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9 local stories making headlines this week

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1. Colorado Parks and Wildlife often receives calls this time of year reporting newborn wildlife that appear to have been abandoned. But picking up or feeding young animals usually causes more harm than good, CPW cautions.

2. The city adopted new security for City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., on May 24. Measures include metal detectors and visual inspection of bags. City responds: “While there were no specific threats to City Hall, we do have a responsibility to keep City facilities and the public who visit them as safe as possible, and this is a proactive approach," Ryan Trujillo, facilities manager, said in an email. "The installation of metal detectors is very much in line with security measures currently installed in City Halls across the nation.”

3. Douglas Bruce, former El Paso County commissioner and state representative and author of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, was found guilty in connection with three citations in Pittston, Pennsylvania, on May 23, prompting the mayor to say he’ll forward the case to police for criminal charges, the Gazette reports. The case involves an unoccupied bar owned by Bruce, who issued a statement calling the town’s legal process a “kangaroo court with a rigged outcome.”

4. As President Donald Trump prepared to give the graduation address at the Air Force Academy on May 30, Academy officials said they’re investigating possible cheating on final exams by some freshmen, the Gazette reports.

5. 2C, the city’s voter-approved five-year street tax, will tackle paving 175.45 miles of roads in its fourth year. See the paving list at ColoradoSprings.gov/2C.

6. Denver voters will weigh in on June 4 as to whether the city should have to give voters a say before spending taxpayer dollars hosting future Olympic Games in Denver.

7. Gov. Jared Polis fulfilled a central campaign promise May 22 by signing legislation to fund free, full-day kindergarten throughout the state.

8. Msitu, a 10-year-old reticulated giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, is due to give birth sometime in the next couple of months. You can try guessing the exact birth date, hour and minute at cmzoo.org/guess.

9. The city received more than 1,000 calls reporting downed tree branches in the 24 hours following a spring snowstorm May 20. Visit coloradosprings.gov/downtree to report fallen debris and branches originating from public property. 

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