Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 3

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Hi. Today’s news roundup includes a challenge to Denver’s treatment of homeless people, a Colorado senator’s role in the Supreme Court nomination fight, progress on a tiny-home village, a new art space in a new RiNo park and more.

Two boys, identified as Gary and Mike, stand outside a building at Auraria's Camp Malo, south of Evergreen on Turkey Creek Road. (Virginia Castro/Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

Two boys, identified as Gary and Mike, stand outside a building at Camp Malo, south of Evergreen on Turkey Creek Road in 1973. (Virginia Castro/Western History and Genealogy Department/Denver Public Library)

Will the camping ban stand?

This week, Denver goes to court to defend its “camping ban,” which forbids sleeping in most public places in the city. Erica’s got you covered. (Denverite)

Tiny-home village gets city’s green light:

A proposed temporary community for homeless people in RiNo just got a major city approval. Denver has never approved a project like this before, so this could be a milestone for tiny village projects around the city. (Denverite)

Bennet on Gorsuch:

Sen. Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, said that he won’t support a filibuster of Neil Gorsuch. A centrist by nature, Bennet hopes to preserve the very institution of the filibuster. (Denverite)

The prisons are full:

Following the closure of a private prison last year, Colorado’s prisons have hit their maximum safe capacity, as Jennifer Brown reports. That could point to a new prison being built or opened soon. (DP)

Art space for RiNo Park?

RiNo Art District is pushing the city to turn two old buildings into art space on the site of the future RiNo Park, as Ashley reports. (Denverite)

Catch up on the budget:

Vic Vela has five bullet points that will get your head around the budget. (CPR)

Boulder seems to want more land:

The city is trying to speed up its process for annexing nearby land into its municipal borders, as Alex Burness reports. (Boulder Daily Camera)

It’s baseball time:

The Rockies open their season today. Get primed with Christian’s list of factors to watch in the season ahead. (Denverite)

Move your car:

I mean, if you have to. It’s street-sweeping season, as Megan reports. Look at this map to see if you need to worry. (Denverite)