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September 28, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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DENVER — A Colorado advocacy group said Friday that the state’s mental health agency has failed to comply with a federal court settlement aimed at ensuring people do not spend months in county jails awaiting treatment of issues preventing their criminal cases from proceeding. Attorneys for the Department of Human Services, though, argued that it did not violate the agreement. The settlement allows leniency in some situations, and the agency is simply using those tools, they said. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 435 words.


DENVER — A rare bird found only in Colorado and Utah will stay on the endangered species list, at least for now, a U.S. district judge said Friday. The judge upheld a 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species and to designate more than 2,200 square miles (5,800 square kilometers) of land as critical habitat. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 610 words.


DENVER — In an ominous sign for the GOP’s bid to hold onto the House, the political group affiliated with Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday dropped its support of Republican congressmen. Mike Coffman of Colorado and Mike Bishop of Michigan. By Nicholas Riccardi and Steve Peoples. SENT: 380 words.


A man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his Uber passenger on a Colorado highway is due back in court. Prosecutors are expected to reveal some of the evidence against Michael Hancock, who was charged in June, during Friday’s preliminary hearing. Hancock’s family has said he was trying to defend himself. By Kathleen Foody. Developing from 1:30 p.m. court hearing.



WASHINGTON —Moments after pivotal Sen. Jeff Flake announced he would vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Arizona Republican was confronted with the consequences. Two tearful women cornered Flake as he got on an elevator Friday, pleading for him to reconsider his support for the appeals court judge who’s been accused of sexual assault when he was a teenager. By the end of the day, Flake had, adding a condition to his promise to vote for Kavanaugh. He’d do so, Flake said, if the vote was delayed a week so the FBI could investigate “credible allegations” against the nominee. By Colleen Long and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 900 words, photos.


KAVANAUGH-PROTESTS-COLORADO — About 200 people rallied outside the office of Sen. Cory Gardner in downtown Denver Friday urging him to vote against Brett Kavanaugh. With AP Photos.



SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors are traditionally focused on courtrooms and guilty verdicts, but their roles are changing amid criminal-justice reforms, a changing crime rate and increased public scrutiny. District attorneys from around the U.S. who gathered in Salt Lake City on Thursday and Friday say they’re being pressed on issues such as Black Lives Matter, mass incarceration and police shootings. They’re also facing more election challenges, often from reform-minded candidates. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 375 words.


LOS ANGELES — Here’s another thing travelers can consider bringing when a trip takes them through Los Angeles International Airport — marijuana. Just be careful about carrying it onto the plane. By John Rogers.


NEW YORK — The stage musical “Dear Evan Hansen” is about a lonely young man desperate to be liked. Mission accomplished, we’d say. In addition to selling out each night on Broadway, the show is launching a 50-city national tour from Denver. The first international production is slated for Toronto next year and another will bow in London. A new song collection and a 390-page novel based on the story are coming out this fall. Never has a misfit been this popular. By Mark Kennedy.


HOCKEY VOLUNTEER-SEX ASSAULT— A former volunteer hockey coach accused of molesting two boys in northern Colorado has pleaded not guilty to child sex assault charges. The Coloradoan reported that Andrew Vanderwal entered his plea Fort Collins on Thursday as family members of the children cried.

MARIJUANA SMUGGLING KILLINGS — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role in the 2015 deaths of two Oklahoma men in a marijuana smuggling dispute.

BEAR KILLING PROTESTER — A Colorado man who was charged after allegedly berating a hunter for legally killing a bear next door to his property may face a third charge related to the incident.

WYOMING WILDFIRES — Firefighters say they have been successful in keeping a wildfire in western Wyoming from crossing a highway and are working to shore up established fire lines.



DENVER — The NL West-leading Colorado Rockies have won seven straight as they open a three-game series Friday night against Washington. The Rockies will send Kyle Freeland to the mound. He’s been one of their most consistent pitchers. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6:40 p.m. game.


BOULDER — Colorado plays winless UCLA in Boulder with a chance to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 1998. Since the Buffaloes started Pac-12 play in 2011, they’ve gone 1-6 against the Bruins. This is a trend Colorado would very much like to curb in the conference opener for both schools. The Bruins hope to prevent dropping to 0-4 for the first time since 1971. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 7 p.m. game.


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