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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 21, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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OIL AND GAS RULES-COLORADO

DENVER _ Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority. Dan Gibbs, chief of the state Department of Natural Resources, said lawmakers did not want a moratorium on drilling permits while regulators rewrite the rules under a new law that shifted the state’s focus from production to protection. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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INTERSTATE 70-FATAL PILEUP

DENVER _ Prosecutors say they only learned after a judge set $400,000 bond for a truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people on a Colorado highway that he had tried to flee the scene of the collision. In a filing Monday, they asked a judge to require that the now-released man be required to wear a GPS monitoring device. Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 23, of Houston, was released over the weekend after being charged with four counts of vehicular homicide and other crimes in the April 25 collision near Denver. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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TRUMP-HEALTH CARE-RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

NEW YORK — Nearly two dozen states and municipalities sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to declare the rule unconstitutional and say it was passed in an arbitrary and capricious manner. The rule was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and is scheduled to take effect in July. San Francisco had previously filed a similar action. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 360 words.

CALIFORNIA STORMS-AGRICULTURE

LOS ANGELES — California growers are frustrated by an unusually wet spring that has delayed the planting of some crops like rice and damaged others including strawberries and wine grapes. The state’s wet conditions come as much of the West is experiencing weird weather. Colorado and Wyoming got an unusually late dump of snow this week. Meanwhile temperatures in Phoenix have dropped 15 degrees below normal. SENT: 600 words, photos.

WOMAN KILLED-DAUGHTERS ABDUCTED

AUSTIN, Texas — A man accused of fatally beating a Central Texas woman, kidnapping her daughters and sexually assaulting one of them for five months was sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison. Terry Allen Miles, 45, was convicted in February of several charges, including two counts of kidnapping. SENT: 430 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ SPRING STORM-ROCKIES-THE LATEST _ Interstate 70 in western Colorado has partially reopened after a rock slide.

_ COLORADO FARMERS _ Some Colorado farmers say they are planting more this year following the winter snow and spring rain.

_ COLORADO RIVER DROUGHT PLAN _ Federal, state and tribal water managers are marking completion of a long-negotiated plan for 40 million people and vast irrigated farms to share crucial Colorado River water despite ongoing drought in the arid U.S. Southwest.

_ UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SHOOTING _ The wife of a man convicted of gunning down a University of Utah student from China has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft.

_ SKIER VISITS-UTAH _ Utah ski resorts set a record for visitors this past winter thanks to heavy and consistent snowfall.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for July was up .50 cent at 4.7875 a bushel; July corn rose 5.25 cents at 3.9425 a bushel; July oats advanced 12 cents at $3.0850 bushel; while July soybeans lost 9.75 cents at $8.22 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-LANGLEY’S POSITION SWITCH

ENGLEWOOD _ Here’s the catch: Brendan Langley reached a point where he would rather receive passes than pick them off. So, the Denver Broncos third-year player is calling an audible and going over to the other side — from cornerback to wide receiver. No offense, he just prefers offense. By Pat Graham. SENT: 710 words, photo.

NUGGETS-CONNELLY

DENVER _ The prospects of a return home to Washington were undeniably appealing to Tim Connelly. Not nearly as alluring as this: Finishing what he’s started. The Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations elected to stay in town even with the Wizards calling. Things are booming these days with a Nuggets team that boasts a young nucleus led by big man Nikola Jokic and that won 54 games in the regular season. They were the No. 2 seed in the West before losing to Portland in Game 7 at home during the second round of the playoffs. By Pat Graham. SENT: 830 words, photos.

ROCKIES-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Pirates open a six-game homestand on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. Chris Archer (1-3, 5.58 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh against German Marquez (4-2, 3.80). By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game started at 5:05 p.m. MT)

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