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Fallen soldier returns home and more: 5 Things to Know for Friday, May 11

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Posted at 6:06 AM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-11 08:06:52-04

Good morning! Here are 5 Things to Know for Friday, May 11, 2018.

1. Fallen soldier returns home
This morning, Colorado will welcome home U.S. Army Specialist Gabriel Conde, 22, who was killed in action last month on his first tour in Afghanistan. A procession this morning will run from Loveland to Longmont ahead of his funeral service on Saturday.

2. First Alert Action Day: Thunderstorms possible
Showers and thunderstorms will develop by mid-afternoon on Friday with some severe storms possible along and north of a line from Denver to Limon to Burlington. Because of these storms, we have issued a First Alert Action Day for Friday into Saturday to keep you ahead of this weather.

3. Volcano threat closes park
Fears of a major eruption have prompted officials to shut down Hawaii Volcanoes National Park until further notice. The USGS says such an eruption could launch boulders the size of a rerigerator more than half a mile.

4. Grove St. fire investigation continues
Investigators will be back at the scene of Thursday morning's huge fire at a construction site at 19th and Grove streets. Investigators will be using K-9s as they try to determine what caused the fire.

5. Botanic Gardens plant sale
Need a last-minute Mother's Day gift for mom? Head over to the Denver Botanic Gardens; their spring plant sale is Friday and Saturday. Even if you don't want to buy any plants, you can still enjoy the gardens for free.