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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

September 13, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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ENERGY ROYALTIES-PUBLIC LAND

LAKEWOOD —A Trump administration committee is meeting in Colorado Thursday to consider a change in the way energy companies calculate how much money they owe for extracting and selling publicly owned natural gas. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated late afternoon.

KAREN PENCE

WASHINGTON — Being married to the vice president has its privileges. “Now people take my phone calls,” Karen Pence told The Associated Press in an interview. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 600 words, photos. Will be updated after speech starting at 1:15 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

COLORADO SPRINGS-OFFICER SHOT — Authorities and witnesses say an Iraqi refugee accused of critically wounding a Colorado Springs police officer had been drinking and became confrontational before the shooting.

COLORADO WILDFIRES — The fire danger is high again in western Colorado, where hot and dry conditions have led to a wildfire burning near Steamboat Springs since mid-July to flare up.

COLORADO FIRE-CHAMPION TREES — Colorado officials say two of the state’s largest trees were burned during a wildfire north of Durango this summer.

SPORTS:

HALL OF FAME NOMINEES

Tony Gonzalez, the most accomplished tight end in NFL history, Ed Reed, Champ Bailey and London Fletcher are first-year eligible players among the 102 modern-era nominees for the class of 2019 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gonzalez retired in 2013 after 17 pro seasons in which he had 1,325 receptions, second to Jerry Rice on the career list. A college basketball and football star at California, he was drafted 13th overall by the Chiefs in 1997 and played a dozen seasons in Kansas City. Gonzalez spent his final five seasons with Atlanta, finishing with 111 touchdown catches and 15,127 yards receiving. He made six All-Pro teams and was a member of the all-decade team for 2000-10. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 488 words.

BBN-DIAMONDBACKS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The NL West-leading Colorado Rockies have taken two of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks as they conclude their four-game series Thursday. Arizona right-hander Clay Buchholz makes his first career start at Coors Field, while the Rockies will throw LHP Kyle Freeland, who is 8-2 at home this season. The game will be an MLB Facebook Watch broadcast. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos from 1:10 p.m. game.

HKN--AVALANCHE CAMP

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche caught a lot of teams by surprise last season. After improving by 47 points to make the playoffs, they know that won’t be the case this season. Still, it won’t change their mindset or their confidence level. “It’s important to realize there’s a difference between being confident and being cocky,” captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “We have to make sure we’re confident and have that swagger, but not thinking we’re better than we are, either.” By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

RAIDERS-BRONCOS CAPSULE — OAKLAND (0-1) at DENVER (1-0) Sunday, 2:25 p.m., CBS

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