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5 Things You Need To Know - July 14, 2020

Colorado bans gay or trans "panic defense" in courtroom
Colorado Springs Sunset
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Posted at 6:27 AM, Jul 14, 2020

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

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Colorado Springs mandatory mask proposal postponed

A proposed emergency order requiring masks in Colorado Springs to combat COVID-19 was discussed by Colorado City Council Monday then moved to an agenda in two weeks. Council members want more information from El Paso County Public Health and the city’s legal team. Local business leaders and executives asked city council to consider the ordinance as they see a threat from COVID-19 to businesses in addition to the health risks.
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Colorado bans gay or transgender "panic defense" in courtrooms

Gov. Jared Polis signed four bills into law on Monday designed to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. The bills included coverage for HIV/AIDS prevention medications, a new process for getting government documents for one's gender identity, and a ban on gay panic or transgender panic defenses. News5 took a closer look at SB20-221, which bans the use of a gay or transgender panic defense in the courtroom.
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Not as hot today with strong storms especially east of I-25

Storms could be strong once again today, particularly for those of you out east of I-25 into the plains. Storm threats today involve large hail, strong winds, and plenty of lightning. It'll be much cooler overall today with highs in the 80s and 90s across the lower elevations. Overnight we'll be cool and calm.
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Contact tracing calls are being ignored as people try to avoid scams

Public health officials admit there is still a lot they don't know about COVID-19. Reaching out to people who have been exposed or impacted by the virus is one way they hope to learn more through a method called contact tracing. But robocalls and scam calls are making this process more difficult for everyone.
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"It's a miracle:" 80-year-old Florence woman returns home after battling COVID-19 for months

An 80-year-old Florence woman received a surprise welcome home parade Monday after battling COVID-19 for months. Virginia Herrera was diagnosed in April and since then she's been hospitalized twice, spending time at a rehab facility. The cancer survivor came down with bilateral pneumonia while battling COVID-19 and doctors had to put her in a medically induced coma for 20 days.
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