5. The IT company General Dynamics is adding 200 jobs in Las Cruces right now. They’re hiring for every position from back office service representatives and supervisors to managers and trainers.
4. Life in prison or the death penalty for convicted killer John McClusky? We’re closer to knowing the answer to that question because closing arguments in the penalty phase of his trial are supposed to start in just a few hours. McCluskey was convicted of killing Gary and Linda Haas after breaking out of an Arizona prison in 2010.
3. It’s going to be a long day for BernalilloCounty sheriff, Dan Houston. He’s going before the county’s Code of Conduct Review Board this afternoon. Houston is accused of using county offices and workers for his re-election campaign. The meeting is at 3 p.m. downtown anyone is free to watch.
2. Tonight’s your chance to hear about an alternative to the New Mexico’s new end of course exams for high school students. The state says students have to pass them and if they don’t they won’t get a diploma. APS is looking at alternatives to the tests go hear about them at the board meeting starting at 5 p.m. today (Dec. 4.)
1. The wind will continue today. There may also be some rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the 50s to lower 60s. Southern winds will come at 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon and may get as high as 40 mph.Tonight you can expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow in the evening. The chance for that rain and snow will increase after midnight, possibly leaving as much as one or two inches. Low will get down to the 20s to mid 30s. Southwest winds will start at 10 miles and hour and may climb to 20 in the evening.
5. Today we could get autopsy results for actor Paul Walker. He and his friend died in a horrible crash near Los Angeles this weekend, after their Porshe hit a tree and burst into flames. Walker became a star after his role in ‘The Fast and Furious’ movie franchise about street racing.
4. Today’s the last chance for you to sign up to for free Christmas gifts from Toys for Tots to register in person, head to the Los Griegos center on Candelaria from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. today. Make sure you take some identification, your kids’ birth certificates and proof of residency.
3. If you’re behind on your student loans, you’re not alone. So many people are behind, there’s a watchdog group teaming up with the federal government to start keeping a closer eye on organizations collecting student loan debt. Similar to how banks and collections companies currently operate.
2. APS School Board’s outspoken vice president is urging parents not to let their children take state tests. Kathy Korte wants parents to boycott their kids taking the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) tests and end of course exams. They have a lot to do with teacher evaluation and school grades.
1. Expect a bright day today with mostly sunny skies and a high near 59. Make sure you’re ready for some wind at five to 10 miles per hour, coming from the southeast. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 33. Wind will stay around the same speed, just coming from the south during the evening and night hours.
5. Did you do some shopping this weekend? Stores say you didn’t do enough. They’re hoping you make up for it today, on Cyber Monday. Overall, they think holiday spending will be down this year.
4. Looking for some holiday fun? Head out to Santa Fe tonight at 5 p.m. for the annual New Mexico State Christmas Tree lighting. You can even get yourself some free hot cider and biscochitos at the event.
3. Weather should be mild and breezy today.
2. Albuquerque police are investigating another officer involved shooting. Frightened shoppers were ducking for cover when police opened fire near a mall yesterday in northeast Albuquerque. Someone made a 911 call and said a woman was worried about a man she was with. She reportedly asked them to arrest the man. That is when a confrontation and gunfire broke out. The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
1. Today will be sunny with a high near 55. During the evening you can expect mostly clear skies with a low around 31.
5. New Mexico’s State Police Chief will meet with concerned citizens over that controversial traffic stop in Taos last month. An officer smashed a minivan’s window and another shot at its tires. Critics say the officers used excessive force. There will be a protest held in Taos this Sunday.
4. After it tied up millions of dollars and put the county in a cash crunch, The Bernalillo County Treasurer’s Office now says it wants some investment help. The county’s now saying it’s looking for a firm to give some advice on its investments. It’s taking proposals until December 19.
3. You still have time to buy tickets for the Luminaria Tour in Albuquerque on Christmas Eve. They were supposed to go on sale at Midnight, but it actually happened a little later than that. If you want to go, don’t delay your purchase. These tickets go fast! Click here to get yours.
2. It’s Black Friday. That means tens of thousands of shoppers are out and about trying to bag the best bargains. Some retailers even opened their doors early on Thanksgiving, yesterday. Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy were among those eager to get shoppers through the doors early.
1. Today is going to be mostly sunny. Highs will climb to the upper 40s to mid 50s. For tonight you can expect mostly clear skies with lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.
5. If you don’t want to stuff yourself at the Thanksgiving table here’s a tip, chew more and you’ll eat less. The folks at Iowa State University studied almost 50 people. They found the more people chewed their food before swallowing they less they eat.
4. If someone at your Thanksgiving meal indulges in too much alcohol. They might have a mutant gene. That’s what a group of researchers in Great Britain say they’ve discovered when the gene that regulates alcohol consumption is even the slightest bit faulty it increases the desire for alcohol..
3. State, county and city law enforcement agencies are out in force this holiday weekend and they’re not messing around. There’s an officer every 20 miles along the I-40 corridor in New Mexico. They’re looking for drunk drivers and all kinds of traffic violators, so be careful on the roads and remember to watch out for other drivers.
2. On top of the Thanksgiving holiday and meal, another big talker this time of year is shopping. Retailers are aiming to ramp-up sales on this family holiday. It’s even being called “Brown Thursday” by some. The idea has taken off with some shoppers, while others say it’s unfair for workers.
1. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Tonight it’ll be mostly clear with lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.