Lawmakers have announced that after months of stalled negotiations they have reached an agreement on a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. A vote on the commission bill is expected on the House floor next week, but the timing for a vote in the Senate is still unclear. The announcement of an agreement comes after months of intense negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on the size and scope of the commission -- and after a week of a number of Republican lawmakers casting doubt on what they themselves witnessed at the Capitol just four months ago. The agreed-upon commission would include 10 members with significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence and cybersecurity. Current government officers or employees would be prohibited from appointment, according to the bipartisan duo, and each party would select five members to be on the commission.
Another busy weekend for streaming and new movies! Angelina Jolie returns to the big screen in the survival thriller “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” in theaters and on HBO Max. Ewan McGregor stars in “Halston,” a Netflix mini-series about the famed fashion designer. “Hacks” on HBO Max stars Jean Smart as a super successful stand-up comic in need of a fresh way of looking at things. “Moonlight’s” Barry Jenkins adapts the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Underground Railroad” into a limited series for Amazon Prime Video. And in a rare move for Netflix, Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” hits theaters a week ahead of its streaming debut. That covers what Jason has seen and can review. In addition, he can talk about “Spiral,” starring Chris Rock, which is the latest entry in the “Saw” franchise.
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No More Mask!
Anne Markley joins Dan to talk about tomorrows telethon.
Are gas shortages coming to Colorado Springs?
60 days after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, into law, his administration is rolling out $350 billion in funding to state, local, and tribal governments. The president is expected to go into details this afternoon, touting the help it will provide to workers and the economy, and announcing recipients will have plenty of authority to determine how to use their funding. This funding was one of the major sticking points for Republicans on Capitol Hill, who argued that many states didn't face revenue losses as steep as once feared, and that the federal government shouldn't bail out state and local governments that are in debt from previous decisions. Biden is holding steady with approval of a majority of Americans, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey shows Biden is buoyed in particular by the public's broad backing for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden's overall approval rating sits at 63%. When it comes to the new Democratic president's handling of the pandemic, 71% of Americans approve, including 47% of Republicans.
After his arrest on a charge of first-degree murder, Barry Morphew, the husband of missing Chaffee County woman Suzanne Morphew, made his first court appearance yesterday . The latest with KRDO's Dan Beedie.
Ahhhh Spring. The perfect time to go outside (if you're fully vaccinated, without a mask!) and take in the flowers and trees in full bloom, listen to the birds singing and oh yeah: dodge some falling rocket debris .... Depending on who you ask, there could be good reason to skip the whole fresh air thing and stay indoors this weekend. According to a number of sources, including the Pentagon and Aerospace Corp, a section of a large Chinese rocket is falling back to Earth and is expected to crash sometime Saturday. Exactly where no one is really sure -- Anywhere from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific near the Equator after passing over eastern US cities. The orbit itself covers a swath of the planet from New Zealand to Newfoundland. There’s also a very real concern that debris could hit an airplane in the sky. The FAA is now working with NORAD to monitor the sky, saying “Tactical decisions, if needed, will be made based on real-time information.” (translation: scientists won’t know where this rocket is going until just a few hours before it hits so they’ll have to think fast). Meanwhile, China is downplaying the event saying that it's all just "hype" from the Western media and that the rocket is "thin skinned," and likely to burn up before it hits earth … wherever that might be.
COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for teens and even younger children appears to be on the horizon as the FDA seems close to granting emergency use authorization to Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for teens and children ages 12 to 15. All people in America 16 years and older are already eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and anyone 18 years and older is eligible for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson while all three continue to run studies on even younger kids. But the rapid pace of progress has left parents searching for answers as quickly as the science develops, like will their kids experience the same side effects as adults and will the dosage amount be the same? Will they need a shot to go back to in-school learning? With the latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics saying that children now make up 22.4% of all new weekly cases, and over 3.7 million children have been diagnosed during the pandemic, it's more important than ever that parents get answers to their questions.
More than 186,000 restaurants flooded the federal government with applications for money in the first two days of a program set up to ameliorate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the White House. President Biden touted the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package he signed into law nearly two months ago, recognizing the industry as one of the hardest hit economic sectors during the pandemic. Biden emphasized the importance of these businesses as being part of the fabric of local communities and the fund will play a major role in our overall economic recovery. But with 186,000 and counting applications, it will be important to hold the White House accountable for how the money is going out and who it’s going to. Andy also looks at the irony of the fact that many restaurants are having trouble finding people to work for them because of the robust unemployment plan.
The legal team for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering George Floyd last month, has filed a motion in a Minneapolis court requesting a new trial on multiple grounds, including jury misconduct. In the filing, Chauvin’s attorney says the former officer should have a new trial in the "interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law." The motion comes as a photo circulating on social media shows juror Brandon Mitchell wearing a Black Lives Matter hat and a shirt with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. that says, "get your knee off our necks." Mitchell told The Star Tribune that his uncle posted the photo. Mitchell said he attended an Aug. 28 event commemorating the anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. "I think I was being extremely honest" during the jury selection process, Mitchell said. "I gave my views on everything -- on the case, on Black Lives Matter."
Mother's Day is fast approaching and Bloom Bar & Co has the perfect gifts for your mom.
The Biden administration will begin shifting how it allocates COVID-19 shots to states, moving doses from states with lower demand to those with stronger interest in vaccines, the White House said today. The change away from a strict by-population allocation comes as demand for the coronavirus vaccines has dropped nationwide, but especially precipitously in some areas, with some states turning down part or all of their weekly dose allotments. The federal government will now shift some of those doses to areas with higher demand, in an effort to speed shots in those areas. This week, Iowa turned down nearly three quarters of the vaccine doses available to the state for next week from the federal government because demand for the shots remains weak. Last week, Washington state changed the way it allocates coronavirus vaccine to its counties. Previously the state doled out supplies to counties proportionate to their populations. But Gov. Jay Inslee has said that the amounts now will be based on requests from health care providers.
Paul Myers-Bennett, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado - May 3, 2021 - KRDO’s Afternoon News
Tips to keep you safe from the latest scams.
Former President Donald Trump will find out this week whether he gets to return to Facebook. The social network’s Oversight Board says it will announce its decision Wednesday on a case concerning the former president. Trump's account was suspended for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Facebook and Instagram silenced his accounts on Jan. 7, saying at the time he’d be suspended “at least” through the end of his presidency. Facebook set up the oversight panel to rule on issues about content on its platforms, in response to widespread criticism about its inability to respond swiftly and effectively to misinformation, hate speech and nefarious influence campaigns.
Yemi Mobolade tells you step by step how to open a business in the Pikes Peak Region.
Kristina Clark joins KRDO's Afternoon News to discuss thr Local Links Virtual Home & Garden Show!
“News Matters” is a story about you, your industry, and the state of news in Colorado. The film is a stark look at the challenges the news industry is facing and shines a spotlight on the importance of good journalism for a free and informed democracy.
President Joe Biden is marking his first 100 days in office with a trip to Georgia. There, he'll meet with former President Jimmy Carter before headlining a drive-in rally in Duluth. The visit follows Biden's speech to a joint session of Congress, where he made the case for his policy agenda. Much of Biden's speech focused on what he hopes to do over the next year: major priorities like gun control and immigration, his enormous infrastructure bill, education and child care plans. The president also elaborated on his newly announced $1.8 trillion American Families Plan. The plan calls for universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as two years of free community college, a national paid leave program and $800 billion in tax credits for families and workers.
City Council Day
Abigail Ortega, CSU water supply resources manager, will provide an update on our water outlook for the summer and remind people about our water-wise rules.
DR.Thomas talks about the challenges of the 2020-21 school year.
Dan Cochell talked with ABC News' Mark Remillard about a new ABC News / Washington Post poll on whether people think the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, especially with Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine back in availability, during KRDO's Afternoon News on Monday afternoon.
Dan Cochell talked with Dana Schield from the Colorado Springs Airport on KRDO's Afternoon News on Monday afternoon.
Becoming the first crew blasted into space aboard a rocket booster and a crew capsule previously used on a spaceflight, NASA and SpaceX have successfully sent four astronauts from 3 countries into space. The same Endeavor capsule sent two astronauts to the ISS in 2020. Until they dock later this weekend at the ISS, they will have time to get some sleep and eat prepacked meals. Also notable for this mission is the fact that the pilot is married to the pilot of the previous one: Megan McArthur's husband is fellow astronaut Bob Behnken, who was part of that historic first NASA-SpaceX mission last May. In a previous interview, Behnken said this time it's "her turn to focus on getting her mission accomplished" and his turn to watch their young son. This was the third crew sent to space by SpaceX in 11 months after a 9 year break from sending humans to space from US soil. SpaceX also nailed the rocket landing back on Earth. This is all part of SpaceX’s plans for cheaper space flight by reusing many of the components.
A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took a further step today as the House of Representatives approved a bill to make the nation’s capital the 51st state. Voting along party lines with minority Republicans in opposition, the House approved the bill 216-208. That’s likely the easy part, though. The proposal faces a far tougher fight in the Senate, where simple Democratic control of the chamber won’t be enough. So what's in the legislation? A proposal to create a 51st state with one representative and two senators, while a tiny sliver of land including the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall would remain as a federal district. Instead of the District of Columbia, the new state would be known as Washington, Douglass Commonwealth — named after famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who lived in Washington from 1877 until his death in 1895. An identical statehood bill passed the House in 2020, but it quickly died in the then-Republican-controlled Senate. Now, with the 2020 elections leaving Democrats in control of both chambers and the White House, Republican senators may resort to a filibuster to stymie the statehood bill. Buckle your seatbelts!
The case against the 21 year old accused of opening fire inside of a Boulder, Colorado grocery store just got a whole lot bigger. On top of the 10 murder count Ahmad Alissa was already facing, now 43 more counts have been added including attempted murder for the other customers who were in the store that day and for the police who responded. Prosecutors also today released new details on the case. Officer Talley was killed seconds after entering the store. Before he entered all of the civilians who died were already dead. At least 115 people were in the store when the shooter started his attack. The gunman is also accused of having illegal large capacity magazines. A motive remains unclear for police.
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U.S. regulators say the Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine was dirty, didn't follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff. The problems resulted in contamination of a batch of material that was going to be put in the shots. The FDA released a 13-page report detailing findings from its recent inspection of the now-idle Emergent Biosciences factory. J&J and Emergent say they're working to fix the problems, but it begs the question: will J&J be able to regain the public's trust?
A rapid COVID test approved by the FDA starts shipping to major pharmacy chains today. A 2 pack of tests will be available for $23.99 over the counter. According to the manufacturer the kits will be available at CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens and Walmart without a prescription. More good news: the White House says "it has never been easier" to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot as all people in the US 16 and older are eligible for vaccines nationwide as of today. Yesterday the country reached the milestone of having 50% of adults at least partially vaccinated.
Closing arguments began in the Derek Chauvin murder trial today, with Minneapolis on edge against a repeat of the violence that erupted in the city and around the U.S. last spring over George Floyd's death. The prosecution took about an hour and 45 minutes to make its case, with Prosecutor Steve Schleicher ended his argument by saying: "This wasn't policing. This was murder. The defendant is guilty of all three counts. All of them. And there is no excuse." The Defense is now presenting its closing argument. The jury will deliberate in a downtown courthouse surrounded by concrete barriers and razor wire. Some businesses boarded up their storefronts with plywood.
A heavy metal guitarist has become the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band Iced Earth, has agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes of getting a lighter sentence, and the Justice Department will consider putting Schaffer in the federal witness security program. This signals that federal prosecutors see him as a valuable cooperator as they continue to investigate the militia groups and other extremists involved in the insurrection on Jan. 6.
Another mass shooting, this time at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. Authorities say they have not yet identified a gunman who stormed the facility near the Indianapolis airport, killing eight people and wounding several others before taking his own life. Deputy Chief Craig McCartt of the Indianapolis police said this morning the gunman started randomly shooting at people in the parking lot and then went into the building. He shot himself shortly before police entered. The shooting was over in less than 2 minutes. The Gun Violence Archive says 147 mass shootings have occurred so far in 2021. Their definition of mass shooting is a minimum of four gunshot victims.
The Biden administration announced today the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and sanctions against dozens of people and companies as it moved to hold the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year's presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies. The sanctions also target Moscow's ability to borrow money by prohibiting U.S. financial institutions from buying Russian bonds directly from Russian institutions. The actions were not a surprise since they've been hinted at for weeks. They represent the first retaliatory measures announced against the Kremlin for the hack, familiarly known as the SolarWinds breach. In that intrusion, Russian hackers are believed to have infected widely used software with malicious code, enabling them to access the networks of at least nine agencies in what U.S. officials believe was an intelligence-gathering operation aimed at mining government secrets. Other measures are expected as well, though the administration is not likely to announce them. Officials have been advising that their response to Russia would be in ways both seen and unseen. The White House also said Biden was using diplomatic, military and intelligence channels to respond to reports that Russia encouraged the Taliban to attack U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan based on the "best assessments" of the intelligence community
July 31, 1871, the story of the City of Colorado Springs began. A small group of people gathered near what is today the southeast corner of Cascade and Pikes Peak Avenue for a founding ceremony. Over the past 150 years, the city grew and developed around that very spot where the first stake was drive. As we venture to and around the three historic downtown parks—Acacia, Antlers and Alamo—we’ll explore stories of celebration, innovation and determination. This tour is drawn from the Museum’s newest exhibit, COS@150, which features 150 objects, illuminating 150 stories, and commemorating 150 years.
President Biden delivers remarks this afternoon about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan by September 11th. Speaking at a NATO event this morning, Secretary of State Blinken told the allies, “together we went into Afghanistan to deal with those that attacked us and to make sure that Afghanistan would not again become a haven for terrorists who might attack any of us. And together we have achieved the goals we set out to achieve. And now, it is time to bring our forces home.”
More than a year into the pandemic and the Care and Share team is still working hard to help individuals and families who have been impacted.
Jim Reid Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management - April 13, 2021 - KRDO’s Afternoon News
Its wildfire season!
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center is hosting an "in person" Veterans Medicare Seminar at 2pm on Wednesday. If you are a Veteran or know of someone who is a Veteran and has Medicare, this seminar is important to learn all the benefits and options you have, and much more.
The White House announced today that President Biden will create a commission to study possible changes to the Supreme Court. The commission comes as President Biden has been under pressure to add seats to the bench to compensate for a right-ward political shift after Trump appointed 3 nominees, one of whom was an Obama-era vacancy held up in the Senate. The establishment of a commission to study the issue was a campaign promise from Biden. Biden also released a $1.5 trillion wish list for the federal budget this morning, asking for an 8.4% increase in agency operating budgets with substantial gains for Democratic priorities like education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House budget office spells out Biden's top priorities as Congress weighs its spending plans for next year. It's the first financial outline of Democrats' broader ambitions since the expiration of a 2011 law that capped congressional spending.
President Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions today aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment.” But today's announcement actually underscores the limitations of Biden’s executive power to act on guns. They include moves to tighten regulations on homemade guns and provide more resources for gun-violence prevention, but fall far short of the sweeping gun-control agenda he laid out on the campaign trail.
As travel begins booming amid increased vaccinations, Florida has announced it is suing the federal government and CDC over the cruise no sail order. Governor Ron DeSantis says he wants cruise ships to be allowed to sail immediately. He also says you should be allowed to do so without being forced to show that you’ve been vaccinated. Also today - This doesn’t happen very often, especially during a pandemic: A new mainline airline launches in the US today. Avelo Airlines is taking a page out of Southwest’s playbook and trying to be a low cost airline flying all Boeing 737’s with few fees. Based out of Burbank, California the plan is to fly to mainly underserved, small, outdoor recreation destinations like Grand Junction, Colorado and Eugene, Oregon. While the airlines have been struggling, Avelo's founders -- who have worked at Allegiant and United -- say this is the perfect time to launch a new airline as domestic travel is coming back strong. Tickets went on sale today for $19. The airline begins flying it's 737’s at the end of the month.
Nearly half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states - a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing how it distributes vaccines by sending more doses to hot spots. New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation's new COVID-19 infections. That's nearly 197,500 new cases in the latest available seven-day period. At the White House COVID-19 briefing this morning, CDC head Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that the UK variant is now the "dominant strain" in the US.