Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 7

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Good morning. Today’s news roundup includes Colorado responses to the military strike on Syria, all the plans for Arapahoe Square, the heroin epidemic in Colorado and more.

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An artist's conception of "Union Park" in front of Union Station before a towering skyline. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Karle Seydel Papers)

Senators on the Syria strike:

Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet, the U.S. senators for Colorado, both issued statements of support for the airstrike that President Donald Trump ordered on a Syrian military base last night, as Joey Bunch reports. (Colorado Politics)

Before Coors Field:

Here’s how baseball and its stadiums evolved in Denver. Quite fascinating. (Denverite)

What’s next for Arapahoe Square:

A handful of development projects slated for this portion of Five Points northeast of downtown are geared toward helping homeless and low-income people, but many of the projects aim to transform the parking lot-heavy area into a spot for new mid-rise apartments and businesses to support them. Adrian has the plans.

Not far away, RTD and Denver want to build condos, including some affordable housing, at 29th and Welton. (Denverite)

Heroin in Colorado:

Plunging prices. Twice as many deaths. Twenty times more confiscated heroin. (Denverite)

Still rolling coal:

A Republican from Montrose is still trying to pass a law that would forbid drivers from intentionally shooting exhaust at people and vehicles. The third version of the bill makes exemptions for commercial and agricultural vehicles. (Coloradoan)

Arvada theater upgrade:

Harkins Theatres has purchased the Olde Town Arvada movie theater and will reopen it later this year following upgrades, including plush, reclining seats. (DBJ)

More on Hyperloop:

Three routes in Colorado are among 11 finalists in Hyperloop One’s transportation challenges. Eventually, the company will pick three to “work with to further explore development,” Tamara Chuang reports. I still think we’ll get rail to Boulder before any of this happens. (DP)

Eating and drinking around Coors Field:

It’s time to do baseball. (5280)