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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

December 19, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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WEDDING CAKE CASE-COLORADO

DENVER _ Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stand partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — argued in federal court Tuesday that the state is punishing him again over his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition. Lawyers for Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, are suing to try to stop the state from taking action against him over the new discrimination allegation. They say the state is treating Phillips with hostility because of his Christian faith and pressing a complaint that they call an “obvious setup.” By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OIL AND GAS DRILLING-COLORADO

DENVER — Colorado oil and gas regulators voted Tuesday to expand the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property, a rare victory for proponents of tighter rules for the industry. The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will now require that new wells be at least 1,000 feet (305 meters) from any outdoor area or building used by schools and day care centers. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 410 words, photo.

NEXT GENERATION GPS

DENVER — The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit. Liftoff was rescheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX said Tuesday’s launch was scratched because of sensor readings on the rocket’s first stage. Neither the company nor the U.S. Air Force provided details. SENT: 260 words, photo.

MALL SHOOTING-COLORADO SPRINGS

COLORADO SPRINGS — Two people were wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a Colorado Springs mall Tuesday, and police said they were searching for suspects who fled the scene in a car. Authorities closed The Citadel mall east of downtown Colorado Springs while they responded to and investigated the shooting, police Lt. Howard Black said. SENT: 200 words.

With: MALL SHOOTING-COLORADO SPRINGS-THE LATEST

TRUMP-SPACE COMMAND

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump launched the Pentagon’s new Space Command Tuesday, an effort to better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next five years. Trump signed a one-page memorandum Tuesday authorizing the Defense Department to create the new command. Speaking at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Vice President Mike Pence said, “a new era of American national security in space begins today.” By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 770 words, photos.

TRUMP-SCHOOL SAFETY

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to roll back an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left schools afraid to take action against potentially dangerous students. The recommendation was among dozens issued in a new report by Trump’s federal school safety commission, which was formed in response to a Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff members, and sparked a national debate over gun control. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,130 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOMELESS COUNT-COLORADO _ Colorado is third among states with the most families with children experiencing homelessness though the number slightly decreased this year.

_ MISSING HIKER _ Colorado authorities say skeletal remains are those of 20-year-old man who went missing on Mount Herman near Colorado Springs.

_ POLICE-INVOLVED DEATH-COLORADO _ Police officials in Aurora say a man died as officers were trying to arrest him during a response to a domestic-violence call.

_ FRONTIER AIRLINES _ Frontier Airlines announced it will be offering nonstop flights from Hartford to Denver International Airport starting March 28.

_ DENVER AIRPORT-TSA SCANNER _ The Transportation Security Administration at Denver International Airport is using a new technology that allows travelers to keep their hands at their side when screened at security checkpoints. (With AP Photo)

_ REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT-LINE ISSUES _ The Regional Transportation District says that high-rise growth in downtown Denver is one of the main causes of the district’s ongoing issues with the metro area’s commuter rail network.

_ STURGIS STING-VERDICT _ A Colorado man caught during an undercover sex trafficking sting during the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota has been convicted of a child sex crime.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for Mar. was off 2.50 cents at 5.3275 a bushel; Mar. corn was up 1.50 cents at 3.84 a bushel; Mar. oats fell 1 cent at $2.87 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans rose 3 cents at $9.0775 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BEHIND THE CALL

DENVER _ Just six days after needling his quarterback for not being aggressive enough, Broncos coach Vance Joseph found Denver’s season on the brink and his job on the line. He backed down. Trailing the Browns by four points in the waning minutes and facing fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 6, Joseph sent his kicker onto the field to a chorus of boos at Mile High Stadium. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 970 words, photos.

OLY-SALT LAKE-OLYMPIC REBOOT

SALT LAKE CITY — When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors seemed commonplace. Salt Lake City got caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the plans for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Two decades later, the script has flipped. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 860 words, photos.

MAVERICKS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets have won 10 of their last 12 heading into Tuesday’s contest against the Dallas Mavericks. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

BKC-MONTANA STATE-DENVER: Montana State plays Denver at Magness Arena. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

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