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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

April 17, 2019

Colorado at 6:15 p.m.

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DENVER _ Twenty years after Columbine, the effects of the trauma experienced by law enforcement authorities who respond to school shootings are still largely unknown. Experts say agencies are reluctant to let researchers interview officers and dredge up potentially painful memories. And many officers view seeking psychiatric help as a sign of weakness. But attitudes are changing. A group of global law enforcement administrators is working on set of uniform guidelines for psychological care for officers who respond to mass shootings and other critical incidents. And four states, including Colorado, recently passed laws to extend workers’ compensation for mental health to police and other first responders.


DENVER _ Columbine seemed to be the moment that ushered in an era of mass shootings at American schools. But data compiled in the decade before that shooting and in the years since shows school shootings were more frequent in the 1990s. Yet school shootings today appear to have higher casualties.


DENVER _ A House panel hears testimony for a bill to allow cheap Canadian prescription drug imports amid fierce opposition from the U.S. pharmaceutical industry.



LITTLETON — Authorities said Tuesday they are looking for an 18-year-old woman suspected of making threats against Columbine High School, just days before the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting that killed 13 people. The information prompted a lockdown at the high school and several others outside Denver. All students were safe, school officials said. Sol Pais traveled to Colorado on Monday night and made threats against the schools, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI said. Officials didn’t provide further details about the threats or say where she was from. SENT: 180 words, photos.



DENVER — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday met with survivors of the Columbine High School attack and other survivors of the state’s mass shootings just four days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine massacre. Hickenlooper, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has been touting gun control measures he signed following the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, which killed 12 people. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 480 words, photos.


DENVER _ Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed into law a major overhaul of state oil and gas rules, turning the focus away from encouraging production and directing regulators to make public safety and the environment their top priority. The law also gives local government significant new authority to restrict the location of wells, which could limit or prohibit drilling in some areas near homes and schools. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 570 words.


DENVER — Colorado’s Senate advanced another piece of Democratic Gov. Jared Polis’ health care agenda on Tuesday by tentatively endorsing a study on creating a state-run health insurance option. The bill would direct state agencies to recommend a plan that would compete with existing private insurance plans and those offered on Colorado’s health care exchange. Another Senate vote sends the study bill to the governor. It’s already cleared the House on a bipartisan 46-17 vote. By James Anderson. SENT: 420 words.


DENVER _ Two more prominent Democrats have jumped into the crowded primary to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. Dan Baer is a former Obama administration official and head of Colorado’s Department of Higher Education. He announced his campaign Monday night. On Tuesday morning former U.S. Attorney for Colorado John Walsh announced he’d run as well. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 210 words.



WASHINGTON _ Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting made practicing for armed intruders as routine as fire drills, many parents have only tepid confidence in the ability of schools to stop a gunman, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. And while most Americans consider schools less safe than they were 20 years ago, the poll finds a majority say schools aren’t at fault for shootings. Bullying, the availability of guns, the internet and video games share more of the blame. By Emily Swanson, Carolyn Thompson and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.


DENVER _ Dropping her kids off at school used to be the hardest part of Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson’s day. She would cry most mornings as they left the car, and relied on texted photos from their teachers to make it through the day. Now, the mother of four — and Columbine shooting survivor — sees mornings as an opportunity. She wakes early, makes breakfast and strives to send a clear message before her kids leave home: I adore you. By Kathleen Foody, Allen G. Breed and P. Solomon Banda. SENT: 1,690 words, photos. (970-word abridged version also moved)




PHOENIX — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a plan to cut back on the use of water from the Colorado River, which serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. The Colorado River drought contingency plan aims to keep two key reservoirs, Lakes Powell and Mead, from falling so low they cannot deliver water or produce hydropower. It was negotiated among the seven states that draw water from the river. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 360 words.


NEW YORK _ Big Bird, Elmo and stars of “Sesame Street” are leaving their quiet neighborhood and embarking on a road trip. The nonprofit Sesame Workshop said Tuesday a selection of Muppets will take part in a 10-city trip to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary campaign with free park festivals, live performances and kid-friendly activities. SENT: 300 words, photo.


LAS VEGAS — A national gun control lobbying organization on Tuesday made Nevada the latest Western state where it is trying to show that gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association are behind a “Second Amendment sanctuary” drive. The Brady advocacy group said it believes gun rights advocates improperly orchestrated resolutions by rural lawmakers and sheriffs who say they won’t enforce a new state law requiring background checks on all gun sales, including purchases at gun shows and on the internet. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 600 words, photos.


SANTA FE, N.M. — Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient Native American cultural sites and endorsed legislation to restrict natural gas development around Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Acoma Pueblo tribal Gov. Brian Vallo told members of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources at a hearing in New Mexico that not enough is being done to safeguard sacred sites scattered beyond the national park at Chaco Canyon. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 680 words, photos and video.


_ TRENCH COLLAPSE _ Rescuers in Colorado are working to free two construction workers who became trapped when a trench collapsed.

_ OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING-LONGMONT _ Autopsy and toxicology reports say a 34-year-old man killed by a Colorado police officer last December in Longmont was shot in the lower back and had methamphetamine in his system.

_ HIBERNATING BEARS _ Colorado wildlife officials are warning residents to take precaution as bears begin to wake up from their winter slumber.

_ SUPERMARKET WORKERS STRIKE-BOURQUE _ A former NHL star is apologizing for crossing a picket line to shop at a Massachusetts supermarket where workers are on strike. (With AP Photo)

_ FRYINGPAN LOGGING PROJECT _ A group of residents are looking to stop a U.S. Forest Service logging project in west-central Colorado, claiming it would damage the environment and tourism.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for May fell 14.5 cents at 4.4500 a bushel; May corn was down 3.75 cents at 3.5900 a bushel; May oats rose 5.5 cents at $2.9475 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 10.75 cents at $8.8800 a bushel.








DENVER _ Nkola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets try to shake off their rare home loss in the opener of their series against San Antonio when they host the Spurs in Game 2 at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)


DENVER _ Cale Makar didn’t take long to accomplish a little bit of history. One shot on net, to be precise. The newly signed Colorado defenseman scored a playoff goal in his NHL debut during Game 3 on Monday night as the Avalanche cruised to a 6-2 win over Calgary, his favorite childhood team. By Pat Graham. SENT: 560 words, photos.


DENVER _ This classifies as fun for Frederik Andersen: Protecting a late lead in the third period by leaping out of his net to stop a shot with the handle of his stick. Sticky situation handled. “Doing whatever it takes to save it,” the Toronto goaltender explained after the 3-2 win Monday over Boston. “Fun one.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 920 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO _ Colorado plays San Diego at PETCO Park. (Game starts at 7:10 p.m. MT)


Vin Scully joined the widow of Jackie Robinson to honor the player who broke baseball’s color barrier during Robinson’s centennial birthday celebration Monday night. Scully greeted 96-year-old Rachel Robinson with a kiss after being introduced to the crowd, with Scully drawing the loudest cheers in a rare public appearance. Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black recalled reading about Robinson as a youngster. By Beth Harris. SENT: 770 words, photos.


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