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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Rain, snow forecast for Colorado Springs

Staff reports Updated: April 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

The partly sunny and dry conditions that are greeting us Monday morning will likely give way to a mix of rain and snow later in the day, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service says we can expect a high near 56 Monday, but there is a 60 percent chance of precipitation after 5 p.m. Less than a tenth of an inch is likely.

Rain will turn into snow late Monday, with wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches is possible before Tuesday morning.

A chance of snow remains throughout Tuesday and it will remain cold in the Pikes Peak region, with a forecast high of 35 in the Springs.

A warmup begins Wednesday. The expected high is 50 with mostly sunny skies.

   

AROUND COLORADO

State considers honor for shelter dogs, cats

DENVER (AP) — A bill to make shelter animals the official state pet faces a hearing Monday in a House committee.

The bill brought smiles to Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, especially when backers brought four-legged lobbyists to promote the measure.

The pet designation comes because Colorado already has an official animal, the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Colorado also has a state bird, the lark bunting, and an official fish, the green cutthroat trout.

Some senators complained that the designation is a distraction from more important matters facing Colorado, but sponsors pointed out that the measure was proposed by schoolchildren and sends a positive message about caring for animals.

Experts meeting on post-traumatic stress disorder

AURORA (AP) — Experts are gathering in Aurora to study post-traumatic stress disorder in an effort to help military veterans.

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman have organized a task force that includes medical experts, psychologists and Colorado veterans.

The meeting on Monday will explore assistance currently available to veterans and what Congress can do to help.

Police identify possible suspect in 4/20 shooting

DENVER (AP) — Denver police on Sunday pointed to a YouTube video they say shows a possible suspect in the weekend shooting at a marijuana celebration that injured two people and scattered a crowd of thousands.

The shooting on Saturday took place during the outdoor celebration of the first 4/20 counterculture holiday since Colorado legalized marijuana. Denver police spent much of Sunday scanning video taken at the event.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson told The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/ZGZFPZ ) that the suspect is shown in the video walking in a crowd away from the scene of the shooting as sirens wailed in the background.

The suspect, a black male who was wearing a brown and white checkered shirt, can be seen about six seconds into the video, he said.

"We are seeking this individual as we believe he assisted the primary suspect after the shooting," Jackson said in an email to the newspaper.

The police gang unit has taken over the investigation, although it isn't yet clear if gangs were involved, he said.

Witnesses on Saturday described a scene in which a jovial atmosphere quickly turned to one of panic at the downtown Civic Center Park just before 5 p.m.

Senate committee to hear plan for drilling limits

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Legislature is mulling Democratic bills to clamp down on oil and gas producers.

On Monday, a Senate committee is hearing a bill to increase daily limits on drilling fines for the first time in decades.

On Wednesday, a House committee will consider a bill to study the possibility of more thorough well inspections.

Stoned driving debate gets another chance

DENVER (AP) — A measure to set a marijuana blood limit for drivers faces a big test Monday in the chamber where it has failed three times before.

The Senate Judiciary Committee starts work on this year's stoned-driving bill, which has already cleared the House.

Marijuana activists aren't giving up hope they'll defeat this year's version as well.

Aurora officer suffers minor injuries in crash

AURORA (AP) — An Aurora police officer suffered minor injuries when he was hit by a pickup truck while setting up a radar speed zone.

Police said Monday the truck veered off the road and hit a guardrail around midnight. The truck then hit the police car head-on and spun it around.

Both the officer and the truck driver were treated at a hospital and released.

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash in Pueblo

PUEBLO (AP) — Authorities are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a 56-year-old man who was walking across a street in Pueblo.

Police were called to an intersection in the city's East Side just after 11:15 p.m. Friday. The victim, whose name has not been released, was crossing the street at a designated crosswalk.

Sgt. Chris Noeller tells the Pueblo Chieftain (http://bit.ly/11sXj9m ) that investigators do not have a description of the driver or the vehicle that hit the man.

Police investigate fatal stabbing in Lakewood

DENVER (AP) — Authorities are investigating after three people were stabbed — one fatally — during a fight at an apartment complex in Lakewood.

Police spokesman Steve Hipwell tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/10rYies) that officers were called just before 2 a.m. Sunday after an argument turned into a fight between some party-goers and neighbors.

The stabbing victims were hospitalized, and a man in his 20s later died from his wounds.

Police say a juvenile male is in custody, but they are not releasing any names in the case.

Denver paleontologist finds new dinosaur species

DENVER (AP) — A curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science says he has found fossilized bones of a new dinosaur species in a Madagascar cliff.

Joseph Sertich, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the museum, tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/ZHqW3U ) he excavated the vertebrae and ribs of Dahalokely tokana near the city of Antsiranana in 2007 and 2010.

It took several years, but Sertich says a research team was able to confirm a new species.

He says the dinosaur would have been between 9 and 14 feet long and lived about 90 million years ago. That period of time is significant because it helps fill a gap in the fossil record.

Sertich says it's unclear if the bones will be displayed.

The name Dahalokely tokana means "lonely small bandit" in the Malagasy language.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1864, Congress authorized the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins.

In 1889, the Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked claims.

In 1912, the United States Chamber of Commerce had its beginnings with a National Commercial Conference held in Washington, D.C.

In 1930, the United States, Britain and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, which regulated submarine warfare and limited shipbuilding.

In 1938, 45 workers were killed in a coal mine blast at Keen Mountain in Buchanan County, Va.

In 1952, an atomic test in Nevada became the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television as a 31-kiloton bomb was dropped from a B-50 Superfortress.

In 1963, Lester B. Pearson took office as Canada’s 14th prime minister.

In 1970, millions of Americans observed the first “Earth Day.”

In 1983, the West German news magazine Stern announced the discovery of 60 volumes of personal diaries purportedly written by Adolf Hitler; however, the diaries turned out to be a hoax.

In 1994, Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died at a New York hospital four days after suffering a stroke; he was 81.

In 1997, in Peru, government commandos stormed the Japanese ambassador’s residence, ending a 126-day hostage crisis; all 14 Tupac Amaru rebels were killed, all 72 hostages were rescued (one died later of gunshot wounds).

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush announced he would nominate Alan Greenspan for a fifth term as Federal Reserve chairman. Songwriter Felice Bryant, who with her late husband, Boudleaux, wrote “Bye Bye Love” and other Everly Brothers hits, died in Gatlinburg, Tenn., at age 77.

Five years ago: Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, defeating Barack Obama and keeping her presidential hopes alive. At the close of a two-day North American summit in New Orleans, President George W. Bush chastised U.S. lawmakers for letting international trade deals falter and criticized Democratic presidential contenders for wanting to scrap or amend the North American free-trade zone. Singer-songwriter Paul Davis died in Meridian, Miss., a day after turning 60.

  

HAPPENINGS

-- “Cornish Hard Rock Miners in Cripple Creek and Leadville” lecture, 1-3 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free.

-- “Resurrection - The Elwha River and the Past, Present and Future of Restoration in the American West,” presented by Andrew Fahlund, 6 p.m., Colorado College, Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.

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