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%.
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5. Pojoaque Pueblo’s gaming compact with the state expires next year and the tribe is now suing, asking federal authorities to let them change the rules. They want to lower the gambling age to 18, allow alcohol in some gambling areas and let people cash their welfare checks at casinos by the end of August. The state has to prove why it thinks the proposed changes are a bad idea.
4. Scary report about disappearing groundwater in the Southwestern United States is out from NASA and the University of Californiaat Irvine. The reports sites NASA imaging which shows a significant loss of water over the past decade in the southwest; enough to supply 50 million households for a year. The report says more than 75 percent of the loss in the ColoradoBasin is groundwater.
3. Most New Mexico schools improved their performance over last year, but a lot of schools are still failing according to the state education department annual report. Around the state, 332 schools received an “A” or a “B“, but nearly as many, 323 got a “D” or an “D“. The grades depend heavily on the growth of student performance, and standards based tests. see how your child’s school fared by clicking on KRQE at KRQE.com.
2. It appears the two officers who shot and killed a career criminal this week, did not have their lapel cameras on. The latest police shooting comes as the City of Albuquerque and the Department of Justice say progress is being made on a deal to reform APD. It’ll include a fix for everything from use of force to internal affair policies to police training. The mayor says he doesn’t agree with all the DOJ findings but he’s not saying what specifically.Neither side is providing a time line for these fixes.
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.
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5. It’s a national day of mourning for the Netherlands. That’s where the Malaysian Airline plane took off from before it was blown out of the sky above Ukraine last week. The U.S. admits it has no evidence Russia was directly involved, but blames it for creating the situation that brought the plane down.
4. Back here in Albuquerque a warning, if people come to your door saying they’re with Crimestoppers and wanting to come inside, don’t let them. Crimestoppers says it never goes door to door and people may be trying to scope out your house.
3. Should Albuquerque have a curfew for teenagers? A lot of people are asking that question this morning after three teens are accused of killing two homeless men last weekend. Albuquerque had a teen curfew years ago, but the state supreme court said it violated state law. Mayor R.J. Berry says he doesn’t have an opinion on it right now, but wants to talk with other cities that already have the curfew.
2. Today we’re hoping to learn more about the latest deadly Albuquerque police shooting. Officers shot and killed Jeremy Robertson yesterday afternoon, near Central and Eubank after they say he had a gun and ran from them. They have not said if Robertson pointed the gun at police, but they do say he’s the guy who rammed their cars when they tried to arrest him back in January.