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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

June 5, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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DENVER — A Colorado baker’s insistence that his religious beliefs justified his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple created trouble for the state’s civil rights commission long before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it had made a mistake. The high court on Monday found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission failed to adequately consider Jack Phillips’ religious beliefs when it ruled against him for refusing to make the cake at his Masterpiece Cakeshop. By James Anderson. SENT: 570 words, photos.



BOISE, Idaho — Sage grouse have a vast network of mating grounds in the U.S. West akin to interconnected regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across its entire range, a DNA study has revealed. The 19-page report by the U.S. Forest Service that appeared in a scientific journal in early May involved nearly 6,000 sage grouse samples collected from 2005 to 2015 and maps of some 1,200 mating sites in 10 western states and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 650 words, photo.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A hunch from a retired detective helped lead police to a man suspected of shooting six people to death in the Phoenix area, some of whom were connected to his divorce, authorities said after the assailant killed himself with officers closing in. Dwight Lamon Jones’ victims included a well-known forensic psychiatrist who assisted in high-profile murder cases, including the JonBenet Ramsey mystery in Colorado. By Melissa Daniels And Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 870 words, photos.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s one thing when hotels open fitness centers, but quite another when fitness centers open hotels. Luxe gym Equinox is opening a hotel in New York’s new Hudson Yards neighborhood next year in a move that embodies the evolution of wellness travel. Whether it’s foraging for your own medicinal herbs in Peru, cycling across the California coastline or spending several thousand dollars to workout alongside celeb trainer Tracy Anderson in Aspen, Colorado, wellness tourists made 691 million trips in 2015, according to the Global Wellness Institute. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 830 words, photos.


— TRUMP-BLAGOJEVICH — Illinois’ imprisoned ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, has filed paperwork asking President Donald Trump to commute his 14-year prison term for corruption that included seeking to sell an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.

— RIVER BOTTLES — A western Colorado man has pleaded guilty to dumping chemical-filled bottles into the Roaring Fork River.

— ROAD RAGE-RENO FATAL — The suspect in a road-rage incident in Reno has been arrested on multiple charges after the victim died from injuries suffered in the May 20 crash.

— COLORADO WILDFIRES — A wildfire burning in southwest Colorado has grown by another 600 acres (243 hectares) but no homes or structures have been lost.

— ABANDONED STORAGE UNIT-EVIDENCE — A trial is set later this month for a former Colorado sheriff’s deputy charged with official misconduct after evidence in a 2006 homicide investigation was found in a storage unit in Canon City.

— RAFTING DEATHS — Another person has died in a rafting accident in Colorado.

— BODY IN CREEK — Officials have identified a man found dead in a Colorado creek.

— NAVAJO NATION-SAN JUAN RIVER — The Navajo Nation has been awarded a $1.1 million contract as part of a multi-agency effort to help recover endangered fish in the San Juan River Basin.

— TARGET-GIFT CARD THEFT — Authorities say five people have been indicted on charges they hacked Target Corp. gift cards to the tune of nearly $800,000.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul rose 4.75 cents at 5.10 a bushel; Jul corn was up 3 cents at 3.8375 a bushel; Jul oats gained 2.75 cents at $2.44 a bushel; while Jul soybeans lost .50 cent at $10.0125 a bushel.

AP is moving election test reports for the June 26 (Colorado) primary election on:

— June 11, 13, 14 (Monday/Wednesday//Thursday), from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Eastern/ 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain

— June 18, 20, 21 (Monday/Wednesday//Thursday), from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Eastern/ 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain

— June 25, (Monday), from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Eastern/ 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain



ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos mandated DeMarcus Walker bulk up this offseason. That was a big weight off his mind. As a rookie last season, Walker slimmed down to about 238 pounds in order to be more of an outside pass rushing threat. This season, he’s back at 280 and playing inside along the defensive line. He feels this should tip the scales back in his favor. After all, it’s a similar weight from when he flourished at Florida State and became a second-round pick. By Pat Graham. SENT: 730 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — The Reds and Rockies open a three-game series. Sal Romano (3-6) faces left-hander Kyle Freeland (5-5). By Joe Kay. (Game started at 5:10 p.m. MT)


— FBC-COLORADO STATE-CANVAS STADIUM — Colorado State has named its on-campus football facility Canvas Stadium as part of a $37.7 million partnership agreement.

— BIG SKY CONFERENCE-CONDUCT — The Big Sky Conference has adopted a rule that would ban student-athletes with convictions for violent crimes from participating in sports or receiving athletic scholarships at league schools.


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