Five Facts You Need to Know
- There will be more sunshine today.
- Protests took place across the country again because the police officer who choked a man in New York did not get indicted. Protesters were arrested in New York, while other areas like Chicago, Boston and Seattle stayed a bit more calm. This incident and the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, are sparking a big debate nationwide about police, the justice system and race.
- The space capsule Orion finally managed to launch Friday morning after wind and mechanical issues got in the way Thursday. This is a big deal because it’s Orion’s first test flight and it could take humans to Mars or an asteroid one day. Scientists in New Mexico are part of the project.
- An elderly woman in New Mexico has been banned from bingo for two years. Evangeline Shelland says she’s banned from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club because of her driving.The club isn’t commenting much on the matter.
- The buzzword with APS this morning is “school choice,” where parents and kids can pick from dozens of schools that specialize in everything from sports, to the arts and college prep.
Top Morning Headlines
The Albuquerque Police Department is in the midst of overhauling the department. Just recently, a local NAACP leader was hired. The city announced this week NAACP Albuquerque President Harold Bailey will be its consultant. Bailey says he will help with community engagement. Critics have complained they were not involved in negotiations over the U.S. Justice Department agreement to reform the APD.
The mystery man spotted earlier this week carrying what looked like several weapons in a neighborhood in southeast Albuquerque is in custody. The 911 calls began pouring in Monday with people describing a man dressed in black and carrying guns near Eubank and Innovation. The scare forced Manzano Mesa Elementary School into lockdown. Yesterday, APD told KRQE News 13 they knew of a man in the neighborhood who was known to go out in public with a gun. The man is now in custody on an unrelated matter. Police believe the man was carrying a pellet gun and aren’t sure if he actually shot anything. His name isn’t being released and it hasn’t been decided if he’ll face charges.
Adam Casaus will learn his punishment Friday for a deadly crash that killed a young woman. In September, Casaus was found not guilty of vehicular homicide, but guilty for careless driving. That charge is a misdemeanor. He could spend up to 90 days in jail.
Dozens of jobs are headed for Albuquerque. New Mexico Food Distributed is planning to expand and double its operations. United Poly Systems is coming to New Mexico from Missouri. The Bernalillo County Commission approved $9 million in bonds for this. The company will take over the Old Schott Solar Building at Mesa Del Sol next year.