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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 4, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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XGR-COLORADO LEGISLATURE CONVENES

DENVER _ Colorado legislators convened their new session Friday, with Democrats firmly in control of the House and Senate for the first time since 2014. To a standing ovation, Pueblo Democratic Sen. Leroy Garcia received the Senate president’s gavel from the outgoing leader, Republican Kevin Grantham of Canon City. By James Anderson. SENT: 764 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON _ With no shutdown resolution in sight, President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders agreed Friday to additional staff-level talks over the weekend during a White House meeting at which Trump indicated he could keep parts of the government closed for “months or even years.” Cory Gardner of Colorado said Congress should pass bipartisan bills to fund government “while we continue to fight for more border security money.” By Matthew Daly, Catherine Lucey and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,236 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

CRAZY FRENCH RANCH _ Conservation groups have reached a deal to buy and protect a southern Colorado ranch that includes the landmark Fishers Peak near Trinidad.

RESTAURANTS-MONEY LAUNDERING _ Federal prosecutors say fast-food restaurants in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado are laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug trafficking proceeds.

XGR--COLORADO LEGISLATURE CONVENES

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HKN--RANGERS-AVALANCHE

The New York Rangers visit the Colorado Avalanche.

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