Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 12

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A rally in support of Planned Parenthood at Skyline Park, Feb. 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A rally in support of Planned Parenthood at Skyline Park, Feb. 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Today’s batch of news contains a distressing rat problem, good news about national parks and more. 

Littleton has more rat problems than normal

And it’s because the city killed off part of its predator population. Or the problem might be climate change: “Weather changes, we have had milder winters which means less of these animals are going to die off,” exterminator Scott Armbrust told 9News. Either way, I’m calling it nature’s revenge. (9News)

Globeville isn’t ready for a 100-year flood

It would take $80 million to get Globeville ready, but Denver doesn’t have the money set aside. However, the city has committed to a $300 million flood mitigation plan that benefits other parts of the city. (DP)

Mayor Hancock: “We will not become immigration law enforcement”

In a community forum Saturday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Police Chief Robert White took questions from a crowd. Hancock stuck with his assurance that Denver will be an “inclusive city.” (Denver7)

Not enough Denver homes

Even though construction has ramped up along the Denver area, it’s not enough. Metro Denver market needs 16,000 to 18,000 new homes a year, and if the city keeps building at a comfortable pace, Denver won’t get there until 2019 or so. (DP)

Shooting near Denver Pavilions

One person was shot in the leg at 15th St. and Welton Saturday night. The victim is expected to recover and two suspects are in custody, reports Fox31. (Fox31)

Nation Park or Monument designations look good for tourism

Pagosa Springs has increasing lodging tax revenues. Archuleta County’s sales and use tax collections have climbed 33 percent since 2012. Studies can’t yet say if it’s all because the areas are part of the new Chimney Rock National Monument, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. (DP)