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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 5, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

DENVER _ Colorado’s Democratic-controlled Legislature will take the first step Tuesday toward a major overhaul of state oil and gas regulations, despite objections from Republicans and industry representatives who say the changes are being rushed. The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee scheduled a hearing on a bill that would dramatically shift the role of state regulators and give new rule-making powers to local governments.

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-JOHN HICKENLOOPER

DENVER _ Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Monday he’s running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who’s used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically divided state. “I’m running for president because we need dreamers in Washington, but we also need to get things done,” Hickenlooper, 67, said in a video announcing his campaign. “I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver.” By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,006 words, photos.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN-Q&A

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Another federal deadline has passed for seven states in the U.S. West to finish a plan to protect the drought-stricken Colorado River, which delivers water to 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Here’s a look at river and the drought plan and why it matters. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 795 words, photos.

WINTER WEATHER-COLORADO

DENVER _ Crews on Monday recovered the body of a missing backcountry skier who apparently died in an avalanche in southwestern Colorado as the danger level remained elevated following heavy snow over the weekend. SENT: 305 words.

COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

BILLINGS, Mont. — One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. said Monday it expects to emerge from bankruptcy in coming weeks after a judge approved a plan that will keep its mines running in Montana, New Mexico and several other states and Canadian provinces. Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. will keep its name but get new leadership as creditors take control a firm that fell more than $1.4 billion into debt amid declining coal markets. SENT: 360 words.

CALIFORNIA-TRUMP-FAMILY PLANNING

SAN FRANCISCO — California, Colorado and 19 other Democratic-led states announced they were challenging the Trump administration’s effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers. By Paul Elias. SENT: 355 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

KENYA-HELICOPTER CRASH-THE LATEST _ A Colorado man who was one of four Americans killed in a helicopter crash in Kenya is being remembered as an adventurer.

EARTHQUAKE _ Officials are reporting that a 4.5 magnitude earthquake occurred near the Utah-Colorado border and was felt in the tourist town of Moab.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

ETHIOPIA-US-ERITREA

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia _ A U.S. congressional delegation has visited Eritrea for the first time in 14 years as Washington seeks closer contact with the long-reclusive state in the Horn of Africa after it made surprising peace with Ethiopia last year. “Eritrea has been a mystery,” Karen Bass told reporters in Ethiopia on Monday after visiting Asmara with fellow lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Joe Neguse, whose parents fled Eritrea in the early 1980s as it fought for independence. By Elias Meseret. SENT: 481 words.

MAJORING IN MARIJUANA

Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she’s majoring in marijuana. “My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed,” said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University. “I say, ‘No, it’s a serious degree, a chemistry degree first and foremost. It’s hard work. Organic chemistry is a bear.’” By Mary Esch. SENT: 990 words, photos.

ELI LILLY-INSULIN PRICE CUT

INDIANAPOLIS _ Eli Lilly is offering a half-price version of a top-selling insulin to ease the financial strain imposed on some patients, but an advocacy group says much bigger changes are needed. The drugmaker said Monday it will introduce a version of the diabetes treatment Humalog that will be called Insulin Lispro and come with an initial price 50 percent lower than Humalog’s current rate of about $275 per vial. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 674 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-BILL CLINTON

WASHINGTON _ Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party has changed. So far, none of the party’s early front-runners has had a formal meeting with Clinton. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was meeting with Hillary Clinton at the couple’s Chappaqua, New York, home when the former president stopped by and sat in on the rest of the meeting. By Julie Pace. SENT: 1,080 words.

MUSIC-DIERKS BENTLEY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ After watching a recent documentary about the doomed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, country star Dierks Bentley was appalled at how it all went disastrously wrong. Bentley knows the pressure of putting on a destination music festival that he’s invested in and curated as he’s heading into the second year for the Seven Peaks Music Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado, a small town about two hours outside of Denver. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 526 words, photo.

SPORTS:

BKN--NUGGETS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets try to stop a two-game slide in a visit to the Spurs, who are going for a sweep of a three-game homestand coming off their rough rodeo trip. The Nuggets have lost 12 straight in San Antonio. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 6:30 p.m. game.

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