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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

August 10, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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COLD CASE SLAYINGS

AURORA, Colorado — A Nevada inmate convicted of attacking a couple with an ax handle in their bedroom is being charged with killing four people with a hammer in suburban Denver over 30 years ago, authorities announced Friday. Local and state law enforcement officials said DNA evidence ties Alexander Christopher Ewing to the slayings of Patricia Louise Smith, 50, in Lakewood and three members of the Bennett family in Aurora in 1984. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 415 words.

MINE WASTE SPILL-LAWSUIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 in Albuquerque federal court by 295 Navajo farmers and ranchers. Their attorney, Kate Ferlic, said Friday the lawsuit asks for a total of about $75 million. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

TAOS, N.M. — At a remote New Mexico outpost near the Colorado border, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and others who came to the area with him last year were by local authorities’ accounts “extremist of the Muslim belief” who trained youth to use firearms and carry out future school shootings. Yet for the 40-year-old’s father, a Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque, the son he knew before losing touch with him in the past year was not “radical.” By Stephen R. Groves And Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

GRAND CANYON-RIVER CONTRACTS

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The National Park Service has canceled a contract proposal to run commercial river trips in the Grand Canyon after backlash over higher franchise fees. About 19,000 people annually go on multiday commercial whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River. All start at Lees Ferry near the Arizona-Utah border, and some run 280 miles through the canyon to Lake Mead on the Arizona-Nevada border. Permits for self-guided trips are handled through a lottery system. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 650 words.

IOWA-AVENATTI

DES MOINES, Iowa — Michael Avenatti, the self-styled provocateur taking on the president on behalf of porn actress Stormy Daniels, has a message for Iowa Democrats: His foray into presidential politics is no stunt. In recent weeks, he has protested Trump in London, accepted an award in Denver and visited children in New York who had been separated from their parents at the U.S. border. By Catherine Lucey And Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 960 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

FORESTRY COMMISSION-COLORADO WILDFIRES — Mississippi is sending 20 firefighters to help battle wildfires in Colorado.

SPORTS:

BBN--DODGERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Kenta Maeda takes the mound Friday night against Colorado. He’s held the Rockies to a .149 average in two previous starts this season. The Rockies will throw Jon Gray, who’s 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four quality starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 6:40 p.m.

DODGERS-JANSEN-IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT

DENVER — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen went to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat before a game Thursday against Colorado and will be sent back to Los Angeles for more tests. Manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers’ 8-5 win over the Rockies that Jansen was at the hotel earlier in the day and didn’t feel right. Jansen called the trainer and was taken to the hospital. By Pat Graham. SENT: 300 words, photos

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