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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

February 15, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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DENVER TEACHERS-STRIKE

DENVER _ Denver teachers ended a three-day walkout and returned to their classrooms Thursday, greeted by hugs and high-fives, after their union reached a tentative deal raising their pay as much as 11 percent, the latest win in a national movement by educators to raise their wages and advocate for changes in schools. The deal was worked out in talks that lasted through the night and signed shortly before classes started. Teachers were encouraged to return to their classrooms, even though the deal awaits ratification by the union membership. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 610 words, photos and video.

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DENVER TEACHERS STRIKE-INCENTIVES

DENVER _ Denver teachers went on strike to improve their pay, but the fight wasn’t that simple. Emboldened by teacher activism nationwide and struggling to live in a rapidly growing city, Denver educators challenged one of the nation’s oldest incentive pay systems, which was originally endorsed by the teachers union and education reform advocates. By Colleen Slevin and Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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COLORADO CONVICTION OVERTURNED

DENVER _ Colorado’s attorney general said Thursday his office will not fight a claim for compensation by a man who spent 28 years in prison for a rape conviction that was later overturned, a decision that cleared the way for Clarence Moses-EL to receive $1.9 million under the state’s exoneration law. The determination by Attorney General Phil Weiser, a Democrat who took office in January, brings an end to one of the legal battles stemming from Moses-EL’s 2015 release from prison after a judge overturned the rape and assault conviction. By Kathleen Foody. Sent: 560 words, photo.

MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK

FORT COLLINS _ When a young mountain lion clamped its jaws onto Travis Kauffman’s wrist and clawed at his face, he screamed a “barbarian yell,” jammed his foot onto the animal’s neck and held it there until the cat quit thrashing and died. After a couple of minutes, Kauffmann recalled Thursday, “it finally stopped moving and then the jaws opened and I was able to kind of scramble back up the hill and get the heck out of Dodge.” Through it all, the 31-year-old trail runner said, the cat remained eerily silent. By P. Solomon Banda. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2020-JOHN HICKENLOOPER

HENNIKER, N.H. _ John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado who is considering a run for president in 2020, said Thursday he supports universal health care and thinks the U.S. eventually should provide it. But as other Democrats already in the race endorse “Medicare-for-all,” Hickenlooper told a crowd at a New Hampshire college that it was more important now to get behind the general idea rather than argue over a specific approach. By Michael Casey. SENT: 410 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-MICHAEL BENNET

DES MOINES, Iowa _ Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet plans to travel to Iowa this month to meet with Democratic activists in the early presidential caucus state as he considers entering his party’s 2020 White House field, his aides said Thursday. The soft-spoken moderate plans to visit working-class Dubuque and nearby towns in northeast Iowa, the heart of territory won by Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 and by Republican Donald Trump in 2016. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 480 words.

AMAZON-HQ

NEW YORK _ Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world’s richest, most powerful companies. “We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York,” the online giant from Seattle said in a blog post announcing its withdrawal. By Joseph Pisani and Alexandra Olson. SENT: 970 words, photos and video.

WESTERN STORMS

LOS ANGELES — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, flooding streets, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. The powerful system swept in from the Pacific Ocean and unleashed damaging rain, snow and wind across the U.S. West into Wyoming and Colorado after walloping Northern California and southern Oregon a day earlier. By John Antczak. SENT: 850 words, photos and video.

DRY SOUTHWEST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Drought conditions in much of the southwestern United States have improved due to surges of moisture over the last few months, but national forecasters and climate experts are warning that it hasn’t been enough to alleviate concerns about long-term water supplies around the region. Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center and others held a briefing Thursday on the conditions in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ GUN BILL-COLORADO _ Colorado Democrats are introducing a bill allowing the seizure of guns from persons deemed to be a threat to themselves or to others.

_ ROAD RAGE-DEATH _ Authorities say the death of a Loveland man following a road rage disturbance last week was homicide.

_ INMATE DEATH _ Authorities say an inmate has died after he was found unresponsive inside his cell at a northern Colorado jail last month.

_ LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN _ Wildlife advocates have begun legal proceedings against U.S. officials for allegedly failing to protect a ground-dwelling bird species that’s seen its habitat shrink due to farming and energy exploration.

_ AURORA BUILDING SITE-HUMAN BONES _ Construction crews building a housing development in Aurora have discovered what they believe are human remains at the site, and police are investigating.

_ COLORADO SPRINGS-STRONG WINDS _ Thousands of residents in Colorado Springs were without power after high winds shattered windows and downed power poles.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. declined 15.25 cents at 5.07 a bushel; Mar. corn was off 4 cents at 3.7475 a bushel; Mar. oats rose .25 cent at $2.82 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans was fell 13 cents at $9.0350 a bushel.

SPORTS:

AVALANCHE-JETS

WINNIPEG _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Winnipeg Jets. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

BKC-NORTHERN COLORADO-IDAHO

MOSCOW, Idaho _ Northern Colorado plays at Idaho at Cowan Spectrum. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)

BKC-PURDUE FORT WAYNE-DENVER

DENVER _ Purdue Fort Wayne plays Denver at Magness Arena. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

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