Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 27

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Hey everybody. The big news today is that the University of North Carolina has fielded a team of exemplary student-athletes who are quite good at basketball.

For those of you who could not care less about that, please consider the following: Denver could legalize weed tents for festivals, traffic is about to get worse on Brighton, there are big plans for the convention center, there’s a big new dog in the governor’s race and more.

Prowers County, Colorado. Dust storm, April 1935. (LC-USF343-001617-ZE)

A dust storm in Prowers County, Colorado, April 1935. (LC-USF343-001617-ZE)

Weed at a music festival? Could happen.

Denver’s getting close to decision time on its public consumption rules. One emerging issue: How will event organizers be allowed to incorporate marijuana? At present, it seems that the rules will allow for special tents where marijuana can be used, as Adrian reports. (Denverite)

What really happened with the leggings:

Two young girls weren’t allowed to board a United flight from Denver because they were wearing leggings. The catch: They were riding on free employee tickets, which for some reason come with a special dress code. Either way, people are not happy. (Denverite)

The driver license office is moving:

The central Denver license office will move next Monday to 3265 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. (Denverite)

In other traffic news, Brighton is horrible northeast of 37th Street and will get worse soon, whether they rename it or not. (Denverite)

Big ideas:

A plan to add a ballroom, an expansive rooftop deck and more to the Colorado Convention Center could cost way more than the initial $104 million estimate, as Jon Murray reports. (DP)

How hot?

Colorado is getting rain, snow and cooler weather this week, which is great. Temperatures in January and February were at least 7 degrees above average in Denver, as Bruce Finley reports. The plains also are in drought and an early wildfire season. Still, the snowpack is decent, so our water supply should be OK. (DP)

Better know a Rockies player:

Christian’s feature nails two things: Jon Gray is a fun guy and Jon Gray has a lot of potential. Let’s all agree to care about the Rockies this year, OK? (Denverite)

Perlmutter for governor?

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter has represented parts of Jefferson and Adams counties for six terms. Now he’s most likely running for governor to replace fellow Democrat John Hickenlooper, who has hit his term limit, as Peter Marcus reports. If Perlmutter runs, state Sen. Andy Kerr and state Rep. Brittany Pettersen both may move to replace him, according to Marcus. (Colorado Politics)