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MINE WASTE SPILL-CLEANUP

DENVER — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has come up with an interim plan to hold back some of the toxic heavy metals that spill into rivers from old southwestern Colorado mining sites. The proposal released Thursday calls for taking short-term cleanup steps while the EPA searches for a more permanent solution under the Superfund program. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

WESTERN WILDFIRES

DENVER — National Forest Service officials told residents of 163 more homes near the fire in the southwestern Colorado to be ready to leave Thursday — as well as residents who had been allowed to return to 180 homes on Wednesday. Dry thunderstorms and gusty winds have expanded a San Juan National Forest wildfire that has forced evacuations of more than 1,900 homes. SENT: 130 words. AP Photos.

ALSO OF COLORADO INTEREST:

MARIJUANA BANKING

LOS ANGELES — A bipartisan proposal in Congress to ease the federal ban on marijuana includes provisions intended to encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies. The plan has President Donald Trump's tentative approval, but even if enacted industry experts say shifting policy in Washington and dense layers of regulation could keep many banks on the sidelines. By Michael R. Blood. UPCOMING: 600 words.

POLAND-LGBT RULING

WARSAW, Poland — Poland's Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a businessman who refused to print posters for an LGBT business group because he did not want to "promote" the gay rights movement. The ruling comes as the European Union has been warning that Poland's judicial independence is under threat due to new laws that give the conservative ruling party, Law and Justice, greater power over court appointments. SENT: 350 words, national lines. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

—ROCKY FLAT REFUGE — Court documents in a pending lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say trails at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in northern Colorado will be closed until at least Sept. 15.

ART OR TRASH — An Aspen man was convicted of littering after dropping off a bicycle, springs and other items one night in October, arguing it was a donated sculpture. Upcoming.

DENVER OFFICER SHOT — A police officer was shot in the leg and a suspect was gravely injured when officers responded to a reported robbery at a Denver convenience store.

WATER PARK-UNTREATED WATER — Health officials say untreated water from an irrigation pond may have flowed into the water supply at a Denver-area water park.

SPORTS:

FBN--DESTRESSED BRONCOS

DENVER — With Von Miller showing off fake dreads as the Denver Broncos' kid-at-heart, Paxton Lynch stood 30 feet away and displayed a newfound maturity Thursday in his first interview since being relagated to fighting for a backup QB job. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

FBN--CHIEFS-OFFSEASON COMPLETE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs conclude their mandatory three-day minicamp, and their offseason program, with some answers and still plenty of questions gazing ahead to training camp in late July. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBN-ROCKIES-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA — Vince Velasquez (4-7) starts for the Phillies and German Marquez (4-6) goes for the Rockies in the rubber game of a series. By Rob Maaddi. Game started 11 a.m.

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