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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

June 13, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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WESTERN WILDFIRES

DENVER — A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday. The blaze in Moab, known for its dramatic red rocks, started in a wooded area Tuesday night and quickly spread to homes over less than a square mile (kilometer), Police Chief Jim Winder said. By Colleen Slevin And Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 590 words, photos.

With: WESTERN WILDFIRES-THE LATEST

WISCONSIN-SPECIAL ELECTIONS

MADISON, Wis. — A Democratic win in another Wisconsin special election has the party within striking distance of recapturing the state Senate and ending Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans’ stranglehold on state government, a priority for Democrats nationally as another round of redistricting nears. Wisconsin is among a handful of states where Democrats think they can flip control in at least one house, along with Colorado, Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 710 words, national lines. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— COLORADO CAMPAIGN FINANCE — A federal judge has thrown out Colorado’s voter-approved system for enforcing campaign finance violations.

— COLORADO SCHOOLS-GUN STANDARDS — Colorado’s Board of Education has rejected a proposal to have 4th grade students discuss potential benefits of guns.

— FBI AGENT-ACCIDENTAL CLUB SHOOTING — An off-duty FBI agent who investigators say accidentally fired a weapon that fell while he was dancing at a Denver club and wounded another patron in the leg is allowed to travel while out on bond. (With AP Photo)

— RACCOON-SHOT IN LEG — Police say a 67-year-old Colorado man attempting to shoot a raccoon on a utility pole shot himself in the lower leg instead. The shooting was reported just after midnight Tuesday on the southeast side of Colorado Springs.

— COLORADO SPRINGS-HAIL STORM — Officials say neighborhoods near Colorado Springs saw the worst overnight hail storm in more than 20 years.

— DENVER OFFICER SUSPENDED — A Denver police corporal has been suspended and three other officers have been reprimanded in a use-of-force case for improper use of a restraint and failure to turn on body cameras.

— NATIONAL MONUMENT-VANDALISM — Park officials say rocks at Colorado National Monument were defaced with spray-painted messages of love.

— COLORADO SPRINGS-DROWNING — Authorities have released the name of a 12-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool at a Colorado Springs condominium complex.

— MICHIGAN SLAYINGS — A man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and her father in southwestern Michigan in 2016 has agreed to be sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison in a plea deal. (The suspect was arrested in Colorado.)

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul declined 18 cents at 5.16 a bushel; Jul corn fell 1.50 cents at 3.76 a bushel; Jul oats was off 9.25 cents at $2.33 a bushel; while Jul soybeans lost 18 cents at $9.36 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-BELIEVING IN LYNCH

ENGLEWOOD — Denver Broncos fans have pretty much given up on Paxton Lynch. No longer do they fill the airwaves and social media posts with debates about how Denver’s 2016 first-round draft pick should be learning on the job even though he hasn’t earned the Broncos’ starting quarterback job. They’re wearing Case Keenum No. 4 jerseys now, ready to move on from the crisp No. 12s that have gotten about as much wear and tear as Lynch’s own game-day jersey. Two men who aren’t quite ready to label Lynch a blunder are general manager John Elway and coach Vance Joseph. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 840 words, photos.

BRONCOS-WARE

ENGLEWOOD — It was just like old times Wednesday at the Denver Broncos’ training complex. DeMarcus Ware took Bradley Chubb aside and gave him some pointers in between drives at the team’s mandatory minicamp. “I’ve been doing it my whole career,” said Ware, who returned to Denver as a pass-rushing consultant a year after retiring from the Broncos. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 410 words, photos.

ROCKIES-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA —Nick Pivetta (4-5) starts for the Phillies while LHP Tyler Anderson (3-1) goes for the Rockies in the middle game. By Mike Cranston. (Game started at 5:05 p.m. MT)

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