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Colorado News Roundup: Colorado State University sees growing enrollment (09.14.16)

EDUCATION

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State University has set a new record for enrollment this fall, surpassing more than 33,000 students for the first time ever.

The Coloradoan reports that a university news release says there are 33,200 students this year. The school also reported record-setting figures for freshmen enrollment, with more than 5,000 students. That marks a nearly 6 percent increase from the previous freshman class size record set last year.

CSU Provost Rick Miranda says in a statement that the school has strived to provide quality education at a low cost for students. He says "students are graduating in record numbers."

About 45 percent of students graduate from CSU in four years, while nearly 70 percent graduate within six years of starting at the school.

LITIGATION

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DENVER — The city of Lakewood has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the widow of a police officer who was killed on duty by a fellow officer in 2012.

The Denver Post reports that Tamara Davies, widow of slain Officer James Davies, had filed the federal suit, alleging police incompetence against the city, police department and several officers. Records show the complaint was dismissed last week.

Police had responded to reports of shots fired when 35-year-old James Davies was fatally shot by Officer Devaney Braley, who mistook him for an armed suspect.

A review of the incident identified several mistakes made by Lakewood police and Davies, which resulted in his accidental death.

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office cleared Braley of criminal wrongdoing.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Colorado Board of Education adopts new beverage rules

DENVER — The Colorado Board of Education has decided to let school districts decide what limits they want to place on the sale of some beverages at high schools during school hours.

The statewide policy will continue to restrict the availability of unhealthy beverages during after-school activities for all grade levels. It will also continue to ban the sale of beverages other than milk, 100-percent fruit juices, vegetable juices and water at middle and elementary schools.

However, some districts wanted to end a ban on some drinks at high schools, like diet sodas.

The decision on Wednesday will give districts time to implement the new rules before the beginning of the next school year.

WILDFIRE

Massive firefighting aircraft receives FAA approval

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The nation's largest firefighting aircraft is one step closer to fighting fires as it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

KKTV-TV reports that the Global SuperTanker, which is usually housed at the Colorado Springs airport but is currently in Arizona for repairs, will head back to Colorado on Friday.

The converted freighter, which can carry up to 19,600 gallons of retardant or water for 4,000 miles, was damaged by hail and had to undergo inspections.

The aircraft cannot fight fires on U.S. Forest Service land until a contract is approved.

CEO and founder of Global SuperTanker Services LLC Jim Wheeler says it has been hard to watch wildfires ravage places like California this summer but not be able to help.

TRAGEDY

Man killed in train-truck collision in Weld County ID'd

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Weld County coroner's office has released the name of a man who died after a train hit his pickup near Platteville.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports 66-year-old Lloyd Rosa Windbigler, of Loveland, was trying to cross railroad tracks near U.S. Highway 85 when the vehicle was hit Monday.

He was taken to a hospital in Denver, where he died about an hour later.

An autopsy is planned.

ODD

Llamas on the lam still missing

DURANGO, Colo. — Two pack llamas that have been stranded for a month in the Weminuche Wilderness are still on the lam.

The llamas, named Dawson and Chai, were with two women who became lost for two cold nights northeast of Vallecito Reservoir.

The women were rescued by helicopter, but they had to set the llamas free to survive.

According to the Durango Herald, there have been several sightings, but the animals eluded capture.

The llamas can survive on bark, pine needles and vegetation.

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