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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

August 17, 2018

Colorado at 5:45 p.m.

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COLORADO FAMILY KILLED

FREDERICK —Colorado authorities prepared Friday to file formal charges against an oil and gas worker accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters inside their suburban home, then dumping their bodies on his employer’s property. Police said the mother, Shanann Watts, was found dead on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of the state’s largest oil and gas drillers, where 33-year-old Christopher Watts worked as an operator. Investigators found what they believe are the bodies of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste nearby on Thursday. By Kathleen Foody and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 975 words. photos.

IN BRIEF:

STEEL MAKER-POWER AGREEMENT — Xcel Energy and a Pueblo steel fabricator have reached a long-term electricity contract that guarantees the steelmaker price certainty for the next 22 years.

WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT — A Colorado rafting company says it can’t be held responsible for the 2016 death of a Maryland man because the victim signed a waiver before entering the boat.

RIG COUNT — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. held steady at 1,057 this week. At this time a year ago there were 946 active rigs.

FRONTIER AIRLINES-OHIO — Frontier Airlines has announced that it is adding nonstop service from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio to West Palm Beach, Florida.

SPORTS:

BBN-ROCKIES-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Sean Newcomb pitches for Atlanta and Kyle Freeland starts for Colorado as the Braves and Rockies play the second game of a four-game series. Colorado has won five of six to stay one game out of first place in the NL West. The East-leading Braves have won eight of 11. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 750 words with photos. Game starts at 5:35 p.m.

FBN--PATIENT BRONCOS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — When he demoted Paxton Lynch to third string QB this week, Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said potential simply has to equal performance at some point and that the depth chart reflects results. That doesn’t explain why tight end Jeff Heuerman and running back Devontae Booker are listed as starters despite middling resumes, promising pursuers and so-so summers. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 700 words. AP Photo.

FBN--PROTECTING THE SKIN

NEW YORK — The toughest opponent for many NFL players and coaches during the blazing hot days of training camp sits far above the football field. The sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and shade is rare at most practice sites. So, slathered-on sunscreen, big bucket hats, long-sleeved T-shirts and slick sunglasses serve as lead blockers. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1200 words, photos.

CAR-NASCAR-TRUEX FUTURE

BRISTOL, Tenn. — NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. needs sponsorship to stay with his championship-winning race team. Truex is locked in a fierce battle with former champions Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in his push to defend last year’s Cup Series title. His Furniture Row Racing team is in the mix even though the future of the No. 78 team is in flux. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 445 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

FOOTBALL STADIUM-ALCOHOL — The University of Colorado Boulder has announced it will allow alcohol sales in the general concourse areas at its Folsom Field for the first time in more than two decades. Also moved news lines.

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