April 15, 2013
DENVER — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the northern mountains and lower areas near the Wyoming border.
The Colorado Department of Transportation and Wyoming Department of Transportation closed Interstate 25 in both directions between Wellington and Cheyenne on Monday because of blowing snow, according to the Associated Press.
Loveland Pass is also closed near the Eisenhower tunnel in the Colorado mountains.
The weather service says up to a foot of snow is expected for some areas of the Western Slope by Tuesday.
April is typically Colorado's second snowiest month after March, Colton said.
All of the Colorado ski resorts that were still open for the season reported at least 6 inches of new snow Sunday. Beaver Creek was reporting 15 new inches, and Copper Mountain reported 13.
The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 56 degrees Monday in Colorado Springs. Expect breezy conditions, with gusts as high as 30 mph, and an overnight low of 29. The weather service says there is a 20 percent chance of precipitation after 3 p.m.
Cab driver killed in Denver accident
DENVER (AP) — A cab driver was killed and five other people have been sent to the hospital following a crash in Denver.
Police say a car ran a red light, hit the taxi and rolled over early Monday.
According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/cj3zsuy ), the taxi driver died at the scene and a passenger was injured.
3 killed on I-70 in crash in Glenwood Canyon
GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) — The Colorado State Patrol says three people are dead after the Audi they were riding in collided head on with a semitrailer on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon.
Construction in the canyon has shifted all eastbound traffic on I-70 into the normal westbound lanes, creating one eastbound lane and one westbound lane of traffic.
Troopers say an Audi was heading east in a westbound lane about 5:30 a.m. Sunday when it collided with the semitrailer about 13 miles east of Glenwood Springs. Troopers say two females and one male in the Audi were killed. The semitrailer driver wasn't hurt.
The National Weather Service says the Glenwood Springs area got 1 to 4 inches of snow overnight. Troopers say roads were wet at the time of the crash.
CU president looking for possible tax hike
BOULDER (AP) — University of Colorado President Bruce Benson is considering asking voters for a tax increase for higher education.
Benson says the vote would not take place before 2014, but he isn't saying what taxes could be raised.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/colnsdm ), CU will work with Colorado's other colleges and universities because it would affect all higher education institutions.
School funding overhaul moves to House
DENVER (AP) — It's Tax Day, but Democrats in the Colorado Legislature probably didn't purposely choose the date when they scheduled a hearing on a sweeping bill to remake the state's convoluted process for funding schools.
The measure up for review Monday in the House Education Committee aims to revise inequitable school funding and pay back schools hurt by years of deep budget cuts. The bill would also lead to full-day kindergarten across the state.
It's the biggest revision in decades on how Colorado funds K-12 public schools, with a goal of making school funding more equitable.
But the big changes take effect only if voters agree this fall to something like $1 billion in higher income taxes. Republicans complain the school-funding overhaul doesn't do enough to change how schools are run.
Major election changes considered
DENVER (AP) — Changes to election Colorado rules allowing same-day voter registration and mailing ballots to all registered voters will get its first hearing in a state House committee.
The Democrat-sponsored bill would also eliminate a category of voters considered inactive because they failed to vote in the most recent election. That category restricts voters' ability to get ballots by mail.
The bill will get testimony and a possible first vote on Monday.
Republicans have criticized Democrats who wrote the bill, saying GOP leaders were left out of the process. Republicans also say the changes are meant to benefit Democrats.
Democrats say the goal of the bill is to increase voter participation.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1850, the city of San Francisco was incorporated.
In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died, nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington. Andrew Johnson became the nation’s 17th president.
In 1874, an exhibition of paintings by 30 artists, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cezanne, opened in Paris. (A critic derisively referred to the painters as “Impressionists,” a name which stuck.)
In 1942, Britain’s King George VI awarded the George Cross to Malta for its heroism in the early days of World War II.
In 1943, the Ayn Rand novel “The Fountainhead” was first published by Bobbs-Merrill Co.
In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day. (The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, 5-3.)
In 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigned for health reasons (he was succeeded by Christian A. Herter).
In 1960, a three-day conference to form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. (The group’s first chairman was Marion Barry.)
In 1986, the U.S. launched an air raid against Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5; Libya said 37 people, mostly civilians, were killed.
In 1989, 96 people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. Students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests; the demonstrations culminated in a government crackdown at Tiananmen Square.
In 1998, Pol Pot, the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge, died at age 73, evading prosecution for the deaths of two million Cambodians.
Ten years ago: Looters and arsonists ransacked Iraq’s National Library, as well as Iraq’s principal Islamic library. Umpire Laz Diaz was attacked by a fan during a game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox; the fan, Eric Dybas, was later sentenced to six months in jail and 30 months’ probation.
Five years ago: Pope Benedict XVI stepped onto U.S. soil for the first time as pontiff as he was greeted at Andrews Air Force Base by President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush and their daughter Jenna.
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