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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

April 3, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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TOP STORY:

OIL AND GAS CONFLICTS-COLORADO

DENVER _ Colorado lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that would dramatically change the way the state regulates its booming oil and gas industry, shifting the focus to protecting public health instead of encouraging production. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign the measure. By Dan Elliott and James Anderson. SENT: 810 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

BOOBY TRAP-BICYCLISTS INJURED _ Officials say two people were injured after their bicycles were caught in a booby trap on a Colorado Springs trail. The bicyclists were recently riding across a bridge on the Rock Island Trail when their bikes hit a trip line.

HICKENLOOPER BEER-COLORADO _ A Colorado brewery has discontinued a beer named for former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper after an anti-fracking group threatened a boycott. The Daily Camera reports The Post Brewing Co. said in a statement Tuesday it would stop production and sales of the Hickenlooper American Ale.

GAS EXPLOSION-SNOW _ Firefighters suspect falling snow and ice caused a natural gas explosion at a home in Colorado’s mountains. The explosion and resulting fire destroyed the home in Breckenridge early Wednesday. Two men who were sleeping inside survived but were taken to hospitals. One suffered a broken arm and burns while the other had a back injury.

SOLDIER KILLED-AFGHANISTAN-COLORADO _ The body of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has been returned to Colorado. The body of 33-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay of Cortez arrived at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs Wednesday afternoon. With AP Photos.

SOLDIER KILLED-AFGHANISTAN _ The body of a 29-year-old Ohio soldier who died in combat in Afghanistan has been returned to his hometown. A military plane carrying Army Spc. Joseph P. Collette’s body arrived Wednesday morning at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus. A motorcade then proceeded to his hometown of Lancaster. With AP Photos.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

LITTLE ROCK-TRIPLE HOMICIDE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Prosecutors in Arkansas plan to pursue the death penalty for one of two brothers accused in the killing of a Little Rock mother and her two young children in 2017. Pulaski County Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Johnson told Circuit Judge Herb Wright on Tuesday that prosecutors would seek the lethal injection for 26-year-old Michael Collins of Colorado, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The county last sought the death penalty in 2009. SENT: 273 words, photos.

CHICANO GROUP-NAME CHANGE

MEChA, a storied Mexican American student group founded 50 years ago amid the militant Chicano Movement, is considering a name change highlighting the divisions between older Latino civil rights advocates and millennials who want to be more inclusive and claim the term Chicano is homophobic. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.

SPORTS:

BBO--ROCKIES-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Iannetta was light-hearted after coming up big again in extra innings to give Colorado’s anemic offense a needed lift. Iannetta homered with one out in the 11th, and the Rockies stopped a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BKN--SPURS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The San Antonio Spurs visit the Denver Nuggets. Games starts at 7 p.m. With AP Photos.

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