Wednesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

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5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Albuquerque police are searching for the driver who hit and injured an off-duty officer who was riding on a motorcycle near I-40 and Coors. APD said veteran officer Ray Loomis is now in critical condition. The driver they’re search for was in a red sedan, but so far, police have not named any suspects. They also haven’t said if they have any leads. The crash forced I-40 to shut down for hours through the evening commute while police investigated.
  2. Voters have made their choice in the Albuquerque Public Schools board election. Analee Maestas, Peggy Muller-Aragon and Barbara Peterson received the most votes in the election. The Bernalillo County Clerk said fewer than 8,000 people showed up to vote for APS and CNM board members. It was a turnout of less than 3 percent of eligible voters.
  3. A panel of state lawmakers has voted to not allow children to go on to the fourth grade if they’re having trouble reading. The house education committee approved the social promotion legislation yesterday. It calls for retaining third graders who are not reading at grade level and to allow them more time to learn. The bill heads to a full vote in the House now.
  4. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s and northwest winds from 10 to 15 mph. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s and north winds from 10 to 15 mph.
  5. Many people are talking about this week’s episode of “The Bachelor,” which was shot in New Mexico. The City of Santa Fe spent $50,000 so “The Bachelor” could showcase Santa Fe during Monday night’s two-hour episode. It featured many local places including the Rail Yards and the Plaza, but at least one of the contestants seemed to be confused about whether New Mexico was even in the U.S. Santa Fe was even misspelled at one point, with an “e” instead of an “a.”

Top Morning Headlines

After a debate Monday night, the Albuquerque City Council rejected a proposal that would restrict giving up to $12,000 more a year to rank and file officers patrolling the streets. This means the pay will be boosted for any veteran officers, regardless of rank, if they agree to postpone retirement. The incentive program is meant to help with the officer shortage. APD’s goal is to get back up to 1,000 officers. Right now,  the department has more than 100 officers short of that.

As the measles continues to spread across the country, more people are concerned about children who are not vaccinated in New Mexico. The outbreak is sparking heated political debate about whether states should require that all children be vaccinated by law. The New Mexico Department of Health said more and more parents here are opting out of vaccinating their kids. The state allows exemptions for medical or religious reasons. The lawmakers we spoke with still think the current laws are working. The governor’s office also says it supports current New Mexico law and thinks children should be vaccinated to protect them from dangerous diseases.

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