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Hello, friends. It’s Friday in Denver and I’m back in your inbox with everything you need to know about what’s happening in town, including news on…

  • Jefferson County School Board approves list of school closures.
  • Action team launches to deal with problems in downtown Denver.
  • CDOT reminds drivers to watch for pedestrians as time change makes rush hour darker.

Friday’s weather: Mostly sunny and colder. High: 40 Low: 22.

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Here are the top stories in Denver today:

  1. Downtown action team launches to address crime, drugs, homelessness in Denver. Press conference announces a ‘compassionate’ crackdown aimed at improving health and safety
    Neighbors say things are already better than they were last year. (Denverite)
  2. With darker streets in the evenings, CDOT reminds drivers to watch for pedestrians. Transportation officials are warning drivers to be more aware of pedestrians after an increase in accidents during rush hour, due in part, to the recent the time change. (CBS4)
  3. Jefferson County School Board approves school closures for next year. Last night, the Jeffco school board approved the district’s recommendation to close 16 elementary schools next year. The move will save more than $12 million from the district’s already strained budget. (Chalkbeat)
  4. COVID-19 outbreaks in Colorado blast past 10,000 in metro Denver. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there have been more than 10,000 COVID-19 outbreaks in the state since the start of the pandemic. CDPHE added 66 more outbreaks to the roster on Nov. 9. There has also been a spike in COVID-19 related hospitalizations over the past seven days. (Westword)
  5. The Red Rocks concert season just wrapped up, but as luck would have it, they’re already working on the 2023 schedule. So you missed a concert last year at what is arguably the best concert venue in the world, but there’s always next year. Here’s the 2023 schedule so far. (9News)

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From my notebook:

  • The best way to keep your kiddo safe this flu season is through vaccination. A 2022 study showed that flu vaccination reduced children’s risk of severe life-threatening influenza by 75 percent. (Denver)
  • Public feedback has helped define Denver’s future of transportation network. Next up is aligning those values with the Denver Moves Everyone program and where best to spend Denver’s transportation dollars. (Denver Moves)

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