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   BELMONT, N.H. (AP) — A lightning strike at a New Hampshire Boy Scouts camp has injured nearly two dozen scouts.

   Scouts spokesman Greg Osborn says no one was directly hit by the lightning Monday at the Griswold Scout Reservation. He says some of the 23 scouts and three adults who were injured complained of tingling and burning sensations and all were treated by camp nurses before being hospitalized as a precaution. He says those who were treated are doing well and are in good spirits.

   The lightning struck during a big evening storm just outside Belmont at Camp Bell, one of two camps at the reservation. The camp offers activities including rock climbing and sailing.

   Firefighters say the lightning struck near where the Boy Scouts had gathered. Osborn says the Scouts were under shelter at the time.

   Charges could be filed as soon as Tuesday morning against a Wellston City Councilwoman who allegedly attacked a resident during Monday night's council meeting.  

   Police say it began as a verbal altercation between council member Helen Jackson and an older woman who was addressing the council.  But it escalated into a physical altercation after Jackson left her seat behind the podium and approached the woman, allegedly grabbing her arm.  Police intervened, restraining Jackson.  

   The victim was taken to the hospital.  Her condition isn't known.  

   The meeting broke up before the council could vote on the Mayor's appointment of former Pine Lawn Police Chief Rickey Collins with the Wellston police department.

   Collins was hired after being fired by Pine Lawn for undisclosed reasons last month.  

   Wellston Police Chief G.T. Walker says he doesn't want Collins on his force, in part because of questions surrounding his record on the job.  "We're in the process of rebuilding the name of the city of Wellston, the police department and all of the other departments," Walker said.  "I feel that we need to hire the best that we can, with the cleanest records that we can so that we can move forward."

   Walker also noted that Collins had fired many of the former Pine Lawn police officers who currently work in Wellston's department.

   Collins says he believes Walker and the other officers who oppose him are looking for revenge.

   DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of a transgender 6-year-old child who was barred from using the girls' bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain.

   The Denver Post reports that the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund said Sunday it would a hold a news conference Monday to explain the decision affecting Coy Mathis.

   The fund filed the complaint on behalf of Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, claiming that Coy has been discriminated against.

   Kathryn Mathis said in a statement that the family is "thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her."

   The Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 told Coy's parents in December that the first-grader would not be able to continue to use the girls' restroom after the holiday break.

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