Tuesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. The East Coast is getting pummeled by a massive winter storm. New York is now projected to get up to 20 inches snow, while places like Connecticut, will get about two feet. Wind gusts are expected to top 60 miles per hour in some parts of the northeast. Schools in the area are closed for the day.
  2. Today will be partly cloudy with highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s. Wednesday will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Northwest winds are expected to be between 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
  3. A concerned Albuquerque parent is warning others after she found tacks at a local park. Some appeared to have been placed there on purpose. The woman says the tacks were found in the Richland Hills Park near Golf Course and Paseo in the playground. One was wedged on a slide where kids sit. She removed the tacks she found and city crews inspected the park soon after.
  4. A New Mexico woman finds a shocking illegal stash in her van, that’s she’s driven around for years. Melodie Piel says she bought the van in the early 2000s, but recently during repair work on her door, she found 13 pounds of pot all bundled up and police say it had likely been there for 13 years.
  5. The Two Eagles balloon crew has passed the halfway point, of their mission to break two records in gas ballooning. The crew of Albuquerque pilot Troy Bradley and his Russian co-pilot are near midway island this morning. They started their journey from Saga, Japan, on Saturday.

Top Morning Headlines

A decision on whether a terminal patient has a right to take their own life in New Mexico now rests in the hands of the judges. The state court of appeals heard both sides of the “right-to-die” issue on Monday. Now it’s a waiting game. It may take a year for the court to make a final decision on if terminally-ill patients can get a prescription and take their own life. Last year, a district court judge ruled in favor of it. The state Attorney General’s office disagrees and said there is no statute allowing for doctors to assist in suicide.

The City of Albuquerque could face a multi-million-dollar shortfall in next year’s budget. The $14 million gap stems from the costs associated with the federally-mandated reforms for the police department, reduced revenue from the state, and other factors. The mayor says it’s just a prediction of adjustments the city will have to make when they put together next year’s budget. The mayor must formally propose his budget to city councilors by April 1.

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