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5 Things You Need To Know - March 12, 2020

Garden of the Gods Daniel Forster
Letecia Stauch (EPCSO booking photo)
Posted at 5:53 AM, Mar 12, 2020

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

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Speed limit dropping, enforcement increasing, because of too many crashes along Gap project

Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation and construction managers are working together to promote safer driving. They are going to be lowering the speed during high traffic times from 60 mph down to 55 mph along the Gap while State Patrol enforcement will also be increasing.
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Mother's heartbreaking story inspires change at intersection

News5 is partnering with our viewers to drive change on our roads and one of those people is a mother still struggling with the loss of her teenage son who died in a deadly crash just a few months ago. Cheryl MacDuff lost her 18-year-old son Charlie after an ugly crash at the intersection of Judge Orr Road and Ellicott Highway in El Paso County. She shared her story with News5's Patrick Nelson to help save someone's life.
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Mild day ahead before snow moves in

Through the afternoon, temperatures will rise above average into the 50s and 60s. This evening, a cold front will move into Colorado from the north, arriving around early evening and dinner time. Winds will be gusty and temperatures will begin to cool quickly as low clouds move in with this front.
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Prosecutors not ruling out possible death penalty case against Letecia Stauch

The woman accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson made her first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon and was advised of the charges against her for the presumed death of Gannon Stauch. Prosecutors announced they have not ruled out the possibility of pursuing the death penalty in this case. The death penalty repeal measure passed recently will apply to those charged on or after July 1, 2020.
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Colorado health officials report 33 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19

Colorado's number of presumptive positive coronavirus cases is now up to 33 including one right here in El Paso County. All of these cases are presumptive until the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can independently confirm them. Gov. Polis is declaring a state of emergency that allows more access to resources and more flexibility in addressing any potential outbreaks.
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