Video: Morning News July 25, 2014

Pojoaque Pueblo’s gaming compact with the state expires next year and the tribe is now suing, asking federal authorities to let them change the rules. They want to lower the gambling age to 18, allow alcohol in some gambling areas and let people cash their welfare checks at casinos by the end of August. The state has to prove why it thinks the proposed changes are a bad idea.

Scary report about disappearing groundwater in the Southwestern United States is out from NASA and the University of California at Irvine. The reports sites NASA imaging which shows  a significant loss of water over the past decade in the southwest; enough to supply 50 million households for a year. The report says more than 75 percent of the loss in the Colorado Basin is groundwater.

Most New Mexico schools improved their performance over last year, but a lot of schools are still failing according to the state education department annual report. Around the state, 332 schools received an “A” or a “B”, but nearly as many, 323 got a “D” or an “D”. The grades depend heavily on the growth of student performance, and standards based tests. see how your  child’s school fared by clicking on KRQE at KRQE.com.

It appears the two officers who shot and killed a career criminal this week, did not have their lapel cameras on. The latest police shooting comes as  the City of Albuquerque and the Department of Justice say progress is being made on a deal to reform APD. It’ll include a fix for everything from use of force to internal affair policies to police training. The mayor says he doesn’t agree with all the DOJ findings but he’s not saying what specifically. Neither side is providing a time line for these fixes.

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