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Officer in recovery, Labor Day DUI enforcement, CO gains eighth seat in Congress, and more news for the record 

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Matter of record

• Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel, who was shot in the line of duty, was upgraded from critical to serious condition.

• The Heat Is On: The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are conducting a 19-day DUI enforcement period leading up to Labor Day.

• A judge denied the American Civil Liberties Union's motion for a preliminary restraining order against the Teller County Sheriff, saying the office may hold suspects for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Inmate Leonardo Canseco Salinas is being held at the county jail after an alleged theft of $8, due to his immigration status.

• The city of Colorado Springs has chosen four sites for red light cameras: northbound Academy Boulevard at Carefree Circle, eastbound Platte Avenue at Chelton Road, westbound Briargate Boulevard at Lexington Drive and southbound Academy Boulevard at Dublin Boulevard. A ticket is $75.

• The El Paso County Assessor has unveiled a new, user-friendly website.

• Thumbtack.com gave Colorado Springs an "A+" for "overall friendliness" in its Small Business Friendliness Survey. But the Springs also got an "F" for its government websites.

• Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis will spend $3 million on a television ad blitz in October.

• Colorado is expected to gain an eighth seat in Congress after the 2020 Census.

• Colorado Springs Food Rescue has launched its first social enterprise, Soil Cycle, a household composting service.

• After the Carson-Midway fire ignited hundreds of tires in the county in March, requiring help from the Environmental Protection Agency to put out, the El Paso County Commissioners recently banned the use of old tires to build walls.

• Residents of the Beckers neighborhood of Manitou Springs and of Cedar Heights are encouraged to participate in a wildfire evacuation drill on Sept. 8. For more information or to register: ColoradoSprings.gov/2018EvacDrill.

Editor's note: A previous headline for this story mistakenly indicated that Colorado was expected to gain a Senate seat and has since been updated. We regret the error.

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