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5 Things You Need To Know - June 19, 2020

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Friday is Juneteenth – learn the history behind the holiday
Posted at 6:25 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 08:25:05-04

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

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Gov. Jared Polis to sign sweeping police reform bill into law

Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign a police reform and accountability bill into law Friday morning. The "Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Bill" was introduced in the wake of demonstrations following George Floyd's death.
Strong to severe storms likely this afternoon

We're going to feel cool and gloomy today under overcast skies today, but we still have a chance for strong to severe storms in the afternoon. Storms will start over the mountains just around or after lunch and move east over I-25 and into the plains through the afternoon and evening.
Pueblo library district opening buildings to public

The district announced all libraries will reopen Friday for the first phase, which will allow the public to use library computers for a 45-minute session on a reservation basis. Computers will be available for use at all branches between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, while visitors can only use the computers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center to host free food giveaway

Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center is hosting a free food giveaway today for community members in need of food. The center said COVID-19 has created challenging times for the community and that "providing food" should not be one of those challenges. This giveaway is not limited to veterans and their families.
Friday is Juneteenth – learn the history behind the holiday

As calls for racial justice and police reform continue, communities throughout the U.S. are gearing up to celebrate Juneteenth this Friday. With what's going on in America, the 155th anniversary of the holiday means even more. While Americans have celebrated Juneteenth since the late 1800s, many are still unfamiliar with its significance.
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