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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 24, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

MISSING WOMAN COLORADO

CRIPPLE CREEK _ A Colorado rancher suspected of killing his fiancee and burning her body pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and solicitation to commit murder charges. Patrick Frazee entered the plea during a brief court hearing in the case involving the killing of Kelsey Berreth, whose body has not been found. Berreth, a 29-year-old flight instructor, was last seen on Thanksgiving Day near her home in the mountain community of Woodland Park, about two hours’ south of Denver. The search for Berreth started on Dec. 2, when her mother reported her missing. SENT: 500 words, photos.

With: MISSING WOMAN COLORADO-THE LATEST

BLACK MARKET MARIJUANA-COLORADO

DENVER — Authorities said Friday they raided hundreds of black market marijuana operations in Colorado that flouted the state’s cannabis law by growing tens of thousands of plants in Denver-area homes and selling the drugs out of state. Investigators seized more than 80,000 plants and 4,500 pounds (2,040 kilograms) of harvested marijuana, state and federal prosecutors said at a news conference. Officers raided 247 homes and eight businesses and arrested 42 people in Denver and seven nearby counties. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 530 words, photos.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

CEO PAY-TOP PAID BY STATE

Here are the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state has such a company headquartered there. The survey includes only CEOs who have been in place for at least two years, but it does not limit the survey to companies in the S&P 500, as the AP’s general compensation study does. That’s why it includes such CEOs as Tesla’s Elon Musk. SENT: 560 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MURDER FOR HIRE-SENTENCE _ A woman has been sentenced to life in prison for hiring her nephew to kill her husband in northern Colorado. (With AP Photo)

_ DENVER SHOOTING-THE LATEST _ Police say a husband and wife and their daughter are dead in a shooting at a Denver home and a man who knew the family well is under arrest in their slayings. (With AP Photo)

_ EX-COLORADO LAWMAKER-PENNSYLVANIA CITATIONS _ A former Colorado lawmaker and anti-tax advocate has been convicted of five municipal citations in Pennsylvania for a building that city officials say is dilapidated.

_ ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR _ The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra has named Christopher Dragon as its new conductor and music director following a search lasting 1 ½ years.

_ MOBILE HOME LAW _ Colorado has a new law on the books that legislators say expands protections for mobile home residents and leads to better enforcement of those regulations.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for July advanced 19.25 cents at 4.8950 a bushel; July corn rose 14.50 cents at 4.0425 a bushel; July oats up 4 cents at $3.0850 bushel; while July soybeans gained 8.25 cents at $8.2975150 a bushel.

SPORTS:

ORIOLES-ROCKIES

DENVER _ The Baltimore Orioles pay a visit to Coors Field on Friday night for the first time in 15 years when they face the Rockies. Returning from a 3-5 trip, the Rockies are expected to recall righty Jeff Hoffman from Triple-A Albuquerque to pitch against the Orioles. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

IN BRIEF:

_ SHIBUTANIS _ Olympic bronze medalists and two-time U.S. champions Maia and Alex Shibutani will sit out another season.

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