Today: Storm in Denver, cop who killed dog back on job, shutdown continues

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10 Things to Know Today

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1. Storm forecast to bring first snow of season to Denver

A storm approaching Colorado from the Northwest is forecast to bring the first measurable snow of the season to Denver late Thursday night. High temperatures Thursday will reach the upper 60s before the cold front arrives and things take a dramatic turn.

2. Commerce City officer not guilty of animal cruelty, back on job

A jury ruled Commerce City police officer Robert Price, who was facing one felony count, was not guilty of animal cruelty in the shooting death of a dog. The verdict in Adams County District Court came Wednesday, and Price was back on the job Thursday.

3. No progress on shutdown after Wed. night White House meeting 

Congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday evening pointing fingers at members of their respective opposing parties for not doing their part to halt the government shutdown.

4. GOP winners of recall elections sworn in at Capitol Thursday

On Thursday, two Republicans will raise their right hands and repeat an oath to take over for a pair of lawmakers who were ousted in recall elections. In that moment, Democrats will see their five-seat majority in the state senate trimmed to just one vote.

5. Mom giving son cannabis instead of chemo treatment

Within three months of starting the treatment, a Colorado springs mom insists that chemotherapy was “killing” her 3-year-old son. Instead, she opted for an alternate cannabis treatment. She’s now fighting Child Protective Services, who are threatening to take her child away.

6. Hwy 34 reopened, crews cite FOX31 anchor’s comments as motivation

A crucial stretch of highway connecting the rural town of Kersey to Greeley is back open on Thursday, right on schedule, with crews citing the cynicism of FOX31 Denver anchor Jeremy Hubbard as motivation to keep on schedule.

7. Hwy. 6 reopens after Thursday morning rock slide

A rock slide closed Highway 6 between I-70 and Highway 119 around 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning By 7:30 a.m., the roadway had reopened, with crews saying the slide had caused no injuries.

8. Report: Demand for Denver housing rising dramatically this year

Prices, inventory levels and the number of homes sold in Denver have softened since last fall, but by all year-over year comparisons, a report by Metrolist suggests the Denver market is significantly healthier than it was at this time last year.

9. Shot, skinned coyote found on CU-Boulder campus

That the carcass of a coyote was discovered on the CU-Boulder campus late Wednesday was no unusual. That it appeared the coyote had been shot in the head and skinned, however, was unusual.

10. Rare fossil find in Canada: Backhoe cuts into dinosaur tail

This week in Canada, a backhoe that was clearing way for an oil pipeline laid bare an extremely rare find: the fossil of a dinosaur millions of years old. A whole 35-foot dinosaur may be slumbering inside the rock a construction worker hit while clearing a site in the town of Spirit River.

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