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Here are your 10 Things to Know this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.

1. Federal government shutdown standoff continues

Last night, the House tried — but failed — to approve piecemeal funding for three specific areas: the District of Columbia, veterans affairs and national parks. Today, they’ll try again. But Democrats in the Senate have already said that’s a no-go.

2. Stocks falter as worries about U.S. gridlock grow

Investors are starting to worry that the political stalemate in Washington will hurt growth, and put the country at risk of being unable to pay all of its bills later this month. U.S. stock futures were weaker across the board, as the U.S. government shutdown heads into Day 2.

3. Rockslide survivor continues to recover in hospital

Her father’s gone. Her mother too. Her sister and her two cousins as well. All of them buried under a mountain of rocks that came crashing down in Chaffee County. But 13-year-old Gracie Johnson survived. She was pulled from under the rubble by a rescuer who saw a hand sticking out. She’s here today, Gracie said later, because her dad jumped on top of her to protect her right as the rocks were coming down.

4. Boulder County considers easing building regulations for flood victims

Over the next several weeks, Boulder County will prepare exceptions for building and development regulations for flooding victims. Staffers will start writing amendments Wednesday and the planning commission should review them on Oct. 16.

5. Jessica Ridgeway memorial park to open Saturday

The man accused of killing Jessica Ridgeway last year plead guilty to charges against him Tuesday. Austin Sigg will likely spend most of his life in jail. A park in Westminster to honor Ridgeway will be dedicated as the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park on Saturday.

6. Health care exchanges up and running after delays

Computer problems delayed the start of Colorado’s health care exchange Tuesday (and many others around the country). Yet the new online marketplaces drew lots of interest from consumers. All this week FOX31 Denver is answering your questions about the Affordable Care Act. Today we look at how Obamacare is already being implemented by some employers.

7. Closing arguments in trial of Commerce City officer who killed pit bull

Closing arguments are expected Wednesday afternoon for a Commerce City police officer charged with animal cruelty for shooting a pit bull. Video of the shooting was recorded on a cell phone from neighbors. The officer said the dog threatened him, but the shooting outraged members of the community.

8. Police investigate New York motorcycle rally attack

A helmet camera captured the mayhem after a rally of motorcyclists in New York City chased a SUV for miles and then pulled the driver out and beat him.

9. Pittsburg to face St. Louis

In the NL wild-card game, the Pittsburg Pirates beat Cincinnati 6-2. They advance to take on the Cardinals. It’s the first time Pittsburg has been in the postseason in 21 years.

10. Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month and screenings are important as ever.

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