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5 Things You Need To Know - December 3, 2020

Fremont County tourism industry deals with rise in cases, prepares for restrictions
Colorado lawmakers pass 10 bills aimed at COVID-19 pandemic relief in 2020 special session
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Biden to name all-important picks for top health positions next week
Posted at 6:34 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 08:34:47-05

Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Thursday morning.

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Fremont County tourism industry deals with rise in cases, prepares for restrictions

Fremont County will soon be moving to level orange COVID restrictions as cases continue to rise, leaving those in the area’s robust tourism industry preparing for the effects. The county announced the move Wednesday with the restrictions taking effect 12 a.m. Friday. Prior to the update, one of the county's tourist attractions announced three positive cases from the virus as cases continue to rise in the county.
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Colorado lawmakers pass 10 bills aimed at COVID-19 pandemic relief in 2020 special session

Colorado lawmakers passed 10 bills in the three-day 2020 special session that adjourned Wednesday which allocate around $300 million in relief spending toward small business, housing, child care and other sectors deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The measures that passed include the priorities from Democratic leadership announced before the session started, as Democrats control both the House and Senate, but the Republican priorities, which included sending tax credits to families and limiting the governor’s authority during an emergency, failed.
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Seasonable on Thursday with warm weather this weekend

This morning is very cold, but the afternoon will be seasonable to the 30s and 40s. Winds will be breezy today. Click the link above for the full forecast.
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Federal prosecutors rule out death penalty in Robert Dear case

Federal prosecutors have ruled out the death penalty for the confessed gunman in the Colorado Springs 2015 Planned Parenthood shooting, according to a court filing submitted Wednesday.

The court was notified federal prosecutors would not be pursuing the death penalty for Robert Dear, who is facing 65 counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and three counts of use of a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in death where the killing is a murder.
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Biden to name all-important picks for top health positions next week

President-elect Joe Biden's next pick for his cabinet could be the most consequential amid the COVID-19 pandemic — director of Health and Human Services. It's hard to imagine a more consequential pick. Biden is expected to announce his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services next week.
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