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PROFESSORS-EQUAL PAY

DENVER — Seven female law professors at a Colorado university will receive a $2.6 million settlement and pay increases after federal officials filed a lawsuit against the women's employer for routinely paying higher salaries to their male colleagues. A federal judge signed off on the settlement agreement Thursday between the University of Denver, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the professors. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 387 words. UPCOMING: Update from press conference, photos.

COLORADO LEGISLATURE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers passed 432 bills during their just-concluded 2018 session. But despite the tumult over a spate of sexual misconduct cases, they decided to let next year's leaders adopt updates to a harassment policy that could provide stricter ground rules for deterring bad behavior, punishing it and letting voters know about it. Leaders of the House and Senate decided to appoint an interim committee to hash out recommendations made by a Denver-based human resources firm this summer. Parsing confidentiality issues, training, hiring human resources professionals and separating politics from investigations couldn't be done amid the onslaught of legislative business, they agreed. By James Anderson. SENT: 768 words, photos.

SCHOOL-POLICE SEARCH

DENVER — Police will investigate the way officers searched a high school for a student suspected in a shooting following criticism from school officials and students. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

SCHOOL SHOOTING THREAT

BERWYN, Pa. — When 12-year-old Nora Nissenbaum told a boy from her class she wasn't interested in him anymore, he started texting her images of Adolf Hitler and insults such as "dirty Jew." Nora's parents contacted her suburban Philadelphia middle school and police. Soon after, word spread that the boy had supposedly threatened to take a gun to class and target 33 people, including Nora. By Alexandra Villarreal. SENT: 1,087 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

PEDESTRIAN KILLED-PATROL CAR — Authorities say a man from Colorado died after being struck by a police car in suburban St. Louis. The Missouri Highway Patrol says 49-year-old James Kelley, of Lafayette, Colorado, died Wednesday night while he was trying to cross Interstate 70 near a busy shopping area in St. Peters.

BANKERS SURVEY — A monthly survey of bankers shows that the economy is slowly improving in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says that while commodity prices have improved recently, they remain below breakeven for a large share of grain farmers.

GIRL'S DEATH-EVIDENCE— Police say officers found evidence related to a 15-year-old Salt Lake girl's death at a Wyoming landfill. Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer says 20 officers used rakes to search through garbage for evidence for up to 10 hours on Tuesday.

PEAK RIVER FLOWS — Forecasters say the Yampa and Elk rivers have likely reached their peak flows for the season, barring heavy rain this weekend.

SPORTS:

BBN--ROCKIES-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 6.94 ERA) pitches the opener against Colorado in the Giants' first matchup of 2018 with the division rival Rockies. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from game that starts at 8:15 p.m.

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