Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Friday morning.
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CDLE to hold two virtual town halls for unemployment information
The Colorado labor department will hold two unemployment virtual town halls on Friday to provide information about the state's unemployment insurance program. Officials are expected to address federal extended benefits, the new online unemployment benefits system and fraud.
According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), in just the first week of January – of the 41,000 unemployment claims in our state, 16,000 appear to be fake.
Biden to sign two more executive orders Friday aimed at expanding benefits amid pandemic
President Joe Biden has already signed dozens of executive orders during his short time in office. On Friday, he's expected to sign two more in the hopes of boosting the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden is expected to sign the orders during a 2:45 p.m. ET press conference regarding the current state of the economy. The first order Biden is expected to sign specifically targets COVID-19 aid and the second executive order will ask the Labor Department to consider allowing those who feel they cannot work safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic to receive unemployment benefits.
Cloudy and colder here at home with weekend mountain snow
Cold and cloudy outside today but at least the winds will stay light! We'll stay dry here in southern Colorado but light snow is expected along the western slope. Overnight we'll be cloudy and cold with more light winds.
Elderly woman injected with empty syringe at COVID-19 vaccine clinic
Rosalee Pike, 82, went to get her coronavirus vaccine, but ended up getting injected with an empty syringe. Many questions remain unanswered as to how trained medical staff didn't notice the empty syringe before injecting the needle into someone's arm. Rosalee's granddaughter, Jamie, took her grandmother to get her first round of the COVID-19 vaccine at the public health COVID-19 clinic set up at the Pueblo Mall on Jan. 12.
Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission holds first virtual town hall
Thursday night the Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission (LETAC) held the first of two virtual town halls. The purpose of the meetings is to give people in Colorado Springs a chance to share their opinions and concerns on policing and public safety. Topics discussed at the meeting include screening applicants, mental health assessments, and ongoing training for officers.
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