Three Things You Need to Know on January 11th

January 11, 2019

Today is the 21st day of the partial government shutdown. Roughly 800-thousand government workers are still affected, and today would have been pay day. There is no end in sight as Republicans and Democrats continue fighting over border security. The House passed bills yesterday to reopen the Agriculture Department, the FDA, the Transportation Department and Housing and Urban Development.  About a dozen Republicans voted with Democrats to pass those bills.  President Trump is holding out for funding for a border wall and said again yesterday he won't sign any spending bill that does not provide funding for a barrier. Trump says the law very clearly gives him the right to declare a national emergency to get money for a border wall.  A declaration would likely be challenged in court. 

Food Bank of the Rockies is stepping up to help government workers during the ongoing partial shutdown.  The organization has added some emergency distributions to its schedule to feed those who are going without a paycheck.  There's a distribution set for today at 9 a.m. at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.  Others can be found online at under the "get help" section. 

A Wisconsin teenager who's been missing for three months is found alive after reportedly escaping from her captor.  Authorities in Wisconsin will hold a press conference this morning about 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who was found yesterday in a remote area of northern Wisconsin.   She had been missing since October, when her parents were found shot to death inside their home.