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DENVER (AP) - In a stunning turn from this time a year ago, Colorado's state coffers are suddenly so flush with cash that lawmakers may be required to send more than $200 million back to taxpayers over the next three years. For Democrats, it's vindication for a deal struck in 2017 to exempt a state hospital fee from the state's revenue cap. Without it, Colorado would have owed taxpayers significantly more.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) - Colorado authorities say police were justified in shooting a gunman after he killed a suburban Denver deputy and wounded four other officers. Deputy District Attorney Jason Siers says Matthew Riehl posed a "deadly threat" to officers who responded to the shooting. According to police, Riehl called 911 twice early on Dec. 31. When deputies on the second call came into the apartment to take Riehl into custody on a mental health hold, he opened fire from behind a bedroom door.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado Springs man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison in the death of his 6-week-old son last year. District Judge Marla Prudek handed down the sentence Monday on 22-year-old John L. Ostrander. He had pleaded guilty earlier to child abuse resulting in death. The boy's mother is charged with murder.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - The largest child care facility in western Colorado's Mesa County is closing this week after it was sold to an organization that plans to make it a preschool. The Daily Sentinel reports that parents of children attending Kinder Haus Learning Center in Fruitvale were told of the closure last week.

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