Today: Boulder monorail discussion, controversial ‘chicken’ remark, pot for dogs

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Sparks fly after Sen. Marble’s ‘chicken’ comment in poverty hearing

Democratic lawmakers couldn’t believe their ears as they listened to Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, deliver a long soliloquy explaining that more blacks and Hispanics live in poverty, in part, because of fried chicken. Listen to Marble’s comments and the response from Democratic Rep. Rhonda Fields, a black woman who was up in arms at the suggestion.

Proposed Boulder County monorail to be discussed Thursday night

We may be getting closer to having a new monorail system between Boulder and LongmontThe commuter system could be running along Highway 119 as soon as 2016 if the proposal gets a good reception from the Boulder City Council on Thursday night.

‘Organic material’ fueled smoking-caused fire in Aurora

Two homes next door to each other caught fire in a southeast Aurora neighborhood on Tuesday evening. On Thursday morning, fire officials said the two-alarm fire was caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials and accelerated by winds gust and “organic material” inside one of the homes.

Medical marijuana being used to help dogs?

We’ve heard of medical marijuana being used to help children with a number of different conditions recently in Colorado. Now, a woman says she has found ways to use marijuana to help ease the pain of her dogs.

Adams 12 district changes budget practices following FOX31 investigation

As students returned to class this week in the Adams 12 Five Star School District, we’re learning about changes in the way the district spends taxpayer money and what it tells the public about its budget. The changes come after a FOX31 Denver investigation revealed questionable accounting practices in the state’s fifth-largest school district.

Heat expected to be held at bay for another day

We’ve already had a few sprinkles Thursday morning, and we’re expected to have some more showers and storms through the late afternoon and early evening. With more clouds and rain on Thursday, we expected to get a continued break from the 90s, with high temperatures expected to be around 87 degrees. We’re expected to be back into the low 90s for Friday through Sunday.

Broomfield nurse to be charged with sexual assault

The man accused of sexually assaulting two patients at a Broomfield nursing home is expected to be charged with two counts of sexual assault on an at-risk adult and four counts of sexual assault on Thursday. According to the District Attorney’s Office, Antonio Nieto, 41, sexually assaulted two women over the age of 58.

John Heston wanted in Longmont cemetery vandalism

Police are seeking a man they believe damaged more than 100 headstones in a Longmont cemetery. John Heston, 19, is that suspect, and he is thought to be staying in the Longmont area with friends or possibly camping along the St. Vrain River.

Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman, referring to self as Chelsea

Bradley Manning wants to be a woman. The U.S. Army soldier sentenced this week to 35 years in prison for leaking 750,000 pages of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said Thursday in a statement read on NBC’s “Today” show that he will seek hormone therapy and live as a female named Chelsea.

Georgia school employee hailed as ‘hero’ for talking gunman into giving up

The troubled young man who allegedly walked into a Georgia elementary school with a high-powered rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammo told a staffer that he didn’t care about dying. Antoinette Tuff, the woman who talked him into giving up, is now being hailed as a hero. Here’s what she said to the would-be gunman.