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Following is a preview of tomorrow’s headlines

Coloradans wishing to host Hurricane Katrina victims may be facing a mountain of an obstacle: geography.Many storm evacuees considering temporary and permanent housing options appear to want to stay closer to their former homes.People want to stick around in the area, you know what Im saying? said Nick Papatonis, an Austin man who founded Katrina Help Austin, which has found host homes for numerous refugees who had been evacuated to the citys convention center.Claudia McWhorter, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross of Central Texas, agreed.The sense that Ive gotten from the families that Ive talked to and what Ive heard from our case workers is that people want to stay here, she said.Some dont want to move too far away from Louisiana because they hope to return someday to the place where they have their roots and families, relief officials say.

State Rep. Kathleen Curry came to Glenwood Springs today to hear what people wanted in a new oil and gas bill shes sponsoring this year.She got an earful.Meeting with conservationists, county commissioners, industry representatives and others, Curry heard pleas to give landowners a stronger voice in gas drilling and assurances that the industry was being a good neighbor.What she did not hear was agreement on the major issues.Last year Curry, a newly minted freshman in the state legislature, sponsored H.B. 1219 that would have required surface-use agreements between gas operators and surface landowners, third-party appraisal of damages to property, and would have eliminated posting of financial security bonds. The bill died in the House Agriculture Committee.

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