Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Thursday morning.
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Colorado officials announce programs aimed at expanding broadband access for low-income students
Colorado officials announced several programs and agreements aimed at expanding broadband across the state – particularly for low-income households with students. Part of the expansion will come from an October 2019 settlement from the state with T-Mobile over its merger with Sprint. The company will give free hot spots and 100 GB of data per year for up to 34,000 low-income households with students. To qualify, families will have to be in a T-Mobile service area, and eligibility will be based on whether or not a student is involved in the National School Lunch Program.
What the CDC eviction moratorium means for Colorado
The Trump administration announced this week that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will use their authority to protect public health by putting a temporary ban on evictions through the end of 2020. The document is currently unpublished, but it's expected to go into effect this Friday, September 4. In the notice, the CDC states evictions can lead to homelessness or crowded living situations, which can further spread coronavirus. The notice does not relieve anyone of paying rent indefinitely.
Cooler and breezy today before big weekend heat
A cool front passing through this morning will work to shave about 4 to 6 degrees off our high temperatures today. We'll be windiest in the early morning as the front passes through with lighter east and southeast winds in the afternoon. Overnight we'll keep the clear skies we see during the day and let lows fall back into the 50s.
5 new positive COVID-19 tests at CSU-Pueblo
CSU Pueblo confirmed Wednesday five new positive cases of COVID-19. All of the new cases involve student-athletes. At this time the university is not disclosing which sports the students are involved in. The university did say that four of the students live on campus and have now been quarantined. The university added that internal contact tracing began immediately upon notification of the positive test results. All potentially exposed individuals at CSU Pueblo have been notified.
Parent upset over 'A.C.A.B' and 'Defund the Police' material included in school supply kit
A Pueblo parent is upset after she says her child received materials with subliminal anti-police messaging on them in a school supply kit. In the kit was a coloring page with the letters "A.C.A.B." on it. But that's just the start of it. When the parent heard about a free school supply drive--she was in. The drive this past Monday was put on by the group 'Community Resources United' in partnership with the Pueblo Education Coalition.
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