Concealed carry bill, VA hospital town hall and more: 5 Things to Know for Thursday, March 22, 2018

DENVER -- Good morning! Here’s what you need to know today, Thursday, March 22, 2018.

1. Coloradans injured in helicopter crash
Two people from Colorado were reportedly among those hurt when a helicopter crashed on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Two other U.S. tourists were killed. Officials have not identified any of the victims yet.

2. VA hospital town hall today
The Veterans Affairs Administration is holding a town hall meeting today to update the public on the much-anticipated and long-overdue VA hospital in Aurora. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Denver VA Medical Center Auditorium, 1055 Clermont St.

3. Concealed carry bill dies in committee
The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee voted 6-3 to indefinitely postpone Senate Bill 18-097, which would have allowed Colorado residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.

4. Lawmakers working on $1.3 trillion spending bill
The bill substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers," deprives President Trump of some of his border wall money and takes only incremental steps to address gun violence, the AP reports.

5. Nice weather today!
Today will be the warmest day of the week! We'll see mostly sunny skies this morning, with temperatures in the upper 30s to mid-40s for the morning drive. Highs will be in the 70s.

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