5. The Fox hit show “American Idol” is sending its bus to Albuquerque today. They’re auditioning contestants to see who could be the next American Idol. Auditions are going on today from 9am to 5pm in Old Town Albuquerque. There’s entertainment for those waiting to audition. Check out KRQE.com Links for everything you need to know about auditioning.
4. The first wave of immigrants from Central America have been deported from the Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia where they were being housed. Forty immigrants were bused to a plane in Roswell and flown back to Honduras yesterday. Immigration officials say the deportations are a sign to others fleeing poverty and persecution in Central America that the United States will send them back to their homeland.
3. A small group of protesters gathered at a busy intersection in northeast Albuquerque last night, close to the home of Mayor R.J. Berry. Some are calling for Berry to resign his post as mayor saying he’s done little or nothing to fix the city’s ongoing problems with the police force.
2. The Albuquerque Police Officers Union isn’t talking yet about the lawsuit filed against it by two of its members. Officers John Doyle and Robert Wollever were fired after a security camera captured one of them kicking a suspect while he was face down. The officers say the union failed to represent them and conspired with then Police Chief Ray Schultz to hold them up as sacrificial lambs as the Department of Justice was investigating APD.
1. Isolated showers and thunderstorms today, partly sunny, with a high near 90. A 5 to 10 mph east wind becoming light and variable, with a 20% chance of precipitation. Tonight scattered showers and thunderstorms which could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
5. Do you have what it takes to be the next American Idol? Auditions for the Fox hit show are being held from 9am to 5pm Tuesday in Old Town Plaza. Check out KRQE.com links for all the information you need to audition.
4. Amtrak’s future in New Mexico could be in jeopardy. The Chief Executive Officer of the railroad was in New Mexico to talk about the possibility of rerouting the train because of deteriorating tracks. Now Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry is prodding officials in other cities serviced by Amtrak to pitch in an pay their share to keep the train on track in the southwest.
3. Los Lunas Police are looking for two women and two men in an tan SUV in connection with a deadly shooting that began as a argument at a convenience store. Police discovered the body of Charles Davlin dead in an area off of Los Lentes Road, the search continues for his killer.
2. Helping Albuquerque pull out of the recession is the whole point of a summit set for this week. The good news is, so many people have signed up to help, the venue for the summit was changed from the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid to the Convention Center to accommodate the 500 people who’ve signed up to participate.
1. There’s a 30% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, it’ll be partly sunny with a high near 91. A calm wind becomes south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight, there’s 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, some which could produce heavy rain. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 65, and a southeast wind of 5 to 15 mph becoming east after midnight.
5. Today’s date is 7-11. The convenience store that bears the same name 7-Eleven is celebrating the date with lots of freebies. Download the app and check out the in store deals.
4. There’s an arsonist on the lose in Roswell torching vehicles. The last one got out of hand burning several cars and a couple of homes, destroying one of them. Roswell Police are on high alert looking for the firebug.
3. The video recorded by an undercover Albuquerque Police officer during a protest against the Department a few weeks back has been released. One of the things of concern is how long the officer focused on the father of a man killed by APD.
2. Another hot and mostly sunny day with a 30 percent chance of rain in the afternoon, and a high near 94. Tonight that 30 percent chance of precipitation continues mainly before midnight, it’ll be partly cloudy with a low around 66.
1. The Department of Homeland Security secretary and Senator Martin Heinrich are in Artesia today touring the Law Enforcement Training Center there. It is housing some of the immigrants fleeing Central America. Their visit comes as President Obama continues to try to secure $3.7 billion in emergency funding to handle the influx of immigrants entering the U.S. Illegally.
5. If you’re looking for a little outdoor entertainment, head to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo tonight and tomorrow night for two nights of Irish music. Makem and Spain Brothers perform tonight. The Young Dubliners perform tomorrow. Gates open at 6 p.m., the concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults.
4. You can help Animal Humane New Mexico by getting your car washed at any of the six Octopus Car Washes in the Metro area. The Paws-A-Thon fundraiser offers $1, $5, $10 “paws” you can purchase while having your car washed. Purchased paws will hang at the car wash and 100% of the proceeds support Animal Humane NM.
3. It’s a talker for all the wrong reasons. A couple remains jailed this morning, after police say they left their 5-year-old daughter in a hot car intentionally as a punishment for not eating her food. A reminder during these hot summer days, neither people nor pets should be left in a hot car, it can kill them.
2. President Obama continues to try to garner support for the nearly $4 billion he’s proposing to handle the influx of people fleeing Central America. Many are being housed at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia. Officials there say careful screening is being done to ensure the immigrants are not carrying any diseases into the U.S.
1. Expect more rain today, with isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. It’ll be mostly sunny with a high near 94 and a 20% chance of humidity. Tonight, that chance of rain rises to 30%, mainly after 7 p.m. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 65, and a southwest 5 to 10 mph wind.
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.