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August 7, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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COLORADO WEATHER

COLORADO SPRINGS — A Colorado zoo was cleaning up Tuesday after a hail storm that killed two birds and sent five people to the hospital. Hail between about 3 to 4 inches (7.6 and 10.1 centimeters) — between the size of baseballs and softballs — smashed the skylights of several buildings, including some where animals are kept, on Monday at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Bob Chastain, the zoo’s president, said Tuesday that some workers were injured as they tried to get animals to safety. SENT: 350 words, photos.

With: COLORADO WEATHER-THE LATEST

FILM REVIEW-BLACKKKLANSMAN

In 1979, a man named Ron Stallworth who was the first African-American police officer and detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department also became a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan and the leader of the local chapter. He would send a white co-worker to play him for in-person meetings as part of the wild undercover operation, but Stallworth was the one on the phone, insisting his hatred for non-white races with everyone from the local chapter members to the KKK’s “grand wizard” David Duke himself. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 670 words, photos.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

ENERGY ROYALTIES-LAWSUIT

BILLINGS — Conservationists claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a Trump administration committee reviewing royalties paid by companies on fossil fuels extracted from public lands is stacked with industry supporters who conduct some meetings in secret. The Western Organization of Resource Councils asked a federal judge in Montana to disband the U.S. Interior Department’s Royalty Policy Committee and strike down its recommendations. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 500 words, photo.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

AMALIA, N.M. — Searchers found the remains of a boy after raiding a makeshift compound last week in search of a missing Georgia child, authorities said Tuesday. The remains were found Monday during a search in Amalia, near the Colorado border. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said. Authorities were awaiting positive identification of the remains. The search for Abdul-ghani of Georgia led authorities Friday to the squalid compound where they found Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the father of the missing boy, along with four other adults and 11 children living in filthy conditions. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 770 words, photos and audio.

TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. government does not have to turn over documents to an environmental law firm about the legal arguments for President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink national monuments, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge David Nye said Monday that the records are protected presidential communications. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 460 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— BOULDER IRONMAN-COMPETITOR DIES — An athlete died a day after he was pulled from the water during the Boulder Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Colorado. It was the third death in four years of Ironman competitions in Boulder.

— COLORADO-DRAGGING DEATH — Colorado police say a woman has died after being dragged for several blocks under a camping trailer in a Denver suburb in an incident that apparently began with a minor accident.

— MISSING BOY — Denver police are searching a neighborhood for a 7-year-old boy missing since Monday afternoon.

EXTRA:

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

Leprosy is an ancient disease, the oldest disease known to be associated with humans, with evidence of characteristic bone pitting and deformities found in burial sites in India as far back as 2000 B.C. It’s thus only natural that many might think the disease is a relic of the past. My recent studies in a Brazilian state where the disease is prevalent shows that leprosy is closer to us than we might think, however. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/humans-gave-leprosy-to-armadillos-now-they-are-giving-it-back-to-us-99915

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-HARRIS

ENGLEWOOD — Chris Harris Jr. is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. For the first time in his eight-year NFL career, he’s actually the top cornerback on his own team. Harris has played alongside Champ Bailey, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Aqib Talib during a stellar career that began with him as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas and includes three trips to the Pro Bowl and two All-Pro honors to go with a Super Bowl ring. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 820 words, photos.

PIRATES-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Rockies will bring right-hander Chad Bettis off the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Pirates. Bettis hasn’t pitched for Colorado since July 1 due to a blister on his middle finger. Pittsburgh will throw righty Jameson Taillon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

TAILLON & BETTIS-SURVIVORS

DENVER — The starters for Tuesday’s game between Pittsburgh and Colorado reads like this: Jameson Taillon vs. Chad Bettis. A more accurate description: Two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. “Both healthy. Both in the big leagues,” the Pirates’ Taillon said. “Life’s good.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 550 words, photos.

NATIONALS-HOLLAND

WASHINGTON — The Nationals hope veteran reliever Greg Holland can return to form and use his postseason experience to help Washington make a playoff run of its own. Holland has appeared in 12 postseason games, including the 2014 World Series with Kansas City. That, along with his 186 career saves, was more important to Washington than the 7.92 ERA he had with St. Louis before being designated for assignment on July 27. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 340 words, photo.

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