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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 1, 2019

Colorado at 1:15 p.m.

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The company that owns the semitrailer involved in a fiery pileup that killed four people near Denver had two different trucks immediately taken out of service for brake-related issues over the last year, including one about two months before the Colorado crash, according to federal records. By Colleen Slevin. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ A Colorado man who pleaded guilty a decade ago to plotting a bomb attack on New York City’s subway system has a shot at an improbable second chance. When Najibullah Zazi is sentenced Thursday, prosecutors are expected to give him credit for switching sides after his arrest and helping to target and prosecute al-Qaeda operatives. That work with U.S. investigators could help him get a lighter sentence. By Tom Hays and Jim Mustian. SENT: 859 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams’ announcement that she would pass up a Senate run in Georgia. Abrams follows former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in spurning Senate Democratic leaders’ entreaties to take on incumbent Republicans seen as potentially vulnerable. SENT: 929 words, photo.


XGR-COLORADO LEGISLATURE_ Colorado’s House has approved a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes on nicotine vaping devices. Wednesday’s 34-31 vote sends the bill to the Senate. Seven lawmakers from the Democratic majority voted against it.


COLORADO-AMAZON _ Amazon.com Inc. plans to open a new delivery center on property purchased from a Colorado airport. The Gazette reported Tuesday that a purchase agreement was finalized Tuesday for 19 acres (8 hectares) at the Colorado Springs Airport.

CAT DECLAWING BAN_ An effort to ban the declawing of cats in New York is moving through the state Assembly. The chamber’s agriculture committee advanced the measure Tuesday.



SPOKANE, Wash. _ The National Interagency Fire Center is predicting a heavy wildfire season for areas along the West Coast of the United States this summer. The Boise, Idaho-based center said Wednesday that most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season in the period from May through August. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 130 words, national lines. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.


NEW YORK _ As Small Business Week approaches, the nation’s smallest companies in the aggregate are by many accounts doing fairly well. They’re not, however, thriving en masse in direct response to Trump administration and Republican policies. Small business hiring is erratic, according to numbers released by payroll provider ADP. Small businesses typically struggle to add jobs when the unemployment rate is very low, as it is now, at 3.8%. They often can’t pay as much as larger companies or offer the comparatively robust benefits that big companies do, thereby leaving them at a disadvantage when workers are scarce. By Joyce M. Rosenberg.



Colorado plays Milwaukee at Miller Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 5:40 p.m. game.


COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to journey deeper into uncharted territory with each win in these playoffs. Among the franchise firsts so far: Winning a playoff series (they swept Tampa Bay in the opening round), first appearance in the second round, first second-round game played — and won — at home. And on Thursday night, it will be the first time many of the young Blue Jackets have played a meaningful game in the month of May. No Columbus player has played this late in 18 years of the team’s existence. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 750 words.


RAPIDS-HUDSON FIRED _ The Colorado Rapids fired head coach Anthony Hudson on Wednesday and replaced him with assistant Conor Casey on an interim basis. Hudson had an 8-26-9 record in Major League Soccer play since taking over in November 2017


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