DENVER — Here are your 10 Things to Know for Thursday, April 9, 2015.
1. Man arrested in prostitution case of homeless teenage girl works at Children’s Hospital
One of the seven people charged in a child trafficking and prostitution case involving a homeless teenage girl works at Children’s Hospital and has been placed on unpaid leave, hospital officials said.
2. Sources say sheriff’s deputy overheard Tom Fallis confess to killing wife Ashley
Two well-placed law enforcement sources say a Weld County Sheriff’s deputy has come forward and provided a statement to police in the murder case against Tom Fallis, who is accused of murdering his wife, Ashley, in 2012.
3. More than 100 seized Castle Rock prairie dogs to be relocated to Sedalia
Activists rescued more than 100 prairie dogs from a Castle Rock field that is going to be the site of a new mall and now the animals will be relocated to a private property in Sedalia.
4. Mechanic accused of stealing engine, holding vehicles hostage
More than a dozen alleged victims are warning consumers to stay away from a Craigslist mechanic accused of taking money for work he never did, stealing engines and holding vehicles hostage.
5. State lawmakers weigh two bills on curbing standardized school testing
Parents and lawmakers will be speaking out at the State Capitol, adding their voices to the heated debate over school testing. There are two bills in the state legislature that are focused on testing and will be heard by the Education Committee on Thursday.
6. RTD’s proposed fare increases draw protesters to public hearing
People who depend on public transportation like buses and light rail trains made their voices heard during a large protest outside RTD’s LoDo headquarters and then comments at RTD’s final public hearing on proposed fare policy changes that could hike transit fares.
7. Spending fight kicks up at Capitol over birth control funding
State Democratic lawmakers added an additional $5 million to the state’s $25 billion budget bill to provide birth control to teenage girls and women. But the money could create a problem for lawmakers at the State Capitol.
8. Greenwood Village gears up for 4/20 celebration
In just a few days, thousands of tourists will flock to Colorado to celebrate one of the largest cannabis festivals in the country. But the pot party won’t just be in Denver as Greenwood Village is expecting a big crowd with rap star Snoop Dog headlining a concert at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.
9. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev convicted on all 30 counts in Boston Marathon bombing
Jurors found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 charges in the Boston Marathon bombing and the 21-year-old could face the death penalty.
10. NASA chief scientist: ‘Indications’ of alien life by 2025
NASA’s top scientist says we might be close to finding evidence of alien life and that within a decade, there will be strong indications of life beyond Earth.