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November 28, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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SAFE INJECTION SITES-DENVER

DENVER — Despite federal opposition, Denver is trying again to become what could be the first U.S. city to open a supervised drug injection site, a strategy that some liberal cities have tried repeatedly to launch to reduce overdose deaths fueled by a nationwide opioid epidemic. The Denver City Council voted 12-1 on Monday to approve a measure that would allow one site to open for at least two years under a pilot program. But there are still several hurdles to clear. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 820 words, photos.

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED

DENVER — The parents of a Colorado woman murdered by her husband are seeking financial damages in a lawsuit filed on the same day he was sentenced to life in prison. Christopher Watts was sentenced Nov. 19 to three consecutive life sentences for killing his pregnant wife, Shanann, and the couple’s daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. He had previously pleaded guilty to charges of murder, unlawful termination of a pregnancy and tampering with a deceased human body. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 250 words, photo.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING-CENTENNIAL

CENTENNIAL — Suspects in a stolen vehicle fired shots at deputies trying to make a traffic stop in south suburban Denver early Tuesday, prompting a pursuit that ended with officers forcing the vehicle off the road and a final shootout that left one man dead, another injured and a third in custody, authorities said. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said no officers were hurt. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

— STOLEN FOOD-OFFICER RESIGNATION — A Colorado law enforcement officer is resigning this week after he was accused of stealing food from a crime scene.

— OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING — Authorities have identified the man shot and killed by a Colorado State Patrol officer at the scene of a one-vehicle crash in western Colorado.

— ROAD RAGE SHOOTING-COLORADO — A judge has given a Colorado man more time to enter a plea to charges that he fatally shot a 13-year-old boy and wounded three people, including the boy’s mother and younger brother.

— BACKCOUNTRY SKI GUIDE-AVALANCHE — A tour guide in the Aspen Mountain Powder Tours permit area on Richmond Ridge was unharmed after being buried by an avalanche.

— VOTER TURNOUT-MINNESOTA — Election officials say Minnesota’s voter turnout in the midterm elections was the best in the nation.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. was off 9.50 cents at 4.98 a bushel; Dec. corn was up .50 cent at 3.5650 a bushel; Dec. oats lost 8.25 cents at $2.6950 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans rose 13.25 cents at $8.7550 a bushel.

SPORTS:

LAKERS-NUGGETS

DENVER — Nikola Jokic and the Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets seek their fourth consecutive win Tuesday night when they host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

AVALANCHE-PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators continue a home stand hosting the Colorado Avalanche in a key Central Division showdown. By Jim Diamond. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

BEHIND THE CALL

DENVER — Von Miller declared earlier this season that his job was to “sack quarterbacks and tell jokes.” With half a sack to show for chasing around Ben Roethlisberger all afternoon, Denver’s superstar chose not to talk about the Broncos grappling their way back to relevance but instead channeled Bill Belichick and his “We’re on to Cincinnati” credo following a stirring 24-17 win over the Steelers. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

BRONCOS MOVES

ENGLEWOOD — Temarrick Hemingway is the latest tight end to get his shot with the Denver Broncos, who have lost three tight ends to season-ending injuries. The Broncos (5-6), who visit the Bengals (5-6) this weekend, promoted Hemingway from their practice squad Tuesday when they placed Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve. Heuerman broke three ribs and bruised a lung in the Broncos’ 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 280 words.

LIGETY’S BOUNCE-BACK

BEAVER CREEK — His face showed little expression as he glided his way down the hill. This was serious business — no laughing, smiling or crying. With his two-time Olympic gold medalist father holding on, 17-month-old Jax Ligety took his first trek down the slope a few months ago. The look: Pure determination. It’s a look Ted Ligety knows all too well. He’s that determined to return to the top. By Pat Graham. SENT: 830 words, photo.

BKC-SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-COLORADO ST

FORT COLLINS — Southern Illinois plays Colorado State at Moby Arena in non-conference action Tuesday night. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

BKO-WORLD CUP-US-ZELLER

Tyler Zeller spent the last few weeks waiting for a team to call. His country came through. When USA Basketball resumes its quest to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Zeller will be wearing the red, white and blue in an international game for the first time. The NBA veteran and current free agent is one of the 12 players on the squad for this two-game window of qualifying, which starts with a crucial matchup Thursday at Argentina. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 610 words, photo.

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