins. SENT: 868 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

MISSING KAYAKER — The search for a kayaker reported missing on a northern Colorado lake on Sunday has been called off for now.

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT — Federal regulators sued the Greeley, Colorado-based trucking firm JBS Carriers, alleging it violated federal law by using pre-employment screening to reject job applicants on the basis of disability.

CAMPING FIRE — A man who admitted accidentally starting a wildfire that burned about 200 acres along the Colorado River has been sentenced to 80 hours of public service under a plea agreement.

OIL WELLS SOLD — A Denver-based company is set to purchase 90 northern New Mexico oil wells for $480 million.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

How the new NAFTA is different. Amanda M. Countryman, Colorado State University. http://theconversation.com/how-is-new-nafta-different-a-trade-expert-explains-104212.

SPORTS:

BBN--ROCKIES-CUBS

CHICAGO — Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies visit Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs for the NL wild-card game. Each team lost a tiebreaker game for division championships on Monday. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos from 6 p.m. game.

BBN--THE COORS EFFECT

DENVER — the Colorado Rockies wouldn’t mind a little altitude adjustment when it comes to conventional thinking at Coors Field. As it stands, sometimes they feel like hitters get penalized for hitting at higher elevation half the time and the pitchers don’t get rewarded highly enough. That could explain why they’re thin on MVP winners in their history and light on Cy Young candidates. By Pat Graham. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--GROUNDED BRONCOS

DENVER — Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay were running well for the Denver Broncos on Monday night against Kansas City. Then, the Broncos got away from the run game, leaving time on the clock. It paved the way to for Patrick Mahomes to stage a 27-23 comeback. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

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