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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

October 12, 2018

Colorado at 1 p.m.

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AP is moving election test reports for the November 6, (Colorado) general election:

Mondays from 1-3 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (two hours) and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-3 p.m. EDT, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (four hours).

Last election test is on Monday, Nov. 5 from 11-3 p.m. EST, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MST (four hours). No winners will be called during the last test.

These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory found in advisory queues: BC-CO_Colorado General Election Testing, Advisory.

TOP STORIES:

MATTHEW SHEPARD-20TH ANNIVERSARY

LARAMIE, Wyo. — When two roofing workers beat a young gay man to death in Wyoming in 1998, the gruesome crime quickly reverberated around the U.S. and turned the sandy-haired college student into a powerful symbol of the quest for acceptance and equal rights. But two decades after Matthew Shepard was bludgeoned, tied to a rail fence and left to die on the cold high prairie, the emotions stirred up by his slaying linger in Wyoming, which still struggles with its tarnished identity and resists changes sought by the LGBTQ community. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 1123 words, photos.

AP WAS THERE-MATTHEW SHEPARD

LARAMIE, Wyo. — On Oct. 12, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, died at a hospital in Colorado nearly a week after being beaten and lashed to a fence post before being found by bicyclists. Shepard’s death turned the college student into a powerful symbol of the quest for acceptance and equal rights. The Associated Press is republishing a version of its report of Shepard’s death to mark the 20th anniversary. By Robert W. Black. SENT: 1019 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

US ATTORNEY-COLORADO — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jason Dunn as the top federal prosecutor in Colorado.

HOUSE EXPLOSION — A house near Grand Junction has burned to the ground after an explosion that rocked nearby homes, but no injuries have been reported.

SPORTS:

BKN-WESTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a happy man these days. He’s got a new contract. He’s got his son Nick, who was helping out in San Antonio, working in the Warriors’ video room now. He’s leading a team that has won three of the last four NBA championships and is the overwhelming favorite to win it again this season. Staying happy will be the challenge for Kerr and the Warriors this season, when Western Conference rivals resume their attempts to take down the champs. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1123 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

BREWERS-FREE BEER — As the Milwaukee Brewers prepare for Game One of the National League Championship Series, fans are cashing in on the team’s victory in the ‘beer series.’

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Colorado and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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