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5 Things You Need To Know - February 24, 2021

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Donthe Lucas murder trial resumes Wednesday, following two-week recess
What changes has Colorado seen since Elijah McClain's death one year ago?
Posted at 6:34 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 08:34:33-05

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

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Winter Blog: Freezing drizzle now unlikely, snow amounts trending down tonight

A snowstorm is expected to move through the region tonight. The atmosphere hasn't cooled enough from yesterday and there just isn't enough moisture in the air to get drizzle to squeeze out and freeze on the roads this morning.

Snow is still expected tonight, but totals have trended down in our modeling from what we saw Tuesday.
New affordable housing coming to Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs City Council approved a private activity bond Tuesday for a 200-unit apartment complex on East Fountain and North Academy Loop. City Council members say it will be place for individuals who make less than six figures a year.

According to Dave Geislinger, City Council member, only 32 homes for sale in Colorado Springs are under $300,000.
Donthe Lucas murder trial resumes Wednesday, following two-week break caused by COVID-19

Eight years ago, 21-year-old Kelsie Schelling disappeared after driving from Denver to Pueblo to see her ex-boyfriend, Donthe Lucas. Lucas is now the defendant in her murder trial.

The trial, which is slated to last around a month, came to a halt on February 10 because someone with a positive COVID-19 test was reported to have been in the courtroom. The trial was recessed for 14 days, based on recommendations from the health department.
TESSA warns of the prevalence of teen dating violence

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Love is Respect.” TESSA is working to raise awareness about the issue. And it’s a much bigger issue than you may think. TESSA works to help all victims of domestic violence, sex assault, stalking, and human trafficking in El Paso and Teller Counties. They provide shelter with a 34-bed safe house, access to legal support and advocates, and have a 24/7 Safeline that victims can call.
Aurora officials say they will pursue independent monitor in wake of McClain report

Aurora’s city manager said Tuesday that he would be pursuing the establishment of an independent monitor to oversee transparency and accountability within the police department in the wake of the independent investigation into Elijah McClain’s death and subsequent report.

Independent investigators released their review of the investigation following McClain's death Monday morning. In it, the three investigators, who were commissioned by Aurora City Council in July, called the investigation "flawed," noting it "failed to meaningfully develop a fulsome record" of the circumstances around the 23-year-old's death.

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