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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: 3 houses, 1 vehicle hit by gunfire

Staff reports Updated: October 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

Colorado Springs police say three houses and one vehicle were struck by gunfire in the 4400 block of Allison Drive on Wednesday night.

The vehicle was unoccupied, according to police.

Officers recovered three spent rounds and said there is a fourth round in the vehicle that was struck near Hancock Expressway and South Academy Boulevard.

One witness reported seeing a dark-colored vehicle leave the area after the shots were heard shortly before 9 p.m.

Undecided voter? We want to hear from you

With a few weeks left before the Nov. 6 presidential election, the candidates are focused, in part, on the undecided voters.

Are you one of them? If so, we want to hear from you.

We’re hosting a watch party for the Wednesday presidential debate just for undecided voters. Come watch the debate with Gazette reporters, who want to hear your views and opinions about the race and the candidates for our election coverage.

The watch party will begin at 6:15 p.m. at The Gazette, 30 S. Prospect St. You must RSVP by noon Wednesday at 636-0267.

        

WEATHER

Enjoy one more summer-like day. The National Weather Service forecasts a balmy high temperature of 79 Wednesday in Colorado Springs  before a cold front moves into the area, bringing much cooler conditions. Winds will increase and you can expect an overnight low of 33. The weather service forecasts a high of 50 Thursday and 53 Friday.

      

AROUND COLORADO

Denver braces for presidential debate crush

DENVER (AP) — The national political spotlight is again on Denver as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney meet in their first debate.

Romney has been in Colorado since Monday. The president arrives Wednesday afternoon.

Drivers are being warned that Interstate 25 through much of southern Denver will be closed for five hours because of the debate at the University of Denver. The closure has commuters scrambling for alternate routes or mass transit, with many deciding to work from home or call in sick.

The university expects protesters and interested observers to gather outside the debate. The debate will be shown on screens in the "DebateFest" area for people who didn't get tickets.

Watch parties are also planned around the state.

Rep. Gardner takes aim at Biden's "buried" comment

DENVER (AP) — Republican Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado says Vice President Joe Biden's comment that the middle class has been "buried" during the past four years is a "tremendous acknowledgment" of the Obama administration's record.

Biden made his comment Tuesday while arguing that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would cut taxes for millionaires and raise them for middle-class families.

At an evening news conference arranged by Romney's campaign, Gardner said burying the middle class wasn't exactly the shovel-ready project Obama promised when promoting his stimulus plan to boost the economy.

Gardner said Biden's remark was a "significant setback" for President Barack Obama before the first presidential debate.

Todd Helton buys part of Rifle car dealership

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is getting in the car business.

Front Range car dealer Mike Peebles tells The Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/SmUeXQ ) he teamed with Helton and Silt resident Jimmy Breslin to buy the Columbine Ford dealership in Rifle in western Colorado. The deal took effect Monday.

Drought expected to affect waterfowl hunters

DENVER (AP) — Drought conditions have affected waterfowl habitat on the Eastern Plains so much that hunters may have to work harder to find ducks and geese this fall and winter.

Jim Gammonley is an avian research program leader for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He says the lack of moisture in Colorado this year may force many birds from the north to migrate elsewhere in search of better conditions.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say spots in the state with enough water and food production will have ducks and geese, and conditions could change weekly based on precipitation.

Area wildlife manager Travis Black from Lamar says many lakes in southeast Colorado are extremely low or dry, but Two Buttes Reservoir has water in it for the first time in years.

Colorado pot measure touts GOP support

DENVER (AP) — Marijuana legalization backers in Colorado are trying to get the word out that support for legal pot isn't all on the left.

A few Libertarian-leaning Republicans are on board, too.

Legalization activists held a Capitol event Tuesday to promote the support of former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo. Tancredo says he's never used marijuana but find its prohibition "nanny-state" interference.

Also on hand were members of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado, who back marijuana legalizations.

The conservatives cited states' rights while talking about marijuana. They also argued that youth access to the drug could be reduced and not expanded if marijuana were legal without a doctor's recommendation. That opinion is not shared by many in the Republican Party.

Colorado is one of three states considering ballot measures to legalize pot.

CU wins grant to study natural gas development

BOULDER (AP) — The University of Colorado Boulder has won a $12 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to maximize benefits of natural gas development while minimizing harms.

Professor Joseph Ryan of CU-Boulder's civil, environmental and architectural engineering department will lead a team of air and water quality experts, social scientists, human health experts, and information technology experts. They will examine the social, ecological and economic aspects of natural gas development and the protection of water and air.

The team will be advised by a committee of industry, regulatory, environmental, governmental, academic and tribal representatives.

Ryan says part of the team's work will include reviewing industry practices for hydraulic fracturing, a process that involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals into rock to free oil and gas.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.

  

HAPPENINGS

-- Farmers market, 3-7 p.m., Fine Arts Center Sculpture Garden, 30 W. Dale St.

-- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado’s 25th anniversary, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 311 N. Logan Ave.

-- Intergenerational book discussion - “Life as We Knew,” 6-8 p.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.

-- “True Stories of Library Censorship Battles,” with editors Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco, 6:30-8:30 p.m., East Library Community Meeting Room, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.

-- Visiting artist concert, 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

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