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September 27, 2018

Colorado at 5:30 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

HOMELESS-STORAGE LOCKERS

DENVER — Denver officials have removed large outdoors storage containers set up last year for homeless people officials discovered that people were living inside them. The city in a pilot program paid $30,000 for 10 4-feet by 6-feet (1.2-meter by 1.8-meter) containers meant to give homeless people a safe place to store clothing and other possessions. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OIL AND GAS-PUBLIC LAND — Environmental groups have asked a judge to overturn the sale of drilling rights on public land in Colorado and Utah, saying the Trump administration didn’t consider the potential threat to public health and the environment.

— COLORADO FLU SEASON — Colorado health officials say the last flu season was the worst on record with 4,650 state residents hospitalized because of the viral infection.

— DROUGHT-COLORADO — Colorado’s drought is getting worse, with unusually dry conditions across more than 85 percent of the state.

— DURANGO HOMELESS-CAMPING BAN — A Colorado city has stopped enforcing its ban on camping in public spaces at night at the urging of the American Civil Liberties Union.

— CHILD ABUSE DEATH — A Denver man is facing murder charges in the death of his girlfriend’s three-year-old child.

— VOTER INTIMIDATION-INVESTIGATION — Colorado’s secretary of state’s office has asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate allegations of voter intimidation in a small town.

— MOUNT SUNAPEE-SALE — New Hampshire has cleared the way for Vail Resorts to buy the rights to the Mount Sunapee ski area.

— MEDICAL BILLING SCHEME — A Colorado woman has been sentenced to about two years in federal prison for fraudulently billing insurance companies for $5 million by using unsuspecting chiropractors in the Louisville area.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. fell 4.50 cents at 5.13 a bushel; Dec. corn was up 1.75 cents at 3.6475 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 1.75 cents at $2.6025 bushel; while Nov. soybeans was rose 5 cents at $8.55 a bushel.

SPORTS:

PHILLIES-ROCKIES

DENVER — David Dahl homered for the fourth straight game, and the Colorado Rockies opened a one-game NL West lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday that extended their winning streak to seven. Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra also went deep for the Rockies (89-70), who matched their losing winning streak this season. Dahl hit a run-scoring triple and finished the four-game sweep with eight hits and 11 RBIs. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BRONCOS-CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes finally gets to face a team in an environment that’s familiar to him. The Chiefs’ hotshot quarterback takes his record-setting show to Denver on Monday night to face the Broncos, the team he made his debut against in Week 17 last season. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 890 words, photos.

With: CHIEFS-BRONCOS CAPSULE

BRONCOS-BUTT IR

Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt tore his left ACL during a walkthrough practice Thursday and is headed for injured reserve for the second straight season. Butt spent his rookie season last year on IR while recovering from the same injury to his other knee. “Jake has worked his tail off to recover from his previous injuries, and we feel terrible for him,” coach Vance Joseph said in a statement after an MRI confirmed the team’s fears. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 330 words.

SUPER BOWL TICKETS-LAWSUIT

The National Football League defended itself Thursday against charges that its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl violated New Jersey’s consumer fraud law, in arguments before the state Supreme Court that reached a granular level with disputes over words in the statute including “the” and “those.” The case was spurred by a 2014 federal lawsuit filed by a New Jersey man who claimed he was forced to pay more than double the $800 face value for a ticket on the secondary market because of the NFL’s policy of making just 1 percent of the tickets available to the public through a lottery. By David Porter. SENT: 580 words, photos.

UCLA-COLORADO

BOULDER — Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre carefully crunches all the figures and reaches the same conclusion. “They’ve got our number,” he said. That’s why he’s not putting too much stock in the Buffaloes being a 9½-point favorite or UCLA struggling to a 0-3 start in the first season under coach Chip Kelly. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, photos.

PAC-12-THIS WEEK

Some things to watch in Week 5 of the Pac-12 Conference football season. SENT: 450 words.

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