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The Gazette - Updated: July 25, 2013 at 7:23 am

PUEBLO — Pueblo County commissioners have given final approval for a Denver medical marijuana dispensary to open a greenhouse.

The plan met with angry shouts and criticisms from a crowd of anti-marijuana residents who live in the area after it was proposed.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain (http://tinyurl.com/jvrenq4 ), commissioners said Wednesday the greenhouse will not sell marijuana onsite and will ship the crop to Denver.

  

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 84 and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday in Colorado Springs. The best chance of precipitation comes after 1 p.m. Expect an overnight low of 56. On Friday, the forecast high is 80.

      

AROUND COLORADO

State getting more childhood education funding

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is getting an additional $15 million in supplemental funding for early childhood education from the federal government.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia said Wednesday the funding adds to the nearly $30 million award the state received in December through the Race to the Top education challenge.

The money from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used for training workers and other programs.

College tuition fund closing

DENVER (AP) — A state fund set up to help families cut the cost of college tuition by paying in advance has been found financially unsound and will close later this year.

The Colorado Prepaid Tuition fund is shutting down Nov. 1.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/mo88cw6 ) the fund has about $24 million invested.

Last suspect due in court in Denver bar killings

DENVER (AP) — The last suspect in the killing of five people at a Denver bar appears in court Thursday.

The hearing comes two days after two brothers also charged in the case pleaded guilty.

Dexter Lewis could face the death penalty in the fatal stabbings at Fero's Bar and Grill in October. Investigators say it started as a robbery that netted a total of $170.

Police say Lewis stabbed the bar's owner and four others multiple times while the brothers held them at gunpoint. They also allegedly set the bar on fire and left with $170.

Federal agency investigates University of Colorado

DENVER (AP) — The University of Colorado Boulder said Wednesday it is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights over how it handled an alleged sexual assault involving a student.

CU Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard told The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/136mGkT ) the university learned of the inquiry June 21. The CU-Boulder chancellor's office informed students, faculty and staff in a memo Wednesday.

"You have to be very careful in announcing an investigation," Hilliard said. "You want to make sure you have all the details correct about what the precise focus of the investigation is."

The memo from Chancellor Philip DiStefano didn't provide details of the case. But communications student Sarah Gilchriese, 20, told The Denver Post she filed the complaint with the Office of Civil Rights because she was unhappy with how the university handled her case.

Gilchriese said she told CU-Boulder's Office of Student Conduct in early March that she was sexually assaulted by another student off-campus in mid-February.

The office investigated, suspended the alleged assailant from school for eight months, fined him $75 and assigned him to write a paper on the incident.

The alleged assailant hasn't been charged with a crime.

Jury says jail beating violated inmate's rights

DENVER (AP) — A Denver jury has awarded $40,000 to a man who said ex-Denver Sheriff's deputy Stephen Koehler violated his civil rights when he beat him at the jail in 2009.

Jurors saw video of Koehler grabbing Robert Duran's throat and running him into a cell wall.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/ny9q9pj ) Koehler was fired in 2010 for a series of alleged assaults on Duran. The dismissal notice said Koehler was careless in performance of his duties, failed to follow rules and lied to supervisors.

CSU student accused of recording man in shower

FORT COLLINS (AP) — Campus police say a Colorado State University student is accused of recording video of a man showering in the student recreation center.

The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/12MsvjU ) Tu Khac Tran faces a misdemeanor charge of invading privacy for sexual gratification, after a man reported seeing a camera phone aimed at him over the door of a shower stall Tuesday.

Friends who were in court Wednesday to show their support for Tran called him loving, caring and trustworthy.

Jindal spends this week in Colorado with GOP

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal is on the road in Colorado this week, mingling with his Republican colleagues.

Jindal's office said the GOP governor left for Aspen on Tuesday to attend Republican Governors' Association events. Jindal is chairman of the association.

On Thursday, Jindal is speaking as part of a panel of Republican governors at the Aspen Institute. He'll be on the panel with Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Mike Pence of Indiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Jindal's office says the governor is scheduled to return to Baton Rouge on Friday.

Greeley couple facing charges after youth ballgame

GREELEY (AP) — A Greeley couple is facing municipal charges after a dispute at a baseball game for 10-year-olds.

The Greeley Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1bj46eT ) James Dyer faces a charge of disorderly conduct while his wife, Jammie Dyer, faces charges of misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and theft of a cell phone after the incident Tuesday night.

Police Sgt. Susan West says Mr. Dyer told police he yelled profanities at the opposing team's coach after the coach yelled at his son.

Witnesses say Dyer's wife noticed a woman was recording the scene on her phone and struck the woman in the back of the head and took her phone.

The Greeley Evans Youth League Board of Directors says it's reviewing the incident.

A phone number listed for the Dyers wasn't operational Wednesday.

Xcel Energy proposes changes in solar incentives

DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy Inc. is proposing lower incentives for customers adding solar panels next year.

Xcel told Colorado regulators Wednesday it wants to add 42.5 megawatts of new solar generation in 2014.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/146e3m1 ) Xcel also has proposed lowering incentives for customers adding solar power through its Solar Rewards program to less than a cent per kilowatt-hour. The incentives started at 9 cents per kilowatt-hour this year.

Xcel also is seeking changes in credits that customers with solar installations get for electricity they return to the power grid. Currently they get a 10.5-cent credit per kilowatt-hour returned, but Xcel contends the value of the power to its system and other Xcel customers is less than 5 cents a kilowatt-hour.

The Colorado Solar Industries Association is reviewing Xcel's figures.

Lawmakers to examine parole supervision

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers will question prison officials about how they're supervising inmates on parole in light of cases where former inmates slipped out of monitoring bracelets, including a man suspected of killing the state's corrections chief.

Democratic Denver Rep. Daniel Kagan said Wednesday that lawmakers from the Judiciary Committee in the House and Senate plan hearings in late September to hear what corrections officials are doing to address what he calls "serious deficiencies." Kagan said lawmakers want to know what corrections officials are doing to correct mistakes and how they happened.

"What has been going wrong? Is it a matter of lack of funding? Is it a matter of too high caseload? Is a matter of incompetence?" Kagan said.

The state's parole program has come under immense scrutiny this year after the March killing of Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements. The suspect took his bracelet off days before the slaying, but parole officers didn't immediately find out.

The parolee, Evan Ebel, is also suspected in the death of Nathan Leon, who was killed while delivering pizzas — a second job he took to help support his wife and three children. Ebel was later killed in a shootout with Texas law enforcement.

"There's been additional failures that have come to light with other offenders absconding, and the response time having been inadequate, with tragic consequences," he said. "It's a matter of serious concern."

     

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army of the United States, the first officer to hold the rank.

In 1898, the United States invaded Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War.

In 1909, French aviator Louis Bleriot became the first person to fly an airplane across the English Channel, traveling from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes.

In 1943, Benito Mussolini was dismissed as premier of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel III and placed under arrest. But Mussolini was rescued by the Nazis and reasserted his authority.

In 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device.

In 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.

In 1956, the Italian liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm off the New England coast late at night and began sinking; at least 51 people were killed.

In 1960, a Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, N.C., that had been the scene of a sit-in protest against its whites-only lunch counter dropped its segregation policy.

In 1963, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty in Moscow prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, in space or underwater. The treaty was formally signed Aug. 5, 1963.

In 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the first “test tube baby,” was born in Oldham, England; she’d been conceived through the technique of in-vitro fertilization.

In 1984, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space as she carried out more than three hours of experiments outside the orbiting space station Salyut 7.

In 1992, opening ceremonies were held in Barcelona, Spain, for the Summer Olympics.

In 2000, a New York-bound Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris shortly after takeoff, killing all 109 people on board and four people on the ground; it was the first crash of the supersonic jet.

Ten years ago: Movie director John Schlesinger (“Midnight Cowboy”) died at age 77 in Palm Springs, Calif.

Five years ago: Computer science professor Randy Pausch, whose “last lecture” about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book, died at age 47 in Chesapeake, Va.

One year ago: NBC announced it had topped the $1 billion mark in advertising sales for the Olympic Games in London, topping the $850 million in ad sales for the Beijing games in 2008.

    

HAPPENINGS

-- El Paso County Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., El Paso County Fairgrounds, $3-$7, free for children younger than 3.

-- Discovering African Folktales with Denise Gard and Sienna as the First Dog children’s program, 10:30 a.m., High Prairie Library, 7035 Old Meridian Road, Falcon, free.

-- Dig in with Kathy’s Kritters children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library, 1785 S. 8th St., free.

-- Burrow with Bunnies children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free.

-- Winfield Scott Stratton: The Gold King’s Legacy, 6-8 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 N. Gate Blvd., free.

-- ADA Celebration sponsored by The Independence Center with silent auction and showing of Lives Worth Living, 6:30 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 Parkside Drive, free admission.

-- Mikey Louis, 6:30 p.m., Back East Bar and Grill, 9474 Briar Village Point, Suite 168.

-- Black Rose Acoustic Society Hootenanny Jam, 7-9 p.m, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., free, donations accepted.

-- Pictures on the Promenade - Wreck it Ralph, 7 p.m., The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, free.

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