5. A very touching tribute to Nelson Mandela happened earlier today at a packed soccer stadium in South Africa. His body will now lie in state for three days before being buring in his hometown. Nelson Mandela was 95 years old when he passed away last week.
4. Good news for New Mexico. We could have almost $300 million extra dollars in the state’s budget for next year. Now the question comes what to do with it. The governor wants some saved and some to go to education. Others want to see a road and building boom.
3. Today your kids have the chance to learn the basics of computer science, an industry that’s growing in New Mexico but training for it is lacking. Take them out to Deep Dive Coders tonight from 5pm to 7pm. It’s on Central and Broadway.
2. We’ve learned the the guy Albuquerque Police shot and killed yesterday morning may have had a hammer. Police haven’t exactly said what kind of weapon he had or released his name or the names of the officers involved. They say he charged officers over and over again before they shot him.
1. Get those gloves and scarves ready, it’s going to be a bone chilling day. It will be mostly sunny with a high in the 30s. Tonight temps will be low about 15 to 25 degrees.
5. Today congress is set to vote on a plan to keep banning plastic weapons, the ones that could pass through metal detectors and x-ray machines and not get noticed. The current ban expires tomorrow.
4. One of your last chances to help less fortunate kids have a Merry Christmas. The Marines and Toys for Tots will be out at Carlisle and Menaul until 7pm tonight collecting money and toys. They have almost five thousand kids to help out this year.
3. A deadly police shooting in Albuquerque overnight. Investigators say it started with a fight near Central and University when they went after the guy who did it they say he had a weapon and wouldn’t put it down. Police say they shot him with a bean bag and the guy was still aggressive so they shot him with again with their normal guns. He died at the hospital.
2. If you’re driving out of Albuquerque today give yourself plenty of time especially if you’re driving north and west.
1. Today will be breezy and mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow in the morning then partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 20s to lower 30s with north winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows 5 to 15 degrees.
5. Bundle up and go enjoy some holiday fun this weekend starting tonight with the Old Town Shop and Stroll from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, The Nob Hill Shop and Stroll starts at noon with the Twinkle Light Parade kicking off at 5:15 p.m.
4. An important date is set for next week in Taos…New Mexico State Police chief Pete Kassettas is getting together with the community’s leaders to talk about the controversial shooting caught on camera last month. Officer Elias Montoya is now suspended for shooting at her tires.
3. Give yourself plenty of time this morning. The roads aren’t as bad as yesterday, but they could still be slick, especially with black ice. Have a look at New Mexico’s road conditions here.
2. More than 50 schools are closed or delayed this morning. APS East Mountain Schools along with Santa Fe schools and many more are all on a two-hour delay. To get that information go to KRQE.com’s homepage or click here.
1. Bundle up, today you’ll see areas of freezing fog before noon. It’ll be mostly sunny with a high near 34 degrees. Wind will come in from the southwest at around 5 mph. Tonight you’ll see partly cloudy skies with a low around 12. East winds will blow at five to 10 mph.
5. Parents in Albuquerque will be able to have their kids opt out of the state’s new standardized tests. They will not receive letters to let them know about the opt out option. That was decided during a heated board of education meeting last night. APS School Board vice president Kathy Korte wanted a letter sent out informing parents that their students could opt out of the tests, but it was voted against in a 2-5 vote.
The New Mexico Public Education Department says the tests help schools see where kids stand academically.
4. The winter weather moved in overnight. Snow started to fall lightly at about 1 a.m. and continued to fall and pile up all morning long.
3. With the snow already here those roads could be a little dicey. To get a look at New Mexico road conditions click here.
2. The winter blast has caused a number of school delays and closures. You can also check here or visit KRQE.com’s homepage to see if your child’s school is closed or delayed.
1. Snow is here! It’s expected to fall mainly before 11 a.m. It’s expected to be partly sunny with a high near 38. East winds will blow between 5 and 10 mph and switching to the southwest in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation could reach 1 to 2 inches. Tonight there will be a 20 percent chance of snow with a low around 20. Wind will sweep in from the west around 5 mph.
5. The IT company General Dynamics is adding 200 jobs in Las Cruces right now. They’re hiring for every position from back office service representatives and supervisors to managers and trainers.
4. Life in prison or the death penalty for convicted killer John McClusky? We’re closer to knowing the answer to that question because closing arguments in the penalty phase of his trial are supposed to start in just a few hours. McCluskey was convicted of killing Gary and Linda Haas after breaking out of an Arizona prison in 2010.
3. It’s going to be a long day for BernalilloCounty sheriff, Dan Houston. He’s going before the county’s Code of Conduct Review Board this afternoon. Houston is accused of using county offices and workers for his re-election campaign. The meeting is at 3 p.m. downtown anyone is free to watch.
2. Tonight’s your chance to hear about an alternative to the New Mexico’s new end of course exams for high school students. The state says students have to pass them and if they don’t they won’t get a diploma. APS is looking at alternatives to the tests go hear about them at the board meeting starting at 5 p.m. today (Dec. 4.)
1. The wind will continue today. There may also be some rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the 50s to lower 60s. Southern winds will come at 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon and may get as high as 40 mph.Tonight you can expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and snow in the evening. The chance for that rain and snow will increase after midnight, possibly leaving as much as one or two inches. Low will get down to the 20s to mid 30s. Southwest winds will start at 10 miles and hour and may climb to 20 in the evening.