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DENVER — A man accused of starting a Colorado wildfire that has destroyed dozens of homes has been charged with 141 counts of arson. Assistant District Attorney Ashley McCuaig says the charges are based on the number of buildings found destroyed. McCuaig says more charges could be filed. KRDO-TV reports that Thursday’s hearing was conducted by phone; 52-year-old Jesper Joergensen did not appear in person. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.
DOCKLESS SCOOTER SCUFFLE
MILWAUKEE — Overnight in dozens of cities across the U.S., the electric scooters arrive, often without warning to public officials, parked along sidewalks and ready to be taken for a spin with a few taps on a smartphone. It’s not long before they attract attention — and it’s not always positive: Lawsuits and cease-and-desist orders have sometimes followed the arrival of California-based companies Bird Rides Inc., LimeBike and Spin, with city officials saying the scooters aren’t legal to operate on streets or the sidewalks where they get dangerously close to pedestrians. And because the scooters are dockless, they’re parked anywhere when a ride is over, causing cities heartburn over blocked sidewalks. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 780 words, photos.
— FIREFIGHTING FOAM-WATER-COLORADO — Low levels of potentially harmful chemicals used in firefighting foam and manufacturing have been found in suburban Denver drinking water wells.
— COLORADO WILDFIRES-TRAIN — A scenic railroad that runs through the southwestern Colorado mountains is planning to resume coal-fired steam engine service after shutting down last month because of fire restrictions.
— WARMER WATERS-TROUT ENDANGERED — Wildlife officials say lower river flows and high water temperature in rivers and streams across the state are putting trout at risk.
— DENVER POLICE SUSPENSIONS — Two Denver police officers face 10-day, unpaid suspensions in separate disciplinary cases.
— ERIE-DRILLING MORATORIUM — Erie approved a halt on any new drilling plans for the remainder of the year, suggesting the Colorado town’s leadership will likely look to overhaul its oil and gas regulations in the near future.
— BOOKS-ROMANCE COMPILATION — A long-awaited novel from Judith McNaught and new works from Jane Feather and Denise Hunter will be among more than a dozen books excerpted in a free online compilation of romance fiction.
— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul was advanced 12.75 cents at 4.8250 a bushel; Jul corn was up 5.25 cents at 3.3650 a bushel; Jul oats gained 1.50 cents at $2.5750 bushel; while Jul soybeans rose .25 cent at $8.30 a bushel.
DENVER — Gerardo Parra and Raimel Tapia had pinch-hit RBI singles in Colorado’s three-run sixth inning, helping the Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Thursday. Trevor Story homered for the Rockies, and Kyle Freeland pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning. DJ LeMahieu had two hits and drove in a run. Colorado was coming off a 19-2 victory Wednesday night, but it trailed 1-0 before its rally in the sixth. SENT: 470 words, photos.
DENVER — Sarah Hirshland is known as the tough negotiator who helped the U.S. Golf Association broker media and sponsorship deals, including its 12-year TV contract with Fox. Her next job, as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, will be a more delicate task — repairing a frayed relationship with athletes and a community that has grown wary of the governing body after a slew of sex-abuse cases they feel were not handled appropriately. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 500 words, photo.
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