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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

November 7, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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GREELEY — A Colorado man charged with killing his pregnant wife and two daughters pleaded guilty Tuesday under a plea deal allowing him to avoid the death penalty but putting him in jail for life without a chance of parole. Christopher Watts entered his plea Tuesday during a court hearing, replying “guilty” nine times in response to Judge Marcelo Kopcow’s reading of each charge against him in the deaths of Shanann Watts, 34, and their children, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 550 words, photo.



DENVER — The Colorado governor’s race between Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and Republican treasurer Walker Stapleton tops a Tuesday ballot whose results could change the GOP-leaning makeup of the state’s U.S. House delegation. By James Anderson.


DENVER — Democrats are trying to oust Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. By Dan Elliott. Developing throughout the evening. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


Measures to eliminate most of Colorado’s public lands from oil and gas drilling and fund highway improvements top ballot items that voters will decide. By Thomas Peipert. Developing from election results. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos.


Democrats are looking to chip away at Republican control in state capitols during elections for 36 governors and thousands of state lawmakers. Republicans currently control two-thirds of the 99 state legislative chambers and 33 governors’ offices. Democrats believe Tuesday’s presidential midterm elections gives them a chance to make gains in the states. Both parties have been increasing their spending on state races in advance of the redistricting that will occur after the 2020 Census. By David Lieb. SENT: 750 words, photos.




DENVER — It was a smoldering pile of campaign fliers his wife found on their front porch but Jumoke Emery said it might as well have been a burning cross. Emery, a leading proponent of a ballot measure to remove a reference to slavery in the Colorado Constitution, said that he believes the burned door hanger-style placards in support of the measure, discovered by his wife Monday afternoon, were intended to scare him and his family because of their work on the measure. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 310 words.


— ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-COLORADO — Election night photos planned of Walker Stapleton and Jared Polis


— ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-COLORADO — Election night photos planned of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, Jason Crow and Diane Mitsch-Bush


— OFFICER SUSPENDED — A Denver police officer will serve four days of unpaid suspension for interfering with an investigation by using a police database to share investigative information with a suspect’s girlfriend.

— YELLOWSTONE-GEYSER TRESPASS — A man accused of walking dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park has waived his preliminary hearing on a separate incident in Cheyenne.

— COLORADO FLOODING-FEMA — Colorado counties could lose $70 million in reimbursements on 2013 flood recovery projects because of recently enacted rules by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. was up 4.75 cents at 5.12 a bushel; Dec. corn was fell .75 cent at 3.7325 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 1 cent at $2.9375 bushel; while Nov. soybeans lost 1 cent at $8.72 a bushel.



BOULDER — Just the other day, the 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman quietly slipped on his Colorado basketball jersey for a photo shoot. Instant tears. A simple task he doesn’t take for granted. Last December, Evan Battey was playing hoops with his buddies when his right leg went numb. Then, his right arm. He tried to speak but couldn’t. Battey suffered a stroke that day along with two seizures. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.


The Pacific Northwest appears to be leading the way in the Pac-12 for freshmen running backs who are having an impact. A trio of talented backs, Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson, Oregon’s CJ Verdell and Washington State’s Max Borghi, are all taking on notable roles on their offenses as either true or redshirt freshmen. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 700 words, photos.


Three high-profile Olympic and Paralympic athletes are incensed over a proposed age minimum that would eliminate their choice to be the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. A list of guidelines under consideration includes a requirement that any candidate to replace Craig Reedie be at least 45. Reedie’s term expires next year. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 510 words, photo.


— CELTICS-IRVING FINED — Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands after a game.


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