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October 3, 2018

Colorado at 5:30 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018-COLORADO

AURORA — Mary Bazel has given up on Rep. Mike Coffman. The 70-year-old retired civilian staffer at the Defense Department is a registered Democrat in suburban Denver who prides herself on not blindly voting for her party. She’s regularly voted for Coffman, welcoming his moderate stance on immigration and his military service record. But Coffman’s streak with Bazel has run out thanks to President Donald Trump. The congressman may differ with Trump sometimes, but Bazel yearns for Democrats to control the House so they can launch investigations and provide a check on the president. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

US ATTORNEY-COLORADO MARIJUANA

DENVER — Colorado’s top federal prosecutor says the state system for regulating marijuana has too many loopholes that disguise illegal activity and jeopardize public safety. U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer says he is particularly concerned with how companies that grow marijuana account for damaged product and Colorado’s law permitting people to grow a certain number of marijuana plants at home for medical use. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

COLORADO LOTTERY AUDIT

DENVER — A state audit found the Colorado Lottery has not been identifying and investigating frequent winners, including a case in which a player won at least $600 in the Pick 3 game two dozen times with tickets purchased at a store owned by that player. In fact, the audit identified 10 people who each won at least $600 at least 15 times from 2015 to 2018, making their individual winnings at least $9,000. The store owner won at least $14,400 over three years. SENT: 330 words.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo distanced himself Wednesday from a previously stated goal of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons by the end of President Donald Trump’s first term in January 2021. GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee for Asia, supports stiffer economic restrictions on North Korea and countries that trade with it. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 620 words, photo on national lines.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

TEACHER CANDIDATES

Last September, school speech therapist Kathy Hoffman was settling into the new academic year, working with youngsters in her small classroom behind a playground at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School in a blue-collar neighborhood outside Phoenix. This year, the political novice is gone from her classroom and on the campaign trail across Arizona full-time as the Democrats’ choice in the race to become superintendent of public education, overseeing the state’s schools. The job is typically held by career politicians or political insiders. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

REOPENED ATLANTIC CITY CASINOS

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Two of the five Atlantic City casinos that shut down since 2014 will mark their 100th day of operations Thursday, a milestone that comes after the seaside gambling city recovered some of the money and jobs it had lost in the closures. Colorado developer Bruce Deifik, who bought the former Revel casino in January after it sat vacant since September 2014, said he’s happy with the progress Ocean Resort has made. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-PUBLIC BENEFITS

NEW YORK — When she was struggling financially this past year, Laura Peniche traveled all over Denver to get free food from churches to feed her three young children. She was too scared to apply for government food assistance. When she was offered a chance a few weeks ago to get a reduced-rent apartment through a city program, she turned it down. Instead, she stretches her budget to pay several hundred dollars a month more to rent somewhere else. By Deepti Hajela And Colleen Long. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER

PHOENIX — An earthen dam in Arizona’s southern desert could fail and flood a small village because the lake behind it is swollen with runoff from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa, officials said Wednesday. Ali Chuk, a Native American community with 162 people on the Tohono O’odham (TOH’-oh-no OH’-tum) Nation reservation, was being evacuated Tuesday night, the tribe’s public safety department said in a statement. SENT: 330 words, photos.

With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— PIKES PEAK VISITS — A record number of people traveled up to Colorado’s Pikes Peak, exceeding 500,000 for the first time. Through Sept. 30, a total of 527,696 people traveled the highway up to the attraction.

— OFFICER ARRESTED — A 41-year-old former Colorado police officer has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for sexual contact with a woman in his patrol car after her release from a hospital.

— COLORADO SERIAL KILLER-UTAH — Utah authorities are reviving a 1998 cold case they say may be connected to a convicted Colorado serial killer. Investigators said Tuesday that circumstantial evidence points to Scott Kimball.

— POLICE TRAINING ACCIDENT — Six Colorado Springs police officers were injured when a bomb simulator detonated while they were training at Fort Carson.

— SKI RESORT ACQUISITION — A fast-growing Colorado ski resort company has closed on the purchase of a resort in Washington state.

— EGG RECALL-ILLNESSES — The government says 38 people in seven states have gotten sick from eggs produced by an Alabama poultry farm.

— SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST — Senate Democrats are disputing Republicans’ suggestion that there’s been no “whiff” of any inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s previous background checks.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. fell 4 cents at 5.1525 a bushel; Dec. corn was off 2.75 cents at 3.6475 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 2 cents at $2.75 bushel; while Nov. soybeans lost 4.50 cents at $8.6150 a bushel.

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-BREWERS PREVIEW

MILWAUKEE — The red-hot Brewers, who won eight in a row to end the season to take the NL Central title, host Colorado Rockies in a division series matchup. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

With:

— NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS-STARTERS — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says he will open the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies with a bullpen day on the mound. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.

— NLDS-ROCKIES-BREWERS MATCHUP CAPSULE

CUBS WRAPUP

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs headed into the offseason with some issues to address after getting knocked out by Colorado in a marathon wild-card game, whether it’s the inconsistency on offense or the future of manager Joe Maddon. Kris Bryant could use the offseason to heal. And shortstop Addison Russell’s future with the club is in doubt. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

CONFOUNDING KEENUM

ENGLEWOOD — Quarterbacks are lighting it up at a record-setting pace this season with 228 touchdown throws in the first month of the season. Case Keenum hasn’t joined the party. The Denver Broncos’ new quarterback has just three touchdown passes — none since the opener against Seattle — and his six interceptions are just one shy of the total he had last season in Minnesota. Keenum is the first Broncos QB since John Elway in 1986 to go three consecutive games with 20 throws and zero touchdowns. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CHIEFS-ODD DEFENSE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs give up yards by the dozen, whether it’s by ground or by air. Yet the strangest thing happens when they actually manage to force a third down: They make a stop. Yes, what is statistically the worst defense in the NFL is also the best when stopping teams from converting on that crucial down. They allowed the Broncos to convert just two of their 11 tries, and none of their four in the second half, when Kansas City mounted its comeback in a 27-23 victory. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY-SEX ABUSE-CONGRESS

A senator is floating the idea of revoking the U.S. Olympic Committee’s tax-exempt status if it fails to effectively combat the sex-abuse problem in Olympic sports. At a hearing Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said the USOC’s tax-exempt status and antitrust exemption could be at risk when Congress revisits the law that governs the federation. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

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