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Associated Press Updated: September 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

GOVERNOR-COLORADO-POLL

Dueling polls show challenge for Gov. Hickenlooper

DENVER (AP) — Two new polls offered starkly different assessments of the Colorado governor's race.

One shows Republican challenger Bob Beauprez jumping ahead of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper by 10 points and the other shows the contest deadlocked.

A Quinnipiac University poll found Beauprez leading Hickenlooper 50 percent to 40 percent among likely voters — the first time an independent survey found the governor so far behind.

In contrast, a poll from Suffolk University finds the race statistically tied among likely voters, with Hickenlooper ahead 43-41, within the poll's margin of error.

Quinnipiac assistant poll director Tim Malloy said the big shift in the polling numbers may be because likely midterm election voters tend to favor Republicans.

Republicans have spent months blasting Hickenlooper for granting an indefinite stay of execution to a death row inmate.

SENATE COLORADO ISLAMIC STATE

Colorado senate candidates back Syria provision

DENVER (AP) — Both of the candidates in Colorado's Senate race support legislation that would allow the Obama administration to train and arm Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State.

Democratic Senator Mark Udall said Wednesday that he backs the provision in a broader budget package. And Republican Rep. Cory Gardner's office said the congressman will vote for the amendment on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday night.

Gardner has accused Udall of not taking seriously enough the threat posed by Islamic extremists who have seized parts of Syria and Iraq. But they are both supporting President Obama's plan to roll back the group's gains in the Middle East.

Colorado's Senate race is one of the closest and most expensive in the country.

USS PUEBLO REUNION

USS Pueblo crew members reunite in Colorado

(Information in the following story is from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com)

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Crew members from the USS Pueblo are holding a reunion in Colorado more than 46 years after the spy ship was seized by North Korea.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports more than 20 former crewmen attended the unveiling of a painting of their ship at a city auditorium in Pueblo, the town that gave the vessel its name.

The reunion runs through Saturday.

North Korean patrol boats attacked and captured the ship on Jan. 23, 1968, when it was cruising unescorted off the North Korean coast.

One sailor was killed and 82 others were captured. They were held for 11 months, beaten and interrogated, and eventually released in an agreement between the U.S. and North Korea.

North Korea still holds the ship.

POWER PLANT FIRE

Coal fire quickly doused at Fountain power plant

(Information in the following story is from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com)

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — A coal fire at a southern Colorado power plant prompted a brief evacuation of workers, but no injuries were reported.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports the fire broke out Wednesday in a coal-handling facility at the Ray Nixon Power Plant in Fountain, just south of Colorado Springs.

The plant's main building wasn't affected and generators weren't shut down.

The plant is owned and operated by Colorado Springs Utilities.

The utility says a sprinkler system quickly extinguished the fire. Employees were evacuated for about 30 minutes. The utility says on it's website that all of them are safe.

FATAL CRASH-AULT

Flashing light planned after fatal collision

(Information in the following story is from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, http://greeleytribune.com)

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A stop sign with a flashing light is planned at a Weld County intersection where two people died in a crash Monday.

It was the third fatal collision there since 2009. The intersection currently has a stop sign but no light.

The Greeley Tribune reports the Colorado Department of Transportation is moving quickly to install the equipment.

Authorities said 33-year-old Brandy Yates and 9-year-old Paradise Yates were killed when their pickup collided with a tractor-trailer rig at the intersection of Colorado 14 and County Road 31. Authorities say Brandy Yates, who was pregnant, was driving.

Another passenger in the pickup, 24-year-old Devin Robbins of Greeley, suffered serious injuries. The tractor-trailer driver had minor injuries.

The State Patrol has said it doesn't appear the tractor-trailer driver was at fault.

WELKER RETURNS

Welker back on the field after suspension lifted

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Wes Welker is practicing for the first time since Labor Day. The Denver Broncos wide receiver was reinstated Wednesday after the NFL agreed to a new performance-enhancing drug policy.

Welker's four-game suspension for offseason amphetamine use was essentially cut in half, and he'll be eligible to play Sunday at Seattle.

Under the new rules, players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance-abuse program, where a first offense doesn't result in an immediate ban.

It takes multiple positive tests under the substance-abuse program before a suspension.

The players union agreed to the new policy on Friday. But the NFL didn't sign off on the new policy before Saturday's roster deadline.

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