5. You can help Albuquerque win $100,000 to help low income families find jobs and start businesses. The Duke City is competing against five other cities for the money. It’s all about online votes. You can cast your vote for Albuquerque here on KRQE.com.
4. Great news for bicyclists in Albuquerque. The City has a new plan to double the number of bike lanes from about 500 miles to a thousand in the next five to 10 years. More information on this story is available here on KRQ.com.
3. The mother from Placitas accused of kidnapping her own children back in 1995 remains jailed this morning, even though a judge says Ellen Clark can go to a halfway house. Prosecutors are fighting that decision, saying Clark will run again. She was found in London years ago, and extradicted back to the US only recently .
2. In the ongoing immigration crisis, President Obama will be in Dallas today meeting with Texas leaders to talk about the $4 billion he’s requested from Congress to cope with the influx of women and children from Central America. Some of the money could come to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, where somne of the woman and children are being held.
1. More storms on the way today. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 93 and a northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Tonight there’s 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
5. A thrill ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain turned out to be a whole lot more thrilling than advertised. A roller coaster car hit a branch, leaving the upside down and dangling for hours last night. A few people were injured, others will be okay.
4. An off-duty Albuquerque firefighters is being heralded as a hero this morning. He helped save a bicycle rider’s life after she was hit by a car. Kerry McKinstry saw the woman get hit by a garbage truck near Yale and Lomas. He used part of a tire to save her. McKinstry lost her let in the crash but will survive.
3. If you’re headed toward the Jemez Mountains, beware, a federal firefighter from California is recovering this morning after being injured during an explosion. He encountered the homemade explosive in a glass jar at a sign post directing people to a campground near Fenton Lake. The firefighter should survive. Investigators are trying to find who put the explosive there.
2. Topping national headlines, the influx of immigrants from Central America entering the United States illegally. Today President Obama is expected to ask Congress for two billion dollars to deal with the immigration crisis. Part of the money is for patrolling the US/Mexico border. Some could go to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia that’s housing women and children caught entering the U.S. illegally. There’s a meeting to discuss the crisis Thursday in Nicaragua. The United Nations wants the U.S. And Mexico to call this a “refugee crisis” which would mean the immigrants would receive international protection, and can stay in the U.S. and not automatically be sent home.
1. Sunny and hot with a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The high today will be near 95 with a light east wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. It’ll be mostly cloudy, with a low around 64 and an east wind 5 to 15 mph, with a 60% chance of precipitation.
5. Topping international headlines this morning, 63 girls and women in Nigeria who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram are now free after escaping overnight.
4. A New Mexico veteran who says the Veterans Administration ruined his life is still trending here n KRQE.com. Sean Hudson says a VA doctor left a screw in his shoulder. Hudson says he cannot work because of the pain.
3. Albuquerque firefighters received 1233 calls about illegal fireworks over the weekend. The number’s down more than 100 calls from last year. Fire crews issued 17 citations, including one to a group of Buddhist Monks who said they didn’t know their fireworks were illegal.
2. The immigration crisis is continuing as immigrants continue to pour into the United States illegally over the Mexican border. The White House now wants to change the laws that say the government cannot reject most children from entering the U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) says people in Artesia are warming up to the Law Enforcement Training Center that’s holding women and children.
1. Mostly sunny today, with a high near 96 and isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon, with a southwest wind around 5 mph and a 10% chance of precipitation.
Tonight Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. We start with the big national news and Hurricane Arthur slamming into North Carolina. It’s a category two storm right now with winds at 100 miles per hour. Arthur’s cancelled a bunch of July 4th fireworks shows, from North Carolina, all the way to Maine. New York City’s fireworks display is still scheduled for tonight. Incidently, this is the first hurricane to hit on July 4th, in recorded history.
4. Back here in New Mexico, are you ready for some BBQ? Then head out to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho for the Pork and Brew. It’s New Mexico’s Barbeque Championship with meat, rubs and sauces from all around. Tickets are just five bucks, then get you some BBQ bucks.
3. If fireworks are more your thing, tonight you can check out the Isotopes game or Albuquerque’s Freedom 4th at Balloon Fiesta Park. Gates open at 3:00p.m. It’s free to get in, but you do have to pay $10 to park, or a dollar for Park and Ride from Coronado Center or Saint Pius High School. That’s your best bet. Traffic is expected to be a mess.
2. There are power outages all over the Albuquerque area, thanks to the storms last night. PNM crews have been working all night long and have a lot of the outages fixed. Some were caused by exploding transformers. PNM says the rest of the outages should be fixed soon.
1. More storms could be on the way for the Fourth of July holiday.
Time for the five things you need to know before you go this morning.
5. The big national news this morning, Arthur is now a hurricane. The storm is now forcing people to evacuate some of the islands off North Carolina’s coast. The storm could hit anywhere up the east coast, even into New England.
4. Back here in Albuquerque, if you’re going to the big concert and fireworks show at Balloon Fiesta Park tomorrow, start planning how to get there today. Park and Ride is your best bet because of the Paseo del Norte construction.
3. Today we could learn more about a deadly shooting involving a deputy U.S. Marshal yesterday. All we really know right now is it happened while marshals were serving a federal arrest warrant on a fugitive near 98th and Dennis Chavez.
2. The story everyone’s still talking about, a very emotional day in court in Roswell yesterday. A judged sentenced Mason Campbell to stay in the state’s custody until he’s 21. For shooting up his gym at Berrendo Middle School back in January. The two kids he hurt spoke yesterday and so did his family, see all of it at KRQE.com.