Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. There’s lots of free fun for you in and around Albuquerque this weekend. The last Summerfest is Saturday night on Ellison, between Cottonwood and Alameda. Plus Bernalillo County is having its last weekend of Movies in the Park with Smurfs 2 tonight at the Los Vecinos Community Center. There’s also a nature event tomorrow at the Guitierrez Hubble House.
4. The U.S. is still pounding ISIS with airstrikes in Iraq, but a new report from the Pentagon says if the U.S. really wants to destroy the terrorists group; it’ll have to attack it in Syria. The White House hasn’t said if that’ll happen.
3. An important meeting is happening today that could affect if your kids go on field trips this year. The state nursing board is set to talk about a new rule that says only nurses and health assistants can give kids prescription and over-the-counter medicine. That means if nurses don’t go on field trips, kids won’t be able to either. We’ll keep you posted.
2. Anytime today we could find out who’ll be the interim APS superintendent. The board has four finalists and is interviewing most of them today. They’re set to vote on one to replace Winston Brooks who resigned a week ago today. Find out about the candidates at KRQE.com.
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.