Time for the five things you need to know before you go.
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.
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
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.
5.Topping international news, a train with more than 250 bodies from down Malaysian Flight 17 is now in Kharkiv, Ukraine on its was to The Netherlands. The downed airliner’s black boxes have been recovered and turned over to Malaysian authorities. A United Nations passed yesterday calls for more access to the crash site, and for the fighting in the region to cease.
4. Do you have a question for your doctor? Today’s the day to get it answered. Tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 pm you can ask your question on Twitter. ABQ Health Partners is sponsoring the doctor Twitter chat. Just tweet @ABQ-H-P and include the hashtag #AskABQDocs
3. A hint of good news for New Mexico’s children. The latest Kids Count survey is out, and New Mexico no longer ranks 50th in the nation, we’re now 49th. Mississippi ranks lower. The survey says the number of kids living in poverty and the teen birth rate have both dropped. while high school graduation is up.
2. Three teens accused of killing two homeless men in Albuquerque will be charged as adults. Alex Rios, Nathaniel Carrillo, and Gilbert Tafoya could get a life sentence if they’re convicted as adults. Now the question is; where were their parents? And, could they get in trouble too? The district attorney says to charge parents she would need evidence to prove they knew about the criminal behavior and didn’t do anything about it.
1. Another hot one today with isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. East wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
5. Happy birthday to Andrew Martines of Albuquerque, who had the rare life-experience of having his wish come true. The 10 year old, who has Muscular Dystrophy, got to be sworn in on Friday and help APD catch a “bad guy” in a pretend bank robbery Sunday.
4. The Albuquerque homeless shelter, Joy Junction, which provides 16,000 meals a month to needy families, is running out of food. The 28 year old shelter is hoping people can help out by donating food to feed the hungry. If you want to help out, we have a link here on our website at KRQE.com.
3. International outrage continues to grow after more than 250 bodies are removed from the wreckage of Malaysian Flight 17 which was shot down last week. There is also concern that pro-Russian fighters guarding the area where the plane crashed have been tampering with the evidence. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he supports a cooperative investigation, but it looks like the crash site may already be compromised.
2. Three teenagers, charged with beating three homeless men, killing two of them, could be in court as soon as today. Albuquerque police arrested 18 year old Alex Rios, 16 year old Nathaniel Carrillo and 15 year old Gilbert Tafoya this weekend. The three claim to have been attacking homeless people in the Metro area throughout the last year. The district attorney will decide if they will be charged as adults.
1. It’ll be hot with the possibility of spot showers and thunderstorms after noon, with a high near 98. A North wind around 5 mph becomes northwest in the afternoon with a 10 percent chance of precipitation. Tonight a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight, with a low around 67.