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Five things to know: July 31, 2019

District 60 bond measure headed to ballot
Donthe Lucas
Posted at 7:06 AM, Jul 31, 2019

Happy hump day! These are the top five stories we're following in southern Colorado this Wednesday.

Moderate Democrats and progressives square off in first night of Detroit debate

In the first debate between prominent progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, little separation emerged on night one of the Democratic Debate in Detroit. Both refrained from attacking each other, but moderate candidates, like former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, weren't afraid to attack their policies. Night two of the debate is airing on CNN tonight at 6 p.m. MT. News5 will have a full recap online and at on News5 at 10.

MORE:AP Fact Check: Night one of the Democratic debate

Pueblo D60 School board finalizes ballot language for $218 million bond

The D60 School Board unanimously approved the ballot language for a $218 million bond that is set to appear on the November ballot in Pueblo. If the bond measure were to pass in the November election, it would be used to build completely new schools for Centennial High School and East High School, as well as providing upgrades for Central High School and South High School. The new high schools would be placed on the same campuses as their current locations, said those behind the bond.

Pentagon identifies soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Monday

The Department of Defense said Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, and Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, were both killed in "a combat related incident" in Tarin Kowt in the Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Donthe Lucas back in court again Wednesday

Donthe Lucas, the Pueblo man accused of killing his former pregnant girlfriend, will be back in court Wednesday. He was in court for a motions hearing Tuesday that was closed off to the public. Lawyers for both sides were reportedly conducting interviews. His murder trial is set for January 2020.

Forecast: Hot again today with late day to early evening thunderstorms

Expect another hot one, but a better chance of storms than yesterday. Rain and storms will be widespread but scattered through the mountains, with more rain along the Front Range compared to the Wet and Sangre De Cristo Ranges.