Day 1 of teacher walkouts and more: 5 Things to Know for Thursday, April 26, 2018

Posted at 5:58 AM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 07:58:39-04

DENVER – Good morning! Here’s what you need to know today, Thursday, April 26, 2018.

1. Day one of teacher walkouts
Thousands of Colorado teachers are expected to take part in rallies today and Friday as they call for more school funding, better pay, and reforms to the state pension system that has unfunded liabilities in the billions. Colorado’s 10 largest school districts, and others, will be closed for the rallies.

2. Jackson withdraws as VA nominee
White House doctor Ronny Jackson is withdrawing his name from nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs amid allegations of misconduct, which he calls "false and fabricated."

3. Scott Pruitt to face questions from lawmakers
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to face questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan calls on Capitol Hill for his ouster.

4. Pot sampling bill at Capitol
The Colorado Senate is voting on a bill that would allow customers to sample products at stores. Right now, sampling isn't allowed because public consumption of marijuana is illegal. The bill has already passed the House.

5. A little bit cooler today
A weak cold front will slip across Colorado today. Temperatures will be cooler with highs in the 50s for Denver. Expect mostly cloudy skies in the morning, with more sunshine by the afternoon.