AP-CO--Colorado News Coverage Advisory, CO

Good morning. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Colorado. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to Colleen Slevin at 303-825-0123 or apdenver@ap.org. Colleen Slevin is on the desk, followed by Thomas Peipert.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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CENTENNIAL — One after the other, their faces flashed on an overhead screen: the aspiring sports broadcaster, the caring dad, the smiling 6-year-old girl a prosecutor described as "forever our kindergartner." Photos of the 12 people who died in the Colorado theater shooting were the last images jurors saw before starting deliberations Wednesday over whether the gunman, James Holmes, was legally insane when he opened fire on a crowded midnight movie premiere. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 700 words, photos. Will be updated.


DENVER — The Colorado Board of Health is considering adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana. If approved in a vote Wednesday, Colorado would become the 10th state to make PTSD a qualifying condition for medical pot. In addition, it would be the first condition added to Colorado's registry since voters approved medical marijuana 15 years ago. By Kristen Wyatt. SENT: 355 words. Will be updated.



CRAIG— Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be visiting Aspen Friday, but residents of Moffat County are disappointed she hasn't yet said she is coming to Craig. The Craig Daily Press (http://bit.ly/1DgBUTa) reports that Jewell has a series of events scheduled in Colorado in July and August. Residents of Craig, which is about three hours from Aspen, have been waiting for a visit from Jewell ever since a federal judge ruled against the Interior Department and threatened to stop work at the Colowyo coal mine. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2 p.m.


COLORADO SPRINGS — Police are investigating after a African-American man who had locked his keys in his car was surrounded by police with guns drawn while trying to jimmy open his car. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.



BOSTON — Michele Velleman needed to sell a Zumba dance fitness kit, a cellphone and a table through Facebook. So she found buyers on Facebook and made the trades at — where else? — the police station. "It is always a little nerve-wracking when you go to someone's house. It's in the back of your mind: 'I hope this person is OK and everything turns out all right,'" said Velleman, 44, a pharmaceutical executive assistant for a pharmaceutical company who lives north of Boston in Georgetown. "I think my mother is happier I'm doing it this way." By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 700 words, photos.


STATE FAIR — The Colorado State Fair could be ending it's 146-year run in Pueblo as a legislative committee looks to fix the event's cash flow problems. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1SmbSEK ) that the fair has been losing money and depending on millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for the last 13 years. Auditors told legislators Tuesday that there is no solution if the fair remains at its current location.

BEAR-PROOF CAMPING — Those looking to camp in the Aspen area will have to bring bear-resistant food and garbage containers this summer or risk a hefty fine. The Aspen Times reports (http://bit.ly/1OchX6a ) that the White River National Forest enacted an emergency order Tuesday that requires use of the special containers in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

NEW COLORADO LAWMAKER — The wife of former Aurora Rep. John Buckner, who died in May, will take the oath of office to serve the rest of his term. Janet Bucker will be sworn in outside the Colorado House chambers on Wednesday afternoon. She will be taking her husband's seat for the 2016 legislative session that begins in January.


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