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5 Things You Need To Know - January 6, 2021

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Posted at 6:23 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 08:23:45-05

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

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Pueblo makes a TV debut on Discovery Channel

Pueblo is hitting its stride to stardom this week when the reality show Undercover Billionaire premiers for season two tomorrow night on the Discovery Channel. Undercover Billionaire is meant to embody "the American Dream" according to the Owner of Wake Up Pueblo, Matt Smith. The show approached him under an alias pretending to film a documentary about Pueblo West.
What will happen in Congress on Wednesday, and why it won't affect the outcome of the election

Congress will meet in a joint session on Wednesday in a Constitutionally-mandated process to tally the Electoral College votes and formally select president-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election. While President Donald Trump and his allies are viewing the session as a last-ditch, Hail Mary chance to overturn the results of the election, most legal experts agree that there’s no chance that will happen.
Chilly and a bit breezy today

The forecast today is going to be chilly, calm, and sunny. The winds from yesterday stuck around in the morning across the eastern plains, but most of the region should just catch a light breeze today. Overnight we'll be really chilly with lows in the teens and 20s.
Colorado's unemployment system goes dark for upgrades; state waiting on federal benefit guidance
Colorado’s unemployment benefits system is going dark for several days starting Tuesday as the state upgrades its software programs, changes which were originally planned for last spring.

People can expect most of the MyUI systems to be down for the next few days as they upgrade the outdated systems, which the state is hopeful will streamline many of the unemployment insurance processes, including the current claimant system, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) system, the phone line for requesting payment (CUBline) and virtual assistant.
COVID-19 gains in Colorado could quickly be lost if prevention gets casual

Counties across Colorado just transitioned from red on the COVID-19 threat dial to a less restrictive orange status. The switch happened in many counties before meeting the required data points. The change was motivated in part by the consistently dropping COVID-19 incident numbers over the past month. El Paso County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Robin Johnson cautions everyone to not lose sight of the metric showing trends for COVID-19 incidents.
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