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Friday in the Mile High City: King Soopers strike ends, Denver Public Schools advance plan to close schools and more

Steven Bonifazi

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King Soopers grocery store workers walk the picket line as they strike at more than 70 stores across the Denver metro area on Jan. 12, 2022.(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Hello, good afternoon and happy Friday, Denver!

Welcome back to yet another Friday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

Another workweek has flown by and the weekend is looming. Without wasting anytime, the following are just a few of the top local stories you need to know before signing off and heading into the weekend:

1. King Soopers and UFCW Local 7 reach tentative agreement, strike ends immediately

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King Soopers grocery store workers wave at a passing car as they go on strike across the Denver metro area on Jan. 12, 2022.(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

King Soopers and City Market and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 (UFCW) announced Friday morning that they have reached a three-year settlement, ending the 10-day strike.

UFCW said workers have seven days to go back to work and that those picketing will receive “full credit for Friday and Saturday as though they picketed 8 hours.” Picketing at stores ends immediately.

Union members will begin voting Monday on the three-year deal, which still needs to be approved by union members. Details of the tentative agreement won’t be publicized until the contract is official.

2. Denver Public Schools prepares to close schools as enrollment declines

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Denver Public Schools anticipates changes to take place during the 2024-25 school year.(MChe Lee/Unsplash)

Superintendent Alex Marrero of Denver Public Schools said Thursday in a school board meeting that the district is advancing with its plan to shut down schools, expecting to see K-12 schools enrollment continue to decline in coming years.

The Denver Post reports that the district will create a committee of families and members of the community to decide which criteria should be utilized to determine if a school should close or merge. Marrero said that applications for the committee will be accessible online Friday.

Marrero’s presentation asserted that DPS anticipates announcing which schools will be shut down by the end of 2023, with closures taking place effectively during the 2024-25 school year.

3. Bill seeks statewide ban of all flavored tobacco, nicotine products

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A worker organizes flavors for E-cigarettes and Vape devices in a local store on January 2, 2020.(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

A bill barring the sale of flavored tobacco and nicotine products was introduced last week in the state House of Representatives and could soon make the sale of the products illegal statewide.

The bill, House Bill 22-1064, would go into effect July 1 if passed and would prohibit the sale of all flavored nicotine and tobacco products in Colorado from chewing tobacco and cigars to e-cigarettes, Hookah, menthol cigarettes and vapes, according to The Denver Gazette.

State Sen. Kevin Priola is one of the sponsors of the bill and said that the inspiration to take action on the issue came after his son began vaping at just 14 years old.

4. Denver Public School Board considers making menstrual products available in all school restrooms

A proposal to provide free menstrual products in restrooms at all Denver Public Schools is underway, with some DPS schools already offering the products.

CBS Denver reported that the push would order all K-12 schools to have the free menstrual products accessible and attainable. The aspiration behind the proposal is to relieve some financial stress on students.

DPS students will have availability to the products at the start of next school year if passed.

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