Top stories: Ruling on recalls, West Nile in CO, DIA light rail tracks laid

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1. Judge to decide fate of recall elections

Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, have both protested the Secretary of State's decision to validate petitions submitted by constituents who want the lawmakers recalled for their support of gun control legislation this year.

Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, right, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo.

Two Colorado lawmakers who helped pass new gun laws in the last legislative session will find out today if they’ll face recall elections for their efforts. A district judge will rule Wednesday on the injunctions filed by State Sen. President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) to block recall elections facing each legislator.

Both Morse and Giron argued the petitions for their respective recalls are invalid because the documents didn’t inform signers they would have to vote in a new election for a successor. If the judge denies the injunctions, Gov. John Hickenlooper will be forced to set dates for the recall elections.

2. West Nile sprays on the way

Mosquito pools collected from traps near Longmont and Boulder tested positive for West Nile on July 14, 2013.

Mosquito pools collected from traps near Longmont and Boulder tested positive for West Nile on July 14, 2013.

Days after five mosquito pools collected from traps in areas near Longmont and Boulder tested positive for West Nile, residents were given notice on Wednesday that areas around both cities will be saturated at some point in the next 24 hours with a spray designed to eliminate the virus.

3. First tracks installed on commuter rail line to DIA

Crews laid the first tracks that will extend the light rail to DIA on July 17, 2013.

Crews laid the first tracks that will extend the light rail to DIA on July 17, 2013.

Crews were laying the first tracks toward the Denver International Airport along Peña Boulevard on Wednesday morning. The projected opening for the East Rail Line to the airport is still on schedule to be completed by 2016.

4. Search on for suspect who attempted to kidnap Longmont teen

A 13-year-old girl told police a man tried to kidnap her while she walked along a sidewalk in Longmont Tuesday afternoon. As of Wednesday morning, police were still trying to track down that suspect, who is described as a Hispanic male approximately 6-feet tall, between the ages of 20 and 30.

He was last seen wearing a black, short-sleeved shirt and a black cap. He was possibly driving a red Ford F-150 pickup with an extended cab.

5. Police release sketch of suspect in fatal LoDo shooting

Suspect wanted for fatal shooting of Air Force Airman in lower Downtown Denver July 14

Suspect wanted for fatal shooting in LoDo on July 14.

Police released a composite drawing Tuesday night of a suspect wanted for the shooting death of U.S. Air Force airman Shaquille Hargrove in LoDo early Sunday morning. That sketch is shown at the right.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male with acne, in his 20s, approximately 5-foot-7, and between 160 and 180 pounds.

6. Snowden may finally be leaving airport

American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is likely to leave the Moscow’s airport, where he’s been holed up for weeks, “in the next few days,” his lawyer said Wednesday. Showden applied for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday, and many expect Russia to grant that request.

7. Boston bombing suspect gets Rolling Stone cover

This cover hit newsstands in July. (Photo: Rolling Stone)

This cover hit newsstands in July. (Photo: Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone magazine’s decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its most recent edition is igniting a firestorm online. The cover promises to tell the story of how a promising young man was failed by his family and became a monster.

It’s not the first time an accused murder has been given the revered cover. Charles Manson was featured on Rolling Stone’s cover in 1970. Do you think It was a mistake to put Tsarnaev on the cover? Click here to let us know on Facebook.

8. Coroner: Heroin, alcohol killed ‘Glee’ star

“Glee” star Cory Monteith died as a result of “a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol,” a Canadian coroner said late Tuesday. Monteith, 31, was found dead Saturday in his Vancouver hotel room.

9. Four Zimmerman jurors distance themselves from B37

Juror B37 told CNN on Monday that the actions of George Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager’s fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn’t actually break the law.

Late Tuesday night, four jurors tried to distance themselves from that outspoken juror, releasing a statement declaring the opinions stated by B37 “were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.”

10. School lunches kill 22 in India

At least 22 schoolchildren died in northeastern India after eating free school lunches that contained a poison, a state official said Tuesday. On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the food was contaminated with organophosphorous, a chemical that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is commonly used in agriculture.

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