Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Wednesday morning.
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Inauguration day: Joe Biden prepares to be sworn in as 46th president of the United States
Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States Wednesday, bringing to an end an election season unlike any in the country's history.
Biden's path to the presidency included an improbable comeback following two humiliating defeats in the Democratic primary, a bitter campaign disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and months-long protests against police brutality, several days of delayed election results and a transition marred by violence from his successor's supporters.
Colorado National Guard activated as State Capitol tightens security for Inauguration Day
Gov. Jared Polis will be activating the Colorado National Guard to be on standby to protect the State Capitol in case any planned Inauguration Day protests turn violent.
Polis made the announcement during a Tuesday news conference to discuss the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor said he wasn’t aware of any specific threats against Colorado’s Capitol Building, but said he would be issuing an executive order based on the general threat on state capitols conveyed to law enforcement by the FBI last week.
Windy and much warmer today
We're looking at a lot of wind out there today, mainly over the mountains and the foothills along the Front Range from Douglas County up through Boulder. It'll be windy here at home through the Front Range, Rampart Range, and the Wet mountains, but we won't get quite as much wind to tumble down into the plains. We'll be much warmer today with highs in the 50s and lows in the 20s.
Second evaluation confirms Letecia Stauch is competent to stand trial, case moving forward
A review of the state hospital's mental competency evaluation of the Colorado Springs woman accused of murdering her 11-year-old stepson has confirmed the state's findings that she is competent to stand trial, moving the case forward after months of delay.
Back in September, a review hearing for Letecia Stauch revealed her mental evaluation that was ordered in early June was completed and the state hospital found her competent to stand trial. Following that hearing, her lawyers lined up a second opinion to review the evaluation. Now that it has been confirmed she is competent to stand trial, her next court appearances are scheduled for March 11 and 12 for preliminary hearings.
Pueblo DA investigating voter fraud case from 2020 Presidential election
For several weeks, President Donald Trump has claimed the election was stolen from him due to widespread voter fraud across the nation, but are there any cases of voter fraud locally?
The 10th and 4th Judicial Districts have the largest populations in our KOAA News 5 viewing area (southern Colorado). News5 Investigates sent inquiries to both Pueblo County 10th Judicial District Attorney Jeff Chostner and El Paso-Teller County 4th Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen to find out how many cases of voter fraud are being investigated by their offices.
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