TODAY: Toyota settlement, grocery prices on the rise, lack of sleep and brain damage

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Here are your 10 Things to Know for Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

1. Toyota reaches $1.2 billion settlement

Toyota and the Justice Department announced Wednesday a $1.2 billion settlement over the recall of vehicles because of sudden acceleration.

2. Grocery prices on the rise in Colorado

Grocery prices are surging. Retail food prices shot up nearly 4 percent this year. It’s the biggest jump in the past three years.

3. Battle to keep kids in child care centers healthy

More than 8 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 4 in Colorado are overweight, and now health officials have a new plan to keep kids in child care centers healthier.

4. March Madness is almost here

The NCAA Tournament started Tuesday night with two play-in games and there are two more play-in games Wednesday. The tournament starts in earnest Thursday, so it’s time to fill in those brackets.

5. Oreo has been found

Oreo the cat was found safe and returned to his home at the historic Armstrong Hotel in Fort Collins on Tuesday night.

6. It’s the last day of winter

Spring arrives at 10:57 a.m. Thursday. And with all the wind this winter, one community had homeowners feeling trapped in their own homes after tumbleweeds piled up on people’s driveways and patios.

7. Lining up for free food for a year

More than 130 people lined up in front of the new Chick-fil-A in Highlands Ranch trying to win a year supply of food from the store ahead of its grand opening Thursday.

8. Tensions rise in Crimea

Almost 300 armed pro-Russian supporters took over the Ukrainian navy’s headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, Ukraine.

9. Missing data missing from Flight 370 pilot’s simulator

Investigators looking at the flight simulator taken from the home of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah have discovered that some data had been erased from it, Malaysia’s acting transportation minister said Wednesday.

10. Get your sleep — or else

New research shows that a lack of sleep can cause brain damage. And even if you try to make up the sleep later, researchers say that won’t solve the problem.