News Briefs: Crash closes 3 lanes on I-40 at University

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Crash closes 3 lanes on I-40 at University

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Three lanes are shut down on westbound I-40 at University. Officials say the three right lanes on I-40 at University are closed due to a crash. No word on when the lanes will be reopened or what caused the crash.

Drivers are urged to proceed with caution and seek alternate routes.

Durango passes new panhandling laws

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – The city of Durango has passed two new laws that would combat panhandling. The first, forbids anyone from standing in six specific medians. The other prohibits aggressive panhandling. Last month, Albuquerque Mayor RJ Berry launched a campaign to curb panhandling in the metro by asking people to donate to United Way instead of giving to panhandlers.

Hilary Clinton makes brief stop in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Hillary Clinton is making a very quick trip to Albuquerque Wednesday as part of her presidential campaign. She held a breakfast fundraiser near the home of Edward Romero, a former U.S. Ambassador to Spain. It cost $2,700 for supporters to dine with her Wednesday morning. New Mexico went handily to President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, but acted as a swing state in 2000 and 2004.

Navajo fluency requirement election set for July 21st

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Navajo Nation referendum that could scrap a presidential language requirement has been pushed back. The tribe is scheduled to ask its voters on July 21st if presidential candidates should be required to speak Navajo fluently. This became an issue when candidate Chris Deschene was disqualified for refusing to a take fluency test.

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