Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 16

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Politics, the police and the environment are today’s big news in Denver.

Politics: Ken Salazar, who’s kind of Colorado politics royalty, will lead the team planning for a potential Hillary Clinton presidency. (Denverite)

Channel 7’s Marshal Zelinger has once again turned up signs of signature fraud for a ballot measure. (Denverite)

Justice: The office that watches Denver’s police isn’t a permanent part of the government, but that could change this November. (Denverite)

Environment: Xcel Energy will try charging more for electricity when usage is highest. (DP)

A coal executive thinks his industry should act more like Big Tobacco. (Denverite)

Sports: The Rockies bandwagon has ground to a halt again. (MLB) The U.S. Air Force Academy has super sweet new helmets. (Denverite)

Lastly, watch Boulder’s Jenny Simpson run for the gold tonight!