Video: Morning News, Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Texting while driving is now officially illegal throughout New Mexico, effective today. Violators caught will get a $25 ticket for the first offense, $50 for each subsequent offense. Drivers can be cited if officers detect them even glancing at their phones.

People in parts of northern New Mexico are being forced to evacuate their homes because of the Diego Fire burning in the Jemez Mountains. Evacuation orders are in effect in Weatherall, Jarosa, West Dunlap and Dunlap Springs. A shelter is set up at the Rural Events Center in Abiquiui. The wildfire ballooned to more than a square mile Monday, five times bigger than the day before.

Smoke from the Diego fire burning in the Jemez is visible for miles, and you can smell it in Santa Fe. In Albuquerque, Environmental Health officials have issued an Air Quality Alert which remains in effect until 2 p.m. today. People with asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, the elderly, young children and pregnant women should stay inside. Others are cautioned to limit their outdoor activity.

World Cup fever continues. The U.S. takes on Belgium at 2 p.m. today in a win-or-go-home match.The game is being broadcast on ESPN, and you can watch it for free on a big screen at the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque. 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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