Video: Morning News Monday, March 3, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  Chaparral Elementary School in northwest Albuquerque will be open today, despite a fire this weekend. APS estimates Saturday’s fire did as much as $200,000 in fire, smoke and water damage. The school’s kitchen was damaged so students should expected sack lunches for the next few weeks.

Come July, it will be illegal to text while driving anywhere in New Mexico. Governor Susana Martinez signed the bill this weekend. Violaters will be fined $25 for the first citation, then $50 for each violation after that.

New Mexico troops deployed on active duty will not have to worry about custody battles while they’re away. Governor Martinez signed a bill preventing permanent changes to custody agreements for service members on active duty.

Former Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz steered millions of dollars of business to a company called “Taser” for stun guns and lapel cameras. Now, Schultz is a consultant for that company, pitching its products at trade shows and technology summits. In January the City renewed a million dollar plus contract for weapons from Taser, in July it negotiated a $1.9 million deal for new body cameras. Schultz retired from APD two weeks later, and in October became a consultant for Taser International. 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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