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May 16, 2019

Colorado at 5:30 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-COLORADO

LITTLETON _ Funeral services are held for an 18-year-old student who was killed during a school shooting in a Denver suburb.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

OFFICER RESIGNS-TRASH CONFRONTATION

DENVER — A white Colorado police officer who confronted a black man picking up trash around his dormitory resigned this week under an agreement that lets him collect $69,000 in salary despite violating department policies. Body camera footage released Thursday provided a full video account of the tense encounter, which gained national attention based on video shot by someone inside the building. That footage only showed Zayd Atkinson holding a bucket and a tool for picking up trash as police officers surrounded him outside the dormitory for students at Naropa University, a liberal arts school associated with Buddhism. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 780 words.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS-SECURITY TECHNOLOGY

LOS ANGELES _ Efforts to combat school shootings are starting to shift from preventing the violence to reducing the number of victims through technology that speeds up law enforcement’s response and quickly alerts teachers and students to danger. School districts are using products like gunshot detection systems that identify where shots are fired and apps that allow teachers to report attacks and connect with police. While a focus on gun control often emerges after shootings, technology can be a less partisan solution that’s quick to implement — though some experts say funding preventive mental health resources should be the priority. By Stefanie Dazio. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

OBESITY SURGERY-TEENS

Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure go away, a study finds. The results suggest there’s a benefit from not waiting to address obesity. Researchers say longer study is still needed to know lifetime effects of this radical surgery and that it’s a personal decision whether and when to try it. By Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 480 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ VAPE JUICE ROBBERY-KILLING _ Investigators say an 18-year-old Denver area man identified his alleged shooter last week just before going into surgery, where he died.

_ ACT-OUTSOURCING JOBS _ The Iowa City-based testing company ACT intends to outsource more than 100 jobs to a Colorado company.

_ WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST-BOBCAT PELTS _ A U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist has pleaded guilty in a yearslong criminal enterprise of hunting, skinning and selling dozens of Colorado bobcat pelts.

_ SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-DENVER HANGAR _ Southwest Airlines says it will build a $100 million maintenance hangar at the Denver International Airport.

_ SKYDIVING DEATH _ An investigation is underway after a skydiver died in northern Colorado over the weekend.

_ SMALL PLANE CRASH _ Authorities say one person was killed in a small plane crash in northern Colorado.

_ BANKERS SURVEY _ A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows they’re rapidly losing confidence in the region’s farm economy.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for July gained 18.25 cents at 4.6700 a bushel; Jul corn rose 9.5 cents at 3.7900 a bushel; Jul oats advanced 6.5 cents at $2.9425 bushel; while Jul soybeans was up 4.25 cents at $8.3975 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-LOCK

DENVER _ Drew Lock doesn’t begrudge Joe Flacco for saying that winning games — not mentoring the rookie quarterback — is his top priority. “I think if any quarterback’s main goal isn’t focused on winning games, first off, it’s not the quarterback you want on your team,” Lock told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BRONCOS-JACKSON

ENGLEWOOD _ Over the last few days, versatile Denver Broncos defensive back Kareem Jackson has lined up at safety and in the slot position. Not much work at cornerback, though. That could change depending on the team’s contract talks with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who’s skipping the organized team activities this week as he seeks a new deal. By Pat Graham. SENT: 660 words, photo.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ ROCKIES-RODGERS _ A person with knowledge of the situation says the Colorado Rockies are expected to call up top prospect Brendan Rodgers for a weekend series in Philadelphia.

_ NUGGETS-HERNANGOMEZ _ The Denver Nuggets say forward Juancho Hernangomez underwent surgery to fix a core muscle injury. (With AP Photos)

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