Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. President Obama says U.S. air strikes will continue against terrorists from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, despite one american journalist being beheaded and threats of the same thing happening to another one. The U.S. says it tried to rescue the hostages this summer, but troops couldn’t find them.
4. APS says it hopes to have the school bus problems resolved in the next few days. The district and the bus companies it contracts with are about 40 drivers short. That leaves some routes behind schedule and causes other problems.
3. APS hopes to have an interim superintendent picked by tomorrow. The board hopes to pick five finalists today and vote on one tomorrow. Former superintendent Winston Brooks resigned last week, but neither he nor the board will say why.
2. Today we should learn more about yesterday’s massive manhunt for a suspected murderer near Taylor Ranch. Bernalillo county sheriff’s deputies say they got into a gunfight with Trinidad Gallegos. That’s when he took off, broke into two homes and was found hiding in a closet inside one of them. Deputies say Gallegos killed a man and dumped his body off I-40 near the Route 66 Casino back in May.
1. Today will be warm and partly cloud with a chance of isolated storms.
5. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is on his way to Ferguson, Missouri today. The visit comes after another night of violent protests over the police shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old black teen. An Albuquerque photographer, Leo York, was one of the journalists who was tear-gassed in Ferguson during the last 10 days of protests.
4. There’s a recall this morning of peanut butter and almond butter. The brands impacted include private label butter at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods as well as Maranatha, and Arrowhead Mills brands. For a list of everything to avoid check here on KRQE.com, links.
3. We expect to learn more this morning about the school bus driver shortage facing the AlbuquerquePublicSchool district. The new acting superintendent of APS is holding a news conference at 8:30 a.m. In one case, a parent says the district and Herrera Buses lost her 7-year-old for 45 minutes last Thursday. Two sisters claim a bus driver at Beal Bus company told them they either had sit on the floor or wait for the next bus.
2. Later today, UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs will address the media to talk about the hazing investigation into the UNM Women’s Soccer Team. The team’s first game has been canceled, and two freshman players are leaving UNM entirely. The departures are being blamed on hazing on the women’s soccer team.
1. There’s a better chance for rain and thunderstorms today. It’ll be partly sunny with a high near 89 today, and a low of 61 this evening, with a northwest wind of 5 to 10 mph and a 10 percent chance of precipitation.
5. Another night of violence in Ferguson, Missouri where police fired tear gas on a crowd of protesters, who police say are primarily people from out of town. The violence stems from last week’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. An autopsy shows the white police officer shot Michael Brown six times, but doesn’t say if the teen had his hands up at the time. US Attorney General Eric Holder heads to Missouri tomorrow.
4. It looks like we’ll have to wait until the end of the week to see if a 30 year old Bernalillo County woman hospitalized at UNMH has the Ebola virus. That’s when results of blood work sent to the Centers for Disease Control should be complete. IN the meantime, the woman is isolated, and doctors say there is no public health threat.
3. This November Albuquerque voters could decide if they want to increase sales tax in the city by an eigth of a percent to help people with mental health issues. Last night, the City Council approved a plan to hike the sales tax, but Mayor RJ Berry has to approve it first.
2. Albuquerque’s City Councilors say voters should get a say in deciding whether penalties should be reduced for marijuana possession. The Council approved the measure on a 5 to 4 vote along party lines, with the Democrats on the Council voting for it. It is not a done deal however, since Republican Mayor R.J. Berry still has to approve it. If he does not, it would take six councilors to veto him. Meanwhile there are enough valid signatures on a petition to put the reduced pot penalty measure on the ballot in Santa Fe.
1. More rain could be on the way today. There’s a 20 percent chance of precipitation today and and a 40 percent chance tonight. It’ll be partly sunny with a high near 91, and light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight it’ll be mostly cloudy, with a low around 65, and a southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
5. It’s 50 cent hot dog night at Isotopes Park tonight. The ‘topes take on Nashville at 6:35pm. The Isotopes have just six home games left this season.
4. Missouri’s governor is calling out the National Guard to help get people in Ferguson under control after another night of violent rioting. Violence has been ongoing for more than a week now after an officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager last weekend. Police say people were shooting guns and throwing Molotov cocktails.
3. Albuquerque City Council has a full agenda tonight which includes a number of important issues. They include a measure to reduce penalties for pot possession on the ballot, and increase sales tax in Albuquerque by an eighth of a percent, also, the council will vote tonight on dualing proposals to revamp the Police Oversight Commission.
2. A possible case of the Ebola virus has UNM Hospital taking extra precautions this morning while doctors await the results of tests on a 30 year old woman. She recently returned from Africa, and checked herself into the hospital after experiencing Ebola-like symptoms. The woman is currently in an isolation unit. Stay tuned to KRQE on air and online for the latest developments.
1. New Mexico will be drying out today with a high near 97, it’ll be sunny and hot. There’s a 10 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms afternoon and this evening.
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. It eclipses both the construction and manufacturing industries in New Mexico as far as revenue. A new report shows New Mexico’s art and culture communities contribute more than a billion dollar to the state’s economy annually. The state Cultural Affairs Department commissioned the UNM study. Now the state, the city of Albuquerque and growth stimulators plan to collaborate better on how to better capitalize on New Mexico’s many assets to improve our economy and employment.
4. The most popular story on our website is still about the so called grim reaper at the old cemetery near Gibson and I-25. The church pastor in charge of it says he’s stumped and has no clue who or what it is and isn’t jumping to conclusions.
3. Two lobo football players who were suspended from the team after being charged with raping another student are now officially in the clear. The district attorney says there’s not enough evidence to press charges against lobo players SaQwan Edwards and Crusoe Gongbay. Ryan Ruff has also been exonerated. Now Gongbay and Edwards have to earn their starting spots back.
2. Take a look at this, amazing video of two Albuquerque Police officers and a firefighter rescuing a 16-year-old girl after she fell into an arroyo full of rushing water near Winrock Mall. She was just one of a couple people who had to be rescued.