Midday News Update

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  • (Denver-AP) -- It's been slow-going on the roads for many Colorado motorists today after a slow-moving storm dumped more than a foot of wet, heavy snow on parts of the state.

    The storm disrupted power, shut down schools and closed highways with dangerous slush. The weather caused dozens of accidents along the Front Range, from Colorado Springs through Denver. For much of the morning, Interstate 25 was closed at the Colorado-New Mexico line because of poor conditions on Raton Pass.

    The power went out at the Black Diamond casino in Cripple Creek, where a foot of snow fell by midmorning. Many school districts in the Colorado Springs area are closed because of the weather.

    Here are some snow totals as of midday today:

    Blende 2 inches
    Florissant 9 inches
    Black Forest 10 inches
    Monument 11 inches
    Divide 12 inches
    NE El Paso County 15 inches
    Nathrop 16 inches
    Rosita 18 inches
    Coaldale 18 inches
    Walsenburg 20 inches
    Aguilar 27 inches
    La Veta 27 inches
    Cuchara 36 inches

    Tune in to KKTV 11 News for the latest snow totals and weather conditions.

  • (Denver-AP) -- Colorado lawmakers have effectively killed a resolution that would have supported Representative Marilyn Musgrave's proposed ban on same-sex marriages. Lawmakers voted to
    delay action on the measure until May 6th, the day after the legislative session ends.

  • (Guilford, Connecticut-AP) -- The parents of an Fort Carson soldier who died in Iraq are questioning whether their son's death was unavoidable.

    Staff Sergeant Richard Eaton Junior was assigned to the Third Armored Calvary Regiment based at Fort Carson. He received several intravenous applications of fluids after a 24-hour firefight in 110-degree weather, then was sent back to his barracks the night of August 9th.

    The Army counterintelligence analyst was found dead the next morning. Eaton's father says the Army mixed up his son's medical records and failed to monitor him while he received the intravenous fluids.

  • (Pueblo-AP) -- A 51-year-old Pueblo grandmother is heading to Iraq. And no one is more surprised than Army Reserve Major Madeline Belarde.

    A combat stress nurse, Belarde has spent the past 18 months providing mental health assistance to soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. She's is a nurse on the forensics unit at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

    But with deployment looming in about six weeks, she's spending as much time as possible with her husband, her children, her grandchildren and siblings. She and the rest of the 1835th Medical Detachment based in Denver will be deployed for a minimum of 18 months.

  • (Broomfield-AP) -- Parents of University of Colorado football players are urging members of a special investigative panel to ignore unsubstantiated claims about the team.

    The panel met in Broomfield this morning and heard from parents like Patty Klopfenstein. Her son, Joel, is a tight end with the Buffaloes. She says allegations against a few players have affected everyone associated with the team.

    Other parents say their sons have been harassed, and received death threats and hate mail.
    The special panel appointed by the Board of Regents is looking into allegations that sex and alcohol were used to entice football recruits. The panel has until mid-May to issue a report.

  • (Fort Collins-AP) -- One of northern Colorado's largest employers says it'll slash its worldwide workforce by about 5,000 people over the next year. The cutbacks amount to about 13% of Celestica's staff around the globe.

    The Toronto-based electronics manufacturer has operations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. It employs 38,000 people, including 600 in Fort Collins. It's not clear how many of the cuts will occur in Colorado.

    Company spokeswoman Pam Jones says most of the reductions will take place in the Americas and Europe. The locations will be announced as restructuring plans are

    Celestica posted a net loss of $8.2 million in the first quarter, the company's fifth consecutive losing quarter.

  • (McAlester, Oklahoma-AP) -- A state medical examiner today gave graphic details of how 168 people died in the Oklahoma City bombing. Doctor Fred Jordan is testifying in the state murder trial of bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.

    Jordan examined many of the victims and says they suffered multiple traumas, including crushed chests and decapitation. Jurors were stoic during the testimony and Nichols showed no emotion, but some family members attending the trial were noticeably upset.

    Nichols is already serving a life prison term after being convicted on federal charges in Denver. He's now charged with 161 state counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

  • (Castle Rock-AP) -- Jurors are back at work this morning to consider the fate of Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley. Mobley's trial on a drunken driving charge ended about 9:45 last night with closing arguments.

    Mobley testified yesterday that allergies -- not excessive drinking -- may have caused his eyes to be bloodshot when he was pulled over in December 2002. His wife also testified that her husband was not drunk before he was stopped for speeding in Parker that same night.

    A blood technician testified that Mobley's blood alcohol level was above legal limits. Officers also previously testified that Mobley flunked a roadside sobriety test.

    Mobley faces possible suspension from the NFL if convicted.

  • (Denver-AP) -- Colorado's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in two years today, with job gains reported in nearly every industry.

    The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.9% in March, down from 5.5% in February and 6.1% in March of last year. The national rate rose by .10 of a point to 5.7%.

    More people were working in 9 of the 11 industry sectors, putting the overall non-agriculture work force at 2.13 million. That's up more than 15,000 jobs from February in
    unseasonally adjusted figures.

  • (New York-Dow Jones/AP) -- A former Adelphia Communications executive says the company's accounting department made “bogus” adjustments to subscriber data.

    Former investor relations director Karen Chrosniak testified she instructed an accounting employee to make changes to subscriber data “that were not accurate.” Her statements came during questioning by the attorney for former executive vice president Michael Rigas.

    O'Brien tried to distance his client from testimony Chrosniak gave last week: that she inflated the company's subscriber data for quarterly press releases at the direction of two former executives. Michael Rigas and Timothy Rigas are on trial in New York with
    their father, Adelphia founder John Rigas.

    Adelphia is now based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

  • (Denver-AP) -- No one matched all five numbers to win last night's Cash 5 jackpot worth $20,000. The winning numbers were: 5-14-18-23-and-30.

    Colorado Lottery officials say 25 people matched four numbers to win the $200 second prize. Another 615 people matched three numbers to win $10 each. More than 5,800 hundred tickets matched two of the five numbers to win $1 apiece. Drawings are held nightly except Sunday.