Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Thursday morning.
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Outdoor downtown dining expands for second weekend
The block of South Tejon Street between Pikes Peak and Colorado avenues was closed last weekend for the soft launch of the Downtown Partnership's summer program called Dine Out Downtown, which the partnership said was very successful. Now, the block of North Tejon Street between Platte Avenue and Bijou Street will also be closed to traffic starting on June 26 and 27, and continuing through the summer.
Colorado to lift some nursing home visitation restrictions
The COVID-19 outbreak has struck nursing homes in Colorado especially hard. More than 40% of all deaths related to the virus in the state have come from non-hospital residential facilities, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. But as the state lifts more restrictions and opens up more of the economy — nursing homes, group homes and assisted living communities will see some limitations lifted as well.
Very hot today with isolated and weak storms
We're going to be HOT across southern Colorado today, and storms will be pretty limited. The mountains will likely see the most storm action today with really only a few scattered thunderstorms moving across the lower elevations. Any rain we see today will die off very early this evening and we'll be left with a warm and calm night.
Gov. Polis looks for options amid growing pressure to re-investigate Elijah McClain's death
Amid renewed calls both locally and nationally for justice, Governor Jared Polis announced Wednesday that he is looking into what his office can do to respond to the death of Elijah McClain, the 23-year-old Black man who died following an interaction with Aurora police last August.
Record number of crisis calls helping call takers save lives
Growing numbers of people experiencing stress, anxiety, and loneliness are leading to a surge in calls to crisis hotlines and suicide prevention services in El Paso County. News5 spoke with the mental health experts and trained volunteers on the frontline answering the calls as more people find the courage to reach out for help.
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