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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 2, 2019

Colorado at 1:05 p.m.

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DENVER _ Colorado lawmakers are rushing to make it harder for parents to opt their children out of vaccinations, whether to ask voters to legalize sports betting and import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada among many other things as time runs out in their legislative session. By James Anderson and Colleen Slevin. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.


DENVER _ A Colorado gun rights advocacy group plans to discuss legal action in response to lawmakers’ passage of a new law allowing firearms to be taken from people who pose a danger. Gov. Jared Polis signed the so-called “red flag” bill in April. By Kathleen Foody. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.


DENVER _ U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado jumped into the packed Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, announcing a 2020 campaign that had been stalled while he was treated for prostate cancer. Bennet, a former head of Denver Public Schools who has carved out a reputation as a policy-oriented moderate, made his announcement on CBS’ “CBS This Morning,” saying the country faces two “enormous challenges,” among others: “One is the lack of economic mobility and opportunity for most Americans, and the other is the need to restore integrity to our government.” By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 750 words. AP Photos.



BOULDER _ University of Colorado regents are scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to hire former GOP congressman Mark Kennedy as the school’s president in the face of strong opposition. Developing from 1 p.m. meeting.


NEW YORK _ Riders in Denver will soon be able to buy tickets for public transportation using the Uber app, the latest step on the ride-hailing company’s mission to become a one-stop shop for transportation. Potential Uber riders will see a transit option alongside UberX and Black, along with the price and trip duration, and will be able to purchase a ticket for the bus or train instead of hailing an Uber. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 680 words.


YOUTH CORRECTIONS FACILITY-RIOT _ Police say a riot at a Colorado youth corrections facility west of Denver involved eight inmates. The Golden Police Department says 19 staff members responded to the riot that occurred about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in one housing unit at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden.

COLORADO-CSU PETITION _ Colorado State University instructors are using a petition to demand better pay.

MORMONS-BOY SCOUTS_ Two Colorado Boy Scouts of America councils are merging before a split with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



LOS ANGELES _ In a squat office building not far from downtown, Esperanza Guevara is getting ready to look for people who might not want to be found. And her job could get a lot harder. The immigrant-rights activist is leading a drive to reach tens of thousands of people who entered the United States illegally and persuade them to participate in the 2020 census, the government’s once-a-decade count of the population. By Michael R. Blood and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 960 words.


PHOENIX _ When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try something out of the ordinary. He bought a BMW 3 Series convertible and covers the payments by renting it to strangers on a peer-to-peer car sharing app called Turo. It allows his family of seven to have a nicer car, essentially for free. Bills governing the practice have been introduced in more than 30 other states, with the fight especially contentious in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico and Ohio. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1,200 words. AP Photos.



DENVER _ The Colorado Avalanche trail San Jose 2-1 going into Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series Thursday night. The Avalanche are vowing to be more responsible with the puck after a turnover-filled game. They could have forward Matt Calvert back in the lineup. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 8 p.m.


DENVER _ Nose bloodied, Torrey Craig returned wearing a clear mask. Knocked down later, his Denver Nuggets teammates rushed to his defense. By Pat Graham. SENT: 500 words. AP Photos.


MILWAUKEE _ The Colorado Rockies go for a series split against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rockies ended a three-game losing streak with their 11-4 win Wednesday. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 11:10 p.m.


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