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GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Guns have become a volatile issue in a hyper-charged midterm election, stoking passions that will be difficult for Democrats to contain, and difficult for embattled Republicans to defend against. In Colorado, a Denver-area congressman whose district was the site of the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012 was booed at a town hall Tuesday as people called for action after the Florida school shooting. GOP Congressman Mike Coffman says he's willing to discuss "reasonable restrictions" on firearms.

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's top oil and gas regulator is stepping down to take a job with an energy consulting company. The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Tuesday director Matt Lepore is resigning on March 4 after more than five years in the job. He'll become legal counsel and strategic adviser for Adamantine Energy, a Denver consulting group that works with energy companies.

DENVER (AP) - A man found guilty of vehicular homicide while driving drunk has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. KUSA-TV reports that Ah Jung was sentenced for killing 85-year-old Howard Hanson and injuring three others with his car in December 2015.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has released a tentative plan to manage crowds at the popular and overused Hanging Lake Trail area in Glenwood Canyon. The Post Independent reports that the plan is still subject to a formal objection process. It comes after an environmental assessment last year concluded that a management plan limiting daily visits and implementing a permit system would preserve the area's fragile ecosystem.

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