TODAY: Senate Race Tight, Avalanche Back on Ice, Mailman Off to Prison

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Here are your 10 Things to Know for Thursday, April 24, 2014.

1. Udall, Gardner in dead heat

Just more than six months from Election Day, a new poll shows Sen. Mark Udall and Congressman Cory Gardner in a dead heat for Udall’s Senate seat.

2. Greeley 10-year-olds in trouble over marijuana

Four 10-year-olds at Monfort Elementary School in Greeley will be disciplined for not only bringing marijuana to their school playground, but also selling and using it.

3. No injuries in early-morning house fire in Aurora

Investigators will continue looking into a structure that caught fire in Aurora on Thursday morning. A woman and her two dogs were able to escape and there were no injuries.

4. Alleged cop impersonator in court

A man allegedly pretending to be a police officer will face a judge Thursday morning. Leslie Simpson’s rap sheet shows he is no stranger to the criminal justice system, having been arrested 40 times for various crimes. Police do not believe he is connected with other cop impersonation cases in the Denver metro area lately.

5. Home values reach record levels

Denver’s housing market is going strong for sellers as home prices in the metro area are hitting all time highs, making for still competition.

6. Avalanche goes for 3-1 series lead

After being off the past two days, the Avalanche returns to the ice Thursday night in its series against the Minnesota Wild, looking to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

7. Broncos to open against Colts at home

The AFC champion Broncos will open the season Sept. 7 at home against the Indianapolis Colts in a prime time matchup. The Broncos received the maximum five prime time slots.

8. Ukrainian forces kill five pro-Russians

Ukrainian forces killed five militants during operations to take down pro-Russians’ roadblocks on Thursday. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama says the U.S. is “teed up” to impose further sanctions on Russia if it does not abide by the April 17 deal.

9. Three American workers killed at Afghanistan hospital

Three American workers, including a father and son, were shot and killed at an Afghanistan hospital by a guard on Thursday.

10. Mailman doesn’t do his job

A Kentucky postal worker is off to federal prison after he destroyed, hid and delayed the delivery of thousands of pieces of mail over a two-year period.

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