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September 6, 2018

Colorado at 6 p.m.

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REDISTRICTING-MIDTERMS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The political battle over redistricting is under way in the 2018 elections, even though the task of drawing new boundaries for federal and state legislative districts is still three years away. A lawsuit challenging the current districts recently threw uncertainty into North Carolina’s congressional races. Another suit resulted in a redrawn map earlier this year in Pennsylvania. In several states, ballot issues seeking to make the redistricting process less partisan will go before voters. By David Lieb. SENT: 1039 words.

WILDFIRE-INMATE-RAPE

SALT LAKE CITY — Idaho is reviewing its program for temporarily releasing prison inmates to help fight wildfires after an inmate was charged with raping a woman working at a remote Utah firefighting base camp. Idaho prison officials are working with the state’s lands department as they scrutinize which inmates are allowed to serve, the training they receive and how they are deployed, said Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray. Five crews of Idaho inmates were returned to prison after the charge was filed last week. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 460 words, national lines. AP Photos.

UBER-SAFETY

NEW YORK — Uber is aiming to boost driver and passenger safety in an effort to rebuild trust in the brand. Since it began operating in 2009, Uber has been dogged by reports of drivers accosting passengers, including lawsuits alleging sexual assaults. Last year, the company was fined $8.9 million by the state of Colorado for allowing people with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to work as drivers. The Public Utilities Commission said it found nearly 60 people were allowed to drive in the state despite having previous felony convictions or major traffic violations including drunken driving. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 570 words, national lines. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

DRUG OVERDOSE-CHARGES — A man has been sentenced to four years in a Colorado prison for leaving his friend as she died of a methamphetamine overdose.

DENVER SHOOTING-MIDDLE SCHOOL — Prosecutors say they have charged a 14-year-old boy in a shooting that critically injured another teenage boy outside of a Denver middle school.

COLORADO SOLDIER KILLED — A soldier from California based at Colorado’s Fort Carson has died after suffering what the military said was a non-combat injury in Afghanistan.

LAFAYETTE-FATAL FIRE — A body has been found in a house fire in the Colorado community of Lafayette.

COLORADO-COAL PRODUCTION — Recent data shows coal production in Colorado is down.

MISSING HIKER — A search has been underway since Sunday for a missing 20-year-old hiker on Mount Herman near Colorado Springs. Kevin Rudnicki went for a hike on Sunday morning but didn’t return as expected later that day. He was last seen at 8:45 a.m. Sunday.

BEAR EUTHANIZED — Colorado wildlife officials say they decided to euthanize a mother bear after the bruin became a public safety risk near Rocky Mountain National Park. Jason Clay with Colorado Parks and Wildlife tells KUSA-TV that the sow had become habitual in Estes Park and lost her natural fear to humans.

TODDLER KILLED-BACKUP CRASH — A toddler is dead after her mother hit her while backing out of her driveway while taking her other children to school in suburban Denver. The 2-year-old girl was hit Wednesday morning in Westminster.

SPORTS:

GIANTS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies go for a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday as they try to maintain their lead in the NL West. By Brent New. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6:40 p.m. game.

FBN-WATCHING FOOTBALL ONLINE

NEW YORK — The good news for football fans: It’s going to be much easier to watch NFL games online this year. The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription, in hopes of expanding its online audience at a time when TV ratings are declining . Though there are restrictions — no free streaming on smart TVs, for instance — the move marks a significant departure for sports. Other major professional leagues still require TV subscriptions for hometown teams. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 730 words. AP Photos.

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