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Shooting victim's new GoFundMe, a lawsuit against Big Pharma over opioids, and more from the latest news cycle

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Villanueva, center, before Feb. 5. - GOFUNDME
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  • Villanueva, center, before Feb. 5.

• On Sept. 11, after the Indy's press time, Colorado Springs City Council was expected to approve issuing $33 million in revenue bonds to be repaid with revenues from Pikes Peak – America's Mountain to build the Summit House project.

• A new GoFundMe page, at, has been created to help Thomas Villanueva purchase a van. Villanueva, 29, was paralyzed from the chest down in the Feb. 5 shooting that also killed Sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick.

• On Sept. 6, the Colorado Attorney General's Office filed suit against Purdue Pharma L.P. and Purdue Pharma, Inc., alleging their "fraudulent and deceptive" marketing of prescription opioids is to blame for an opioid epidemic that's claimed 3,000 lives in Colorado since 1999. El Paso County commissioners have opted not to join some 600 cities and counties in suing Big Pharma for damages linked to opioids.

• The public can quiz finalists for Colorado Springs Utilities' CEO position — Aram Benyamin, who oversees Utilities' energy supply; Eric Tharp, acting CEO; and Mark Gabriel, CEO of Western Area Power Administration — at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Southeast YMCA, 2190 Jet Wing Drive, or 9 a.m. Sept. 15 at Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road.

• The Trump administration has proposed new rules that would allow it to skirt the requirements of the 1997 Flores v. Reno settlement agreement. The proposal, which will undoubtedly end up in a court battle, would allow the federal government to detain undocumented children along with their parents for long periods of time.

• Local governments won't be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after hail and flooding caused millions in damages, because the uninsured damages weren't enough to qualify.

• El Paso County Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Board of Veterans' Affairs.

• David Reid Ross, a Republican running for the Colorado House in Boulder County, dropped out of the race after his racist, homophobic, Islamophobic and generally hateful blog was revealed by Westword. Among his choice comments: "I've said Islam is bad, that blacks are unready-for-universal-franchise, and that homosexuality is a disease."


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