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August 8, 2018

Colorado at 1:05 p.m.

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AMALIA, N.M. — Prosecutors say in court documents that the father of a missing Georgia boy was training children at a New Mexico compound near the Colorado border to commit school shootings. By Morgan Lee And Mary Hudetz. SENT: 890 words. AP Photos.

FILM-SPIKE LEE

NEW YORK — Spike Lee heard the whispers. Just a few years ago, some were suggesting that Lee was no longer the essential filmmaker he had once been. As Lee readies his latest “BlacKkKlansman,” his incendiary satire of white supremacy, those whispers are long gone. Lee was introduced to the story of “BlacKkKlansman” by Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) who called up Lee with the true-life tale of African-American police detective Ron Stallworth, who in 1979 infiltrated a Colorado Springs, Colorado, cell of the Ku Klux Klan. There was already a script, but Lee reworked it with Kevin Willmott to add what he calls “more flavor.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,100 words. AP Photos.

US-CHINA TARIFFS-STATES

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — A Chinese company’s announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region’s economy. But optimism has been giving way to concern in recent months amid President Donald Trump’s escalating trade dispute with China. Governors from Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts and North Carolina have protested tariffs on imported solar-energy components, saying it would cost tens of thousands of U.S. jobs. By Andrew Demillo. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA

SUNRISE, Fla. — The sheriff leading the state commission investigating the Florida school massacre said Wednesday the suspect’s behavior before the shooting was a “roller-coaster,” where he would have stretches of good conduct before it deteriorated. Also Wednesday, Guy Grace, the security head for the Littleton, Colorado, school district, presented the commission with suggestions for improving safety at Florida’s schools. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 490 words, national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— DENVER POLICE-FORCE — The Denver Police Department will begin training officers this fall on a new use-of-force policy that asks officers to use the minimum amount of force necessary to gain control of a situation. The Denver Post reports a final draft was presented Monday to a community advisory panel.

— UNIVERSITY-DIPLOMA TYPO — A Colorado university is offering to re-print up to 9,200 diplomas after the outgoing editor of the school newspaper noticed an error. Alec Williams was checking to make sure his name was spelled correctly when he saw a mistake on his Colorado Mesa University diploma, printed in hard-to-read Old English font.

— FIREFIGHTERS INJURED — One of the two Colorado firefighters injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash while responding to a house fire south of Denver has been released from the hospital.

— MISSING BOY — Police in Denver are investigating the death of a 7-year-old boy who was reported missing on Monday.

— POWER PLANT CLOSURE — GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.

SPORTS:

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DENVER — As far as preseason openers go, the Vikings-Broncos game this weekend is filled with an unusual amount of intrigue. Case Keenum faces his former Minnesota teammates whom he helped reach the NFC title game before management jettisoned him in favor of fellow free agent Kirk Cousins. Then, there’s Vikings backup QBs Trevor Siemian facing their former team that’s still mired in the Paxton Lynch experiment. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

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DENVER — Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer makes his second start since he was acquired in a trade with the Rays as the Pirates close out a three-game series Wednesday against Colorado. The Rockies will throw right-hander German Marquez. By Brent W. New. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 1:10 p.m.

— MAVERICKS-HARRIS — Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the third time after signing a $2.4 million free agent contract. The Mavericks announced the deal with the 14-year veteran on Wednesday. His contract is for the veteran minimum.

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