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November 9, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018-OUTDOOR RETAILERS

DENVER — Colorado Gov.-elect Jared Polis pledged Thursday to protect the state’s public lands and to promote its booming outdoor recreation industry. “I will very much take seriously my responsibility to be a faithful steward of our outdoor resources as well as an evangelist for growth of the outdoor tourism and recreation economy,” Polis said at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Denver, a trade show of outdoor gear. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 570 words, photo.

With: ELECTION 2018-OUTDOOR RETAILERS-THE LATEST

FBI AGENT-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

DENVER — An FBI agent who accidentally shot a man in the leg while dancing at a Denver nightspot pleaded not guilty to a second-degree assault charge Thursday but attorneys say a plea deal is still possible. Chase Bishop, 30, entered his plea after waiting his turn to appear before the judge in a courtroom with other defendants. The move came four months after it was disclosed that his lawyer and prosecutors were negotiating a possible deal. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 280 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-LGBT CANDIDATES

On the East Coast, West Coast and in heartland states between them, LGBT candidates scored a raft of notable midterm election victories — winning two governorships, at least nine seats in Congress, and their first-ever legislative seats in Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska. The head of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which recruits and assists LGBT candidates, said many of the winners in Tuesday’s elections were motivated by concerns over the Trump administration’s rollback of protections for transgender people. By David Crary. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-SENATE REPUBLICANS

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Sen. Todd Young has launched a bid to become chairman of Senate Republicans’ campaign committee during the 2020 campaign, a cycle where the GOP will face a tougher electoral map that could undermine their recent gains in the chamber. A formal election for the position won’t be held until next Wednesday, but Young says his bid to lead the National Republican Senate Committee is supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. So far, he has not drawn an opponent. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 710 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— WOODLAND PARK KILLINGS — A 41-year-old Colorado man facing a retrial in the killing of his mother and stepfather in 1992 when he was 15 years old has pleaded guilty.

— OUTDOOR FIRE-BODY FOUND — A woman whose body was found near a brush fire in west suburban Denver had been shot to death.

— DRIVER’S LICENSE-GENDER X— Colorado drivers who do not identify as male or female soon will be allowed to choose the letter X to represent gender on their driver’s license.

— COLORADO LEGISLATURE-THE LATEST — Colorado’s House majority leader, KC Becker, has been elected speaker by fellow Democrats for the 2019 legislative session.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. was off 2.50 cents at 5.0775 a bushel; Dec. corn was rose 1.25 cent at 3.7350 a bushel; Dec. oats fell .50 cent at $2.8675 bushel; while Nov. soybeans lost .25 cent at $8.6750 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS BYE

DENVER — Vance Joseph keeps losing games but not his locker room. That’s why Denver Broncos general manager John Elway didn’t fire his coach at the bye like so many fans were suggesting. Despite Joseph’s 8-17 mark in Denver and a 3-6 start for the second straight season, Elway is encouraged by the growth he sees in the coach he contemplated firing last year and in the fight he sees in his scrappy team this year. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 970 words, photos.

SEX ABUSE FUNDING-STRINGS ATTACHED

DENVER — A growing sex-abuse problem in Olympic sports has led to a steady stream of Congressional hearings and a three-year grant worth $2.2 million. Yet not a penny of those federal funds can be used to fight the actual problem: investigating or resolving more than 800 open cases, many brought by victims themselves. That leaves an ever-growing backlog for the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the organization that opened 20 months ago to investigate sex-abuse complaints in Olympic sports. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

FBC-PAC-12-THIS WEEK

Some things to watch in the Pac-12 Conference this week. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 530 words, photo.

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