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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

July 5, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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WESTERN WILDFIRES

DENVER — An erratic wildfire charging through extremely dry land in a community near the Colorado ski town of Aspen destroyed three homes and forced people to flee in the middle of the night, authorities said Thursday. It is one of more than 60 large blazes burning across the U.S., mostly in parts of the drought-stricken West where whipping winds and increasing heat have made it easy for flames to spread. Fires exploded across land in the Southwest that is gripped by severe drought and in an area of California north of deadly wildfires last year. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 660 words, photos and video.

With: WESTERN WILDFIRES-THE LATEST

GOVERNORS RACES-CHARTER SCHOOLS

Prominent charter school supporters are dishing out campaign money, as key gubernatorial races in several states have now begun in earnest. June primary contests set up a number of state battles for governor in the midterm elections this November, with both Democratic and Republican candidates that could change how public resources flow into charter and private schools. Colorado’s governor’s race has a pro-charter school candidate who also doubles as a philanthropist invested in education reform. By Sally Ho. SENT: 850 words, photos.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-BLACK MARKET

LOS ANGELES — A slight marijuana smell wafted out as a steady stream of customers walked into a warehouse, its doors and windows covered by bars. Suddenly, police swooped in. “Sheriff’s department! Search warrant!” a Los Angeles County deputy shouted as the team thundered through the front door and began hauling out people in handcuffs. The Compton 20 Cap Collective just south of Los Angeles that was raided earlier this spring is one of hundreds of illegal marijuana stores operating in LA County, where marijuana is legal for anyone 21 and over and retailers must be licensed to sell to them. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,030 words, photos and video.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES-MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON — A Guatemalan woman seeking asylum was reunited with her 8-year-old daughter Thursday, nearly two months after they were forcibly separated when they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts tweeted that the daughter, who was identified only as S.K., arrived at Boston’s Logan Airport Thursday afternoon, where she was greeted by her mother, Angelica Rebeca Gonzalez-Garcia, and a crowd of supporters. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL SHOOTINGS-DEATH PENALTY — A Colorado man convicted of murdering two people has been formally sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison with no chance at parole.

— MISSING MAN-STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Authorities in Steamboat Springs say they believe they’ve found the body of a man who went missing in April.

— EL PASO COUNTY-TRIPLE FATAL — Three people have died in a single-vehicle crash in unincorporated El Paso County.

— POLICE SHOOTING-COLORADO STABBING — Colorado police shot and killed a man who had stabbed another man to death.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul was rose 12.50 cents at 5.04 a bushel; Jul corn was up .75 cent at 3.4350 a bushel; Jul oats gained 4.25 cents at $2.5825 bushel; while Jul soybeans fell 8.50 cents at $8.3550 a bushel.

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