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Monday’s 5 Facts
- The fight over, who can decide who’s Albuquerque’s next top cop could soon be in your hands. Right now Mayor R.J. Berry is the only person in charge of picking or firing APD’s and AFD’s chiefs. There’s a proposal on tonight’s city council agenda, that could give council hiring and firing power over those two top jobs. First, voters must approve. Today council would have to pass the proposal for the question to go on the ballot in October.
- In the metro today, you can expect isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 75. There’s a 10 percent chance of rain during the day. The chance will jump up to 50 percent tonight.
- Lake levels for part of the state look promising for this Memorial Day Weekend. Lakes in the Eastern Plains have better conditions than those in the southwest and northern parts of the state. That’s due in part to the recent rain we’ve gotten. You can check the KRQE app for updated lake conditions.
- A local group of engineering students and volunteers is stepping up to help out the earthquake ravaged Nepal in a very unique way. The group, UNM for Nepal, is working with non-governmental organizations to help Nepal rebuild, by designing affordable and earthquake tested structures.
- According to an article on BuzzFeed, Albuquerque is number 4 in a poll of underrated US cities to move to. An active brewery scene and events like the Balloon Fiesta helped the city land on the list.
Top Morning Headlines
Albuquerque police are working to figure out how a baby fell from a balcony. It happened Sunday at the Jefferson Crossing Apartment complex. Police say the one-year-old boy was cut during the fall, but he is ok. They are still investigating who was supposed to be watching the child and assessing whether criminal charges are warranted.
A new report shows New Mexico tax payers fork over $75 million a year for teen pregnancy. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, state health officials say the number is based on factors like public assistance and child welfare. The report also shows there are no comprehensive standards for teach sex education in schools.