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First Alert Action Day and more: 5 Things to Know for Monday, March 19, 2018

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Posted at 6:04 AM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-19 08:12:27-04

DENVER -- Good morning! Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, March 19, 2018.

1. First Alert Action Day
We're off to a slushy start in the Denver metro area, with several inches of wet snow in some areas. Highs on Monday will be in the mid to upper 40s with partly cloudy skies and the chance for a few scattered late-day showers that will roll off the foothills through early evening.

2. Another explosion in Austin
Authorities are investigating another package explosion in Austin, Texas. They believe the latest incident is connected to the previous three explosions in the city, but this one was left on the side of a road. 

3. Detective wants city to investigate mayor
Denver Police Detective Leslie Branch-Wise, who accused Mayor Michael Hancock of sending her sexually inappropriate text messages nearly six years ago, wants the Denver City Council to do more to investigate the issue. The council released a statement last week indicating there will be no further investigation and in response, Branch-Wise says she thinks the council is sweeping the issue under the rug to protect the mayor.

4. Another government shutdown looms
Here we go again. Funding for the government will run out at midnight Friday unless lawmakers can put together a deal to keep everything running.

5. Shake Shack opens this week
It's the moment Shake Shack fans have been waiting for -- the burger chain's first Denver location opens on Wednesday. It'll serve up some special Colorado menu items like a burger with green chile on top, as well as local beers.