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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

April 11, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK-POLLUTION

LONGMONT — Harmful nitrogen pollution is drifting onto fragile, high-elevation ecosystems in Rocky Mountain National Park from Colorado highways, power plants and livestock operations, state and federal agencies said. Nitrogen pollution was 38% higher than the 2017 target level, according to a draft report released Wednesday by the Colorado health department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 540 words, photo.

SPRING BLIZZARD-ROCKIES

DENVER _ A “bomb cyclone” fizzled but a spring snowstorm that hit Colorado and Wyoming still created hazardous road conditions and snarled airport traffic. Blizzard conditions persisted Thursday morning in the northeast corner of Colorado but all warnings were canceled in the two states by the afternoon as the storm moved away, allowing residents to start digging out. Some schools remained closed. SENT: 390 words, photos.

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SPRING FLOODING

Heavy snow and strong winds hammered parts of the central U.S. on Thursday and began moving into the Great Lakes region, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people and creating hazardous travel conditions a day after pummeling Colorado. The spring blizzard — the second “bomb cyclone” storm system to hit the region in a month — left behind hundreds of canceled flights at Denver International Airport, along with wintertime temperatures and snarled traffic before blanketing parts of the Upper Midwest with up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 640 words, photos and video.

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INTERIOR SECRETARY

WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. The Senate voted 56-41 to approve Bernhardt’s nomination to oversee the country’s public lands and resources. He succeeds Ryan Zinke, who resigned in January amid a series of ethics investigations. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 600 words, photos on national lines.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

PENTAGON-SPACE FORCE

WASHINGTON _ The Trump administration’s proposal for creating a Space Force as a new military service drew bipartisan skepticism in the Senate on Thursday, with several lawmakers questioning the need for expanding the military bureaucracy. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan pitched the proposal as vital to maintaining what he called America’s “margin of dominance” in space. By Robert Burns. SENT: 580 words, photos on national lines.

NASA TWINS HEALTH

WASHINGTON _ From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly’s body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but newly published research shows nothing that would cancel even longer space treks, like to Mars. The good news: Kelly largely bounced back after returning home, say scientists who released final results from NASA’s “twins study.” By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 760 words, photos on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

_ IMMIGRANT DRIVERS LICENSES _ Colorado’s House has sent to Gov. Jared Polis a bill increasing the number of locations where state residents who are in the country illegally can seek driver’s licenses.

_ COLORADO-EXPLOSION LAWSUIT _ Two workers injured in an oil tank explosion have filed a lawsuit against the site operators.

_ TRANQUILIZED BEAR _ Colorado wildlife officials tranquilized and relocated its first bear of the year after they say it got into several trash cans and posed a threat to children at a day care center.

_ CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE _ The latest Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. has fallen but the remaining operations are larger and are responsible for a higher percentage of agricultural sales. (With AP Photos)

SPORTS:

AVALANCHE-FLAMES

CALGARY _ The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames will meet for the first time in the postseason in Game 1 on Thursday. The Flames outscored the Avalanche by a 14-10 margin in winning all three games this season. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)

DENVER-MASSACHUSETTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Massachusetts makes its first Frozen Four appearance in facing Denver in a college hockey semifinal at Buffalo on Thursday. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING 500 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:30 p.m. MT)

ROCKIES-GIANTS

SAN FRANCISCO _ Colorado plays San Francisco at Oracle Park on Thursday night. By Michael Wagaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 7:45 p.m. MT)

NOVICE NUGGETS

DENVER — The Denver Nuggets ended their six-year playoff drought in style. After spending most of the season jockeying with the juggernaut Golden State Warriors for top billing in the West, the Nuggets fended off Portland and Houston to earn the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and will face the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 650 words, photos.

PLAYOFFS SET

MIAMI — The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons. Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff matchups not being clinched until the final night was in the books — the last three of them, out West, going down to literally the final moments. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 860 words, photos.

SPURS-WHITE

SAN ANTONIO — Derrick White’s ascension into the starting lineup and the pivotal role he has played in helping San Antonio earn its 22nd straight postseason appearance was a greater surprise to him than anyone else. To hear his teammates and coach Gregg Popovich tell it, the soft-spoken kid not only belongs in the spotlight, he commands it. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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