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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 2, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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NEW CONGRESS

WASHINGTON _ House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown. “The partisanship, rancor and dysfunction of the Trump shutdown is exactly what voters rebuked in November,” said Rep.-elect Joe Neguse of Colorado, a new leader of the freshmen class, in the Democrats’ weekly address. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 970 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING-STATES

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. By Wayne Parry and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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DRY SOUTHWEST-SNOW _ Southwestern Colorado is starting the new year with lots of snow after one of its worst drought years.

SPORTS:

BBA--YANKEES-TULOWITZKI

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have obtained a low-cost infield replacement, agreeing to a one-year contract with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the major league minimum $555,000, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The former Colorado Rocky idolized retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter and has worn No. 2 in his honorBy Ronald Blum. SENT: 390 words, photo.

HKN--SHARKS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche try to break out of a five-game skid when they host San Jose on Wednesday night. The Sharks have won two of three. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 7:30 p.m. game.

BKN--NUGGETS-THE JOKER

DENVER _ Nikola Jokic doesn’t exactly have the most athletic look and certainly doesn’t jump out of the gym. Hardly matters as the 7-footer nicknamed The Joker is taking the Western Conference-surprising Denver Nuggets to new heights this season. He’s in line to become Denver’s first All-Star since Carmelo Anthony in 2010-11 and is even being name-dropped in the MVP conversation. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BKC--NEW MEXICO-AIR FORCE

New Mexico plays Air Force at Clune Arena. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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