Video: Morning News September 18, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bad news for poverty in New Mexico: It’s getting worse. The U.S. Census Bureau says that 21.9 percent of New Mexicans lived in poverty last year, which is up more than 22,000 over 2014. Mississippi still leads the nation in poverty.

Albuquerque could be getting a new agency to police the police department today. The City Council is having a special meeting to vote on a new civilian police oversight agency. This one would have more power than the last including allowing it to subpoena officers and witnesses.

A big day in federal court here in Albuquerque. Secretary of State Diana Duran is asking the federal court system to referee the ballot battle with Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties, instead of the state court. This is all about whether the counties can put poll questions on the ballot. These are questions to get voters opinions, not to change any laws.

The governor is deploying the New Mexico National Guard to help with possible flooding, particularly in areas burned out by wildfire. The Red Cross is on standby in Sunland Park in case heavy rains produce flooding.

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