Colorado at 5:30 p.m.

The desk can be reached at 800-332-6917 or 303-825-0123. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

DEPUTY KILLED-COLORADO

BRIGHTON — A man charged with killing a Colorado sheriff's deputy —one of three officers killed within a month in the state— is scheduled to enter his plea Thursday

TOP STORIES TODAY:

MISSING BOY

DENVER — A 16-year-old girl is being investigated in the death of a 7-year-old boy who was reported missing in Denver on Monday, authorities said. Police found the body of Jordan Vong hidden in his family's home Tuesday and took the teenage girl into custody for investigation of first-degree murder. Joe Montoya, division chief of investigations, said Wednesday that the coroner's office will determine a cause and manner of death, and the district attorney's office will decide if charges should be filed. By Thomas Peipert. SENT: 270 words.

With: MISSING BOY-THE LATEST

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

COMPOUND SEARCH-CHILDREN REMOVED

AMALIA, N.M. — A father arrested at a ramshackle New Mexico compound where 11 children were found living in filth was training youngsters to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday. The allegations against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj came to light as authorities awaited word on whether human remains discovered at the site were those of his missing son, who is severely disabled and went missing in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta. By Morgan Lee And Mary Hudetz. SENT: 930 words, photos and audio.

FILM-SPIKE LEE

NEW YORK — Spike Lee heard the whispers. Just a few years ago, some were suggesting that Lee was no longer the essential filmmaker he had once been. As Lee readies his latest "BlacKkKlansman," his incendiary satire of white supremacy, those whispers are long gone. Lee was introduced to the story of "BlacKkKlansman" by Jordan Peele ("Get Out") who called up Lee with the true-life tale of African-American police detective Ron Stallworth, who in 1979 infiltrated a Colorado Springs, Colorado, cell of the Ku Klux Klan. There was already a script, but Lee reworked it with Kevin Willmott to add what he calls "more flavor." By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

US-CHINA TARIFFS-STATES

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region's economy. But optimism has been giving way to concern in recent months amid President Donald Trump's escalating trade dispute with China. Governors from Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts and North Carolina have protested tariffs on imported solar-energy components, saying it would cost tens of thousands of U.S. jobs. By Andrew Demillo. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA

SUNRISE, Fla. — The sheriff leading the state commission investigating the Florida school massacre said Wednesday the suspect's behavior before the shooting was a "roller-coaster," where he would have stretches of good conduct before it deteriorated. Also Wednesday, Guy Grace, the security head for the Littleton, Colorado, school district, presented the commission with suggestions for improving safety at Florida's schools. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 490 words on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— COLORADO-DRAGGING DEATH — The woman who died after being dragged for several blocks under a camping trailer in suburban Denver has been identified as 47-year-old Juliet Delores Powell of Aurora.

— DENVER POLICE-FORCE — The Denver Police Department will begin training officers this fall on a new use-of-force policy that asks officers to use the minimum amount of force necessary to gain control of a situation.

— UNIVERSITY-DIPLOMA TYPO — A Colorado university is offering to reprint up to 9,200 diplomas after the outgoing editor of the school newspaper found a big typo.

— FIREFIGHTERS INJURED — One of the two Colorado firefighters injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash while responding to a house fire south of Denver has been released from the hospital.

— CAT FOOD MANUFACTURER — A cat food and litter manufacturer plans to move from Colorado to Wyoming.

— POWER PLANT CLOSURE — GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.

SPORTS:

VIKINGS-BRONCOS-INTRIGUE

DENVER — The Vikings-Broncos exhibition Saturday night features more intrigue than the typical preseason opener. Denver QB Case Keenum gets to face his former teammates whom he helped reach the NFC championship before management dumped him in favor of Kirk Cousins , the jewel of this winter's free agent class. Keenum said Wednesday he's eager to face the Vikings. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 760 words, photos.

PIRATES-ROCKIES

DENVER — Adam Frazier had three hits and made a run-saving play in the field, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday. Chris Archer (4-5) was making his second start since being acquired from Tampa Bay before the July 31 trade deadline. He allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. SENT: 430 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— MAVERICKS-HARRIS — Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the third time after signing a $2.4 million free agent contract.

___

If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to apdenver@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Colorado and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.