DENVER – Good morning, everyone! Here’s what you need to know today on Tuesday, July 25.
1. U.S. Senate will try to start health care process
The U.S. Senate will try and get a vote to bring a health care bill to the floor for discussion Tuesday, but even getting enough votes to start the amendment process could prove difficult. Sen. John McCain will be back for the motion to proceed, and could help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell start discussion. Several senators remain on the fence, however, and few, if any, know what bill the Senate might try and pass to repeal (and possibly replace) the Affordable Care Act.
Questions to Sen. Cory Gardner’s staff about what bills he might support went unanswered Monday. The Republican senator still hasn’t made any public statements on what sort of health care plan he might support after voting to repeal Obamacare multiple times in the House and Senate.
2. La Plata County officials brief media on Redwine case
Mark Redwine appeared in court Monday in Washington state and gave noticed he’d fight extradition back to Colorado. His son, Cory, told Denver7 about a “disgusting” photo of Mark that may have led to Dylan’s death. La Plata County officials will hold a news conference Monday to further detail the case. It’s expected to start at 2:30 p.m.
3. Rain, storms possible for Front Range
After a hot few days, the summer monsoon pattern will surge again overnight in western Colorado and inundate that area. A flash flood watch is in effect for the western third of the state through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Denver and the Front Range could see an isolated thunderstorm in the afternoon, while the Eastern Plains will remain hot and mostly dry.
But the moisture will move in to the Front Range and east by Wednesday, increasing odds for rain and cooling things off a bit.
4. Michelle Obama at Women’s Foundation of Colorado
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado 30th anniversary celebration Tuesday. She’ll be among a host of speakers at the event, which raises money for research, advocacy and grant-making to help Colorado’s girls and women.
5. Traffic woes, Colorado Blvd. closures continue
Several lanes of northbound and southbound Colorado Boulevard will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday for the next couple of weeks as crews finish nearby construction projects. Be aware if you use this main thoroughfare.
On I-76 and 270 where delays ran rampant on Monday morning, continuing roadwork has prompted delays.