Breaking News: Monday, August 3, 2015

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Hunger strike at Utah State Prison reaches 4th day

By The AP

SALT LAKE CITY — A hunger strike at Utah State Prison reached its fourth day Monday, with prisoners refusing to eat in a protest against housing conditions and the placement of gang leaders. Forty-two inmates were participating in the hunger strike that began Friday when they gave prison officials a list of demands that included moving gang leaders out of a maximum-security unit, said Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Adams. All of the participating inmates are ...

2 military planes go to California to fight wildfires

By The AP

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Two Air Force Reserve firefighting planes have been sent to California to battle wildfires raging there. The C-130s from Colorado’s Peterson Air Force Base arrived at McClellan Airtanker Base near Sacramento on Monday to fight fires in California and the Northwest. The planes are equipped with large devices called Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems, or MAFFS. They can drop 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds and can ...

Oil and gas task force to meet in Greeley

By The AP

GREELEY — The governor’s Oil and Gas task force is calling on the public for help with issues relating to the development of oil and gas in residential areas. The Greeley Tribune reports the task force will meet in Greeley on Monday to gather input on two recommendations, which include local government collaboration with oil and gas operators and the regulation of drilling operations in municipalities. The meeting is being held at 5:30 p.m. at the Weld County Administration ...

Prince Bandar sells last Aspen-area property for $5.87M

By The AP

ASPEN — Prince Bandar bin-Sultan of Saudi Arabia has sold his final property in the Aspen area for nearly $5.9 million. The Aspen Times reports the sale recorded Wednesday shows the property was sold to Australia-based LKM Family Trust. The price tag of the 5,200-square-foot home was a far cry from that of the prince’s previous Starwood sales. In 2007, he sold his 14,400-square-foot Starwood home for $36.5 million to Las Vegas and Florida real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer. ...

CMU picked fourth in preseason poll

By Patti Arnold

Colorado Mesa, which finished fourth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season, is predicted to stand pat this season based on the conference preseason coaches poll. The Mavericks, 6-5 overall and 5-4 in the RMAC last season, are picked fourth, behind defending NCAA Division II national champion CSU-Pueblo, which received nine of 10 first-place votes, Colorado Mines and Chadron State. Coaches cannot vote for their own teams; Colorado Mines received the other first-place vote. ...

Democratic governors share lessons learned from shootings

By The AP

ASPEN — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon shared their thoughts Saturday at a conference in Aspen on shooting tragedies that have dominated their time in office, including the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the James Holmes’ theater shootings in Aurora. Hickenlooper said he is a supporter of universal background checks for gun buyers, but conservative critics in elected office contend that ...

Miller no longer in NFL’s drug program

By The AP

ENGLEWOOD — Von Miller no longer carries all those extra pounds or the weight of the world. He’s back at his natural position and size and his playfulness and smile are back, too. The Denver Broncos star linebacker has been discharged from the NFL’s drug program after staying clean for two years, meaning he’s no longer subject to regular, random urine testing. “Yeah, I mean, it is nice. But things don’t change. I’m still the same guy I was at the ...

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