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SALIDA, Colorado (AP) - The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in the Waffle House shooting once worked says they urged the Secret Service to try to help him after his arrest at the White House last year. Darlene Sustrich says they told agents to "hang onto him if you can. Help him if you can."

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Ongoing drought and wildfires have cattle ranchers in at least five Southwestern U.S. states scrambling for hay or pastureland, while others are selling off some of their herds. Extreme to exceptional drought conditions have contributed to wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, delaying the growth of, or destroying grass and wheat used to feed cattle in spring

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A jury has convicted a Colorado Springs man in the death of a drug dealer who prosecutors say was pistol-whipped, driven to an abandoned building and shot 14 times for slipping up on the job. The Gazette reports 26-year-old Anthony Cruzita Loya was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the April 2017 death of 23-year-old Lawrence Gloster. Authorities say Gloster was targeted for losing less than $100 worth of meth. Loya is the second man convicted in the case.

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - Fort Lewis College in Durango has named its next president. The Durango Herald reports Tom Stritikus, deputy director of K-12 Education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will take over Aug. 1 for President Dene Thomas, who will delay her retirement a month until July 31 to accommodate Stritikus' starting date.

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