AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO
May. 15, 2018
Colorado at 5:15 p.m.
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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 new leaders next year adopt updates to a harassment policy that could provide stricter ground rules for deterring bad behavior, punishing it and letting voters know about it.
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COLORADO STATE RESERVES
DENVER — Thanks to a boost from a recent tobacco industry settlement, Colorado plans to sock away an extra $90 million next year in the state's reserves. But by one credit rating agency's analysis, it's still woefully unprepared for the next economic downturn. In the waning days of the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers voted to increase the state's reserves to 7.25 percent of general fund spending, or an estimated $730 million for the fiscal year that starts July 1. By Brian Eason. SENT: 460 words, photo.
CANNES, France — In a passionate, expletive-ridden monologue at the Cannes Film Festival, director Spike Lee lambasted Donald Trump for the U.S. president's response to last year's violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Lee spoke to reporters Tuesday after his "BlacKkKlansman" premiered Monday night at Cannes to a rousing standing ovation. The 1979-set film, loosely based on a true story, is about black police detective Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington, Denzel's son) and a Jewish detective (Adam Driver) who together infiltrated a Ku Klux Klan cell in Colorado. By Jack Coyle. SENT: 560 words, photos and video.
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HELENA — Environmental groups and three Montana landowners sued Tuesday to cancel hundreds of recent oil and gas lease sales, saying the U.S. government's leasing of public lands is skyrocketing without understanding how all that drilling will affect water quality and climate change. WildEarth Guardians, Montana Environmental Information Center and the three landowners filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Great Falls over the 287 leases sold in December and March that cover nearly 234 square miles (606 square kilometers) across central and eastern Montana. By Matt Volz. SENT: 490 words, photo.
TEACHER PROTESTS-NORTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH, N.C. — The recent wave of teacher activism sweeping through conservative, tax-cutting states has washed into North Carolina, where educators have pledged to fill the streets and bring their demands for better pay and school resources to legislators' doorstep. About 15,000 teachers are expected in Raleigh on Wednesday, when the Republican-dominated state legislature begins its annual session. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 910 words, photo.
— HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION — Pueblo City Council unanimously elected to designate a pair of retired power stations a local historic landmark.
— WILDLIFE HARASSMENT FINES — Aspen City Council agreed to more than double the proposed fines in a new city wildlife harassment ordinance brought forward by the Aspen Police Department.
— AGRICULTURE SECRETARY-COLORADO — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is visiting Colorado as part of a tour highlighting Trump administration priorities on support for farmers and food stamps.
— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul gained 2.25 cents at 4.9350 a bushel; Jul corn was up 5.75 cents at 4.0225 a bushel; Jul oats rose 1 cent at $2.4025 a bushel; while Jul soybeans went up 1 cent at $10.1875 a bushel.
SAN DIEGO — Right-hander Jordan Lyles came within five outs of the first perfect game in San Diego Padres history before allowing a single to Trevor Story in a 4-0 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. Lyles (1-1), who moved into the rotation last week, retired the first 22 Rockies batters before Story's single with one out in the eighth inning landed just in front of left fielder Franchy Cordero. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 520 words, photos.
With: PADRES-LUCCHESI INJURED — The San Diego Padres have placed rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hip. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.
SPORTS IN BRIEF:
— AVALANCHE-BARBERIO — The Colorado Avalanche are bringing back defenseman Mark Barberio on a two-year deal.
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