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First Alert Action Day and more: 5 Things to Know for Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Posted at 6:05 AM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 08:07:17-05

DENVER – Good morning! Here’s what you need to know today, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

1. First Alert Action Day
Winter officially starts at 9:28 a.m. MST this morning and it feels like it!  The cold front will bring one to two inches of snow to Denver, with chilly temperatures throughout the day. More weather info here.

2. Car runs into pedestrians in Australia
Nineteen people were hurt when a driver plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a busy Melbourne road. Police say that while they think the crash was deliberate, there's no evidence of a link to terrorism.

3. Government shutdown looms
Congress has less than 48 hours to come up with a solution to fund the government before funding runs out. The deadline is 10 p.m. MT on Friday. House Republicans say they have come up with a tentative plan.

4. Flu sending more people to the hospital
State health officials say Colorado has three times more hospitalizations from the flu than we would usually see this time of year. Seventy-seven people went to the hospital just last week.

5. Colorado one of the fastest-growing states
The Centennial State grew by more than 77,000 people between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. That makes Colorado the 8th fastest-growing state.