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5 Things You Need To Know - July 24, 2020

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Katie O'Connor
'We ain't going to wait': Colorado will ramp up testing, processing as national lab backlog grows
Posted at 6:21 AM, Jul 24, 2020

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

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Pueblo D60 announces return-to-school plan

The Pueblo District 60 School Board voted Thursday night to approve a Return to School Plan consisting of a mixture of in-person instruction, hybrid instruction, and a 100% virtual learning option. The plan follows health and safety guidelines recommended by the Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Pueblo Health. Under the plan, students will return to school on Monday, August 31, and teachers will return on Monday, Aug. 10.
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Gov. Jared Polis responds to state lawmaker's call for federal agents in Denver
Gov. Jared Polis responded to a state lawmaker's call for President Donald Trump to intervene to stop violence in Colorado. Rep. Dave Williams serves House District 15 in Colorado Springs. He posted to Twitter Thursday a copy of his letter to Trump to expand what is called "Operation Legend," a Justice Department program launched earlier this month to some cities to "fight the sudden surge of violent crime."
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Hot again today despite the clouds, most of the moisture remains out west

Heavy rain will fall across the deeper mountains today, but little to no moisture is expected from I-25 east this afternoon and evening. The Pikes Peak Region might get lucky and grab some late-day showers and thunderstorms, but monsoon moisture will favor areas farther west. Despite the cloud cover today, it'll still be hot with most highs in the 80s and 90s.
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Colorado Springs teacher shares what returning to school looks like during COVID-19

In a widely shared Facebook video, a Colorado Springs teacher is giving an unfiltered look at what the process looks like for educators returning to school to prepare for the upcoming school year. Now, Katie O'Connor is taking over the KOAA Instagram account to give us a behind-the-scenes look at what preparing her classroom for the school year looks like. Follow along all day today and be sure to ask any questions she may be able to answer! Click here to go to our Instagram page.
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'We ain't going to wait': Colorado will ramp up testing, processing as national lab backlog grows
Colorado will ramp up its own COVID-19 test processing capabilities in coming weeks to cut back on the time in which results are turned around, with private labs that handle much of the processing currently experiencing massive backlogs that have resulted in it taking up to two weeks for some people to receive their results.
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