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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

October 9, 2018

Colorado at 1:15 p.m.

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AP is moving election test reports for the November 6, (Colorado) general election starting on Monday, October 8:

Mondays from 1-3 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (two hours) and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-3 p.m. EDT, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (four hours).

Last election test is on Monday, Nov. 5 from 11-3 p.m. EST, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MST (four hours). No winners will be called during the last test.

These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory found in advisory queues: BC-CO_Colorado General Election Testing, Advisory.

TOP STORIES:

DROUGHT-COLORADO RIVER

DENVER — Seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River said Tuesday they have reached tentative agreements on how to manage the river amid an unprecedented drought. It was a significant milestone for the river, which supports 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in the U.S. and Mexico. By Steve Paulson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 6 p.m.

COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

HELENA, Mont. — One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday to deal with more than $1.4 billion in debt amid declining demand for the fuel. Englewood, Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. filed for voluntary Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston as part of a restructuring agreement with an unnamed group of lenders. By Matt Volz. SENT: 470 words. AP Photo.

ELECTION 2018-BERNIE SANDERS

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders is embarking on a nine-state battleground tour on behalf of Democratic candidates competing in the November elections, returning to the campaign trail ahead of a decision on another White House bid. The packed October schedule marks the Vermont independent’s most extensive stretch of campaigning since the 2016 presidential race. It will include stops in Colorado, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, home to crucial early contests on the 2020 primary calendar. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 760 words. AP Photo.

ELECTION 2018-BALLOT COUNTING-WEST COAST

OLYMPIA, Wash. — If control of the U.S. House comes down to any of the competitive congressional races in Washington state and California, the American public might have to wait a while to learn the outcome. While Washington is one of just three states, including Colorado, that conduct all elections by mail, it’s the only one of those three that allows ballots to be postmarked on Election Day, meaning those ballots often don’t reach election officials for a few more days. The system usually leaves about half of the vote outstanding at the end of the night, making it impossible to quickly know the winner of close races. By Rachel La Corte. SENT: 890 words, national lines. AP Photos.

SAFE2TELL-YOUTH SUICIDES

DENVER — Colorado’s program for parents, students and teachers to report potential school threats or violence has seen a substantial increase in reports related to suicide, surpassing bullying as the leading reason students contact the program. The Safe2Tell program received nearly 2,800 reports related to suicide threats during the 2017-18 school year, increasing from the more than 300 reports received in the 2011-12 school year, The Denver Post reported. SENT: 370 words, late Monday.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSING CLIMBER — A search continues for a 30-year-old New Jersey man missing in Rocky Mountain National Park in north-central Colorado. Ryan Albert of Marlton, New Jersey left Denver Thursday. Family members reported him overdue Friday. His rental car was found at the Longs Peak trailhead Friday afternoon.

— FALLEN POT — Two people caught hauling marijuana through Nebraska have been imprisoned. Buffalo County District Court records say 49-year-old Charlie Red, of Sedalia, Colorado, and 30-year-old Damaisy De La Caridad Rodriguez, of Miami, Florida, were sentenced Friday.

— BODY FOUND — A coroner in Mississippi says a body found in the Tchoutacabouffa River near Biloxi has been identified as an active duty airman. WLOX-TV reports Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove identified the body as 31-year-old Luis Cisneros-Godinez of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

SPORTS:

HKN-AVALANCHE-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The unbeaten Colorado Avalanche visits Columbus to face the Blue Jackets. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.

2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

MIAMI — The United States will open the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title on June 18 at new Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mexico has Group A games at Pasadena, California (June 15), Denver (June 19) and Charlotte, North Carolina (June 23). SENT: 330 words.

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