1. You can expect a mild day, breezy and cooler, mostly sunny day today.
2. President Obama meets in private with members of Congress today, pitching his plan to spend $500 million to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in an effort to destroy the terrorist group, ISIS. Even Republican House Speaker, John Boehner is calling on his colleagues to support the president in this effort. Secretary of State John Kerry remains overseas this morning, trying to garner support from countries there in forming a global coalition to defeat ISIS.
3. The Old Town Salsa Fiesta is this weekend, and includes both salsa the food, and the dance style. The Fiesta is from noon to eight Saturday. More than 40 contestants are signed up for the Best Salsa competition. There will also be dance lessons offered during the Fiesta. For all the details, check on links here on KRQE.com.
4. There’s a career fair in the Metro area today. From 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., representatives from 54 companies with hundreds of openings are participating in the career fair. It’s at the Workforce Connection office at 501 Mountain Road NW. Dress for success bring your resume, and good luck.
5. There’s plenty of fun to be had today and this weekend at the New Mexico State Fair. Today, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is hosting a rodeo. The featured country band, The Henningsens play at the rodeo tonight at 7 p.m. tomorrow the State Fair Parade launches from the Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. Sunday is Mexican Extravaganza day with a Mexican Rodeo and concert at 4 p.m.
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5. The ballot battle in BernalilloCounty and Albuquerque looks like it’s going to court. The secretary of state says the county can’t put poll questions, ones just for opinion, on the ballot. The county says you can and wants to get people’s opinion on reducing pot penalties and increasing the sales to support mental health issues. A decision could come as early as Monday.
4. That respiratory virus that’s been going around the Midwest could now be here in Albuquerque. The state health department says a hospital in Albuquerque in sending a specimen to the CDC in Atlanta to get tested. This is just a day after the state said there were no cases of the respiratory virus, Enterovirus D-68, in New Mexico.
3. This is the 13th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. On this date back in 2001, terrorists took over four planes, killing almost 3,000 innocent Americans. Today in Albuquerque you can help remember everyone who died with a stair climb at City Hall. That starts at 8:46 a.m. Also, go see the flags and more at VistaVerdeMemorial Park in Rio Rancho.
2. President Obama says enough is enough from ISIS. He went on national tv last night to say the U.S. is expanding air strikes to defeat ISIS and will launch them in Syria. The president wants to train and give weapons to moderate rebels in Syria. He’s now looking for support from congress and other countries.
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5. Get ready for the food, the rides, rodeos and more because the New Mexico State Fair starts today. You can pick up discounted admission tickets at Walgreens through Friday. Don’t forget, The Midway doesn’t open until tomorrow. Get more info on all of it at KRQE.com.
4. Veterans, this is for you. The Department of Veterans Affairs is having two town hall meetings at the VeteransMemorial Park on south Louisiana today. From 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The discussion centers on VA Health Care Systems. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. They’re focusing on disability claims.
3. Don’t be surprised if some of your favorite websites are a little slow to load today, not really. A lot of sites including Netflix and Reddit will be showing you a loading icon all day long. It’s a way to protest the Federal Communication Commission thinking about allowing internet companies to control websites speeds.
2. President Obama will go on national t.v. later today to tell the Americans why the country should go after ISIS and how. This could include air strikes in Syria, but the president says it won’t include troops on the ground. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is still in the Middle East, trying to get support from countries there.
5. If you’re looking for a new job, there are some openings right now. Dave and Buster’s is taking applications for 260 new jobs. The new restaurant and game joint is opening this fall at Albuquerque’s Winrock Mall. Smith’s Grocery store chain is also hiring another 200 workers in New Mexico. You can get information on both jobs here on KRQE.com. Click on links.
4. Amazon is dropping the price of its disappointing Fire Smartphone to 99 cents. The price cut comes just in advance of today’s expected unveiling of the new iPhone 6 by Apple. Word is the new iPhone will be faster and come in two different sizes with a better camera. There are also rumors that Apple could also reveal a new Smart Watch today.
3. President Obama will talk about the Isis crisis today with members of Congress returning to the Hill today from their summer recess. One Senate Republican already introduced a bill authorizing airstrikes in Syria. The White House says the approach to defeating ISIS will be political, diplomatic and military. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is also traveling abroad today, looking to build an international coalition to combat the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria.
2. The Bernalillo County Commission last night trumped recent actions by the Albuquerque City Council and Mayor R.J. Berry about what will be on the ballot this November. Last night the commission approved the exact opposite of what the Council and the Mayor okayed last week. Commissioners approved putting two poll questions on the ballot, assessing voters’ interest in decriminalizing marijuana, and increasing the sales tax to help the mentally ill. The measures on the ballot assess interest only and are not legally binding. In doing so, the Commission nixed putting special elections, GO Bonds, and Council approval of hiring and firing the City’s police and fire chiefs on the ballot. The City Council indicated among those, hiring and firing the city fire and police chief was its priority.
1. Another rainy day in New Mexico, expect isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon with mostly sunny skies and a high near 89. A south wind of 5 to 10 mph becomes west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. There’s a 20 percent chance of precipitation both today and tonight. This evening expect isolated showers and thunderstorms, with partly cloudy skies and a low around 60 with a west wind of 5 to 15 mph.
5. The Royal Family is expecting another child. The rumor has been floating around for a few weeks, but this morning, it’s official. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate are expecting another baby. No word yet on when the child is due, if it’s a boy or a girl, or if that’s even known at this point.
4. Hundreds of children across the country are getting sick and ending up hospitalized because of a bad respiratory virus. Enterovirus D-68 is spreading quickly, and 10 states have now contacted the Centers for Disease Control to investigate what appears to be a regional outbreak. There are 500 cases in Kansas City, Missouri, and hundred of children in Denver have presented with the same kind of symptoms.
3. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Return to Capitol Hill today, and finding a way to stop ISIS tops its agenda. The President plans to meet with congressional leaders tomorrow to talk about stopping the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria which recently beheaded two American journalists. Wednesday, the President plans to lay out those plans to the nation. Nine NATO countries have agreed to work to defeat ISIS and the head of the Arab League is urging its 22 members to confront the extremists as well.
2. Today we should get a better idea of what exactly will be on the ballot for voters in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County come November. The County Commission is set to decide if there’s room to include three initiatives on the ballot approved by Albuquerque Mayor RJ Berry last week. Some Commissioners want to add questions assessing voters interest in decriminalizing penalties for marijuana possession, and increase taxes to pay for programs for the mentally ill. If those two items get added to the ballot, they only assess the sentiment of voters and are not legally binding.
1. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%. Tonight Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.