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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

October 3, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018-COLORADO

AURORA, Colo. — Mary Bazel has given up on Rep. Mike Coffman. The 70-year-old retired civilian staffer at the Defense Department is a registered Democrat in suburban Denver who prides herself on not blindly voting for her party. She’s regularly voted for Coffman, welcoming his moderate stance on immigration and his military service record. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,100 words. AP Photos.

COLORADO LOTTERY AUDIT

DENVER — A state audit found the Colorado Lottery has not been identifying and investigating frequent winners, including a case in which a player won $600 or more from the Pick 3 game two dozen times with tickets purchased at a store they own. The Denver Post reports another person won $600 or more 47 times over a three-year period. That person bought all but one ticket at the same place and was the only person who ever won $600 or more in a single play at that store. SENT: 330 words.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo distanced himself Wednesday from a previously stated goal of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons by the end of President Donald Trump’s first term in January 2021. GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee for Asia, supports stiffer economic restrictions on North Korea and countries that trade with it. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 620 words, national lines. AP Photo.

TEACHER CANDIDATES

UNDATED — Last September, school speech therapist Kathy Hoffman was settling into the new academic year, working with youngsters in her small classroom behind a playground at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School in a blue-collar neighborhood outside Phoenix. This year, the political novice is gone from her classroom and on the campaign trail across Arizona full-time as the Democrats’ choice in the race to become superintendent of public education. She and the other teacher candidates represent a wild-card political movement following the teacher-driven #RedForEd effort that drew support from parents and school children in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

REOPENED ATLANTIC CITY CASINOS

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Two of the five Atlantic City casinos that shut down since 2014 will mark their 100th day of operations Thursday, a milestone that comes after the seaside gambling city recovered some of the money and jobs it had lost in the closures. Colorado developer Bruce Deifik, who bought the former Revel casino in January after it sat vacant since September 2014, said he’s happy with the progress Ocean Resort has made. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 600 words. AP Photos.

IMMIGRATION-PUBLIC BENEFITS

NEW YORK — Immigrants and their advocates are scrambling to figure out what it would mean if the Trump administration adopts a rule that would reject many more people for green cards if they ever received government assistance. The proposal has to do with whether an immigrant is considered dependent on the government. That’s been a reason someone could be denied permanent legal residency. By Deepti Hajela And Colleen Long.

IN BRIEF:

— PIKES PEAK VISITS — A record number of people traveled up to Colorado’s Pikes Peak, exceeding 500,000 for the first time. Through Sept. 30, a total of 527,696 people traveled the highway up to the attraction.

— COLORADO SERIAL KILLER-UTAH — Utah authorities are reviving a 1998 cold case they say may be connected to a convicted Colorado serial killer. Investigators said Tuesday that circumstantial evidence points to Scott Kimball.

—POLICE TRAINING ACCIDENT — Six Colorado Springs police officers were injured when a bomb simulator detonated while they were training at Fort Carson.

— SKI RESORT ACQUISITION — A fast-growing Colorado ski resort company has closed on the purchase of a resort in Washington state.

SPORTS:

BBN--ROCKIES-BREWERS PREVIEW

MILWAUKEE — The red-hot Brewers, who won eight in a row to end the season to take the NL Central title, host Colorado Rockies in a division series matchup. By Genaro C. Armas. Upcoming: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBN-CONFOUNDING KEENUM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Quarterbacks are lighting it up at a record-setting pace this season. Not Case Keenum. The Denver Broncos’ new QB has just three TD passes and six interceptions after throwing for 22 scores and just seven interceptions last year in Minnesota. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.

BBN-CUBS WRAPUP

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs headed into the offseason with some issues to address after getting knocked out by Colorado in a marathon wild-card game, whether it’s the inconsistency on offense or the future of manager Joe Maddon. Kris Bryant could use the offseason to heal. And shortstop Addison Russell’s future with the club is in doubt. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

FBN-CHIEFS-ODD DEFENSE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs give up yards by the dozen, whether it’s by ground or by air. Yet the strangest thing happens when they actually manage to force a third down: They make a stop. Yes, what is statistically the worst defense in the NFL is also the best when stopping teams from converting on that crucial down. They allowed the Broncos to convert just two of their 11 tries, and none of their four in the second half, when Kansas City mounted its comeback in a 27-23 victory. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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