• CC’s “Week of Action” started Sept. 29. Week of Action encourages students, staff, and faculty to get more involved with the Colorado Springs community. (CC Collaborative for Community Engagement)
• Legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders performed in Kathryn Mohrman Theatre last week, drawing an audience of both students and Colorado Springs residents.
• Award-winning author and poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha was on campus for a reading and book signing sponsored by the Feminist and Gender Studies Program.
• Mayor of Colorado Springs John Suthers proposed a new budget for 2019, allocating millions for hiring new police and firefighters in addition to raising their salaries. (Gazette)
• Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs opposed a $855-billion defense spending package on Sept. 26 because it does not include funding for President Trump’s southern border wall and because it includes “spending priorities of Democrats.” (Independent)
• El Paso county jail’s female population reached a record high on Sept. 26. The number of incarcerated women in Colorado has increased 58 percent since 2000, over twice the rate of incarcerated men. (Independent)
• A recent poll found Democrat Jared Polis in a seven-point lead over Republican Walker Stapleton in the Colorado gubernatorial race. (Gazette)
• The popular ice castle attraction will be returning to Dillon, Colo., in late December. Last year, the attraction garnered thousands of attendees. (Gazette)
• Denver’s electric scooter count reaches 1400, joining dozens of cities across the country in adopting the new form of transportation. (Denver Post)
• An investigation by Capital & Main uncovered that Walker Stapleton’s gubernatorial campaign was boosted by financial firms using an anti-corruption loophole. (Westword)
• Amazon announced that they will raise their minimum wage to $15 for all U.S. employees. (CNN)
• Closing arguments of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s trial ended Thursday. Van Dyke fatally shot 17 year-old Laquan MacDonald. He is the first Chicago police officer to be charged with first-degree murder since 1980. (NYT)
• President Trump mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during a rally in Mississippi. (NYT)
• Construction crews begin work on a new 4-mile-long steel wall at the El Paso-Juarez border despite the protests of El Paso County Commissioner David Stout. The project costs $22 million — Mexico is not paying for it, contrary to President Trump’s campaign promise. (Democracy Now)
• U.S. indicted seven Russian spies for hacking related to the Olympic doping scandal. Their goal was to undermine and delegitimize the integrity of the Olympic Games, according to federal prosecutors. (Vox)
• President Trump announced the new United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal (USMCA) on Monday, Oct. 1. USMCA is set to replace NAFTA. (Vox)