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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

January 11, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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COLORADO-STATE OF THE STATE

DENVER _ Heads up, oil and gas executives. New Colorado Gov. Jared Polis made it clear Thursday he intends to grant more local control in decisions about where and how the state’s $32 billion oil and gas industry can drill and operate tank farms and other facilities. Shortly after delivering his first State of the State speech, the Democratic governor acknowledged his advocacy of local influence on the state’s chief regulatory body for oil and gas. By James Anderson. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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AU PAIR PAY

DENVER — A proposed $65.5 million settlement for low-paid child care workers from around the world would be divided up under a formula after a judge decides whether the agreement is fair, a conclusion that could take several months to reach. The deal, filed in Denver federal court Wednesday , covers nearly 100,000 people, mainly women, who came to the United States to work as au pairs between Jan. 1, 2009, and Oct. 28, 2018. Lawyers who have been representing the au pairs in the class-action case for free over the past four years expect to ask a judge for 35 percent of the settlement for compensation and legal fees, leaving about $40 million to be divided among the au pairs. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 560 words, photos.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANT-WILDLIFE REFUGE

DENVER _ Activists asked a U.S. judge Thursday to make documents public from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver with a history of fires, leaks and spills. The activists said the documents could show whether the federal government did enough to clean up the site before turning part of it into a wildlife refuge and opening it to the public. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 630 words, photo.

FRONTIER AIRLINES-PILOTS

DENVER — Frontier Airlines pilots approved a new contract in voting that ended Thursday following nearly three years of negotiations. Of the pilots for the Denver-based budget carrier eligible to vote, 77 percent backed the deal, the Air Line Pilots Association International said. The pilots union said the contract, which will take effect next Wednesday, will provide an average 53 percent pay increase. SENT: 230 words.

FILM REVIEW-A DOG’S WAY HOME

How much of a sweet tooth do you have when it comes to movies? It’s a question you might want to consider before stepping out for “A Dog’s Way Home ,” W. Bruce Cameron adaptation of his book about a dog who finds her way back to her owner across 400 miles of Colorado terrain, because this is one sugary concoction. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 580 words, photos on national lines.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-PAYDAY

OGDEN, Utah _ Payday will come Friday without any checks for about 800,000 federal employees affected by the government shutdown, forcing workers to scale back spending, cancel trips, apply for unemployment benefits and take out loans to stay afloat. IRS employee Krystle Kirkpatrick and her family, including her two children, ages 6 and 12, aren’t eating out, buying brand-name foods or getting drinks at the gas station. Her husband is working overtime in his job as a machinist to try to make up for her lost paycheck. By Brady McCombs and Juliet Linderman. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLORADO AG-LEGAL ACTION _ Colorado’s new attorney general laid out his plans to take legal action against the Trump administration.

_ MAN-ARENA RAFTERS _ A man has been taken into protective custody after spending more than 12 hours in the rafters of the Bank of Colorado Arena at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

_ ASTRAZENECA-COLORADO LAYOFFS _ A biopharmaceutical company is laying off more than 200 employees in Colorado.

_ ROAD WORKER KILLED _ The Colorado State Patrol says a 51-year-old construction worker has died after being hit by a vehicle.

_ COLORADO DMV-COMPUTER GLITCH _ Officials say a computer glitch caused the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles to overcharge about 100,000 drivers for vehicle registration renewals last month.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. lost 6.25 cents at 5.1375 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 5.75 cents at 3.7625 a bushel; Mar. oats was up 3 cents at $2.8875 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans was off 16 cents at $8.9550 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-FANGIO

ENGLEWOOD _ All Vic Fangio ever wanted to do was teach kids and become a head high school football coach, and he figured he was on his way when his first job out of college was tutoring linebackers at his alma mater, Dunmore High School in Pennsylvania in 1979. Fangio proved too good for preps and quickly moved on to the pros, where he’s spent 34 years as an assistant. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CLIPPERS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ After a 1-1 trip, the Denver Nuggets return home Friday night to host the Los Angeles Clippers. Denver has won 10 straight at the Pepsi Center. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

BKC-WASHINGTON STATE-COLORADO

BOULDER _ Washington State plays Colorado at Coors Events Center. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ TEBOW ENGAGED _ Tim Tebow is engaged. The Heisman Trophy winner announced his engagement on Instagram Thursday to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a South Africa native and the 2017 Miss Universe.

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