Three Things You Need to Know on March 1st

March 1, 2019

A second bill on gun background checks is headed to the Senate after it passed in the Democratic-led House.  The latest vote was 228-198.  Democrats pushed through a measure Wednesday that would expand background checks.  The second bill gives federal officials more time to conduct background investigations. 

A shoplifting suspect is dead after being shot by a police officers in Douglas County.  Police say the suspect ran from Lone Tree police officers last night after they went to the Macy's store in Park Meadows Mall.  Investigators say that led to a brief chase that ended when the suspect stopped, pulled a gun and was shot by officers.  The officers involved suffered minor injuries but no one else was hurt.  A female suspect in the shoplifting investigation left the scene and has not been found.  

Denver Public Schools has begun the process of cutting administrative positions at its central office.  Chalkbeat Colorado reports that the reorganization process that will lead to cutting more than 150 jobs began this week.  DPS officials do not want to identify which positions will be cut until all those affected are notified.  The cuts are expected to save 17-million-dollars, much of which will go toward teacher raises negotiated during a three-day strike last month.