Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 1

I promise the only dumb thing we’ve done for this “holiday” is put googly eyes on things.

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A rendering of the new-and-improved Elitch's. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A rendering of the new-and-improved Elitch's. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

I promise the only dumb thing we’ve done for this “holiday” is put googly eyes on things.

We’re another step closer to a transportation funding deal

A bill that would ask voters to raise taxes to generate $700 million a year for highways, transit and a range of local projects cleared the Colorado House with a handful of Republican votes. (Denverite)

RiNo Park could get some new creative space

RiNo Art District and the city are discussing the feasibility of repurposing two buildings on the site of the future park. (Denverite)

Kristina Tournai-Sandoval’s remains have been found

A Colorado man who pleaded guilty Friday to killing his estranged wife more than two decades ago recently led authorities to her body, which was buried under the grave of a World War II veteran. (AP)

A plan to help homeless people takes an important step forward

The city approved a concept for that village of tiny homes in River North. (Denverite)

The Avs had a pretty good night

They beat St. Louis in a shoot out. (AP)

Tyson Jost made his NHL debut under pretty intense circumstances. (AP)

And his grandfather cried proud tears. (Denverite)

So you get caught with 900 pot plants…

What do you tell investigators? Something like, “Only 99 of them are mine,” if you’re this guy. (Denverite)

Boulder and Xcel Energy reach a possible settlement

A seven-year saga nears an end. (BDC)

The Rockies have designated Jason Motte for assignment

Which means he can be claimed off waivers by other teams in MLB. If no one does, they’ll probably release him. (BSN)

And the Rapids are shaking things up

The team reportedly traded midfielder Sam Cronin and defender Marc Burch to Minnesota for midfielders Mohammed Saeid and Josh Gatt. (Denverite)

Here are some things to do today

A “Fern Gully” ballet, a Da Vinci exhibit, Denver Fashion Week(end) and (say it with me) so much more. (Denverite)

And a thing to do on Monday

The new breakfast eatery Morning Collective is opening in Rosedale, helmed by a former Snooze chef. (Denverite)

And a thing to do on or after April 29

Elitch Gardens opens for the season. (Denverite)