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Associated Press Updated: August 30, 2014 at 5:00 am

MIDTERM ELECTIONS-COLORADO-HOUSE

Democrat Andrew Romanoff seeks political revival

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — In a congressional contest in the Denver suburbs shaping up to be the most expensive in state history, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is trying to knock off three-term incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.

The 6th Congressional District has been in GOP hands since its creation more than three decades ago.

Romanoff was a rising star in Colorado's Democratic Party. But he was passed over for appointment to the U.S. Senate in 2009 and later lost a primary battle against Sen. Michael Bennet. He moved to Aurora in a bid to revive his political career.

Coffman is a battle-tested incumbent. But Romanoff has been outraising him, and the district is much less safe for Republicans after it was redrawn to include more Democrats and independents.

ABDUCTION HOAX

Woman convicted of lying about abduction, rape

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A Fort Collins woman has been convicted for lying about being kidnapped and raped by a former co-worker.

A jury in Greeley found 21- year-old Katherine Elizabeth Bennett guilty of attempting to influence a public servant and two counts of tampering with evidence on Thursday.

Last November, she accused 25-year-old Dustin Toth of Windsor of luring her to a Safeway parking lot and then abducting, drugging and sexually assaulting her. However, investigators say her story changed several times and that she deleted a text message proving that the initial report was false.

Toth was arrested because of her allegations. During the trial, he testified about how he lost his job and nearly lost his military career.

Bennett faces up to nine years in prison when she's sentenced on Oct. 24.

SHERIFF'S DEPUTY-FATAL CRASH

Driver in crash that killed deputy sentenced

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — An 83-year-old man who caused a traffic crash that killed a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to six years in community corrections.

Kenneth Martin Hosch was sentenced Friday. The Golden man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the Jan. 26 death of Sgt. Dave Baldwin.

Hosch told the judge he did not remember the crash and has struggled to accept that his mental abilities have declined. Authorities say he was going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone before he crashed head-on into Baldwin's motorcycle.

The deputy was on duty and wearing a helmet at the time. He was a 27-year veteran of the department.

Community corrections means Bosch will serve his sentence outside a jail or prison. KMGH reports that he'll give speeches about reckless driving.

RETHINKING POT-LOCAL BANS

Washington judge upholds local pot business ban

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state judge says a small city can continue to ban licensed marijuana businesses, even if they're allowed under state law.

Pierce County Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling Friday after extensive arguments in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment allowing recreational marijuana.

A man who wanted to open a pot shop in the city of Fife sued over its ban on such businesses, saying voters intended to allow adequate access to marijuana to displace the black market.

But the judge said there isn't enough evidence that Fife's ban conflicts with the will of the voters.

The would-be pot shop owner says he'll appeal.

ELK KILLING TRIAL

Probation for ex-cop who killed elk named Big Boy

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A former Boulder, Colorado, police officer convicted of killing a treasured bull elk has been sentenced to four years of probation.

The Daily Camera reports 37-year-old Sam Carter also was ordered Friday to complete 200 hours of community service and serve on a work crew for 30 days. Carter was on duty when he killed the elk known as "Big Boy" on New Year's Day 2013 while it grazed under a crabapple tree.

The elk was a fixture in the neighborhood and his killing inspired marches, vigils and plans for a memorial. One man wrote a song about him.

He said the animal had been injured and needed to be put down. Prosecutors say text messages showed the shooting was planned.

COLORADO SHOOTING

Judge denies special prosecutor request in rampage

DENVER (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied a defense request for a special prosecutor to look into a news story about defendant James Holmes.

In Thursday's ruling, the judge also denied a defense request to hobble the prosecution case as punishment for a leak, allegedly from a government source, to Fox News reporter Jana (JAH'-nuh) Winter.

Winter reported Holmes sent violent drawings to his psychiatrist before the July 2012 shooting rampage. The story cited unnamed officers as sources.

Defense lawyers said that violated a gag order and that whoever spoke to Winter might have committed perjury by denying it under oath.

Defense efforts to force Winter to reveal her sources failed.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder.

AL-QAIDA-AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Air Force Academy on al-Qaida list of targets

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An English-language al-Qaida publication that promotes "lone-wolf" terrorist attacks includes the Air Force Academy in Colorado on a list of possible terrorism targets.

The Gazette reported on Friday that the list in the online magazine al-Malahem also includes casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, Times Square and Britain's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as well as "tourist resorts where Israelis, Britons or Americans stay."

Academy officials say they're aware that the school is mentioned in the magazine and remain vigilant and aware of existing and emerging threats.

CHEYENNE HOTEL

10-story hotel planned for downtown Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Developers are planning a 10-story hotel in downtown Cheyenne to open by early 2016.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports builders hope to break ground in October on the 130-room Hilton Garden Inn at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and 17th Street.

Construction is expected to cost $15 million to $18 million. The hotel will include banquet rooms, a spa and fitness center and a restaurant.

An enclosed pedestrian bridge will connect it to a parking garage across Pioneer Avenue. The Wyoming Business Council approved a $560,000 grant and a $188,000 loan to the city to build the walkway.

The city will recoup the loan amount by leasing the walkway to the hotel.

Spirit Hospitality LLC of Fort Collins, Colorado, is developing the hotel. Alliance Construction Solutions is the builder.

WESTERN WATER-BUSINESS SUMMIT

US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A top federal water administrator says several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and "over-allocated" Colorado River basin.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told a "Business of Water" conference on Friday in Las Vegas on there's no one-step way to avoid the possibility of cuts in water deliveries to states including Arizona and Nevada in the next few years.

She says it'll take multiple, incremental efforts

Castle is a top federal water administrator.

She says other myths are that cities just need to stop wasting water and that water is too valuable to use on farms.

Castle says cooperation is needed on all sides, and myths can be dangerous if they lead people to complacency.

POLICE SHOOTING-GRAND JUNCTION

Man killed in police shooting was rapper, cook

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A 29-year-old man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Grand Junction was a hip-hop artist who was newly married and worked as a cook.

The coroner says Josh Crawford died of a gunshot wound to his chest on Monday after officers were called to remove him from a home and found him in a car parked outside. Police say two officers were involved but haven't released many details about why they fired.

The Daily Sentinel reports that a police log entry on the shooting says that a "known male threatened officers with a handgun." Police spokeswoman Kate Porras declined to elaborate because of the shooting investigation.

Police have previously said that a gun was found inside Crawford's car.

He performed under the name Heist.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-DEATH

No foul play suspected in CU student death

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Foul play isn't suspected in the death of a University of Colorado student found dead in his dorm room this week.

The coroner identified the student on Thursday as 21-year-old George Graham of Colorado Springs. His body was found Tuesday, the second day of classes of the fall semester.

The Daily Camera reports that an autopsy has been completed but the coroner is still investigating the cause and manner of Graham's death.

Dean of Students Christina Gonzales says there are no indications of foul play.

ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

Berthoud man accidentally shoots self in traffic

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — A northern Colorado man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself on the way to a sporting goods store to trade in his handgun.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old David Mitchell of Berthoud was sitting in traffic on U.S. Highway 287 in Lafayette on Thursday evening when he decided to inspect it one last time. He didn't realize there was still one more round in the chamber and shot himself in the leg.

Mitchell was taken to the hospital but his injuries aren't considered life threatening.

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