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SUNRISE: Colorado lawmakers consider corrections pay issues

Staff reports Updated: April 7, 2013 at 12:00 am 0

DENVER — The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill to address concerns about paycheck fairness and accountability for corrections workers.

Because their profession is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Colorado corrections officers can be required to work double shifts without getting overtime and there is little accountability for hours they actually worked, according to the Associated Press.

The bill being heard Monday would provide better accounting of officers' hours, pay, leave, and time off for long work weeks.

       

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 63 degrees Monday in Colorado Springs before big changes come our way. A powerful storm is expected to slam the Pikes Peak region starting late Monday. Expect snow, 45 mph winds and an overnight low of 18. The weather service says parts of the region will see as much as 5 inches of snow. Read more about the forecast here.

    

AROUND COLORADO

Marijuana panel wrapping up

DENVER (AP) — A legislative panel set up to propose marijuana regulations is finishing up its work.

The marijuana committee concludes work Monday. Lawmakers still have to decide a contentious item, whether pot sellers should have to grow most of their product. The question is hotly debated within the marijuana industry. Current medical marijuana law requires pot shops to grow 70 percent of the product they sell, but some complain that requirement is too expensive to enforce and unfairly limits competition.

On Friday, the panel agreed to ask voters to approve a 15 percent excise tax, plus a 15 percent sales tax on the newly legal drug. If the full legislature agrees, voters would be asked about the taxes in November. Commercial pot sales begin in January.

Authorities seek missing inmate

DENVER (AP) — Denver authorities are trying to find a dangerous inmate who is missing from the downtown city jail.

Twenty-four-year-old Felix Dino Trujillo was being held on aggravated robbery charges when he escaped Sunday night.

Denver police said he was still at large Monday morning and warned he is considered extremely dangerous.

According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/ceurx22 ), Trujillo has an extensive criminal arrest record, including escape, felony menacing, domestic violence and assault. Most of the arrests were in the Thornton, Westminster and Adams County.

Denver police investigating 9 arson fires

DENVER (AP) — Denver police are searching for an arsonist after nine separate fires were set overnight.

Police say the fires were set in less than an hour in east Denver, damaging six cars and two garages.

According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/cksytuv), one woman is being held for questioning.

CU's Conference on World Affairs to honor Ebert

BOULDER — Organizers of University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs say they are planning a full slate of tributes throughout next week to honor film critic Roger Ebert, who died Thursday.

Ebert participated in the annual conference for more than 40 years and once called Boulder his "hometown in an alternative universe."

He helped create Cinema Interruptus in 1975. For four days during the conference's run, any member of the audience could freeze the featured film in progress, yelling "Stop," to make a point or ask questions about the movie.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/Z00Ext ) Ebert, who died at age 70 after a long battle with cancer, will be honored in several speeches. A brief visual tribute also will be played before Cinema Interruptus.

2 more charged in fatal hit-and-run in Denver

DENVER (AP) — Two more people have been charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash near downtown Denver.

The Denver District Attorney's Office says 43-year-old Kelly Carey-Morehead and 30-year-old Kiki Douglas each have been charged with being an accessory to the crime and false reporting stemming from the March 27 crash that killed 85-year-old Charlie Herrera.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/12rOE81 ) 29-year-old Latoya Nelson is accused of running a red light and hitting Herrera's car before fleeing on foot. Police say the fatal crash happened while she was fleeing the scene of a different, minor fender-bender.

Nelson has been charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, criminal impersonation and third-degree assault.

Boulder hanging up on downtown payphones

BOULDER (AP) — In a sign of the times, Boulder is hanging up on its downtown payphones.

City leaders say that with most people using cellphones these days, it makes sense to remove the four payphones on the Pearl Street Mall.

Molly Winter is the director of Downtown and University Hill Management and Parking Services for the city. She tells The Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/10CmGVx ) the city had struck a deal with an independent company to have the payphones installed but is now terminating the contract.

Winter says she doesn't know exactly how much revenue the city has raised from payphone use but notes it is "minuscule."

City leaders hope to have the phones removed by May.

5K run honors slain Denver police officer

DENVER (AP) — More than 400 runners and walkers gathered in Denver's City Park for a race in honor of slain police officer Celena Hollis.

The "End of Watch 5K" on Sunday paid tribute to the officer, who was shot and killed June 24 while trying to break up a fight during a crowded jazz concert. The race included a rally, an awards ceremony and the release of 22 white doves.

Funds from the race will be donated to the Celena Hollis Foundation, a community outreach organization created by Hollis' family. A memorial bench also will be installed on the anniversary of Hollis' death.

Parthenia "Potts" Jones, founder of Potts Trotters, which organized the 5K, tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/10vrkGj ) the gathering "brings closure to the family knowing that even though you're gone, you're not forgotten."

Manning giving $500,000 to Summitt Foundation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife plan to donate $500,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

Patrick Wade, the director of the Pat Summitt Foundation, confirmed the Mannings' decision Saturday after it was first reported by CBS Sports.

The commitment by Peyton and Ashley Manning represents the largest gift announcement made to the foundation since it was founded in November 2011 to help fight Alzheimer's disease. Manning, who played at Tennessee from 1994-97, is an honorary co-chair of the foundation's advisory board.

Summitt stepped down as the Tennessee women's basketball coach last April after announcing in 2011 she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. She went 1,098-208 and won eight national titles in 38 seasons. Summitt remains on Tennessee's staff as head coach emeritus.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1820, the Venus de Milo statue was discovered by a farmer on the Greek island of Milos.

In 1913, the Republic of China’s first parliament convened.

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, which provided money for programs such as the Works Progress Administration.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a freeze on wages and prices to combat inflation.

In 1946, the League of Nations assembled in Geneva for its final session.

In 1952, President Harry S. Truman seized the American steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. (The Supreme Court later ruled that Truman had overstepped his authority, opening the way for a seven-week strike by steelworkers.)

In 1963, “Lawrence of Arabia” won the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards; Gregory Peck won best actor for “To Kill a Mockingbird” while Anne Bancroft received best actress honors for “The Miracle Worker.”

In 1973, artist Pablo Picasso died in Mougins (MOO’-zhun), France, at age 91.

In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

In 1988, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigned from the Assemblies of God after he was defrocked for rejecting an order from the church’s national leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he’d consorted with a prostitute.

In 1993, singer Marian Anderson died in Portland, Ore., at age 96.

In 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.

Ten years ago: U.S.-led military strikes in Baghdad hit a hotel housing hundreds of journalists and an Arab television network, killing three journalists. Kidnapper-rapist John Jamelske, who had imprisoned five women and girls, one after another, as sex slaves inside a makeshift dungeon in his DeWitt, N.Y., home, was arrested. Connecticut won its second straight NCAA women’s basketball championship, defeating Tennessee 73-68.

Five years ago: The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David Petraeus, told Congress that hard-won gains in the war zone were too fragile to promise any troop pullouts beyond the summer as he held his ground against impatient Democrats and refused to commit to more withdrawals before President George W. Bush left office in January 2009. American Airlines grounded all 300 of its MD-80 jetliners amid safety concerns about wiring bundles; the carrier ended up canceling more than 3,000 flights over the next four days. Tennessee captured its eighth women’s NCAA championship with a 64-48 victory over Stanford.

One year ago: A U.N.-brokered plan to stop the bloodshed in Syria effectively collapsed after President Bashar Assad’s government raised new, last-minute demands that the country’s largest rebel group swiftly rejected. The U.S. and Afghanistan signed a deal giving Afghans authority over raids of Afghan homes, resolving one of the most contentious issues between the two wartime allies. Bubba Watson saved par from the pine straw and won the Masters on the second hole of a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zen).

     

HAPPENINGS

-- “Llamas in the Library” children’s program, 5 p.m., Ute Pass Branch Library, 8010 Severy Ave., Cascade, free.

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