Monday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

Tent City prepares for final warning
Albuquerque’s "Tent City" residents await final notice of eviction.

5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. City officials are expected to serve final warnings to those who continue to occupy the streets of “Tent City,” in downtown Albuquerque. The final warnings would give the homeless group three days to move out before they get eviction notices Thursday. This comes weeks after volunteers and city officials took time to speak with many of them out there – in an effort to get them the help they need.
  2. A judge is expected to make a decision that could shake up elections in New Mexico. An Albuquerque voter filed a lawsuit asking that independent party voters be allowed to vote in primary elections. Those elections are reserved for democrats and republicans to vote for their party’s candidates. The republican party filed a response asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
  3. Today will be sunny with highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s and canyons southwest winds from 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Tonight is expected to be mostly clear with lows in the 30s.
  4. The old Beach Water Park site in Albuquerque could soon be getting new development, but don’t expect a new water park. Many of you probably remember the beach’s water slides towered over I-25 and kids filled the wave pool. The park closed in 2004 and now a new developer is looking to add retail shops and restaurants. A more concrete announcement could come in a few months.
  5. Take two of the SpaceX Discover mission is scheduled for this afternoon. Yesterday’s launch was scrubbed at Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of a problem with a rocket-tracking system. The goal is to launch the rocket and land it on a launchpad. This type of rocket could be used at Spaceport America near T or C in the future.

Top Morning Headlines

A bill to ban most late-term abortions is being introduced at the state capitol. This bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks once the fetus is capable of living outside the womb. It provides exceptions for rape, abuse, incest, and when the mother’s life is in danger. Supporters say this year’s legislation has a much better chance than the Albuquerque measure and it’s long overdue.

APS wants to hear from you on how to tighten it’s budget. This comes as it could be facing a $22 million budget shortfall next school year. That deficit number could change depending on how much new revenue the state receives. The district said it will know for sure when a new projection comes out next month. Parents received an email from APS saying it wanted ideas on tightening the budget without impacting education. It will also hold community meetings in march across the district. You can also email your suggestions to the district.

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