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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

July 13, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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NUCLEAR WEAPONS PLANT-REFUGE

SUPERIOR, Colo. — A Colorado town near a former nuclear weapons plant has filed a lawsuit to keep part of the site from opening to the public as a wildlife refuge. The town of Superior asked a federal judge to keep the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from opening Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, saying the agency hasn’t adequately studied safety, the Boulder Daily Camera reported Friday. SENT: 265 words.

SAFE INJECTION SITES

NEW YORK — At an unassuming storefront on a busy Brooklyn street, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb an overdose crisis. Waiting his turn, a man named Robert is frank about why he’s there, instead of one of the stairwells, parks, rooftops or porches where he has used heroin in the past. As communities debate trying to stem overdose deaths by allowing safe havens for people to take heroin and other narcotics, places like this needle exchange program are quietly providing a model of sorts. Members of a Colorado General Assembly committee recently nixed a proposal to allow a site in Denver. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1200 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

—SCHOOL BUS CRASH — Authorities say a pickup driver who fell asleep and crashed into a school bus in northern Colorado has been cited with careless driving resulting in injury. Colorado State Patrol spokesman Trooper Gary Cutler said Friday that 36-year-old William Carroll of Littleton was issued a summons to appear in court on the misdemeanor charge. AP Photos.

—SHERIFF-SEXUAL ASSAULT — A 45-year-old former sheriff in northeastern Colorado has been sentenced to seven months in jail for taking an inmate to his home. Thomas “TJ” Hanna was sentenced Wednesday by Logan County District Court Judge Michael Singer.

—GIRLFRIEND STRANGLED-CHARGES — A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to serve 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and assault for strangling his girlfriend. The Denver District Attorney’s office says Jose Vallejo-Cano was sentenced on Thursday.

—HOUSE EXPLOSION-LAWSUIT — The Colorado Court of Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit by the victims of a house explosion after ruling that neither the city of Grand Junction nor any other governmental entity in the state is immune from lawsuits alleging negligence by agents hired by them.

SPORTS:

BBO--MARINERS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Antonio Senzatela (3-2, 5.34 ERA) opens a three-game home series for the Rockies against Seattle on Friday night. Christian Bergman, who threw seven scoreless innings May 16 in his only major league appearance this season, will be recalled Friday to start for the Mariners. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6:40 p.m.

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