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ASSOCIATED PRESS - DENVER (AP) - Colorado's legislative leaders are tempering expectations about expectations for finding solutions to pay for roads and subsidize rural hospitals. With three weeks left to go in the legislative session, lawmakers are sparring over possible tax hikes and how to pay for support for hospitals that serve the uninsured. They pledge to keep working on two bills to solve those issues.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado city has agreed to pay $212,000 to settle a racial profiling lawsuit over the arrest of two black men that was captured on cellphone video and widely viewed on social media. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Thursday the city of Colorado Springs also agreed to revise some of its policies.

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - A jury has convicted a suburban Denver man of beating his 84-year-old grandfather to death during an argument that started over the preparation of shrimp. The Aurora Sentinel reported Thursday that 34-year-old Jason Vanbommel was convicted of several charges, including reckless manslaughter and assault. Prosecutors say he started arguing with his grandmother before dinner in December 2015. When Frans Vanbommel told his grandson to be respectful, the younger Vanbommel punched and kicked him.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Two western Colorado women who pleaded guilty in the death of a 3-year-old girl have each been sentenced to 48 years in prison. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports Shanna Gossett and Rebekah Wallin were sentenced Thursday for the March 2016 death of Bethannie Johnson. The girl was found underweight and unresponsive at Wallin's home, and an autopsy later showed she died of multiple blunt-force injuries. The couple pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.


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