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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 3, 2019

Colorado at 6 p.m.

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DENVER _ A lawsuit against a Denver landlord who was recorded refusing to allow a Muslim father and son to sublease her property for a restaurant has ended in a $675,000 settlement.


GOLDEN _ A truck driver is scheduled to appear before a judge Friday, accused of causing a fiery 28-vehicle pileup that killed four people when he lost control of his tractor-trailer in rush-hour traffic on a Colorado highway. Prosecutors are expected to discuss whether they will file formal charges.



DENVER _ Colorado lawmakers on Thursday abandoned legislation to make it harder for parents to opt their children out of vaccinations as time ran out in their legislative session. With many bills still waiting for action, the Democrat-led state Senate decided not to take up the measure, effectively killing it because there won’t be enough time to pass it before the session ends at midnight Friday. By James Anderson and Colleen Slevin. SENT: 870 words, photo.


DENVER _ Republican lawmakers and a Colorado gun rights group filed a lawsuit Thursday to block a “red flag” law allowing courts to order firearms taken away from people who pose a danger, arguing that House Democrats violated a section of the state constitution governing the legislative process. The lawsuit targeting how the bill arrived on Gov. Jared Polis’ desk is the first step in the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners’ legal strategy, said the group’s executive director, Dudley Brown. Other lawsuits aimed at the substance of the law and efforts to recall legislators who supported it are in the works, he said. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 550 words, photos.


DENVER _ U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado jumped into the packed Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, announcing a 2020 campaign that had been stalled while he was treated for prostate cancer. Bennet, a former head of Denver Public Schools who has carved out a reputation as a policy-oriented moderate, made his announcement on CBS’ “CBS This Morning,” saying the country faces two “enormous challenges,” among others: “One is the lack of economic mobility and opportunity for most Americans, and the other is the need to restore integrity to our government.” By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 750 words, photos.



DENVER — The University of Colorado named Mark Kennedy as its next president Thursday amid protests that the former Republican U.S. representative is out of step with the school’s values. Regents voted 5-4 along party lines in favor of Kennedy, who is currently president of the University of North Dakota. Kennedy has been criticized for his conservative congressional voting record, as well as for his responses during several open forums, since he was selected in April as the lone finalist for the job. SENT: 390 words.


NEW YORK _ Riders in Denver will soon be able to buy tickets for public transportation using the Uber app, the latest step on the ride-hailing company’s mission to become a one-stop shop for transportation. Potential Uber riders will see a transit option alongside UberX and Black, along with the price and trip duration, and will be able to purchase a ticket for the bus or train instead of hailing an Uber. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 690 words, photo.



LOS ANGELES _ In a squat office building not far from downtown, Esperanza Guevara is getting ready to look for people who might not want to be found. And her job could get a lot harder. The immigrant-rights activist is leading a drive to reach tens of thousands of people who entered the United States illegally and persuade them to participate in the 2020 census, the government’s once-a-decade count of the population. By Michael R. Blood and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 960 words, photos.


PHOENIX _ When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try something out of the ordinary. He bought a BMW 3 Series convertible and covers the payments by renting it to strangers on a peer-to-peer car sharing app called Turo. It allows his family of seven to have a nicer car, essentially for free. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1,220 words, photos and video.


_ AIR FORCE CADET-RAPE _ Federal prosecutors in Colorado say a former Air Force Academy cadet has been convicted of raping a fellow cadet.

_ YOUTH CORRECTIONS FACILITY-RIOT _ Three staff members at a Colorado youth corrections facility where a riot occurred this week are being investigated for bringing illegal drugs into the facility.

_ COLORADO-CSU PETITION _ Colorado State University instructors are using a petition to demand better pay.

_ MORMONS-BOY SCOUTS _ Two Colorado Boy Scouts of America councils are merging before a split with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

_ VETERINARY GRANT _ Remote villages in southwest Alaska will receive animal care assistance through a private grant announced by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

_ EDGEWATER KILLING _ A Colorado jury has convicted two men of killing a 27-year-old man during a robbery last year.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for May was rose 8.25 cents at 4.3325 a bushel; May corn rose 2 cents at 3.62 a bushel; May oats was off 6.50 cents at $3.0425 a bushel; while May soybeans fel1 9 cents at $8.3050 a bushel.



DENVER _ The Colorado Avalanche trail San Jose 2-1 going into Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series Thursday night. The Avalanche are vowing to be more responsible with the puck after a turnover-filled game. They could have forward Matt Calvert back in the lineup. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)


DENVER _ Nose bloodied, Torrey Craig returned wearing a clear mask. Knocked down later, his Denver Nuggets teammates rushed to his defense. There’s no masking the appreciation the Nuggets have for their defensive specialist. Bloodied and bruised, Craig contributed seven points in a 97-90 loss to Portland on Wednesday night as the Trail Blazers tied the Western Conference semifinal series at a game apiece. By Pat Graham. SENT: 500 words, photos.


The NBA reacted in support of Portland’s Enes Kanter on Thursday, not long after the league’s Turkish-centric Twitter account failed to mention Kanter’s efforts in the Trail Blazers’ victory over Denver in Game 2 of the teams’ Western Conference semifinal series. The league also fired the Turkish company in charge of operating that account. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 440 words, photos.


MILWAUKEE _ The Colorado Rockies go for a series split against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rockies ended a three-game losing streak with their 11-4 win Wednesday. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game started at 11:10 a.m.)


The Celtics and Trail Blazers have stolen home-court advantage in their respective second-round playoff series. Now they’re focused on keeping it as their series shift to Boston and Portland. Boston, the East’s fourth seed, came out strong and took Game 1 against top-seeded Milwaukee before getting blown out in Game 2. The series resumes at TD Garden on Friday night, and the Celtics like their chances on a court where they’ve won 12 of their last 13 playoff games. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 860 words, photo.


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