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5 Things You Need To Know - February 4, 2021

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Shooting on Loomis Ave
Eight years, endless questions: A look back at Kelsie Schelling's disappearance
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covid testing
Posted at 6:41 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 09:08:58-05

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

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Slick morning drives from overnight snow, brighter and chilly in the afternoon

Snow fell overnight but we saw wildly varying amounts through the region. Downtown Colorado Springs saw basically nothing, where northern El Paso County by Black Forest was close to 4 inches! Snow will keep falling south of Pueblo through the early morning so we can expect plenty of slick drives on I-25 not only north to Denver, but also south of Pueblo to Trinidad.

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Three dead, one injured in Colorado Springs shooting

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting near Fort Carson that left three adults dead and sent one to the hospital.

Initial reports stated that all four adults were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries but the Sheriff's Office issued a correction to that, saying that the three deceased adults died on scene. The Sheriff's Office said the shooting occurred on Loomis Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. It was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.
Pueblo murder trial in case of Kelsie Schelling's disappearance enters second day

The prosecution and defense made their opening statements Wednesday with the prosecution illustrating a rocky relationship between Kelsie Schelling and Donthe Lucas, the man accused of her murder. They described the day leading up to Schelling driving to Pueblo where she was seen for the last time in 2013. Meanwhile, the defense called this "a reach" to make Lucas out to be a murderer and began by saying over the course of eight years, these claims don't add up and do not establish definitively that there has been a death.

Kelsie Schelling's mother was the first witness to be called to the stand.
Protest planned at D49 board meeting over decision to reprimand teacher for BLM mural in art lesson

A local organization is planning a protest at District 49's Board Meeting next Thursday after the district reprimanded a teacher for violating policy by including depictions of Black Lives Matter. The protest is being organized by The Empowerment Solidarity Network to show support for the teacher and denounce systemic racism.

According to the district, fourth-graders in the Art Explore class at Bennett Ranch Elementary engaged in the lesson on January 19 and 20. While the contents of the lesson met state academic standards related to culture, the material over Black Lives Matter was presented without following district policy of notifying parents about potentially controversial topics.
Free COVID-19 test site opening for today on southeast side of Colorado Springs

There's a free COVID-19 test site opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the southeast side of Colorado Springs. The local NAACP branch is teaming up with the state to make these tests available to neighborhoods where people of color are especially hard-hit. You'll get a phone call with your test results within 48 to 72 hours.
Organizers say this event is for everyone, even folks who may not be experiencing symptoms, but still want to be tested.

The drive-thru testing is at 1613 S Murray Blvd today.
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