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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 29, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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AP POLL-STATE OF THE UNION

PAWTUCKET, R.I. _ AP-NORC poll finds a large majority of Americans say they are pessimistic about the state of the country and few expect it to get better in the next year. Jim Wadkowski, an 80-year-old self-described conservative from Fountain, Colorado, said he approves of the job Trump is doing but sees the nation going the wrong way. By Michelle Smith and Emily Swanson. SENT: 971 words, photos.

LEGISLATURE:

XGR--COLORADO ELECTORS _ Colorado’s Senate has passed a bill to have the state award its presidential electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. Democratic Sen. Mike Foote’s bill would have Colorado join 11 states and the District of Columbia in what’s called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

IN BRIEF:

WOMAN KILLED-DAUGHTERS ABDUCTED _ Prosecutors say a man who abducted two sisters and is suspected of killing their mother had moved into their Central Texas home to help look after the girls. Terry Allen Miles is on trial for kidnapping charges for allegedly abducting the girls and feeling to Colorado in December 2017.

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK-REOPENING _ Officials say it will take some time before Mesa Verde National Park reopens to the public despite President Donald Trump signing a bill that reopens the federal government for three weeks.

OIL AND GAS DRILLING-COLORADO _ The Colorado Supreme Court has rejected a request to reconsider its ruling that oil and gas regulators don’t have to make health and environmental protection their top priority. The rejection was dated Monday and offered no explanation.

INTERSTATE CRASH-VEHICULAR HOMICIDE _ A truck driver from Colorado accused of causing a fatal interstate crash in Rapid City has been charged with vehicular homicide. Brian Rasmussen, a 53-year-old driver for Denver-based trucking company Navajo Express, admitted he had taken insomnia drug Ambien two days before the collision Friday morning that killed 64-year-old Karen Bryan, according to an affidavit.

FORKLIFT FATAL _ A construction worker has died in a forklift accident at the Charis Bible College west of Colorado Springs. The Gazette reports that the victim in the incident Monday at Woodland Park was identified as Robert Ummel.

AUTONOMOUS TRANSIT-DENVER _ First there were well-accepted autonomous trains to ferry passengers between the gates and terminals at Denver International Airport. Now, the city is testing whether residents will ride on a driverless vehicle on city streets near the airport. Denver is unveiling a pilot project to test the viability of driverless transit near the airport. Developing from 2:45 p.m. event. With AP Video.

SPORTS:

BKC--BOISE STATE-COLORADO STATE

Boise State plays Colorado State at Moby Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits from 7 p.m. game.

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