5. There are lots of fun events taking place in New Mexico this Labor Day weekend. They includes the New Mexico Wine Festival in Bernalillo, the Hatch Chile Festival, and the Lobo Football home opener tomorrow. There will also be DWI checkpoints. From all of us here at KRQE News 13, have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend, and please, don’t drink and drive.
4. The countdown is underway to tonight’s burning of Old Man Gloom. Zozobra will be torched this evening at Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park. Old Man Gloom is turning 90 this year, and he’ll be bigger than ever in stature. This year there’s a 1920′s theme. If you drink, Santa Fe County is sponsoring a one dollar taxi ride home. Call 438-0000 to get a taxi.
3. In just a few hours we could know if a judge will approve Former Albuquerque Public School Superintendent Winston Brooke’s buyout. He resigned two weeks ago and the District agreed to pay him $350,000 because he still had two years left on his contract. We’ll let you know what the judge decides.
2. Today we should know if voters in Albuquerque will get to decide if they want to reduce pot penalties in the Duke City. Mayor R.J. Berry has until today to approve or veto whether the reduced pot penalty measure gets on the ballot. It would reduce the penalty for possessing an ounce of marijuana or less, a $25 fine and no jail time. In the past, Mayor Berry said he does not support the plan.
1. Expect a warm and sunny Friday, with a high near 90, and a north wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Tonight, it’ll be mostly clear with a low around 59 and a west wind around 5pm. This weekend, it’ll be mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid-90′s.
5. A plant to help with flood control is causing concerns because it’s also poisonous. The City of Albuquerque planted the Virginia Creeper vine at Zuni park to help keep water from running into the street. But the City admits, the plant’s berries are toxic. Neighbors are concerned the children or animals will eat the berries, and get sick.
4. Protesters took to the streets of Albuquerque again last night. They’re opposed to a national law enforcement shooting competition scheduled to take place in the city. They say the competition is inappropriate given the number of police shootings.
3. Santa Fe’s City Council voted five to four last night to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. There were questions whether the City could get the measure on the November ballot, so instead, councilors passed the law themselves. Santa Fe’s Mayor supports the decision.
2. The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating a plane crash that killed four people near the Las Cruces airport last night. Witnesses tell State Police the plane was flying low before it went down shortly after takeoff, about a mile south of Interstate 10. The plane burst into flames on impact, killing everyone on board. So far, no names have been released. The plane was headed to Phoenix.
1. Expect it to be drier and warmer today. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88 and northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Tonight partly cloudy, with a low around 58, a 5 to 10 mph northwest wind becoming light and variable in the evening.
5. Investigators are going to be listening closely to an audio tape capturing a white police officer shooting and killing an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. a man inadvertently recorded the gunfire and there’s a distinct pause between shots that could prove to be critical to the investigation. That’s if the case ever goes to trial.
4. APS, The city of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and the Department of Transportation are brainstorming about what to do to keep traffic moving and make things safer around New Mexico’s largest high school. Atrisco Heritage Academy has 2,600 students and just one road going to it. The situation may get worse when a new elementary is completed nearby. We’ll keep you posted on what they decide.
3. A new report from Allstate insurance, tracking the best and worst drivers in the country, ranks Albuquerque 126 out of 200 cities for safe driving falling below Denver and Phoenix. it cost us more in insurance premiums. Albuquerque’s driving record has been getting worse over the past five years, Allstate doesn’t have a theory why.
2. The search is now on to find whoever shot and killed a 20-year-old man in southwest Albuquerque yesterday morning. Sheriff’s deputies say Kenneth Perez was found shot to death at Coors and Blake early yesterday. He lived nearby and his family says he left to go talk with someone about money. If you know anything about what happened, call Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies.
5. Breaking Bad was a big winner at the Emmys bringing home five awards. It won for Best Drama. Bryan Cranston won for Best Actor in a Drama. Aaron Paul won Best Supporting Actor, and Anna Gun wont for best Supporting Actress. The show also took home an Emmy for writing. Stories surfaced quickly about a sixth season of Breaking Bad, but don’t believe it, it’s a hoax.
4. The United States is now sending manned and unmanned planes to do surveillance over Syria according to the Associated Press, this morning. Reports say President Obama is looking at what to do next with ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
3. Albuquerque Police and The Cottages Apartments are trying to figure out a way to stop problems that have plagued the complex over the past couple of weeks. Nearly 700 University of New Mexico students live at the private apartment complex. It’s only been open for two weekends, and so far police have been there for both of them, once for a huge party, the second time, last weekend for a shooting.
2. This morning officials from the City of Albuquerque, the State Department of Transportation, Bernaillo County and Albuquerque Public Schools are meeting to figure out a solution to the big traffic problem at a southwest Albuquerque neighborhood. Atrisco Heritage Academy High School is the state’s largest high school with more than 2600 students. Just this year, a new elementary school with 1800 students opened nearby, creating a lot more traffic in the already congested area.
1. There’s a 60 percent chance of precipitation in the Metro area this afternoon and evening. Today showers and thunderstorms are likely with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 85. Tonight, it’ll be cloudy with a low around 58 and a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the evening.
5. Cleanup is underway in Napa, California after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the area early Sunday morning. The quake damaged a lot of buildings and wineries, sending about 200 people to the hospital. Officials say this is the strongest quake to hit the area is 25 years.
4. A traffic alert this morning for commuters in Rio Rancho. A funeral procession for Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Key being held this morning. Gold Course Road between Southern and Westside Boulevard will be closed around nine this morning, then again at around 11:30 a.m. for the procession. Deputy Key lost his battle with brain cancer last week.
3. Two men are behind bars this morning, following two shootings overnight Sunday. Police say the first happened at The Cottages, an apartment complex for college students. The other happened in a road rage incident nearby. Police say both involved Tyvon Green and Shanoah Cauley. Police say it does not appear that anyone was injured in either shooting.
2. The Albuquerque Public School District has a new interim superintendent this morning, it’s Doctor Brad Winter. He recently retired as the district’s Chief Operating Officer, and is currently an Albuquerque City Councilor. Dr. Winter says he hopes to restore stability to APS, but he does not want the Superintendent job’s permanently.
1. Get ready for more rain, there’s a 20 percent chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms,but skies will be mostly sunny with a high near 91. Tonight there’s a 50 percent chance of precipitation, mainly after 7pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy, with a low around 62, and a southeast wind 5 to 10 mph