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MINING POLLUTION

Environmental groups are challenging the Trump administration's rejection of an Obama-era rule that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to clean up pollution. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 539 words, photos.

RAPE SUSPECT-SEARCH

WORCESTER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man accused of going on a coast-to-coast crime rampage that started when he was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to up to 12 years in prison. Gregory Lewis, 30, of Southbridge, was sentenced after pleading guilty to more than a dozen charges, including indecent assault and battery on a child, The Telegram & Gazette reported. While on the run, Lewis allegedly raped, kidnapped and robbed escorts in Colorado and Oregon, among other crimes. SENT: 318 words.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-IF I COULD DO IT OVER

NEW YORK — April Oury started her physical therapy practice 14 years ago wanting to give all aspects of her business the same focus and attention to detail she gave patients — even when it came to choosing paint colors or an internet provider. She wouldn't do it that way again. "There was not enough time in the day or the workweek to put that kind of effort into every single thing," says Oury, owner of eight Body Gears physical therapy centers in the Chicago area, San Diego and Clayton, Missouri. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,066 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

BEAR ATTACK — Wildlife officials say a bear killed by officers is the one that attacked a 5-year-old girl outside her home in western Colorado. In a statement Wednesday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said DNA evidence confirmed the 2-year-old male bear was the animal responsible. With AP Photo.

LONGMONT-OIL-GAS DRILLING — Longmont officials say the proposed agreement with two oil and gas companies to end surface drilling within city limits would not prohibit horizontal drilling.

HOSPITAL LAYOFFS — A Colorado Springs hospital spokesman says more than 42 employees were laid off. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services spokesman Chris Valentine said Tuesday that the layoffs included employees at all levels of the organization including the leader of the St. Francis Medical Center Mark Hartman.

SUPREME COURT NOMINEES — Three candidates have been nominated for a vacancy on Colorado's Supreme Court, created by Chief Justice Nancy Rice's retirement

BEAR CUB-KANSAS— Wildlife experts say a male, juvenile bear found dead in southwest Kansas might have been driven into the state by drought conditions in surrounding states.

SIDEWALK ORDINANCE — The Durango City Council has approved an ordinance that will make it illegal to sit or lie down on downtown sidewalks, curbs or other public areas. Councilor Dick White says the ordinance, which was passed on Tuesday, is meant to improve the safety and atmosphere in the city's downtown.

ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN — A Colorado city has banned the sale and possession of assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. City councilors in Boulder gave final approval to the ban Tuesday night. It was proposed in response to the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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