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5 things you need to know - January 2, 2020

First sunset of 2020 over Colorado Springs
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Posted at 6:07 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 08:07:30-05

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

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Colorado Springs Utilities begins resurfacing work on Union Boulevard

Colorado Springs Utilities and the City of Colorado Springs are partnering on infrastructure improvements on North Union Boulevard from Academy Boulevard to Woodmen Road. Utility infrastructure improvements, paving and resurfacing work will begin this morning and continue through Fall 2020.
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Daycare owner, employees facing child abuse charges to appear in court

The daycare owner accused of hiding over 20 children behind a false wall in one of her facilities is set to appear in court Thursday morning along with two of her employees. Court records show 58-year-old Carla Faith, 31-year-old Katelynne Nelson, and 35-year-old Christina Swauger are facing 26 counts of misdemeanor child abuse for each child found in the facility.
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Cooler and breezy today before quick warm up over the weekend

It will be cooler today across southern Colorado from a cold front that passed through the region overnight. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud cover during the first half of the day, with sunnier skies by the end of the afternoon. The winds will stay breezy today, but with most wind gusts staying at or under 20 mph.
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Major crimes are down in Pueblo

The Pueblo Police Department has released its numbers through December 30th and the data shows major crimes are down 16% compared to 2018. These major crimes include assaults, robbery, burglary, thefts, and arson. The only crime that went up was homicide.
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Record number of runners support El Paso County Search and Rescue

New Year’s Day in Colorado Springs brought a lot of support from the community ringing in the new year in this year's Rescue Run for the El Paso County Search and Rescue. More than one thousand people made an early and energetic start to 2020 by taking part in the rescue run fundraiser, marking a record number of runners for this tradition.