10 things to know for today

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DENVER — Here are 10 stories we are keeping an eye on this Tuesday, July 2.

1. Flooding damages 20 homes in Manitou Springs

Heavy rain near the Waldo Canyon burn scar brought flooding and debris that damaged at least 20 homes in the Manitou Springs area.  The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says 6 to 8 of those homes have significant damage.

2. Search continues for Sen. Udall’s brother

Sen. Mark Udall’s brother, James “Randy” Udall, has been reported missing after he went hiking alone in western Wyoming.  Search teams will resume their hunt for him Tuesday.

3. Willow Bend Fire continues to burn with homes on pre-evacuation status

Pre-evacuation orders were issued for residents around a small wildfire burning along the Jefferson and Douglas county line.  Firefighters will try to contain the fire Tuesday.

4. Town mourns firefighters killed in Arizona wildfire

More heartbreak in Arizona: The more we learn about the 19 elite firefighters killed in the Yarnell fire, the more heartbroken we get. Fourteen of them were in their 20s – in the prime of their lives. “As dark a day as I can remember,” is how Gov. Jan Brewer put it.

5. New Colorado Higher Ed Program hopes to reintegrate ex-offenders

A Colorado Department of Higher Education initiative starts Tuesday aimed at recently released offenders to help them get into education programs and productive careers.

6. Egypt protests continue with ultimatum for president

One deadline came today for Egyptian President Morsy; another hangs over his head. Protesters gave him until today to step down. He ignored them. But he has until tomorrow to figure out a way to appease them, or else the army says it’ll step in.

7. Trayvon Martin trial continues with testimony from lead investigator

The lead investigator in the Zimmerman trial gets back on the stand this morning to continue answering questions from the defense. Jurors heard Zimmerman’s story in his own words for the first time yesterday as his interviews with police were played in court. The prosecution pointed out inconsistencies in his account.

8. NSA leaker is a ‘stateless person’

Edward Snowden remains at an airport in Russia. He has applied for asylum in China and Cuba.

9. National cell phone courtesy month

Dr. Jaqueline Whitmore declared July National Cell Phone Courtesy Month in 2002.  She has tips for cell phone addicts including: Don’t discuss private information in public, and make sure the people you are with take precedence over your phone.

10. Momentum in the stock market continues to build

After kicking off the second half of the year with a strong performance on Monday, investors are looking to capitalize on the momentum.  U.S. stock futures were up across the board Tuesday, with the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all moving in a positive direction ahead of the open.

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