5. The bee population is half of what it was 75 years ago. The alarming drop in numbers has caught the attention of a couple of researchers at NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas. They’ve launched the “pollinator project”: which tests native and non-native plants ability to attract bees.
4. The latest CBS/New York Times poll indicates New Mexico’s governors race may not be as close as a Rasmussen poll last week indicated. The latest poll indicates incumbent Republican Susana Martinez is up eight point over Democratic challenger Gary King.
3. After the Albuquerque Isotopes made headlines for the second time this year for conduct that’s definitely unsportsmanlike, now the players involved are being suspended. First it was a player who bit another player’s ear off, earlier in the year. The latest incident involved a brawl that broke out in Reno this weak. The Pacific Coast League suspended four players involved in the Saturday brawl during the game being played in Reno.
2. Washington lawmakers reached a deal to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agreement reached Monday comes three months after revelations that some veterans on secret waiting lists died before getting medical care. The VA reform bill will allow veterans who’ve been on waiting lists 30 days or who live 40 miles away from a VA facility to see private doctors. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the bill by the end of the week.
1. Expect more rain and thunderstorms today with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 89 with a light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph this morning, and a 40 percent chance of rain. Tonight, expect scattered showers and thunderstorms, with a low around 64. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
5. A baseball brawl caught on video is being played by news outlets all over the country. It happened Saturday night in Reno during a game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Reno Aces. It started when Isotopes infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena shoved the Aces catcher and then threw his helmet at him. It escalated from words being exchanged to punches.
4. A group called “Practical Policies New Mexico” has gathered more than 11,000 signatures to put reduced penalties for marijuana possession on the November ballot. The Albuquerque City Clerks has 10 days to verify those signatures. The proposals is to make the maximum penalty for posession an ounce of pot a fine , rather than jail time.
3. A major milestone today when the brand new Jefferson overpass over Paseo Del Norte opens to eastbound traffic at the I-25 interchange reconstruction project. Today’s opening in the $93 million project means Eastbound traffic can now flow smoothly for the first time since October.
2. There are a couple of scams to be aware of going on in New Mexico right now. In one case, somebody calls, passing themselves off as a US Marshal. They try to scam you out of money by saying you need to pay a fine for a family member. The US Marshal Service says it never asks for money on the phone. In the other case, the crooks call saying they’re from Bernalilllo County and that there’s a warrant out for your arrest because you missed jury duty. The Court says you’ll get a letter, not a phone call if you miss jury duty.
1. Expect isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon, it’ll be partly sunny, with a high near 91. A northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10%. Tonight Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
5. Avoid the Paseo del Norte and I-25 reconstruction project from now through the weekend if at all possible. Starting tonight at 10pm, Paseo del Norte will be closed for long periods of time, and that will go on sporadically all weekend on various streets in and around the interchange.
For detailed information about the closures, check out the full story here on KRQE.com. Lots of progress is being made on the job, in fact, the Jefferson overpass should open this weekend.
4. Some customers noticed a blinking red light in a Walmart dressing room. A woman posted video of the light inside the Walmart on Academy and Wyoming in Albuquerque on YouTube. It turns out, it’s not a camera, but rather, a motion sensor for the lights. Walmart says its now putting signs up so people know what the light is.
3. We now know the names of the two homeless Navajo men beaten to death in Albuquerque last weekend. They are Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson. In response to those beatings, some New Mexico lawmakers want to reclassify crimes against the homeless as a hate crime.
2. The cleanup is on this morning in Algodones, where at least three homes flooded with water and mud after the area got socked with rain yesterday. There are about 20 other homes surrounded by water. The flooding occurred after an irrigation ditch clogged with debris after the heavy rain, overflowed. The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District says it’ll take about a week to clear it all out. D.
1. Today it’ll be mostly sunny, with a high near 96. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight expect partly cloudy skies, with a low around 63 and a southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight.
5.Topping international news, a train with more than 250 bodies from down Malaysian Flight 17 is now in Kharkiv, Ukraine on its was to The Netherlands. The downed airliner’s black boxes have been recovered and turned over to Malaysian authorities. A United Nations passed yesterday calls for more access to the crash site, and for the fighting in the region to cease.
4. Do you have a question for your doctor? Today’s the day to get it answered. Tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 pm you can ask your question on Twitter. ABQ Health Partners is sponsoring the doctor Twitter chat. Just tweet @ABQ-H-P and include the hashtag #AskABQDocs
3. A hint of good news for New Mexico’s children. The latest Kids Count survey is out, and New Mexico no longer ranks 50th in the nation, we’re now 49th. Mississippi ranks lower. The survey says the number of kids living in poverty and the teen birth rate have both dropped. while high school graduation is up.
2. Three teens accused of killing two homeless men in Albuquerque will be charged as adults. Alex Rios, Nathaniel Carrillo, and Gilbert Tafoya could get a life sentence if they’re convicted as adults. Now the question is; where were their parents? And, could they get in trouble too? The district attorney says to charge parents she would need evidence to prove they knew about the criminal behavior and didn’t do anything about it.
1. Another hot one today with isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. East wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
5. Happy birthday to Andrew Martines of Albuquerque, who had the rare life-experience of having his wish come true. The 10 year old, who has Muscular Dystrophy, got to be sworn in on Friday and help APD catch a “bad guy” in a pretend bank robbery Sunday.
4. The Albuquerque homeless shelter, Joy Junction, which provides 16,000 meals a month to needy families, is running out of food. The 28 year old shelter is hoping people can help out by donating food to feed the hungry. If you want to help out, we have a link here on our website at KRQE.com.
3. International outrage continues to grow after more than 250 bodies are removed from the wreckage of Malaysian Flight 17 which was shot down last week. There is also concern that pro-Russian fighters guarding the area where the plane crashed have been tampering with the evidence. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he supports a cooperative investigation, but it looks like the crash site may already be compromised.
2. Three teenagers, charged with beating three homeless men, killing two of them, could be in court as soon as today. Albuquerque police arrested 18 year old Alex Rios, 16 year old Nathaniel Carrillo and 15 year old Gilbert Tafoya this weekend. The three claim to have been attacking homeless people in the Metro area throughout the last year. The district attorney will decide if they will be charged as adults.
1. It’ll be hot with the possibility of spot showers and thunderstorms after noon, with a high near 98. A North wind around 5 mph becomes northwest in the afternoon with a 10 percent chance of precipitation. Tonight a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight, with a low around 67.