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Seven local stories making headlines this week 

click to enlarge Evans Elementary's Head Start playground is getting an update. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS
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  • Evans Elementary's Head Start playground is getting an update.

  1. Palmer High School students Cristian Granados and Gabriel Wright won first prize in C-SPAN's national 2019 StudentCam competition. They'll receive $3,000 for the documentary, What It Means to Be American: Voting, which will air on C-SPAN throughout the day on April 18.
  2. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold's office reports that roughly 7,000 charities in Colorado raised more than $4.5 billion in 2018, according to a report prepared annually by her office.
  3. Gov. Jared Polis will give a state of the state address during a luncheon on March 22 hosted by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC at The Antlers hotel.
  4. Members of UFCW Local 7, who work at King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado, voted March 14 and 15 to authorize a strike if workers and Kroger can't reach agreement on a contract.
  5. Volunteers through Associated General Contractors of America Charities will double the size of Evans Elementary's Head Start playground at 1675 Winnebago Road, AGC announced March 18.
  6. Colorado State University is set to get its first female president: Joyce McConnell, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University.
  7. i25myway.org is a new program offering incentives for transit, vanpool and carpool users on Interstate 25 during construction of The Gap, the 18 miles between Monument and Castle Rock. The site offers free trips on Bustang, reductions on vanpool costs, and prizes for carpoolers.

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