News, August 28th

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A Craig doctor accused of improperly dispensing drugs that led to the deaths of two patients is due in court today in Grand Junction. Dr. Joel Miller faces charges of health care fraud, money-laundering and distributing and dispensing controlled substances. Miller disputes the charges.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Strippers who say they were paid only in tips and had to pay to work have filed a class action lawsuit against a Grand Junction strip club and its owner. Five women who worked at Fantasy Gentleman’s Club said they received no wages and had to give up to 15 percent of their tips to the bouncers and DJs.

DENVER (AP) – Campaigns supporting Colorado Democratic legislators facing recalls over new gun restrictions have raised nearly $2 million. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad have each contributed large sums to Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy, which is working to keep Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron in office. Bloomberg, who’s advocated for stricter gun laws, contributed $350,000 and Broad $250,000. The National Rifle Association has spent about $108,600 to oppose the lawmakers. The election is Sept. 10.

LONGMONT, Colo. (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 that Mitchell went to an emergency room Aug. 17 with a fever and died Sunday from West Nile meningitis and encephalitis.