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Thursday in Denver: Aurora agrees to pay Elijah McClain's family $15 million, Red Flag Warnings return and more

Steven Bonifazi
People shut down I-225 in both directions as they demand justice for Elijah McClain on June 27, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado.(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) Good morning, happy Thursday and welcome back to yet another Thursday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

It's colder this morning than it has been in nine months at just 12 degrees, with partly cloudy conditions expected around 9:00 a.m. The forecast high for Thursday will reach 52°F and then will gradually decline to a forecast low of 20°F.

Today, The City of Aurora has agreed to pay $15 million to Elijah McClain's family, Denver Public school board member Tay Anderson filed a defamation lawsuit against people and organizations that accused him of sexual misconduct, warmer temperatures and strong winds prompt Red Flag Warnings for the second time this week and a first of its kind national analysis shows that the majority of Colorado children ages six and under have lead in their blood.

Here are four of the most notable and local metro Denver stories for this Thursday that you should know:

1. Elijah McClain's family to receive $15 million from the city of Aurora in son's death
A person holds a sign at a candlelight vigil to demand justice for Elijah McClain on the one year anniversary of his death.(Rich Fury/Getty Images)

The City of Aurora and attorneys representing Elijah McClain's family have agreed Thursday morning that the city will pay $15 million in the civil rights lawsuit filed regarding McClain's brutal arrest that led to his death, ABC News reports.

The agreement comes more than a year after McClain's family filed a 106-page federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado accusing multiple first responders involved of violating McClain's civil rights and killing him. Once paid, this will be the highest police settlement in Colorado's history.

2. DPS board member Tay Anderson files defamation lawsuit against accusers
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Denver school board member Tay Anderson filed a lawsuit Wednesday against people and organizations that made sexual misconduct allegations against him last spring.

The lawsuit, aimed at civil rights organization Black Lives Matter 5280 and four people in the group that alleged Anderson sexually assaulted an unnamed woman in March, comes two months after a third-party investigator discovered claims of sexual assault against Anderson were unsubstantiated, according to Sentinel Colorado. The defamation suit was filed in Denver District Court and is aiming for damages of no less than $1 million.

3. Denver weather: warmer temperatures and Red Flag Warnings return
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A dry southwest wind is bringing Denver, Boulder and Fort Collin's temperatures to the 50s Thursday afternoon and raising fire danger once again, according to CBS Denver.

Gusts of winds expected to reach 40 mph have resulted in a Red Flag Warning for the South Park region, the Palmer Divide and the foothills starting at 10:00 a.m. Thursday through 5:00 a.m. Friday. Red Flag Warnings usually end around sunset on the same day they are issued, however, the strong winds are expected to persist throughout the evening, potentially leading to an even lower drop in humidity.

4. Majority of Colorado children under age 6 have lead in their blood
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A total of 72% of children in the Centennial State ages six and under had lead found in their blood in comparison to the national rate of 51%, according to a first-ever national analysis.

Axios Denver reports that the CDC states that no blood lead level in children has been classified as safe, with low exposure possibly negatively impacting academic achievement, behavior and IQ. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment claims that lead poisoning is the most preventable environmental disease among young children.

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