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May 16, 2018

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

COLORADO LEGISLATURE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers passed 432 bills during their just-concluded 2018 session. But despite the tumult over a spate of sexual misconduct cases, they decided to let new leaders next year adopt updates to a harassment policy that could provide stricter ground rules for deterring bad behavior, punishing it and letting voters know about it.

PROFESSORS-EQUAL PAY

DENVER — The University of Denver has agreed to a $2.6 million settlement in a lawsuit over seven female law professors who were paid less than male colleagues. A federal judge is set to consider the agreement Thursday morning.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

COLORADO GERRYMANDERING REFORM

DENVER — Colorado voters this November will be asked to vote on two ballot measures that would overhaul the state’s redistricting process and seek to prevent partisan gerrymandering. Supporters say the measures could serve as a national model at a time when gerrymandering — the practice of drawing political district boundaries to favor a particular party at the ballot box — is under heightened scrutiny across the country. By Brian Eason. SENT: 390 words.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

COAL MINING COMPANY

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials are being asked to investigate whether a financially-troubled coal company has posted sufficient bonds to cover future reclamation work at its mines in the U.S. and Canada. The Western Organization of Resource Councils, a Montana-based conservation group, said Wednesday that it was concerned that a bankruptcy by Westmoreland Coal Company could leave taxpayers to cover future reclamation costs. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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: 320 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: 1,060 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. (With AP Photo)

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

— ST CLOUD STATE-PRESIDENT — An administrator at the University of Northern Colorado is the new president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

— 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.

— 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.

— ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN — A Colorado city has banned the sale and possession of assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.

— FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE — Wheat for Jul gained 1.75 cents at 4.9400 a bushel; Jul corn was down 3 cents at 3.9925 a bushel; Jul oats rose 1 cent at $2.4125 a bushel; while Jul soybeans fell 19 cents at $9.9975 a bushel.

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