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August 31, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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METHANE-COLORADO

DENVER — The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working — and they have industry support. Energy companies have found and repaired about 73,000 methane leaks since 2015 under a state-required oil field inspection program, according to the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division. The number of leaks fell by 52 percent, from more than 36,000 in 2015 to about 17,250 in 2017, according a state report released last week. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 800 words, photo.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

TRUMP-NATIONAL PARKS

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday named the superintendent of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park to head the National Park Service, a job that has been filled on an acting basis for nearly 20 months. If confirmed by the Senate, David Vela would become the first Hispanic to lead the agency. Vela is a 28-year career veteran who has worked at parks across the country and was director of the Southeast region for four years. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 300 words.

STEALTH DESTROYER

BATH, Maine — Shipbuilder Bath Iron Works has replaced one of the massive turbines on the future USS Michael Monsoor, and the stealthy destroyer is scheduled to depart for San Diego in November. The delicate operation involved lifting and maneuvering the 15-ton Rolls Royce marine turbine out of the ship, and workers had to build a rail system to assist in the removal and installation of the replacement turbine in August, officials said. By David Sharp. SENT: 350 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— CHLORINE LEAK-DENVER — Authorities say eight people were hospitalized, including one in critical condition, following an industrial chlorine leak in Denver.

— CREDIT UNION THEFT — A federal judge has sentenced a woman to two years in prison, after she admitted stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly woman while managing a Colorado credit union.

— CHILD ABUSE-PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE — A Colorado middle school teacher accused of assaulting a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance has pleaded guilty and has retired from teaching.

— ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK-SEARCH — Rangers are looking for an Illinois man who didn’t return from a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Sept. was up 10 cents at 5.1850 a bushel; Sept. corn gained 10 cents at 3.51 a bushel; Sept. oats rose 4 cents at $2.4350 bushel; while Sep. soybeans advanced 13.50 cents at $8.33 a bushel.

SPORTS:

COLORADO-COLORADO ST

DENVER — Colorado chases after its fourth straight win over Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown on Friday night at the home of the Denver Broncos. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7:30 p.m. MT)

ADAMS STATE-FEMALE KICKER

DENVER — The field goal kicker from Adams State thought about her range for a moment. On the field, it’s at least 54 yards, which is how far she connected on one during practice. In the arena of opening doors for other female football players, she hopes it’s endless. Rebecca “Becca” Longo became one of the first females to receive a partial football scholarship a season ago. Given all the media attention surrounding her, the team elected to redshirt her. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

NEW KICKOFF RULE

After Hawaii’s Tristin Kamaka made a fair catch on a kickoff at his 13-yard line and the ball was moved up to the 25, Colorado State players pointed fingers and waved arms to indicate the spot was off by 12 yards, and the home fans howled. The reaction presented a teachable moment for the referee, who flipped on his microphone and announced: “By the new rule, a fair catch on a kick places the ball at the 25-yard line. First down.” Yes, it’s going to take time to get used to the NCAA’s new kickoff rule. By Eric Olson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

USOC-FINANCES

DENVER — The U.S. Olympic Committee paid out more than $27 million to athletes in cash stipends, health care and tuition payments and medal bonuses in 2017, with another $66 million going to sports organizations that are instructed to use the funds to directly help athletes. In releasing its tax forms Friday, the USOC says it directed 82 percent of its $214 million in expenses toward programs that directly helped athletes in 2017 — an amount that includes coaches’ salaries, expenses to operate training centers and the direct stipends that go to top athletes in each sport. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 290 words.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— ROYALS-ROCKIES TRADE — The Rockies acquired Drew Butera from the Kansas City Royals on Friday, giving Colorado a veteran backup catcher as they try to chase down the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.

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