Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 4

Boys working on a roadster during an auto shop class at West High School. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/WH1990)

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Happy Labor Day! Before you go out and enjoy the unofficial end of summer, take five minutes to catch up on the news you should know heading into the week.

Boys working on a roadster during an auto shop class at West High School. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/WH1990) high school; denver public library; dpl; archive; history;
Boys working on a roadster during an auto shop class at West High School. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/WH1990)

DACA

President Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — the Obama-era program that allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to apply for work permits. (Politico)

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock pleaded for mercy last week for the roughly 17,000 young Coloradans who have been able to start careers, pay taxes and integrate more fully into American life under the DACA program. (Denverite)

Nearly a dozen local nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups have planned a walk-out and rally in support of the DACA program at 11:30 a.m. at the Auraria Campus. (Facebook)

The University of Colorado pledged on Saturday to continue enrolling students at each of its campuses “without regard to their immigration status.” (Daily Camera)

Renewable energy

Xcel Energy announced a historic plan to make renewable energy more than half of all its energy supply in Colorado by 2026. Here’s what you need to know about the plan, and why some are against it. (Denverite)

Schools

Amid a spike in Colorado teen suicides, there were two student suicides in two days in Littleton last week. Both boys — ages 13 and 16 — posted to social media just before their deaths. (Denver Post)

Denver education and community leaders have launched a how-to guide to help more schools implement “restorative practices,” an alternative to traditional discipline methods that seeks to improve school culture, eliminate racial disparities and end the school-to-prison pipeline. (Colorado Independent)

Hurricane Harvey

MaxFund Animal Adoption Center traveled to Texas to rescue eight dogs and 27 cats displaced by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The animals are expected to be available for adoption soon. (Denver Post)

Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, giving the Diamondbacks their tenth-straight win and marking the team’s longest winning streak since 2003. (AP)

ICYMI: Brock Osweiler is coming back to the Broncos. (Denverite)

Things to do

Looking for some easy, last-minute Labor Day plans? Here are some (mostly) family-friendly options around Denver. (Denverite)

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