NEWS, JULY 9TH

DENVER (AP) – The trial in the Aurora theater shootings case has been delayed again because the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes will take more time than expected. The trial had been scheduled to start with jury selection on October 14, but the state mental hospital said it would need until October 15 to complete the second evaluation and submit a report. The report had been due August 15.

BOULDER (AP) – Some of the more than 100 gay couples granted marriage licenses in Boulder testified today during a hearing to determine if clerk Hillary Hall will be allowed to continue issuing the licenses. Tracey MacDermott said not being allowed to marry has made her feel like a “second-class citizen.” A lawyer for Attorney General John Suthers objected to the testimony, saying the proceeding isn’t supposed to be about deciding the merits of gay marriage.

DENVER (AP) – President Barack Obama today will headline his first fundraiser for a Senate Democrat in danger of losing this fall – but the candidate, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, won’t be by his side. In a last minute switch, Udall’s campaign said the senator planned to stay in Washington to vote on Obama’s nominee to lead HUD. The decision is likely to spark new questions about the political risks for vulnerable Democrats in being linked with an increasingly unpopular president.

MONUMENT (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has banned recreational shooting on a strip of land between Monument and Woodland Park. The Gazette reports that the supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel national forests, Erin Connelly, signed the order closing the 15-square-mile Mount Herman area Monday, citing safety concerns. Hunting will still be allowed.

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