TODAY: Legislative session begins, fatal avalanche, DIA seeks pot ban

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1. New, old battles loom as Colorado legislature opens Wednesday

Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, will be sworn in as the new senate president on Wednesday at the state capitol to begin the 2014 legislative session, taking over for recalled former Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in what’s expected to be a tenuous 120-day session.

2. Grandson of Vail Ski Resort founder killed in avalanche

The 24-year-old grandson of a founder of the Vail Ski Resort was killed in an Avalanche east of the ski area Tuesday. The avalanche occurred just outside the ski resort’s boundary.

3. DIA officials seeking to completely ban marijuana from airport

Keeping marijuana in the city of Denver is one thing, but anyone taking it to the airport could be looking at stiff penalties. DIA officials are pushing to ban marijuana from the airport altogether to avoid confusion over where it can be used or who has the right to carry it.

4. Denver Police investigating death of 4-month-old at homeless shelter

Police are investigating the death of a 4-month-old boy at a Salvation Army homeless shelter on Wednesday after the infant’s body was discovered on Tuesday.

5. Federal regulators cracking down on deceptive weight loss products

Several over-the-counter weight loss products being sold in Denver promise that you will lose weight. But the FTC says the companies are guilty of false advertising and they’ve been fined tens of millions of dollars.

6. Flu season already worse this year in Colorado than last

State health officials say this year’s flu season is already worse than last year’s with 448 people in 34 counties hospitalized. We are in the height of the flu season, which usually lasts through February.

7. Man caught using false ID in Larimer County after iris scan\

A man arrested for drunk driving in northern Colorado over the weekend was in enough trouble, and compounded things when he lied about his identity. But the real story, was how sheriff’s deputies were able to determine the man was using a fake identity — an iris scan.

8. American mom wants European M&Ms

What gives M&Ms their bright colors? That depends on which country you’re in. Mars Inc. primarily uses artificial food coloring for the candy in the United States, but M&Ms derive their candy coloring from natural sources in Europe. Moms are now pushing for those natural products to be used in the U.S.

9. Record-breaking cold finally moving out of U.S.

Duluth, Minnesota, woke up to up to much warmer weather Wednesday morning. That’s right, the -30 wind chill is actually up 20 degrees from Tuesday. By Saturday, across the country, most highs will are expected to be at or above average.

10. Why 2014 is the year to get out of debt

When it comes to your personal finances, 2014 may be your best chance to take advantage of low interest rates and get out of debt — before it really starts costing you.

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