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COLORADO GOVERNOR-RUNNING MATE

DENVER — In a bid to carve out middle ground in a polarized political environment, Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton on Wednesday tapped Lang Sias, a pragmatic state lawmaker and former U.S. Navy pilot, to be his running mate. Sias, a GOP state representative from the Denver suburb of Arvada, has flashed an independent streak, swapping his party registration from unaffiliated to Democratic and back again before joining the Republican Party in 2007. By Brian Eason. SENT: 570 words, photos.

OIL PIPELINE PROTEST-SHOOTING

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Denver woman accused of shooting at officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline is finding out how long she'll spend in a federal prison. Red Fawn Fallis is being sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Bismarck. Prosecutors are recommending seven years in prison, though federal Judge Daniel Hovland could give her up to 15 years. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow, photo. Will be expanded.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-TRADE TARIFFS

NEW YORK — Time and effort have gone down the drain for Steve Gould, who is scrambling to find new customers for his gin, whiskey and other spirits since the United States has taken a tough stance on trade issues. Before the European Union retaliated against new U.S. tariffs with taxes of its own, Gould expected revenue from the EU at his Golden Moon Distillery in Colorado to reach $250,000 or $350,000 this year. Now he's concerned that European exports will total just $25,000. Golden Moon already saw an effect when then-candidate Donald Trump made trade an issue during the 2016 campaign. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICER-RACIST REMARK — The Aurora police chief says a former lieutenant will return to the department after he was fired for making a racist remark that was caught on his body camera.

— PROFESSOR-GRANT FRAUD — A mechanical engineering professor at the University of Colorado Boulder has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for using funds from a research grant for personal expenses, including international travel.

— RECYCLING PLANT FIRE — Firefighters are still working to put out a fire at a metal recycling facility just north of downtown Denver. With photos.

— LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN-SURVEY — A grouse that has been the focus of an ongoing legal battle over whether it warrants federal protection has seen its numbers increase by nearly 30 percent over the past year.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul was fell 19.75 cents at 4.6975 a bushel; Jul corn was off 8.50 cents at 3.3125 a bushel; Jul oats was unchanged at $2.56 bushel; while Jul soybeans declined 22.50 cents at $8.2975 a bushel.

SPORTS:

DIAMONDBACKS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Colorado pitcher German Marquez (7-8, 4.92) takes the mound Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Marquez is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA with 14 strikeouts and no walks in his last two starts. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

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