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Associated Press Updated: October 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm


Theater shooting prosecutors agree to trial delay

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors say they would agree to push back the trial for the man charged in the Colorado theater shootings so defense attorneys can have more time to review his sanity exam.

But prosecutors said in a court filing released Thursday that they would oppose a delay of more than four or five weeks because most of the victims don't want the trial postponed any longer.

James Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack on a Denver-area theater. The trial was set for Dec. 8. Defense attorneys say they need more time to review a second sanity evaluation of Holmes that included 22 hours of interviews.

A judge hasn't ruled on whether the trial will be postponed.


Some want 'illegal' dropped from Illegal Pete's

(Information in the following story is from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Some people are urging the Colorado burrito chain Illegal Pete's to change its name because of the way the word "illegal" has been used to describe immigrants.

The Coloradoan reports that about 30 people gathered in Fort Collins Wednesday to ask owner Pete Turner to change the name of the chain, which is about to open an outlet there. It's part of a bigger campaign nationally against what critics refer to as the "I-word." They think using the word to describe a person is dehumanizing.

Turner says the name is a reference to novel he read in college and refers only to him.

Those at the meeting likened the name to a racial slur used against African-Americans or hanging a Confederate flag in the restaurant's window.


Democrats join Tipton in pushing Roan settlement

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) — Leading Colorado Democrats are joining with Republican Congressman Scott Tipton in asking the Interior Department to finalize a proposed settlement over drilling on the Roan Plateau.

Tipton, Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Wednesday asking her to act quickly on the deal reached by environmentalists and the energy industry.

Under the settlement, Bill Barrett Corp. would give up some oil and gas leases in pristine areas atop the vast plateau northwest of Rifle that is home to elk, mule deer and native cutthroat trout. It would be reimbursed about $28 million, and Barrett and others would also be allowed to drill in less controversial areas, some at the base of the plateau near existing wells.


First Lady in Colorado as Election Day approaches

DENVER (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is the latest political celebrity to get involved in Colorado's heated Senate race.

Obama is headlining rallies for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Denver and Fort Collins on Thursday. Her visit comes two days after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a similar rally in Aurora.

Udall narrowly trails his challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, in recent public polls. Democrats are counting on turning out their base voters, especially younger women, to close the gap.

Colorado's Senate race is one of the closest and most expensive in the country. Republicans need to net six seats to win control of the Senate.


Food-label measure in Colorado sparks big spending

DENVER (AP) — A ballot measure requiring labels on some foods that have been genetically modified is attracting big spending by food companies trying to defeat it.

Proposition 105 has attracted some $11 million in opposition spending. The proponents have raised less than $500,000.

A similar ballot measure in Oregon is also attracting big opposition. Colorado and Oregon could become the first states to mandate GMO labeling through ballot measures.

The GMO spending is part of a total $15.6 million in television spending on Colorado ballot measures this year. That's according to numbers released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity, which tracked some $119 million worth of television ad spending nationwide on ballot measures.


Hickenlooper, Beauprez meet for another debate

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper will face Republican challenger Bob Beauprez in one of their last debates before the election in two weeks.

Hickenlooper and Beauprez are debating Thursday at an event hosted by the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.

Ballots were mailed out last week and already about 330,000 people have voted. But the candidates are making their pitch to those who haven't made up their minds before Election Day Nov. 4.


BLM to gather "nuisance" mustangs in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wranglers are gearing up for an unusual wild horse roundup near the Nevada-Utah line where ranchers say U.S.-protected mustangs are knocking down fences and impregnating their mares.

The Bureau of Land Management plans what it describes as a "public safety and nuisance gather" of about 120 wild horses beginning next month in eastern Nevada.

BLM typically conducts roundups to reduce herds overgrazing public lands.

But in this case, agency officials say they must get the horses off U.S. Highway 93 where they pose a hazard 120 miles south of Ely. They also plan to haul away roaming bands of mustangs wreaking havoc on private property 30 miles northwest of Ely.

In addition to having their way with the mares, BLM says they're destroying sprinkler systems, gardens and lawns.


New Mexico wants renowned artist's home recognized

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The larger-than-life works of public art created by sculptor Luis Jimenez are on display in cities across the United States. He's credited with helping transform the definition of public art and open the door for other Mexican-American artists.

Now, state preservation officials are pushing to get his home and studios in southern New Mexico on the National Register of Historic Places.

Steven Moffson with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division says Jimenez's work is relatively recent but there's little debate among art historians and museum curators about his importance in late 20th century American art.

Born in El Paso, Texas, Jimenez was known for his fiberglass forms of Mexican cowboys, fiesta dancers and wild mustangs, including the fiery-eyed blue horse outside the Denver International Airport. Jimenez died in 2006 while working on the "Mustang."


Arizona near-unanimous pick by media to win Pac-12

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Arizona is the near-unanimous pick by members of the media to the win Pac-12 this season.

The Wildcats received 31 of 32 first-place votes in the poll released Thursday. Utah was chosen to finish second and Colorado third by reporters who cover the conference. UCLA, which was picked fourth, received the other first-place vote.

Arizona finished one shot shy of the Final Four last season, falling 64-63 in an overtime thriller to Wisconsin in a regional final. The Wildcats lost Pac-12 Player of the Year Nick Johnson and fourth overall pick Aaron Gordon to the NBA, but talented Sean Miller is returning to Tucson.

Following UCLA in the poll is Stanford, Washington, California, Oregon, Arizona State, Southern California, Washington State and Oregon State.

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