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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

April 9, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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DENVER _ Colorado lawmakers are considering an ambitious paid family leave bill Tuesday that’s opposed by most major business chambers in part because their members would have to contribute to a state fund, even if they offer their own benefits. The state Senate Finance Committee will eye possible amendments to the bill that would create a state-run paid family and medical leave program so employees can take time off to care for newborns, themselves or others in medical and other emergencies without worrying about their jobs. By James Anderson. SENT: 630 words, photo.


COLORADO SPRINGS — Sharpening his argument for a Space Force, the acting Pentagon chief on Tuesday called it a “low cost, low bureaucracy” way to stay ahead of China, Russia and other nations seeking to erase American military advantages in space. The Pentagon and Congress have discussed for years the possibility of establishing a military service for space, but some key lawmakers remain skeptical of the need and wary of the cost. The debate enters a new phase this week with the Senate Armed Services Committee holding its first hearing Thursday on the administration’s proposal to phase in a Space Force over five years and establish a space warfighting command this year. By Robert Burns. SENT: 720 words, photo.



BISMARCK, N.D. — The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas in the nation, is bracing for another major winter storm and the prospect of renewed flooding that is also forecast to hit a wide swath of the Plains and Midwest just a month after the last weather blast. March’s “bomb cyclone” — an unusual weather phenomenon in which air pressure drops rapidly and a storm strengthens explosively — dumped heavy snow on Pine Ridge that led to severe flooding. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 900 words, photos.


_ COLORADO WEATHER _ It looks like northeast Colorado, including the Denver metro area, could be in for another blizzard.

_ PARK SHOOTING _ Colorado police say two people are seriously injured after being shot at a park in suburban Denver.

_ SCHOOL ABUSE _ A 30-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three students at a Colorado high school where he worked.

_ SNOW FENCE THEFT _ Two Colorado men have been ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution to the Wyoming Department of Transportation for stealing pieces of wood fences designed to help reduce snow blowing onto Wyoming highways in the winter.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-BYSTANDER _ The Colorado Springs City Council has given city attorneys permission to represent the city, its former police chief and two officers in a lawsuit filed by a bystander who was paralyzed during a fatal shootout.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for May lost 5.75 cents at 4.5950 a bushel; May corn was unchanged at 3.6000 a bushel; May oats fell 6.25 cents at $2.8125 a bushel; while May soybeans were unchanged at $8.9875 a bushel.



DENVER _ The Colorado Rockies try to halt a four-game skid on Tuesday night against Atlanta with German Marquez on the mound. The Braves will throw Max Fried. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)


TORONTO _ Thanks to a trade with the last-place-finishing Ottawa Senators, the Colorado Avalanche enter the NHL draft lottery on Tuesday with the best odds of landing the top pick. Colorado has an 18.5% of winning the lottery, and can fall no further than No. 4. UPCOMING: 650 words. (Draft lottery begins at 6 p.m. MT)


DENVER _ Colorado goaltender Philipp Grubauer has found such a groove lately that he is turning back just about everything — including insinuations. No, he says, he is not playing with a new-found boost of confidence (he doesn’t let himself ebb and flow like that). And no, he has not made any drastic changes over the last few weeks. By Pat Graham. SENT: 770 words, photos.


Excuse Derick Brassard for having a little difficulty finding his bearings after the veteran center took an unorthodox cross-country route in reaching the NHL playoffs. Starting the season with Pittsburgh, Brassard was traded to Florida and spent 10 games with the Panthers before landing in Colorado in time to help the Avalanche’s late-season surge to clinch the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff berth. Brassard is also re-adjusting to center after playing on the wing in Florida. By John Wawrow. SENT: 900 words, photos.


Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson spent their three years at Iowa trying to one-up each other in a friendly but fierce competition. So, why should the NFL draft be any different? The latest members of the Hawkeyes’ long pipeline to the pros are expected to become the first tight end duo from the same school ever selected in the first round of the draft. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The first NFL exhibition game in Hawaii in 43 years highlights the league’s preseason schedule announced Tuesday. Dallas will play the Los Angeles Rams at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Aug. 17. The last preseason match there featured the 49ers and Chargers in 1976. SENT: 220 words.


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