It's Thursday, Lookout readers, and as winter reminds that it's not quite summer yet, I hope y'all are safe and warm out there.
On this second day after violence once more visited Colorado in the form of a school shooting, more information has begun to surface about the victims and the perpetrators. Just a reminder: You may see or hear the shooters' names occasionally in our coverage, but it is CPR News' policy to name them only when necessary.
Elsewhere in serious news, a proposition to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in Denver, which looked all day like it wasn't going to pass, suddenly did just that. Just to be clear, the measure makes psilocybin the lowest priority for law enforcement; it doesn't make them actually legal.
Nothing for it but to get up to speed for the day, so let's.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Researchers at CU Anschutz believe rising temperatures and pesticide exposure could be to blame for chronic kidney disease diagnoses among agricultural workers in California, Florida and Colorado's San Luis Valley.
- Thirty-eight state attorneys general sent a letter of support Wednesday for a bill introduced by Colorado U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter that would lower barriers to banking for marijuana-related businesses.
The Big Stuff
What we know about the STEM school shooting
This undated photo provided by Rachel Short shows Kendrick Castillo, who was killed during a shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday. (Rachel Short via AP)
“To find he went down as a hero, I’m not surprised, that’s exactly who Kendrick was.”
Rachel Short of Baccara USA, where Kendrick Castillo was an intern
Early on Wednesday, Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann identified Kendrick Castillo as the student killed in a shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday. Just days from graduation, 18-year-old Kendrick was into robotics and engineering, and spending time with friends and family — and his Jeep — in the mountains.
Castillo reportedly jumped on one of the shooters, giving other students time to escape or shelter. Two other students apparently helped charge the gunman and wrestle the firearm away.
A quick warning: Douglas County Sheriff's Office asks us to look out for fraudulent online donation accounts claiming to be for shooting victims; Castillo's family has not authorized any online fundraising pages. Instead, they have set up a memorial fund with Wells Fargo Bank for those who wish to donate.
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