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Alabama Senate race and more: 5 Things to Know for Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Posted: 5:42 AM, Dec 12, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-12 12:42:39Z

DENVER – Good morning! Here’s what you need to know today, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. 

1. Santa provides toys to 3,500 children in need
Parents of 3,500 children in need 'shop' for holiday toys at the Action Center’s Santa Shop – completely free of cost. This seasonal prevention program helps struggling parents to bridge the financial gap at this time of year when many cannot provide for the increased expenditure of the holidays without putting their housing and stability in jeopardy. Location: Faith Mountain, 12344 W Alameda Pkwy.

2. Alabama Senate election
The controversial Alabama Senate race will come to end Tuesday as voters head to the polls. Republican Roy Moore has cast himself as the victim of a national barrage of unjust allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers as Democrat Doug Jones hopes for a strong turnout among black voters.

3. Wildfires continue to rage in S. California
The Thomas Fire, the largest currently burning in Southern California, was larger than all of New York City and was about 20% contained as of Monday evening. Six fires have destroyed more than 1,000 buildings .

4. Lottery jackpots climbing
Feeling lucky? Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot has reached $191 million and Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $229 million.

5. Dry weather continues
This week will remain dry and mild as the storm track will continue to push the storms well east and north of Colorado. Some minor cold fronts will brush by our state, but provide little relief from the dry conditions - perhaps just a little snow for the mountains.