Video: Morning News July 31, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Are you a problem solver? Then get to work on reducing long lines at TSA checkpoints at the airport. The Transportation Safety Administration is offering $5,000 to whoever can come up with a plan that takes into account changing flight schedules, peak hours and TSA staffing.

Proponents of reducing the penalties for pot possession in Albuquerque aren’t a bit happy a miscalculation on the part of the city clerk. The number, which was verified by the city attorney’s office, was off on the number of signatures needed to put the reduced pot penalty measure to a vote in November. The city says it’s the petitioners fault. Petitioners are now saying they’ll fight the city on its mistake. Stay tuned to see how this one ends up.

The report is out and Albuquerque ranks third in the nation for pedestrian fatalities. The report ranks the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians, topping the list, Central and San Mateo. For pedestrian deaths, the National Highway Transportation Safety Bureau cites “driver inattentiveness” or “pedestrian error,” but there’s something else at play. In a third of the deaths, alcohol is involved, used by either the driver or the pedestrian.

The video is just spectacular, but the situation is pretty darn scary. Railroad tracks suspended in mid-air, but they’re not supposed to be that way. The earth washed away under the tracks, beneath the Union Pacific mainline at a spot between Tucumcari and Santa Rosa. The railroad hopes to get the repairs done in the next few days.

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