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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

March 15, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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COLORADO-ELECTORAL COLLEGE

DENVER — Colorado on Friday joined a compact of states that have pledged to pool their presidential electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill under which Colorado joins 11 other states and the District of Columbia in what’s called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The pact would take effect after states with a collective 270 electoral votes — the number needed to win the presidency — agree to join. With Colorado’s nine electoral votes, compact members have 181. By James Anderson. SENT: 360 words.

COLORADO BUDGET

DENVER _ Budget writers will carefully consider the long-term sustainability of Gov. Jared Polis’ proposal to adopt publicly-funded full-day kindergarten after they heard quarterly economic forecasts suggesting a possible slowdown in economic growth in the next few years, the head of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee said Friday. Democratic Sen. Dominick Moreno voiced both optimism and caution about the state’s ability to ensure full-day kindergarten can be permanently funded. By James Anderson. SENT: 510 words.

IMMIGRATION-COLORADO

DENVER — An immigration activist who was granted a temporary stay from deportation after seeking sanctuary in Denver churches has once again taken up shelter inside a house of faith. The Denver Post reports lawyers for Jeanette Vizguerra (vihz-GEHR’-uh) announced that she will be confined to living in the First Unitarian Society of Denver church to avoid being deported to Mexico. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

ROCKIES BLIZZARD

DENVER — Two Colorado campers were found safe Friday after they got caught in the blizzard that struck the region this week. Authorities say 20-year-old Michael Lee Gomez and 19-year-old Olivia Megan Schack, both of Arvada, were found near Ward, west of Boulder. They had gone camping on Tuesday. The blizzard struck southeast Wyoming and northeast Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday, and the two took refuge in their car. SENT: 290 words, photo.

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OF COLORADO INTEREST:

SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES

BILLINGS, Mont. _ The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will guide future efforts to conserve greater sage grouse, ground-dwelling birds that range across portions of 11 Western states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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WINTER WEATHER

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Flooding in the central U.S. on Friday forced some residents along waterways to evacuate, threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant and closed stretches of a major river and an interstate highway, foreshadowing a difficult spring flooding season. The high water prompted by a massive late-winter storm, pushed some waterways to record levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. The flooding was the worst in nearly a decade in places, though the situation was expected to improve quickly over the weekend, according to Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service hydrologist in Sioux Falls. Blake Nicholson. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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IN BRIEF:

_ UNITED PILOT-INDECENT EXPOSURE _ A judge has dismissed an indecent exposure charge against a United Airlines pilot in Denver.

_ MISSING HIKER _ Rocky Mountain National Park has suspended the search for a 70-year-old Tennessee man who has not been heard from since late February.

_ GAS LEAK-EAGLE COUNTY _ Dozens of residents of a community in Eagle County have been allowed to return to their homes after being evacuated the night before because of a gas leak.

_ FAKED ILLNESSES-SENTENCE _ A Colorado woman accused of faking illnesses to get donations has been sentenced to a year in the Larimer County work release program and 10 years’ probation.

_ DRUG DEBT TORTURE-PLEA _ Three men have been sentenced this week for the kidnapping and torture of a man over a drug debt.

_ BIAS TRAINING-GRANT _ A Colorado district attorney’s office has received a grant for bias training in a city where several police officers confronted a black student outside his home.

_ PILGRIM’S PRIDE-MOY PARK _ A Delaware judge has refused to dismiss a shareholder lawsuit over poultry company Pilgrim’s Pride’s $1.3 billion acquisition of U.K. poultry producer Moy Park, which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Pilgrim’s Pride’s parent company.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. was gained 9.50 cents at 4.6225 a bushel; May corn rose 3 cents at 3.7325 a bushel; May oats was up 3.50 cents at $2.77 a bushel; while May soybeans advanced 10.75 cents at $9.0925 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-FLACCO

DENVER _ John Elway insists Joe Flacco is at the top of his game at age 34 even though the former Baltimore Ravens quarterback hasn’t thrown a pass in the playoffs since 2015. “Joe is a perfect fit for us,” Elway said at Flacco’s introductory news conference Friday. “He’s played in a lot of big games, he has a lot of good football left in him. At 34, (I) feel like he’s just really coming into his prime.” By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 880 words, photos.

DUCKS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ After three days off, the Colorado Avalanche return to the ice to face Anaheim on Friday night. The Avalanche enter the day trailing Arizona by five points for the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

BKC-P12-COLORADO-WASHINGTON

LAS VEGAS _ Top-seeded Washington faces No. 5 Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

MAVERICKS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ Luka Doncic’s emphatic dunk capped a great night for the Dallas Mavericks rookie. Nikola Jokic topped him and saved the game for the Denver Nuggets, earning him some support in the MVP race. Jokic hit a falling, one-handed shot as time expired to lift the Nuggets over the weary Mavericks 100-99 on Thursday. SENT: 770 words, photos. (Moved late Thursday)

OLY-NASSAR LAWSUIT

DENVER — Fifty-one women are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee, its board members and a number of former high-ranking officials for failing to prevent their abuse at the hands of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Denver, details abuse dating to the late 1990s. One of the victims was 8 years old. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 330 words, photo.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ AIR FORCE-FRESNO ST _ Deshon Taylor recorded 18 points and 10 assists to carry Fresno State to a 76-50 win over Air Force in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday night. (Moved late Thursday) (With AP Photos)

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