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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

October 2, 2018

Colorado at 5:30 p.m.

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DENVER — Republican Rep. Mike Coffman, who represents a Denver area House seat, has bucked President Trump at times and been careful to reflect swing nature of his constituency. It may not be enough to prevent him from being swept out of office.



A White House drug office official has offered assurances that a marijuana policy panel will be objective and dispassionate as it examines the impact of legalization in some states, a Colorado senator said. The vow came after BuzzFeed reported in August that the panel intended to portray marijuana as a national threat and criticize state efforts to legalize it drug. By Paul Elias. SENT: 220 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over whether its renewal should be part of a broader package of land-use and parks bills. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 740 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is quietly moving to weaken U.S. radiation regulations, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight. “If they even look at that — no, no, no,” said Terrie Barrie, a resident of Craig, Colorado, and an advocate for her husband and other workers at the now-closed Rocky Flats nuclear-weapons plant, where the U.S. government is compensating certain cancer victims regardless of their history of exposure. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.


HARTFORD, Conn. — New court rulings have favored medical marijuana users trying to keep or obtain jobs at drug-testing employers, an emerging trend after a series of decisions against pot users nationwide. Earlier rulings had gone against medical pot users in employment cases by state supreme courts including those in Colorado. By Dave Collins. SENT: 870 words, photos.


— MISSING KAYAKER-THE LATEST — Search crews looking for a kayaker who went missing in a northern Colorado lake over the weekend have found a body.

— DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT — Federal regulators sued the Greeley, Colorado-based trucking firm JBS Carriers, alleging it violated federal law by using pre-employment screening to reject job applicants on the basis of disability.

— CAMPING FIRE — A man who admitted accidentally starting a wildfire that burned about 200 acres along the Colorado River has been sentenced to 80 hours of public service under a plea agreement.

— OIL WELLS SOLD — A Denver-based company is set to purchase 90 northern New Mexico oil wells for $480 million.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST — Record-setting rainfall that has flooded streets and given metro Phoenix a hefty soaking is dissipating.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. rose 9.75 cents at 5.1925 a bushel; Dec. corn was up 1.75 cents at 3.6750 a bushel; Dec. oats was gained 3.25 cents at $2.73 bushel; while Nov. soybeans was advanced 8.25 cents at $8.66 a bushel.


Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

How the new NAFTA is different. Amanda M. Countryman, Colorado State University. http://theconversation.com/how-is-new-nafta-different-a-trade-expert-explains-104212.



CHICAGO — Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies visit Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs for the NL wild-card game. Each team lost a tiebreaker game for division championships on Monday. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)


CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs left struggling reliever Carl Edwards Jr. off their roster for Tuesday night’s NL wild-card game against the Colorado Rockies. Edwards had a 5.14 ERA in 11 September appearances. He walked 12 in seven innings. Manager Joe Maddon said Edwards also is dealing with a forearm strain. SENT: 310 words, photo.


DENVER — The Colorado Rockies would like to air a little grievance: They’re thin on MVP winners in their history. Even lighter on Cy Young candidates. They wouldn’t mind a little altitude adjustment when it comes to conventional thinking at Coors Field. As it stands, sometimes they feel like hitters get penalized for hitting at higher elevation half the time and the pitchers don’t get rewarded highly enough. It’s a scale that doesn’t seem balanced. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.


DENVER — The Denver Broncos’ defensive scheme went perfectly according to script for 3 ½ quarters as they put the brakes on Patrick Mahomes. Then, the Kansas City QB went off-script. All the Broncos could do was chase. “He escaped us probably seven or eight times. He’s in the grasp and he escaped,” Vance Joseph said Tuesday, a day after a 27-23 loss. “Kudos to him. He made a lot of big plays for them.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 770 words, photos.


DENVER — The Denver Broncos reeled off big run after big run against the soft underbelly of the Kansas City Chiefs defense. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman ran roughshod over the Chiefs. Each scored a touchdown and Freeman eluded seven defenders and dragged a linebacker into the end zone on his 14-yard score. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 940 words, photos.


DENVER — Patrick Mahomes was hitting all the right notes, even when he had to throw with his left hand. Is there anything the Kansas City quarterback can’t do these days? Mahomes made one of the most memorable plays of the game on a left-handed heave late in the fourth quarter that helped the Chiefs to a 27-23 comeback victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday night. By Pat Graham. SENT: 690 words, photos.


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