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DENVER — A 5-year-old Colorado girl attacked by a black bear outside her home over the weekend was expected to recover thanks to the quick thinking of her mother, who scared the animal away, officials said Monday. The unidentified girl was in good condition at a hospital. Wildlife officials announced they killed the bear believed to be responsible for the attack early Sunday in East Orchard Mesa, a semi-rural, unincorporated area near the city of Grand Junction, about 240 miles (386 kilometers) west of Denver. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 600 words.
OF COLORADO INTEREST:
MARIJUANA TO HEMP-CBD BOOM
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A glut of legal marijuana has driven Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet — one that doesn’t come with a high. Applications for state licenses to grow hemp — marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin — have increased more than twentyfold since 2015, making Oregon No. 2 behind Colorado among the 19 states with active hemp cultivation. The rapidly evolving market comes amid skyrocketing demand for a hemp-derived extract called cannabidiol, or CBD, seen by many as a health aid. Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.
OKLAHOMA CITY — A group representing Oklahoma teachers is asking the state’s highest court to stop an effort to overturn a tax-hike package to fund teacher pay raises the Legislature approved amid a national uprising of educators seeking more classroom money. The Professional Oklahoma Educators filed a protest petition with the state Supreme Court last week against the anti-tax group’s signature-gathering effort. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 590 words, photo.
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY-NEW MEXICO
SANTA FE, N.M. — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue kicked off a four-state tour Monday in New Mexico to highlight Trump administration priorities on support for farmers and food stamps as House Republicans on Capitol Hill push for a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy. Stakes are high for New Mexico as Congress considers a so-called farm bill that could include new work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients. SENT: 580 words.
— HOTEL-DEATH LAWSUIT — A Colorado appeals court has reversed an earlier ruling on a wrongful death suit by a Montana woman against a Grand Junction hotel.
— PEARL HARBOR SAILOR BURIALS — The families of two sailors with Illinois ties who were killed during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are preparing for their burials.
— MURDER TRIAL-THROWN LAPTOP — A Colorado man on trial for murder threw a laptop across a courtroom when a judge denied his request for new representation.
— COLORADO TEACHER STRIKE — Students in Pueblo are back in school after teachers voted overwhelmingly to accept a new contract.
— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for May lost 10.25 cents at 4.7925 a bushel; May corn was off 2.5 cents at 3.8750 a bushel; Jul oats rose 5.25 cents at $2.3925 a bushel; while May soybeans was up 18.75 cents at $10.1350 a bushel.
SAN DIEGO — Rookie lefty Joey Lucchesi goes for his fourth victory when the San Diego Padres face Tyler Anderson and the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a two-game series. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 8:10 p.m. MT)
ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos running back De’Angelo Henderson is recovering from minor shoulder and ankle injuries he sustained over the weekend when his Jeep was hit by a driver fleeing police in a stolen vehicle. KCNC-TV in Denver reported that a 36-year-old woman was in custody after she allegedly struck several vehicles while evading police Saturday night in Parker, Colorado, sending four people to the hospital, where they were held overnight. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 310 words.
Even with the conference finals going on, the NBA’s eyes turn to the future this week. A future that, perhaps, will have less tanking. The draft lottery — the last before changes come next year to dissuade tanking — is Tuesday night, and then about 70 players will partake in the draft combine that starts on Wednesday. Those events are both happening in Chicago, as are some various league meetings such as a gathering of NBA general managers and other front-office executives. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.
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