DENVER — The Denver Housing Authority has found a way to keep a family from being evicted from subsidized housing after a mother was killed by a rampaging gunman.
The housing authority says it was forced to lock out 70-year-old Doris Kessler and the mother's autistic son under federal law because Sandra Roskilly was the head of the household in subsidized housing and Kessler wasn't allowed to be on the lease because she lived there as a live-in aide.
The housing authority said Tuesday a representative for Roskilly's estate has been appointed and the relatives will be allowed to return home, according to the Associated Press.
The National Weather Service forecasts sunny skies with a high of 87 Wednesday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 60.
Public can go to hearing over explosive in school
LAFAYETTE (AP) — A teenager who is charged as an adult after an explosive device was found at Centaurus High School in Lafayette in May is due in court.
The teen's lawyers had asked that his preliminary hearing on Wednesday be closed to the public. The judge rejected the request, saying attorneys failed to show why it would be in the teen's best interest to do so.
The teenager is facing charges of first-degree attempted murder, use of explosives, possession of an explosive and felony menacing.
No one was hurt in the incident.
Loveland fracking moratorium certified
LOVELAND (AP) — A ballot initiative for a two-year hydraulic fracturing moratorium in Loveland has been certified by City Clerk Terry Andrews.
The decision means a ballot petition by the citizens' group Protect Our Loveland satisfied requirements in the city's initiative process go before the city council for adoption or referral to city voters.
According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald (http://tinyurl.com/ojo7ba9 ), the petitions seek a measure on Loveland's Nov. 5 ballot, asking whether to enact a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing while effects on human health and property values are studied.
Firestone resident with West Nile virus dies
LONGMONT (AP) — The Colorado health department says a Firestone resident is the first in the state to die from West Nile virus this year.
The family of 81-year-old Jack Mitchell tells the Longmont Times-Call (http://bit.ly/15uC0Z5 ) Mitchell went to an emergency room Aug. 17 with a fever and died Sunday from West Nile meningitis and encephalitis.
Mitchell's niece Betsy Hanlin says his uncle didn't have any health problems before the fever Aug. 17.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had recorded 72 human cases of West Nile virus infections, including one death, as of Monday.
Hanlin says Mitchell was a Longmont business owner and a former Longmont resident.
A memorial service is planned Saturday at New Creation Church in Longmont.
17 nabbed for meth in western Neb., eastern Colo.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal authorities say 17 people have been arrested after a lengthy methamphetamine investigation in western Nebraska and eastern Colorado.
The office of U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg (gihlj) in Omaha said Tuesday that all 17 are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of meth.
The investigation included federal agents and officers from several local and regional law enforcement agencies in Nebraska and Colorado. Officers seized more than three pounds of meth and $8,000 in cash.
Gilg's office says the arrests occurred in Ogallala and Brule in Nebraska and in several western Nebraska and eastern Colorado communities.
Coal production hit by soft market
DENVER (AP) — Colorado coal production is taking a financial hit because of a soft market.
Production for the first six months of this year was down 20 percent compared with the same period last year.
The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/pswqeml ) five of Colorado's top nine operating mines reported production declines. Two mines that produced coal in 2012 aren't operating this year.
Secession petition falls short in Morgan County
FORT MORGAN (AP) — A proposal to secede from Colorado has run into trouble in Morgan County.
The Fort Morgan Times (http://bit.ly/146dtGu) reports that backers only turned in about 900 signatures by Monday's deadline, less than the 2,300 signatures county commissioners set as the threshold to put the 51st state measure on the ballot.
Commissioner Jim Zwetzig said Tuesday that next steps are unclear, but commissioners will likely discuss it next week. They are scheduled to meet Sept. 3.
Commission chairwoman Laura Teague has said secession would be costly for the agricultural county. She said water rights would be challenged, hurting farmers and ranchers.
Morgan County is surrounded by three counties where the issue will be on the ballot — Weld, Logan and Washington counties.
Craig doctor facing drug charges due in court
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A Craig doctor accused of improperly dispensing drugs that led to the deaths of two patients is due in court Wednesday in Grand Junction.
Dr. Joel Miller faces charges of health care fraud, money-laundering and distributing and dispensing controlled substances.
An indictment alleges he tried to defraud health care benefits programs by prescribing painkillers to patients who didn't necessarily need them at dosages that could cause someone to become addicted.
The U.S. attorney's office in Denver says Miller also is accused of pre-signing prescriptions and allowing office employees to distribute prescriptions in his absence. Miller disputes the charges.
Englewood to appeal ruling on its sex offender law
DENVER (AP) — The city of Englewood plans to appeal a judge's decision striking a city ordinance limiting where convicted sex offenders can live.
City officials said Tuesday they also will ask legislators to propose a bill to ensure that local governments can pass such ordinances.
Englewood's ordinance prohibited sexually violent predators and other severe types of sexual offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school, park or playground, or 1,000 feet of any licensed day care center, recreation center or swimming pool.
Last week U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that the ordinance left essentially nowhere in Englewood for them to live.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has said the ruling could affect similar ordinances in Greenwood Village, Castle Rock, Lone Tree, Commerce City and Greeley.
7 candidates for Grand Junction City Council seat
GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Seven candidates have come forward to be considered for an appointment to the Grand Junction City Council.
The at-large seat became available after Rick Brainard resigned in July following an arrest last spring on allegations that he slapped and pushed his girlfriend.
The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1fhNvEF ) the candidates for the vacant seat are Riecke Claussen, Tom Kenyon, Reginald Wall, Michael Coltharp, Barbara Traylor Smith, Teresa Black and Charles Michael Elliott.
Current council members are scheduled on Sept. 5 to choose the new member for a term that ends in April 2015.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1609, English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, reached present-day Delaware Bay.
In 1862, the Second Battle of Bull Run began in Prince William County, Va., during the Civil War; the result was a Confederate victory.
In 1922, the first-ever radio commercial aired on station WEAF in New York City; the 10-minute advertisement was for the Queensboro Realty Co., which had paid a fee of $100.
In 1945, the Allies began occupying Japan at the end of World War II.
In 1947, legendary bullfighter Manolete died after being gored during a fight in Linares, Spain; he was 30.
In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later.
In 1963, more than 200,000 people listened as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
In 1968, police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.
In 1972, Mark Spitz of the United States won the first two of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finishing first in the 200-meter butterfly and anchoring the 400-meter freestyle relay.
In 1973, an earthquake shook Veracruz, Mexico; death toll estimates range from 600 to 1,200.
In 1983, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin announced his resignation.
In 1988, 70 people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany.
In 1990, an F5 tornado struck the Chicago area, killing 29 people.
Ten years ago: A Defense Department survey found that nearly 1 in 5 female Air Force Academy cadets said they had been sexually assaulted during their time at the academy.
Five years ago: Surrounded by an enormous, adoring crowd at Invesco Field in Denver, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination.
One year ago: Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination at the national convention in Tampa, Fla.
-- Colorado State Fair, noon-11 p.m., Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, $7-$10.
-- 2013 Wolf Ranch Summer concert Series with Chuck Hughes Band, 6-8 p.m., Gateway Park, Wolf Ranch, North Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway, free.