Happy Thursday, Lookout readers. The sun is shining (here, at least — though most of the state appears to be facing at least a couple of nice days) and we're on our way.
Today is the anniversary of Congress' passage of the 13th Amendment; it was ratified by 27 states and became part of the Constitution Dec. 6, 1985. I hope I don't actually need to say that it's the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, but I will, just in case.
It's also Jackie Robinson's birthday. Robinson, the first black ball player in the majors, was famously spiked by Enos Slaughter in a dark day for my Cardinals, but perpetual class-act Stan Musial reportedly sided with Robinson. MLB.com has some film from his first game with the Dodgers, against the Braves on April 15, 1947.
Alright, history lesson over. Time for current news.
Top of the Hour
Top of the Hour features bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Colorado hospitals say they'll support a bill in the legislature to increase transparency of health costs by requiring hospitals to report expenditures in a variety of categories.
- Republican Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is endorsing Donald Trump's re-election bid.
- Hundreds of Denver teachers marched again Wednesday, and said they would not return to the bargaining table unless the district offers more money.
- Secretary of State Jena Griswold is withdrawing Colorado from a problematic program aimed at keeping people from voting in multiple states.
The Big Stuff
Gov. Jared Polis takes his full-day kindergarten pitch directly to lawmakers
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in 2018. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Gov. Jared Polis presented his plan for funding full-day kindergarten for all Coloradans to a joint meeting of the state legislature's education committees on Wednesday.
In his first formal presentation to lawmakers, Polis said his plan would help prevent persistent learning gaps that fall along racial, economic and geographic lines.
RTD has unveiled a new self-driving shuttle near DIA
Though an RTD "ambassador" will be onboard at all time, the shuttle unveiled by the transportation district on Tuesday drives itself. Built by French company EasyMile, the EZ10 model autonomous shuttle has operated in 22 countries so far with no accidents.
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