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The U.S. branch of the world's largest meat producer will pay $4 million in back wages and other monetary relief as part of a consent decree settling allegations by federal labor officials.

The Greeley Tribune reports the U.S. Department of Labor claimed in two actions that JBS USA discriminated based on race and gender against applicants for laborer positions at its facilities in Hyrum, Utah, and Cactus, Texas.

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Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further.

The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the administration's plans to loosen regulations imposed by the Obama administration in 2016. The rules require energy companies to step up the detection and elimination of methane leaks at well sites and other oil and gas facilities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding its only public hearing on the Trump administration's plans to roll back Obama-era rules for methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

Nearly 125 people have asked to speak at the daylong session in Denver on Wednesday.

The EPA wants to replace a 2016 rule by the Obama administration that required energy companies to step up the detection and elimination of methane leaks at well sites and other oil and gas facilities.

Methane is the primary component of natural gas. It is also a greenhouse gas.

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Frontier Airlines pilots could be close to reaching a new contract after over two years of talks.

The union representing pilots for the Denver-based discount carrier announced Monday it reached an "agreement in principle" on a deal including improvements to pay, work rules and benefits.

A statement from the Air Line Pilots Association says it still must be reviewed by the Frontier union's executive council, which will decide whether to send it to pilots for a vote.

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From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy.

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has acquired an addition to its polar bear family.

Zoo officials say an 18-year-old male polar bear named Lee arrived this past week from the Denver Zoo. Officials say Lee will be quarantined for about 30 days before he is introduced to two potential mates. They are 11-year-old twin females Anana and Aurora.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommended Lee be moved to Columbus to ensure breeding continues. The association also wants to maximize the population's genetic diversity.

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has issued pardons for 23 people determined to have moved past their criminal histories and to be contributing to their communities.

Hickenlooper's clemency decisions were announced Friday.

Several cases involved convictions years ago for theft, non-violent drug possession and forgery.

The governor's review of petitions for clemency incorporates input from crime victims, victim advocates, judges and prosecutors, among others.

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Officials say a Colorado woman has been sentenced to 20 hours of community service for falsely reporting a bear attack.

The alleged Sept. 19 attack led to a search of Golden Gate Canyon State Park and its popular Coyote Trail — leading Colorado Parks and Wildlife to say there was no physical evidence indicating there was any wildlife activity in the area.

A Colorado man charged with killing his pregnant wife and two daughters pleaded guilty Tuesday under a plea deal allowing him to avoid the death penalty but putting him in jail for life without a chance of parole.

Christopher Watts entered his plea Tuesday during a court hearing, replying "guilty" nine times in response to Judge Marcelo Kopcow's reading of each charge against him in the deaths of Shanann Watts, 34, and their children, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

Independence Pass near Aspen is closed for the winter season after more than a foot (.3 meters) of snow fell in the area over the weekend.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials said Monday the Aspen and Twin Lakes gates will remain closed, and crews will search the highway for any cars that might be parked at the summit or in campgrounds and on auxiliary roads.

The scenic pass, which reaches an elevation of 12,095 feet (3,686 meters), usually reopens the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting.

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