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AROUND COLORADO:

SOTOMAYOR-COLORADO

DENVER — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the Boston bombings investigation shows how difficult and sensitive the issue of racial profiling can be. Speaking with young students in Denver Thursday, Sotomayor noted that some people asked whether authorities had done enough to track the two suspects, both ethnic Chechens. By Dan Elliott.

AP Photos by The Denver Post.

COLORADO PLANT DEATHS

DENVER — The Colorado Court of Appeals has dismissed lawsuits against three companies in the deaths of five workers at a power plant in 2007. The appeals court agreed Thursday with a judge that there was no evidence that the companies violated duties or failed to provide adequate warnings of a fire hazard.

MARS MESSAGES

BOULDER — The University of Colorado and NASA are inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD that will be carried aboard a spacecraft that will probe the Martian upper atmosphere and ultimately be destroyed. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, also known as MAVEN, is scheduled for launch in November.

LEGISLATURE:

LEGAL POT-MAGAZINES

DENVER — Marijuana magazines are under scrutiny in Colorado, where lawmakers might require stores to put them behind the counter. The unusual provision to treat pot magazines like pornography faced a hurdle in the Senate Thursday. It was added to a marijuana regulation measure last week when the House debated it. By Kristen Wyatt.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

STATES IMMIGRANT BILLS

SALEM, Ore. — As Congress debates the first national immigration overhaul in decades, a state-level push advancing rights for people in the U.S. illegally has picked up momentum across the country. Among the patchwork changes to state law taking effect from Maryland to Oregon are provisions that lower tuition rates, advance employment opportunities and repeal hard-line regulations approved within the last decade. By Lauren Gambino.

AP Photos ORPOR403, ORPOR404, ORPOR405.

SAGE GROUSE-COYOTE STUDY

ELKO, Nev. — County commissioners in rural northeast Nevada say they'd rather kill coyotes than study them. Predator-control advocate Mike Laughlin, of Elko, is among those upset about a state Department of Wildlife proposal to use a $3 fee on hunting tags to help fund a $100,000 study on coyotes as part of efforts to try to keep the sage grouse off the federal list of endangered species in Nevada, Utah and much of the West.

Also:

— FOREST HEALTH — Six Republican Westerners in Congress are holding a hearing in Denver on forest management and wildfire prevention. Developing.

— EMERGENCY LANDING — No injuries have been reported after a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a highway in Delta.

— BICYCLE BEEF — A bicyclist is fighting a $22 ticket he received from a Larimer County deputy for failing to move to the side of a road when the patrol car passed him.

— SECURITIES FRAUD — Former insurance executive Michael Van Gilder has pleaded guilty to securities fraud in an insider-trading case connected to billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's 2008 investment in Denver-based Delta Petroleum.

— URANIUM MILL — After a lengthy and contentious approval process, the state has granted a draft air quality permit for construction to begin on the first new uranium mill in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

— EX-WRESTLER INJURED — Friends of a former University of Wyoming wrestler from Colorado are raising money to help pay for his medical care.

— WELD GUN LAWS — Weld County commissioners have given tentative approval to a local ordinance that prohibits the county from restricting residents' gun rights.

— CHAMBER BATTLE — The Grand Junction City Council has cut funding for the Chamber of Commerce over concerns the chamber is becoming too political.

— PARK JET RESTRICTIONS — The Federal Aviation Administration is putting the brakes on jet noise for passenger planes passing over Rocky Mountain National Park.

— SECURITIES FRAUD — Former insurance executive Michael Van Gilder has pleaded guilty to securities fraud in an insider-trading case connected to billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's 2008 investment in Denver-based Delta Petroleum.

— PIPELINE PROBLEMS — State health officials have warned the operators of a natural gas plant in western Colorado they could face penalties for a spill that has contaminated Parachute Creek with cancer-causing benzene.

— FORT CARSON DEPARTURE — Fort Carson is saying goodbye to one of its top commanders.

SPORTS:

BKN--NUGGETS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors try again to eliminate the Denver Nuggets and advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Nuggets, down 3-2, are looking to send the fast and physical series back to Denver for a decisive Game 7. By Antonio Gonzalez. Starts at 8:30 p.m. With hometown lead by Josh Dubow.

AP Photos.

FBN--BRONCOS-PHILLIPS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The biggest move the Denver Broncos made during the draft was the signing of free agent linebacker Shaun Phillips, whose pass-rushing acumen will help offset the loss of Elvis Dumervil. Developing from afternoon availability. By AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.

AP Photos.

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