Three Things You Need to Know on August 23rd

August 23, 2019

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Nearly 20 states are backing a decision to put a hold on a Trump administration rule making it easier to deport illegal immigrants. A group of 18 attorneys general are supporting a preliminary injunction that blocks the rule from going into effect while it's being challenged in court. The group says hundreds of thousands of people in their states face serious consequences if the Trump administration expands expedited removal. 

A dozen major phone companies are making a new pledge to block robocalls.  The promise is part of an agreement with 51 attorneys general, which calls for the companies to implement call-blocking technology and provide free robocall blocking tools to consumers.  Officials estimate there were four-point-seven-billion robocalls made to American phones just in July.

The Colorado Department of Transportation expects to have traffic flowing more normally on U.S. 36 by the end of the year.  The agency said yesterday that it expects to have three lanes of traffic open in each direction on the highway between Wadsworth Boulevard and 104th Avenue by October.  Crews have been working to shore up the highway after a sinkhole opened up in July.  Currently, the roadway is supporting two lanes of traffic in each direction by diverting eastbound traffic into the westbound lanes.