News, September 24th

TWO MORE FLOOD SURVIVORS FOUND

DENVER (AP) – Four people who were listed as unaccounted for in the Colorado floods have contacted authorities to say they are alive and well. That leaves only two people who haven’t been heard from, and a third who is missing and presumed dead. The death toll remains at eight.

KILLER OF LITTLE GIRL DENIED CHANGE OF VENUE IN TRIAL

GOLDEN (AP) – The judge overseeing the case against a teenager charged with kidnapping, killing and dismembering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway has denied a request to move the trial out of Jefferson County. Attorneys for Austin Sigg argued that it will be impossible for their client to get a fair trial because of pre-trial publicity. Potential jurors return to court today to be questioned by attorneys.

COLORADO RURAL SCHOOLS GETTING SHORTCHANGED

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding back money it should pass along to rural schools and small towns for school security programs. Suthers is among 14 attorneys general across the nation who say the money is supposed to be used to replace funds lost when timbering or other activities are prohibited on national forests or grasslands.

FIREFIGHTERS STRUGGLING WITH INCOMPATIBLE RADIOS

DENVER (AP) – Colorado firefighters say they are still having trouble contacting other firefighters and agencies because their radios are not compatible. Black Forest Fire Department chief Bob Harvey told the Colorado Legislature’s Wildfire Matters Review Committee yesterday that he had to have two radios while battling a fire that destroyed 486 homes in June.

STATE’S HIGH COURT CONSIDERING SECRET BALLOTS

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Supreme Court is hearing arguments today about secret ballots and absentee voting. The court is deciding whether to order a new recall election in the town of Center, which straddles Rio Grande and Saguache (sa-WATCH) counties. A lower court declared the election invalid and ordered another one. City officials appealed that decision.

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