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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 16, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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COLORADO BUDGET

DENVER — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis wants to use better-than-expected tax revenue to implement free full-day kindergarten. Polis released a budget request Tuesday that includes $227 million so that all school districts can offer full-day kindergarten or stop charging families for it. He said many families pay up to $500 a month to enroll their children. Polis told reporters it’s the top priority of his new administration and wants to make it available by this fall. The Democrat also insisted the plan is not a mandate for either parents or school districts. By James Anderson. SENT: 470 words, photo.

OBIT-WWII FEMALE PILOT

COLORADO SPRINGS _ A member of a pioneering group of women who flew military planes in the United States during World War II has died. Millicent Young of Colorado Springs, a member of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, died Saturday of complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her son Bill Young told The Gazette. She was 96. WASPs flew bombers and other warplanes to free up male pilots for combat service overseas. They served as civilian employees but were granted veteran status in 1977. SENT: 280 words, photos.

ATTORNEY GENERAL-MARIJUANA

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick to become the next attorney general said Tuesday that he would “not go after” marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal, even though he personally believes the drug should be outlawed. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, William Barr said he would not use limited government resources to target cannabis businesses that are complying with state laws. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 400 words, photo.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

WILD HORSES-CORRAL

RENO, Nev. — The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in Northern California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency acknowledged in court filings in a potentially precedent-setting legal battle that it built the pen for mustangs gathered in the fall on national forest land along the California-Nevada border because of restrictions on such sales at other federal holding facilities. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 850 words, photos.

HOSPITAL DEATHS-DOCTOR

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ An Ohio hospital system says an intensive care doctor ordered “significantly excessive and potentially fatal” doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in the past few years after families asked to stop lifesaving measures. The case emerges amid a national debate over physician-assisted suicide. Five states — California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Colorado — allow the practice, and 20 have considered but not passed legislation to do so. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 820 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ DENVER ART-DAMAGE _ An official told police the Denver Art Museum sustained nearly $2 million in losses when a vandal shattered glass and damaged other artwork last month.

_ OIL AND GAS DRILLING-BATTLEMENT MESA _ State regulators have approved a proposal by Ursa Resources to drill 24 wells and a wastewater injection well near a Battlement Mesa mobile home park.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-COLORADO _ Colorado police say a man wearing body armor has died after exchanging gunfire with officers.

_ ANIMAL SANCTUARY-CHICKEN RESCUE _ A Colorado sanctuary for farm animals says it found cannibalism, infections and fractured wings while rescuing chickens from a farm.

_ DENVER AIRPORT-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _ The president of Denver’s National Air Traffic Controllers Association warns that flyers could be waiting in longer lines for fewer flights at the city’s airport if the U.S. government shutdown continues.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. fell 3.25 cents at 5.11 a bushel; Mar. corn was off 7.25 cents at 3.7125 a bushel; Mar. oats lost 7.50 cents at $2.9250 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans declined 10.25 cents at $8.9325 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-RAIDING THE BEARS

ENGLEWOOD — New Broncos head coach Vic Fangio isn’t just bringing his defensive philosophies from Chicago. He plucked outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley off the Bears’ staff and is interviewing Ed Donatell about becoming Denver’s defensive coordinator. Donatell has spent the last four seasons as the Bears’ defensive backs coach, coinciding with Fangio’s stint as Chicago’s defensive coordinator before his hiring in Denver last week. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 480 words, photo.

WARRIORS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The top spot in the Western Conference will be up for grabs when the Denver Nuggets host Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. The Nuggets have won 12 straight at home. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

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