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Accused Colorado movie theater gunman seeks change of venue

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion for a change of venue that James Holmes' right to a fair trial in Arapahoe County has been compromised by "pervasive media coverage" of the case locally and "the undeniable impact of the tragedy on the community itself."

Colorado school suspends girl who shaved head to support friend with cancer

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 9-year-old Colorado girl who shaved her head in support of her cancer-stricken friend was briefly suspended for violating her school's dress code before being allowed to return on Tuesday, her mother said. Jamie Renfro said in a Facebook post that Caprock Academy in Grand Junction, Colorado sent her daughter Kamryn home on Monday after she arrived with a bald head to show solidarity with an 11-year-old friend who lost her hair after undergoing chemotherapy.

First Colorado county reports marijuana taxes

DENVER - A southern Colorado county with two recreational marijuana stores is the first in the state to announce tax totals from the new industry. Pueblo County says Tuesday that its two shops had about $1 million in total sales in January, producing about $56,000 in local sales taxes. So far, it's the only place between Denver and the New Mexico state line that allows recreational pot stores. County Clerk Gilbert "Bo" Ortiz projects the marijuana industry will generate roughly $670,000 in new tax revenue for his county this year.

Co-pilot reported dead as private jet crashes at Aspen

A co-pilot was killed and two pilots injured when a private jet crashed and burst into flames Sunday at the airport that serves Aspen, the exclusive skiing resort, reports said. Pitkin County Sheriff's Office confirmed the casualties after the plane smashed into the runway at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in the state of Colorado. "Three on board: one fatality, one serious and one minor injuries," Pitkin County Undersheriff Ron Ryan told AFP in an email.

One dead, two injured in small plane crash at Aspen airport

(Reuters) - One person died and two others were injured when a small plane crashed at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Colorado on Sunday, the Pitkin County Sheriff's office said. The Canadair Challenger 601 was arriving from Toluca, Mexico at about 12:30 p.m. MT when it crashed, according to the Aviation Safety Network website.

One dead as private jet crashes at Aspen

One person was killed when a private jet crashed and burst into flames Sunday while landing at the airport that serves the exclusive Colorado skiing resort of Aspen, officials said. Pitkin County Sheriff's Office confirmed one person was killed and two were injured, one seriously, after the plane carrying them smashed into the runway at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. "Three on board: one fatality, one serious and one minor injuries," Pitkin County Undersheriff Ron Ryan told AFP in an email.

Small jet crashes at Aspen airport

A private jet plane crashed on Sunday at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, which serves the famous Colorado skiing resort, local and federal officials told AFP. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said an accident had taken place at the airport. "The airplane appears to be a Bombardier Challenger 600, coming from Tucson to Aspen. It crashed while attempting to land," Kenitzer told AFP. A spokeswoman for Pitkin County Sheriff's Office confirmed the accident but had no details on possible casualties.

Small jet crashes at Aspen airport

A private jet plane crashed at Aspen airport on Sunday, local and federal officials confirmed to AFP. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer confirmed an accident had taken place at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, which serves the famous Colorado skiing resort. "The airplane appears to be a Bombardier Challenger 600, coming from Tucson to Aspen. It crashed while attempting to land," Kenitzer told AFP. A spokeswoman for Pitkin County Sheriff's Office confirmed the accident but had no details on possible casualties. rcw/adm

Colorado school shooting victim remains in critical condition

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 17-year-old Colorado high school senior shot in the head by a heavily-armed classmate who stormed Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver remained in critical condition on Sunday, the county sheriff said. Claire Davis was the only person wounded on Friday by 18-year-old gunman Karl Pierson, who police believe was bent on exacting revenge against a school debate coach who disciplined him earlier in the school year.

Passenger numbers decline at Colorado resort airports

VAIL, Colo. - Passenger numbers are dropping at resort airports across Colorado. Only Denver International Airport and the airport in Durango posted 10-year highs in passenger boardings in 2012, while four hit 10-year lows. According to the Vail Daily (http://tinyurl.com/o9pzovy ), passenger numbers at the Eagle County airport have been sliding steadily since 2007. The 10-year low for Sardy Field in Aspen came in 2007. That airport's 10-year high came in 2010. Passenger numbers there have exceeded 200,000 since 2008. ___
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