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5 Things You Need To Know - July 13, 2020

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Posted at 6:33 AM, Jul 13, 2020

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

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Colorado Springs police investigating crash that caused major power outage

Southbound lanes of Academy Boulevard remain closed at Constitution after a car crashed into an electrical substation, causing a major power outage that lasted a few hours early Monday morning. The crash caused tens of thousands of customers to lose power, but Colorado Springs Utilities tweeted that service has been restored as of around 4:15 a.m.
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Masks in school: The likely reality in the fall
Many students in southern Colorado are set to return to the classroom in a matter of weeks. With COVID-19 cases increasing in recent days, concerns remain over how to return safely for students and teachers. One of the guidelines getting a lot of attention from parents and students is the requirement to wear masks during the school day.
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Very hot today with strong to severe storms

Storms and HEAT are the two main talking points for weather today. We're going to quickly get very hot across southern Colorado with highs into the 90s and triple digits across the region. We'll see storms develop first in the mountains in the early afternoon and spread east, growing stronger through the rest of the day. We'll be dry but still pretty warm overnight.
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The Review & Preview: What southern Coloradans need to know this week

With so much information being announced daily about the COVID-19 pandemic, News5 has put together a review and preview of what is going on in southern Colorado as it pertains to the virus. Last week, Gov. Jared Polis did not rule out a statewide mask mandate in a news conference but made clear in his plainest terms yet how he feels about Coloradans and visitors to the state wearing them: “Wear a damn mask!”
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Improved mapping puts YMCA Fire at 303 acres, containment increases to 60%

Crews continue to make progress against a wildland fire burning near the Royal Gorge after it was first sparked by lightning on Wednesdays. Saturday, firefighters continued efforts to contain the fire. As of 10:30 Sunday morning, the fire had increased slightly to 303 acres but with 60% containment. Officials said the increased growth was actually attributed to improved mapping form a flight done Sunday morning.
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