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SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) - A backcountry skier is dead after being caught in an avalanche in southwestern Colorado. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Able Palmer of Durango died in Sunday's slide near Silverton. He's the first person to be killed in avalanche in Colorado and the fourth in the West this year.

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Supreme Court has supported other judges' dismissals of a lawsuit accusing the state of funding an abortion provider in violation of the state constitution. Former lieutenant governor Jane Norton filed the lawsuit in 2013, arguing that state funding given to Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood for medical services effectively subsidized an affiliate which performed abortions. In a decision released Monday, a majority of the state Supreme Court didn't agree.

DENVER (AP) - Interstate 70 between suburban Denver and Kansas is back open. Portions of the highway across Colorado's Eastern Plains were closed Sunday and Monday morning because of blowing snow. About 6 inches of snow fell at Denver's airport between while Silverton Mountain reported 2 feet over the entire weekend.

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - A second needle exchange has opened in Pueblo that will provide people with more than just clean syringes. The Pueblo Chieftain reports the Southern Colorado Harm Reduction Association has been open since May. In addition to its needle exchange program, the center also serves as an entry point to treatment and other services, distributes overdose antidote Narcan, provides ear acupuncture, has peer recovery coaches and is a Young People in Recovery chapter site.

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