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August 3, 2018

Colorado at 5:45 p.m.

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MINE WASTE SPILL-DAMAGES

DENVER — Three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered a massive mine spill that polluted rivers in three states, the federal government still has not repaid any of the victims for the millions of dollars in economic damage they claimed. The EPA said this week it is making progress on reviewing about 380 claims for lost income, fallen property values and other losses from the 2015 spill at the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado. But the agency has not said when it might finish the review or when anyone might be paid. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 770 words, photos.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

3D GUNS-LAWSUIT

SEATTLE — More states are suing the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with a company that wants to post instructions online for making 3D-printed firearms that are hard to trace and detect. Mostly Democratic attorneys general from 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, filed an amended complaint Friday asking a judge make it illegal to share plans on creating printable plastic weapons. One Republican — Colorado’s attorney general — joined the lawsuit. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 660 words, photo.

NEVADA MARIJUANA-FIRST YEAR

RENO, Nev. — Nevada regulators and industry insiders say the state’s first year of broad marijuana legalization has exceeded even their highest expectations, with sales and tax collections already surpassing year-end projections by 25 percent. Numbers from June are still outstanding but are expected to push taxable sales past $500 million, netting total tax revenue in the neighborhood of $70 million — with about $25 million devoted to schools. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-CAMPAIGN DONATIONS

TULSA, Okla. — Records show that energy companies were the biggest donors to an Oklahoma campaign against medical marijuana. Oklahoma Ethics Commission records show nearly half of the roughly $1.3 million donated to the committee opposing medical marijuana came from the energy industry, The Tulsa World reported. The committee, titled SQ 788 Is Not Medical, received donations from April 1 to June 30 from companies in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TRUCK CRASH-FRACKING FLUID — A tanker carrying fracking fluid rolled over in the Poudre Canyon in northern Colorado, spilling some the fluid.

— COLORADO SPRINGS-OFFICER SHOT-THE LATEST — The man suspected of critically wounding a Colorado Springs police officer remains hospitalized with minor injuries. (With AP Photos)

— CONSTRUCTION ZONE FATAL — A Colorado man was killed and four others were injured in a crash in a western Montana construction zone.

— MARIJUANA SMUGGLING KILLINGS — A 39-year-old northeastern Colorado man has pleaded guilty to his role in the October 2015 deaths of two Oklahoma men during a dispute over marijuana smuggling.

— FATAL HEROIN OVERDOSE-SENTENCE — A 48-year-old Colorado woman has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for selling heroin to a woman who died of an overdose in August 2015.

— WEST NILE — A northeast Colorado resident has been hospitalized with the most serious form of the West Nile Virus.

— PLANE CRASH-COLORADO RIVER — An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board says a California pilot hit power lines and smashed his aircraft into a canyon before he came crashing down into the Colorado River.

— REPUBLICAN RIVER-WATER USAGE — Colorado has agreed to pay Kansas $2 million in a settlement resolving claims regarding Colorado’s past use of water under the Republican River Compact.

— WYOMING GOVERNOR-HAYNES — A man who’s running for governor of Wyoming amid accusations he lives in Colorado will remain in the race.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Sept. fell 4.25 cents at 5.5625 a bushel; Sept. corn was up 3 cents at 3.6975 a bushel; Sept. oats gained 6.75 cents at $2.4975 bushel; while Aug. soybeans rose 3.75 cents at $8.8625 a bushel.

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE — The Brewers return home for the first time since the trade deadline, with new additions Mike Moustakas, Joakim Soria and Jonathan Schoop making their Miller Park debuts when they open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

BRONCOS-ROOKIES

ENGLEWOOD — Rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton are the Denver Broncos’ new safety valves, applying the pressure but also relieving the burden on veterans Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. “Those two guys, they came in like pros, they’re taking care of their business, they’re on time to everything, they’re making plays,” Thomas said Friday. “So, they’re pushing us. And that’s good for us. We need it. We want to push each other and make each other better.” By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 810 words, photos.

BBO-NOW PITCHING

DENVER — To summon a recent reliever, Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn’t even need to signal his bullpen. He just pointed toward his first baseman. Now pitching: Anthony Rizzo. That’s no sort of curveball, either. In an increasing trend this season, position players are making more appearances on the mound to save wear and tear on the bullpen in games that have spiraled out of hand or as a last resort. By Pat Graham. SENT: 990 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— PATRIOTS-DECKER — The Patriots have signed free agent receiver Eric Decker in hopes of adding depth to their receiving corps.

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