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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 30, 2019

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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COLORADO EDUCATION

DENVER _ Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday urged lawmakers to act quickly on his plan to offer state-funded full-day kindergarten. By James Anderson. SENT: 536 words.

ELECTION 2020-MODERATE DEMOCRATS

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ As the first wave of Democratic presidential candidates unveil plans for taxing wealth and universal government-provided health care, John Hickenlooper is making a narrower pitch of beer and bipartisanship. The brewpub magnate and former Colorado governor recently swung through the early voting state of Iowa to test his theory that Democratic voters are less interested in a resistance champion than someone with a record of achieving liberal goals even with divided government. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,022 words, photo.

COLORADO-CLIMATE CHANGE

DENVER _ Colorado’s new attorney general said Wednesday the state will withdraw from a lawsuit challenging one of the Obama administration’s biggest climate change initiatives and instead will support the plan. Democrat Phil Weiser’s announcement signaled a reversal from his Republican predecessor’s actions on environmental issues. By Dan Elliott. UPCOMING: 300 words.

OUTDOOR RETAIL SHOW-POLITICS

DENVER _ Thousands of outdoor manufacturers and retailers have gathered in Denver for their annual winter marketplace, and some of the biggest names are vowing to keep up their battle with the Trump administration over public lands. The Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show opened Wednesday with about 950 exhibitors and 25,000 people attending. By Dan Elliott. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5 p.m. With AP Photos.

MORE FROM THE LEGISLATURE:

XGR-INCOME TAX BILL _ Senate Democrats have rejected a GOP proposal to reduce Colorado’s individual and corporate income tax rate. The proposal, sponsored by Republican Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg and Rep. Rod Pelton, had won initial support in a tweet from Colorado’s new Democratic governor, Jared Polis.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL FIRE-CANON CITY _ Colorado authorities say two people have died in a camper fire in Canon City.

FATAL CHRISTMAS EVE FIRE _ Authorities believe a Colorado boy who died in a Christmas Eve fire at his house likely sparked the blaze himself. Police Capt. Bill Leonard told the Craig Daily Press that materials found in the bedroom of 3-year-old Lane Ernest Cullen in Craig suggest he had been playing with fire.

SPORTS:

SUPER BOWL-SALUTE TO SERVICE

Atlanta Falcons guard Ben Garland has won the NFL’s Salute to Service Award. Garland was recognized Wednesday by the league and USAA for his exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community. He will be recognized on Saturday night during NFL Honors, the prime-time TV show in which The Associated Press presents its individual awards for the 2018 season.

BKN--NUGGETS-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS _ The Denver Nuggets ride a three-game winning streak into New Orleans on Wednesday night. The Pelicans are trying to regroup in the wake of star Anthony Davis’ trade demand. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6 p.m. game.

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