Video: Morning News, Monday, May 12, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – High winds swept through New Mexico Sunday, fueling the Signal Fire in the Gila Wilderness which is still going strong. So far, it’s burned about 2,700 acres. Hot shot crews and four helicopters are doing battle with the fire. A fire in the mountains east of Albuquerque that sparked up over the weekend, is now out.

If Albuquerque’s police officers got paid more, would it make the department better with fewer officers getting in trouble? Some City leaders say yes, and they plan to talk about that at a City Council Finance Committee meeting later Monday.

This is graduation week for thousands of Albuquerque Public School seniors. Two graduation ceremonies will take place per day this week, with three on Saturday. On Monday, Atrisco Heritage Academy seniors graduate at 2:30 p.m., and Eldorado’s graduation begins at 6:30 p.m. For a list of days, times and school graduation ceremonies, click here.

A horrific hot air balloon crash in Virginia claimed the lives of three people when the balloon slammed into some power lines. The pilot, Daniel Kirk, was apparently killed in the crash. Kirk participated in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in 2011.

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