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AP-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

October 10, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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ELECTION ADVISORY:

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These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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:

WALMART-SHOOTING-COLORADO

BRIGHTON — A Colorado man pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder Wednesday as part of a plea agreement that calls for him to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole after opening fire inside a crowded Walmart in suburban Denver. Scott Ostrem, 48, also pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree murder for endangering 45 other people inside the store in Thornton on Nov. 1, 2017. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 680 words, photos.

With: WALMART-SHOOTING-COLORADO-THE LATEST

HOMELESS KILLED-DENVER

DENVER — A man accused of killing three homeless people in a Denver parking lot was pursuing a drug debt owed by at least two of the people found shot in the head, according to court records. Police arrested Maurice Butler days after the Aug. 8 killings. Police found the bodies of 28-year-old Nicole Boston, 39-year-old Jerome Coronado and 45-year-old Christopher Zamudio in a south Denver parking lot. Each of them had been shot in the head. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 490 words.

COLORADO LAWMAKER-PAST ARRESTS

DENVER — Colorado’s state House leaders called Wednesday for the resignation of a fellow Democrat after a report that he had been arrested years ago for investigation of domestic violence. House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Majority Leader KC Becker said in a statement that they had spoken with Aurora Rep. Jovan Melton about two arrests, which were first reported by The Denver Post. They said they urged Melton to resign. SENT: 300 words.

DROUGHT-COLORADO RIVER-THINGS TO KNOW

DENVER — The Colorado River is ailing, afflicted by a prolonged drought and increasing demand from seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the waterway. Those states tentatively agreed this week on a new plan to put the river on life support. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 910 words, photo.

AP POLL-ELECTION SECURITY

ATLANTA — With the midterm elections less than a month away, a strong majority of Americans are concerned the nation’s voting systems might be vulnerable to hackers, according to a poll released Wednesday. That is roughly unchanged from concerns about election security held by Americans just before the 2016 presidential election, but with a twist. Two years ago, it was Republicans who were more concerned about the integrity of the election. This year, it’s Democrats. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 920 words, photos.

CANADA-MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

DELTA, British Columbia — Mat Beren and his friends used to drive by the vast greenhouses of southern British Columbia and joke about how much weed they could grow there. Years later, it’s no joke. The tomato and pepper plants that once filled some of those greenhouses have been replaced with a new cash crop: marijuana. Beren and other formerly illicit growers are helping cultivate it. The buyers no longer are unlawful dealers or dubious medical dispensaries; it’s the Canadian government. By Gene Johnson and Rob Gillies. SENT: 1,410 words, photos and video.

IN BRIEF:

— CHILDREN-NEUROLOGICAL ILLNESS — The Colorado health department is investigating after dozens of children suffered neurological complications due to a rare viral infection.

— MISSING CLIMBER — The search for a New Jersey man reported missing in Rocky Mountain National Park in north-central Colorado has been temporarily suspended due to weather.

— CONGRESSIONAL THREAT-SENTENCE — A man who authorities say threatened to kill a member of Congress from Louisiana has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Dec. fell 4.50 cents at 5.1050 a bushel; Dec. corn was off 1.75 cents at 3.6275 a bushel; Dec. oats 1ost 1.75 cents at $2.8425 bushel; while Nov. soybeans declined 10.75 cents at $8.5225 a bushel.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-ROBY

ENGLEWOOD — Bradley Roby’s poor play against the Jets and failure to promptly call in sick the next day didn’t cost the struggling Denver Broncos cornerback his starting job. “Right now, he is the starter, yes,” coach Vance Joseph said Wednesday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 930 words, photo. (Replaces story listed on some digests as FBN-Broncos Changes)

NUGGETS PREVIEW

DENVER — Fair warning: Don’t challenge Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris to a game of Spikeball. The Denver duo are the team’s undisputed champions of a sport that’s a little like volleyball, only players hit the ball off a trampoline-style net that’s set up on the ground. They recently won a team tournament. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.

SAILGP-US TEAM

SAN DIEGO — Former America’s Cup champion Rome Kirby has been named skipper and helmsman of the United States’ team in SailGP, the new global league that will be sailed in foiling 50-foot catamarans beginning next year. Kirby, 29, of Newport, Rhode Island, won the America’s Cup with Oracle Team USA in 2013 and has also sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. He is the son of Jerry Kirby, also a former America’s Cup champion and Volvo Ocean Race veteran. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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