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Wednesday in Denver: Long lines at DIA this evening, $400 bonuses approved for vaccinated city employees and more

Steven Bonifazi

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By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings, good morning, and welcome back to the Wednesday edition of the Denver daily round-up.

We have made it to humpday, with half of the workweek already behind us. Let's not waste anytime and get right into some of the Mile High City's most important, local happenings for this Wednesday.

Today, a Denver Council Committee approves a $400 bonus for vaccinated and exempt city employees, a supportive housing community for people with disabilities breaks ground, closure of Denver International Airport's security checkpoints will cause long lines Wednesday evening and Colorado Planned Parenthoods are experiencing a surge in patients from Texas.

1. Denver Council Committee approves $400 bonus for vaccinated, exempt city employees

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A Denver City Council committee approved a $400 bonus program for city employees who abided by Mayor Hancock's vaccine mandate.

The Council additionally sent the proposal on to a vote by the full council on Oct. 25. The 98.7 percent of city employees who verified their vaccination status by Sept. 30 will get an additional $400 in their paychecks on Nov. 26 if approved by the full Denver City Council later this month.

2. E. Colfax community for people with disabilities breaks ground

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Construction workers will break ground Thursday on Valor on the Fax, an affordable supportive housing community that will be located on East Colfax to help people with acquired brain injuries or related disabilities.

Jeff Martinez, president of Brothers Redevelopment stated that the housing community will provide housing in addition to a multitude of services for the individuals that will live there. Brothers Redevelopment is a 50-year-old housing nonprofit that is working with the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado on the project.

3. DIA delays: North and south security checkpoints closed tonight

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Travelers can expect long lines at Denver International Airport Wednesday evening as a result of temporary closure of two out of three security checkpoints between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Those travelers departing will be directed to the A-Bridge security checkpoint on level 6 when entering the airport. Both the north and south security checkpoints on level 5 will be closed. All arriving passengers will have to exit the airport through the A-bridge walkway as there will be scheduled maintenance on the trains being conducted during this time.

4. Colorado Planned Parenthood clinics see spike in Texas patients after state nearly-bans abortions

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Clinics across the Centennial State are experiencing a surge in patients from Texas as the Lone Star State is now home to the most restrictive abortion laws across the country.

Texas women are traveling thousands of miles to Colorado to get abortion procedures in Denver as a result of Texas passing a new abortion bill that went into effect in September. One Denver clinic, the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Park Hill, is currently experiencing the surge, seeing a 520% increase in patients from Texas.

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