Video: Morning News, Monday, May 19, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A big crowd is expected at Monday night’s Albuquerque City Council meeting where interim rules to keep the crowd under control remain in effect and may become permanent. Those interim rules allow one speaker at the podium at a time with a two-minute time limit and prohibits signs and props. The city’s budget and pay raises for city workers are on the city’s agenda; the mayor’s plan calls for a 1 percent raise, some councilors are calling for 3 percent. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. Councilors will also consider whether the City Council or voters should choose the chief of police.

Forty people are out of their homes Monday morning following a fire at their apartment complex at Western Skies and Central Southeast. Firefighters say the blaze started in an empty unit. They managed to extinguish it quickly. Smoke from the fire and a lack of gas and electricity forced other apartment residents to evacuate for the night. The local Red Cross is helping them out. No one was injured, the cause is under investigation.

There’s a grasshopper infestation in the metro area. The invasion started a couple of weeks ago in the south valley, and now the grasshoppers have spread. Exterminators say don’t worry about the grasshoppers, they’ll be gone soon, but they advise you cover you plants so the grasshoppers don’t make a snack out of them.

Gas prices are down 3 cents in the last week. New Mexico has some of the cheapest gas in the country right now, particularly in Albuquerque were a gallon of regular unleaded averages $3.33.

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