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DENVER — Here are your 10 Things to Know for Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

1. President Obama in town for speech, fundraiser

President Barack Obama will deliver a closed-to-the-public speech at Cheesman Park then attend a fundraiser at the Westin Hotel in downtown Denver for Sen. Mark Udall, though Udall won’t be there.

2. Roads to be impacted by presidential visit

Roads around Cheesman Park, downtown and out to Denver International Airport will be impacted by President Barack Obama’s visit, including closures through the morning and afternoon.

3. Same-sex marriage battle heads to court

Attorney General John Suthers’ office will ask a Boulder district court to order Boulder County to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses and to invalidate the more than 100 that have been issued until a higher court settles the debate.

4. Fort Carson civilian employee charged with terror threat

A former butcher at the commissary store at Fort Carson Army Base has been charged in federal court after authorities said he bragged about being a domestic terrorist who wanted to turn the base into “Fort Columbine.”

5. Arvada man survives lightning strike

Chad Greenlees of Arvada was filming Monday’s storm when he captured a lightning bolt hitting his neighborhood. The bolt also left the husband and father paralyzed for a few minutes.

6. Commerce City to continue ban on recreational marijuana

City Council members in Commerce City decided to continue a ban there on recreational marijuana. The ban has been in effect since May 2013.

7. Germany steamrolls Brazil

In one of the most astonishing results in World Cup history, Germany beat host Brazil, 7-1, in the semifinals. Today, Argentina meets the Netherlands for a berth in the final.

8. L.A. hotel workers could get big raise

Hotel workers in Los Angeles could get a big raise soon as lawmakers consider an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15.37 an hour, which would be the highest in the country.

9. $5,000 reward offered for information on missing Wyoming man

The FBI has issued a $5,000 reward for information on the disappearance of a man from the Wind River Indian Reservation. Jared Little Whiteman was last seen on the reservation in west central Wyoming on June 3.

10. Pilot buys pizza for plane passengers

After a Frontier Airlines flight from Washington to Denver was diverted to Cheyenne, Wyo., because of severe weather, the pilot bought more than 50 pizzas for passengers until the plane was cleared to fly on to Denver.

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