Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Thursday morning.
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US Olympic & Paralympic Museum officially opens in Colorado Springs
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum is officially opening its doors to visitors in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday after the COVID-19 pandemic put plans for the museum on hold. A groundbreaking ceremony took place three years ago for the museum and it was originally set to open on Memorial Day of this year, but officials delayed it due to the virus. With safety guidelines in place, the museum is ready to have guests enjoy its high-tech exhibits.
CSPD arrests man for human trafficking, other charges
A 53-year-old man was arrested Friday and is facing multiple charges, including human trafficking, after a months-long investigation by authorities, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police said they had three investigations that they were able to like to David Roberts, of Colorado Springs. The Metro Vice Unit asks that any additional victims, witnesses, or persons with information on the activities of Roberts from January 1, 2019, to July 24, 2020, contact the department at 719-444-7000.
Cooler and windy today with a few stray storms
Most of southern Colorado is going to be windy and about 10 degrees cooler today. The winds will come in out of the north to northeast this afternoon blowing between 15 to 30 mph, with a few gusts between 30 to 40 mph likely out east of I-25. There could be a few thunderstorms that try and form at the end of the day along the eastern mountains and I-25 corridor, but that chance remains pretty low.
Thursday marks 6 months since WHO declared coronavirus an international health emergency
Thursday marks exactly six months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health crisis connected with the disease that was then simply known as the novel coronavirus. Half a year later, the virus has infected 17 million people on every continent and killed more than 600,000 worldwide. On Jan. 31, WHO issued a statement saying that Dr. Tedros Adhanom, the director-general of the organization, had accepted a committee's recommendation to declare the outbreak of the virus in China a "public health emergency of international concern."
Military veterans, first responders addressing mental health together
Military veterans and first responders have encountered difficult situations that many of us will never truly understand and that was before the stress of COVID-19. Here in Colorado Springs, at places like Garden of the Gods, military vets and first responders are joining forces to take on mental health challenges together. LifeAid Research Institute, a groundbreaking suicide prevention program, hosts retreats that allow veterans and first responders to form community.
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