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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

August 29, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

BI-STATE SAGE GROUSE-ESA RULING

RENO, Nev. — A U.S. judge who earlier ruled federal wildlife officials illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for a population of bi-state sage grouse in California and Nevada in 2015 has reinstated the proposed listing of the bird as threatened until a new review determines whether it’s on the brink of extinction. In the meantime, U.S. District Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero in San Francisco also ordered on Friday reinstatement of the proposed designation of more than 2,800 square miles (7,200 square kilometers) of critical habitat along the Sierra’s eastern front. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 644 words, photo.

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN DETAINED

TAOS, N.M. — A New Mexico judge has dismissed child neglect charges against three defendants arrested at a remote compound in where 11 children were found living in filth and the body of a 3-year-old boy was discovered. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be expanded.

AP POLL-SUPREME COURT

WASHINGTON — Does Brett Kavanaugh belong on the Supreme Court? It’s a question that may be consuming Washington, but one that elicits a shrug from many Americans. And there’s also no nationwide consensus on whether the Senate should vote on his nomination before Election Day. “If we do it before the midterms, it’ll go too quickly and we’ll have too many conservatives on the court, and I don’t think that’s a good thing,” said Anna Horton, 50, of Fountain, Colorado, who prefers that lawmakers wait. By Kevin Freking and Emily Swanson. SENT: 781 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

GUN THEFT— Federal prosecutors in Colorado say three members of a gang have been sentenced to prison time for stealing 56 guns from a suburban Denver store.

COLORADO JOURNALIST HANDCUFFED— Body camera video of police detaining a Denver journalist photographing officers shows one officer taking her phone and another handcuffing her right after saying she would be arrested for interfering if she didn’t stop.

PANHANDLING LAWS CHALLENGED — The American Civil Liberties Union has sent letters to several small towns in northern Colorado demanding they repeal laws on panhandling that the organization sees as unconstitutional.

COLORADO SPRINGS-OFFICER SHOT — A Colorado Springs police officer who was shot in the head during a confrontation with an armed suspect has been moved to a Denver-area rehabilitation hospital.

MISSING WOMAN — A Colorado man charged in the death of his pregnant girlfriend has pleaded not guilty. Donthe (DON’-tay) Lucas pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in court in Pueblo on Tuesday. A judge scheduled his trial for April.

DENVER SHOOTING-MIDDLE SCHOOL— Police have arrested a boy in a shooting that critically injured a teenage boy outside of a Denver middle school. Police said Wednesday that the suspect is being held for investigation of aggravated assault.

SPORTS:

FBN--BRONCOS PREVIEW

DENVER —Von Miller went bonkers when Bradley Chubb fell to the Denver Broncos with the fifth pick in the NFL draft. Chubb not only takes pressure off Miller, who hasn’t been back to the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 MVP honors, but he bolsters what was already a dynamic Denver pass rush and covers a whole lot of warts in the Broncos’ beleaguered secondary. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words.

IN BRIEF:

USA BASKETBALL-HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING — USA Basketball is expanding its men’s junior national team program, partnering with the NBA, NCAA and National Basketball Players Association to bring about 80 high school players to training camps. USA Basketball say about 20 athletes from each high school class will participate in six camps during the 2018-19 season.

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