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1. Martial arts instructor convicted of having sex with teen on run

Police are looking for a former martial arts instructor who fled a courtroom just before a jury returned a verdict convicting him of having sex with three of his female students. As of Wednesday morning, Raul Gutierrez-Hernandez was still on the run.

2. Rockies’ Todd Helton to play in last game at Coors Field

Seventeen years ago, many Colorado Rockies wondered how their team would replace longtime-great Andres Galarraga at first base. For the past 17 years, No. 17 resoundingly answered that question. And on Wednesday night, No. 17, Todd Helton, will play his final game at Coors Field.

3. Rockies’ Dante Bichette will not return as hitting coach next season

Dante Bichette, another former Rockies great, told reporters on Tuesday that he has sons who are “serious baseball talents,” and that he needs to spend more time at home with them. Due to that fact, Bichette said he won’t be back as the Rockies hitting coach next season, just one year after joining the team and helping them to a disappointing season.

4. Poll: Who would you rather have, Manning or Elway?

On Wednesday, Peyton Manning was named AFC offensive player of the week for a second time in the 3-week-old season. It begs the question: Would you rather have John Elway in his prime or Manning? As of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, over 53 percent of almost 1,000 surveyed said Manning.

5. Sprouts among Boulder businesses reopening after flood

Sprouts grocery store is among several Boulder businesses opening their doors for the first time in the wake of the floods on Wednesday morning. But with well water contamination rampant and home prices falling due to flood damage, the city isn’t out of the woods yet.

6. All missing persons after flood in Larimer County accounted for

At one point the number of people unaccounted for in Larimer County reached more than 600. As of Wednesday morning, the Larimer County Sheriff said everyone that was missing in the days following the flooding has been accounted for.

7. More, less painful flu vaccines being offered this season

For the first time, doctors have a vaccine that protects against four types of the flu virus. The quadrivalent vaccine is one of three new options available for the upcoming flu season, some of which are said to be less painful.

8. Englewood mom: I killed man because he sexually assaulted my daughter

An Englewood mom accused of beating a street-dwelling 40-year-old man to death with a baseball bat told authorities on Tuesday afternoon that she did so because the victim had sexually assaulted her daughter.

9. Obamacare filibuster continues past 17 hours

As he hit the 18-hour mark on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, Sen. Ted Cruz compared his anti-Obamacare effort to “Star Wars. He also tried out his vocal impression of Darth Vader. And as of 9 a.m. MST on Wednesday, he wasn’t done yet.

10. Strong quake in Pakistan kills more than 250 people

An earthquake in Pakistan, powerful enough to prompt the appearance of a small island off the coast, has killed more than 250 people in Pakistani, officials said Wednesday morning.

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