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5 Things You Need To Know - February 26, 2020

Posted: 6:00 AM, Feb 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-26 08:03:07-05
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KOAA News 5 reporter Caiti Blase speaks with Gabrielle Skubal. She lost her best friend, Nicole Stephenson, to domestic violence in February and is fighting to make changes on this issue in Pueblo.
Springs in Bloom adopt a flower bed program

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

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Veteran Care Facility study bill passes committee

A bill to begin a study on a long term veteran care facility in Colorado Springs has passed a House committee. Currently, the state has five of these facilities. The nearest to veterans living in Colorado Springs is in Florence. News5 spoke with one woman who began looking into long-term care for her husband when his Parkinson's became difficult to live at home.
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1 in custody, 1 found dead following police activity on Florence Avenue

There was a heavy police presence outside a residence on Florence Avenue — near Broadmoor Towne Center off Lake Avenue — as authorities worked to enforce an warrant for the home. Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place as they continued their efforts to contact those inside the home. Officers arrested a woman on outstanding warrants and found a man dead in the home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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More sunshine and warmth, less wind!

The forecast improves dramatically today with sunny skies, light winds, and much warmer air compared to Tuesday's high winds and blowing snow. This morning is starting out extremely cold and we'll see a bit of cloud cover return in the late day and evening, but it will not be enough to impact our temperatures.
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Domestic violence deaths spark need for change in Pueblo

People in Pueblo are now pushing for major changes when it comes to handling domestic violence. Law enforcement says there have been four homicides in Pueblo this year - all with a connection to domestic violence. It's why citizens and city leaders are coming together to tackle this issue that stems from cases such as Nicole Stephenson's, who passed away last week.
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"Springs in Bloom" program offers chance to adopt flower beds in Colorado Springs

An annual volunteer program in Colorado Springs encourages local residents, clubs, and businesses to adopt flower beds throughout the city. The program, called "Springs in Bloom" is in its 16th year. It is managed by the Horticulture and Education Center, located in the City Greenhouse in Monument Valley Park.
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