Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 12

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The Celtic Steps Irish dancers. St. Patrick’s Day celebration, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) st. patricks day; union station; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;

The Celtic Steps Irish dancers at the <a href="" target="_blank">St. Patrick's Day celebration</a>, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time everybody. You may have lost an hour last night, but you just gained a whole bunch of news to read over coffee. Let's go.

Denver Health could lose up to $85 million under the new GOP health care plan

Colorado expanded Medicaid coverage under former President Barack Obama's health care law, and so Denver Health hired more than 250 employees, built a $27 million primary care clinic and more. Now they face great uncertainty. (AP)

Seven straight weeks of protests ended Saturday

Revisit the rallies and protests from the past two months. (Denverite)

Denver is emerging as a hotspot in the sanctuary movement

Here's where many of the local faith communities land on the issue of housing undocumented immigrants. And no, not all of them agree with the ideals of the movement. (DP)

Speaking of immigrants, here's how they impact the economy:

In 2015, Colorado immigrants owned more than 32,000 businesses, employing more than 83,000 people, according to a report from New American Economy, an immigrant reform coalition. (DP)

You've been hearing a lot about transportation funding. Here's what the latest deal does for bikes and transit

Don't worry, this writeup is clear and you'll be better informed after you're done. (Streetsblog Denver)

Hundreds of alpacas are coming to Denver

There will be a designated alpaca selfie booth. Hot tip: Alpacas prefer to be touched on the neck. (Denver7)

We have a Colorado spelling bee champion

Remember the name Faith Baca for when you're watching the National Spelling Bee later. (CBS Denver)

Enjoy a look at the past week in photos again

These always give me a welcome dose of wonder. (Denverite)

Meet your Muslim neighbor today and more

You never have to be bored when Ashley's writing up all your options. (Denverite)

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