Video: Morning News Thursday February 20, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A 12-year-old boy from Albuquerque was found dead in Valencia County yesterday.  Investigators say his 15-year-old friend killed him during a sleepover.  Sheriff’s deputies say Brandon Villalobos admitted he hit Alex Madrid on the head.   Madrid’s body was found in a field. Villalobos is now at a juvenile detention center.

At a Department of Energy briefing later today we should learn more about radiation leaking into the air at the Waste Isolation Power Plant near Carlsbad. Sensors found trace amounts of plutonium and americium, the highest levels ever reported around the site, but not enough to be considered dangerous.

The State House and Senate passed a budget which is now awaiting Governor Susana Martinez’s signature. The $6.2  billion budget includes $300 million in new spending. The legislative session adjourns today at noon. 

New Mexico is not out of the woods when it comes to fire danger, particularly during these periods of high winds  and red flag warnings. The Crawford Fire in Belen is now 75 percent contained and has already burned a camper and other things. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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