Today: Hickenlooper to run again, 5-cent bag charge, national airline trouble
Suspicious package found near Denver’s Webb building, bomb squad called
A bomb squad was called, the building was evacuated and roads were shut down after a suspicious package was found near Denver’s Wellington E. Webb building Wednesday morning. As of 7:45 a.m., police confirmed the package had been cleared and that there was no longer a threat to the building or the surrounding area near Civic Center Park.
Body recovered from pool of Denver apartment complex
Emergency crews recovered a body from a Denver apartment complex pool Wednesday morning. The individual was dead by the time crews arrived. Later in the morning, crews were working to determine if there were any signs of foul play.
Gov. Hickenlooper files paperwork to run for reelection
The campaigning can officially begin Wednesday after Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper filed paperwork with the Secretary of State Tuesday to seek a second term. Hickenlooper is favored to win reelection, although his disapproval rating has gone up in the last several months — especially in this KDVR.com poll — as he presided over a Democrat-controlled legislature and signed controversial gun control measures into law.
Denver leaders considering 5-cent charge for plastic, paper bags
The City of Denver is considering charging a 5-cent fee to store customers who use plastic or paper bags. The goal of the measure is to reduce waste to landfills. Studies cited by those in favor of the proposal suggest 130 million single-use bags are discarded every year. One dissenter, however, asked the committee to hold off on the vote for a year so the numbers “being tossed around like paper bags” could be fully vetted.
Wildfire burning out of control near Glenwood Springs
Evacuation notices were issued Tuesday as a wind-driven Red Canyon Fire burning near Glenwood Springs kept growing. It was estimated at 350 acres Tuesday night with 10 percent containment. That containment level was the same Wednesday morning. The fire started burning early Monday afternoon.
Whistle prevent child kidnapping in Colorado Springs
Whistles were being passed out like candy on Wednesday in a Colorado Springs neighborhood after a group of kids used the devices to scare off a would-be kidnapper. The incident took place on Monday near Gracewood and Havenwood drives when an unknown man tried to coax a 10-year-old and her 3-year-old friend into his van. The 10-year-old blew the whistle, which started a chain reaction among her friends in other parts of the neighborhood. The man then fled the area.
2 dead in Alabama crash of UPS cargo plane
The pilot and co-pilot of a UPS cargo flight died Wednesday when the Airbus A300 they were flying crashed on approach to the Birmingham, Alabama, airport. The plane, which took off from Louisville, Kentucky, went down around 4:45 a.m. It crashed on a street that runs parallel to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Egypt forces storm pro-Morsy protester camps
In a matter of hours Wednesday, two peaceful protest camps in Cairo turned into war zones. The violence began with Egyptian security forces entering the two massive makeshift camps filled with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy, bulldozing tents and escorting away hundreds of protesters. Chaos ensued. Ninety-five people have been killed and more than 500 have been wounded.
Justice Department trying to halt American-US Airways merger
The Justice Department and attorneys general from six states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the $11 billion merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying the combination would lead to higher prices and less service for consumers.
Happy ending for Sandy victims among 16 new lotto winners
Several of them suffered property losses in Superstorm Sandy. One is the daughter of a man who helped write New Jersey’s lottery law. All are feeling extremely lucky. Sixteen New Jersey co-workers who jointly held one of three tickets that won last week’s $448 million Powerball jackpot came forward publicly Tuesday. They’ve been dubbed the “Ocean’s 16.”AlertMe