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5 Things You Need To Know - October 8, 2020

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Second presidential debate to take place virtually following Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis
Posted at 6:32 AM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 08:32:20-04

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

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Mountain Shadows neighborhood residents speak out against proposed zoning change at city meeting

Developers are hoping the city will grant their rezoning request allowing them to add hundreds of apartments and possibly commercial buildings and homes on unused land surrounding an office building in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. But neighbors say the city and developers aren't being transparent.

The area in question is a property in the 2400 block of Garden of the Gods Road. It's home to a Verizon building among other industrial businesses. It's currently zoned for industrial manufacturing, which allows things like trucking terminals. But the idea is to change it into an area where restaurants, offices, and even housing units can be built. You can read more about that plan here.
D20: More positive COVID-19 cases identified

District 20 officials said Wednesday a staff member at an elementary school tested positive for COVID-19 and another elementary school will move to remote learning due to 49 people being in isolation or quarantine. Later in the day, the district announced four additional COVID-19 cases impacting three schools, but they said they would not be moving into eLearning.
Record heat and hazy with high fire danger on the eastern border

The forecast is simple today, we're going to be hot and there will be leftover wildfire smoke. Highs today will be near records today in Colorado Springs and Pueblo with widespread 80s and lower 90s in the plains. Wildfire smoke will not be as thick as it was Wednesday afternoon, but it'll still be hazy out against the mountains.
Colorado Secretary of State sued for outdated voter rolls

A lawsuit filed Monday in US District Court in Denver alleges the Colorado Secretary of State's office failed to clean up its voter rolls in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act. The conservative, non-partisan educational foundation Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit along with three voters from El Paso, Elbert and Adams counties.
Second presidential debate to take place virtually, Trump says he won't participate

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday that the second presidential debate will take place virtually following President Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis. The town hall-style debate on Oct. 15 will be hosted from Miami with candidates participating from "remote locations." During a Thursday morning interview on Fox Business, Trump said he would not participate in a virtual debate.
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