Monday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Student protests against the PARCC test are expected to continue today. This time, the protests are taking place in the state’s largest school district. This morning, APS will start the controversial new standardized test and already students from Highland High , Del Norte High, and Madison Middle School. It’s the first year New Mexico’s students will take the computerized federal test that the state plans to use to grade teachers and schools. Students say its not a fair gauge. Los Lunas students are also expected to protest today.
  2. A judge is expected to decide whether Bernalillo County’s district attorney can prosecute two APD officers for the shooting death of James Boyd. DA Kari Brandenburg charged officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy with murder, but their attorneys are crying conflict of interest and are asking the judge to kick Brandenburg off the case.
  3. Today will be mostly cloudy and windy with a slight chance of rain showers in the morning. There will also be a chance of rain showers in the afternoon.
  4. A photo, featured in a New Mexico town’s newspaper, is causing a lot of commotion. The picture shows a gay couple with the story about how they met. At least seven people stopped their subscriptions, citing the men’s relationship as the reason. The newspaper says it needs to acknowledge the gay community too.
  5. A local man wants to create a place to honor New Mexico chile. Joaquin Roibal’s idea of creating a museum is gaining support on social media. The New Mexico tech student says it will preserve the rich history of chile cultivation in the state. They’re starting with Socorro farms and teaming up with farmers there.

Top Morning Headlines

A woman is dead and a teen is facing charges after a shooting in southwest Albuquerque. APD said they were called to a home near Arenal and Unser on Sunday morning. They said when they arrived, they found 26-year-old Carla Estrada dead from a gunshot wound. A neighbor said she heard it all, but had a hard time getting help. Investigators said they got tips about a Dodge Charger at the scene and that led them to 19 year-old Isaiah Vasquez, who’s now charged in her death.

The Albuquerque mom who is accused of throwing hot coffee on her teen son is still locked up. Police said it happened at a southeast Albuquerque barber shop Saturday. Deeann Hopkins’ 16-year-old son told officers his mom was upset about a cellphone call he was making so she grabbed his coffee and threw it at him. According to a criminal complaint, Hopkins then beat him with a broom stick. She was arrested on felony child abuse charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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