Weekly Rundown


  Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address on Sunday, May 19. (CC)

• Ramilla Cody, a Grammy Nominee, multiple Native American Music Awards winner, 46th Miss Navajo Nation, one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices, a Black History Maker Honoree, and the founder of the “Strong Spirit: Life is Beautiful not Abusive” campaign, is speaking at Colorado College on Friday, March 29. (CC)



• President Donald Trump announced the United States Space Command will be based in Colorado Springs, with Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond in charge. (Gazette)

• Palmer High School seniors Cristian Granados and Gabriel Wright won first prize in C-SPAN’s 2019 StudentCam contest, taking home $3,000. (Gazette) 

• Colorado Springs will build 15,000 ramps over the next 14 years to settle an accessibility lawsuit. (KKTV11)

  Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomed a baby howler monkey this week. (9news)



• Seven Western states, including Colorado, agreed on a plan to manage the Colorado River amid a 19-year drought, voluntarily cutting their water use to prevent the federal government from imposing a mandatory squeeze on the supply. (NYT)

  The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday says only about 46 percent of Colorado is now listed in some kind of drought status, down from 83 percent last week. (Gazette)

  The Denver City Council unanimously voted to get rid of a tax on feminine hygiene products. (CBS4)

• The National Weather Service says winds reached a record 96 mph in Colorado Springs during last week’s blizzard. (DenPo)

• The Anti-Defamation League ranked Colorado third in the nation for white supremacist propaganda. (DenPo)



• In Nebraska, record-breaking flooding killed four people, displaced thousands, and is expected to cost $1 billion in agriculture and livestock losses. The governors of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have declared emergencies, and Iowa’s governor has issued a disaster proclamation. (NPR)

• The Pentagon authorized the transfer of $1 billion in order to build 57 miles of wall on the southern border. (Hill)

• The father of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim was found dead in an apparent suicide in Connecticut, the local police said. (NYT)

• Purdue Pharma will pay almost $275 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the State of Oklahoma, accusing the company of deceptive marketing and playing down the opioid’s power to addict. (NYT)

• The all-female spacewalk by NASA was cancelled due to a lack of spacesuits in the right size. (Guardian)

• Alex Trebec, the host of Jeopardy, has pancreas cancer. (CNN)



• Cyclone Idai, in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, destroyed 90 percent of the country’s fourth-largest city. Hundreds of thousands are stranded, and more than 700 are dead in Mozambique alone. (AP)

• New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country would ban the sale of all assault rifles and semi-automatic guns less than a week after a shooter opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, killing 50 people. (Hill)

• More than a million students around the world protested their governments’ lack of climate action on March 15. (CNN)

• Scientists discovered a likely new species of orca off southern Chile. The currently-named Type D whales are “the largest undescribed animal left on the planet.” (Nat Geo). 

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte is a sophomore from New York City who has taken the past two years to immerse herself in the Colorado Springs political community. When she isn't writing articles, she is out making the news. Charlotte is fascinated by current events from campus to Congo. Her go-to's for news are the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and the Washington Post.
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