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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

June 13, 2018

Colorado at 7:15 p.m.

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DENVER — A wildfire erupted Tuesday in an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes and marking the latest in a series of blazes that have ignited in the drought-stricken U.S. West. The fire in central Colorado had burned only about 100 acres but was dangerously close to two densely populated housing developments near the town of Silverthorne, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Denver. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 500 words, photos and video. (Incorporates information from BC-CO-Colorado Wildfires)



DENVER — An off-duty FBI agent who investigators say accidentally fired a weapon that fell while he was dancing at a Denver bar, wounding another patron in the leg, was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault. Chase Bishop, 29, turned himself in to the Denver Sheriff’s Department earlier in the day and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Police have said Bishop was dancing at the downtown bar on June 2 when the gun fell from his waistband holster onto the floor. SENT: 240 words, photo.



DENVER — An oil and gas advocacy group said Tuesday that Colorado has billions of dollars’ worth of petroleum still in the ground and warned that taxpayers could face huge compensation claims if voters ban drilling. At least five oil and gas measures have been proposed for the statewide ballot this fall, although none appears to impose an outright drilling ban. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 530 words, photo.




ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — For months, there was little, if any, sign that Atlantic City’s former Revel casino, a $2 billion bust, was getting ready to reopen. Colorado developer Bruce Deifik bought it in January and made plans for its reincarnation as the Ocean Resort Casino. But there was scant activity visible on the site. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 440 words, photos.


NEW YORK — To get ready to play legendary songwriter Carole King on Broadway, Melissa Benoist had to learn her lines and complicated stage directions. Lyrics, not so much. The actress, who stars on the CW series “Supergirl,” has been listening to King since she was a kid. Benoist was fed a steady diet by her parents of classics such as “So Far Away” and “It’s Too Late” from the landmark album “Tapestry.” Benoist grew up doing musical theater in Denver. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 670 words, photos.


— COLORADO BUDGET DIRECTOR — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced that his budget director will resign at the end of June.

— MINE SHAFT DEATHS-LAWSUIT — The parents of two teens killed in 2016 when their truck plunged into an abandoned mine shaft on U.S. Forest Service land have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government and the state of Colorado.

— KILLED-SET ON FIRE — A 27-year-old Colorado man has been found guilty of killing a 78-year-old man who refused to give him money and then burning the man’s body in an attempt to cover up the killing.

— LOVELAND-PEDESTRIAN DEATH — A 47-year-old Loveland man is charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a 13-year-old boy who was struck by a pickup truck while he was walking on the sidewalk.

— CELLMATE KILLED — An inmate who beat and strangled his cellmate to death at a jail in suburban Denver has been convicted of second-degree murder.

— FATAL DUI CRASH-PLEA — A man has acknowledged driving drunk and crashing into a ravine near Colorado Springs, killing two of his passengers.

— TEXAS EXECUTION-APPEAL — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal from a death row inmate who was part of the notorious “Texas 7” gang of escaped prisoners.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul advanced 20 cents at 5.3450 a bushel; Jul corn gained 10.2550 cents at 3.7750 a bushel; Jul oats fell .25 cent at $2.4225 a bushel; while Jul soybeans was up .25 cent at $9.54 a bushel.



ENGLEWOOD — Shane Ray is aiming to keep both his weight and his spirits up as he heads into a fourth surgery on his troublesome left wrist. “I ain’t been getting down about it. I just need to get it fixed so I can play and be 100” percent, Ray said Tuesday after watching his team’s first minicamp practice. Ray said he’s optimistic he won’t lose as much weight or strength as he did last year, when he dropped 17 pounds and essentially played one-handed for half the season before opting for a third operation in December so that he could get a jumpstart on his offseason rehab. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 690 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Nola (7-2) takes the mound for the Phillies and Jon Gray (6-6) goes for the Rockies in the opener of a three-game series. By Rob Maaddi. (Game started at 5:05 p.m. MT)


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