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Albuquerque company raises needed funds

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Big news was announced on Monday for an Albuquerque company. Lavu announced it has raised $15 million in capital to help with sales and marketing. Lavu, which started here in 2010, is a point of sale system used in restaurants around the world.

New splash pad comes to Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There’s a new place in Albuquerque to get your feet wet this summer. A brand-new splash pad opened Monday at the Cesar Chavez Community Center. It’s 8,000 square feet of water blasters, spraying water, and a “fun-brella.” The splash pad is the fourth spray park in the city.There’s a new place in Albuquerque to get your feet wet this summer.

Bernalillo County settles lawsuit over alleged MDC rape

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A former jail guard is going to cost tax-payers a lot money after Bernalillo County settles a lawsuit involving rape allegations. According to the Albuquerque Journal Bernalillo County settled the civil suit $680,000 earlier this month. In the suit, an MDC inmate alleges former jail officer Andres Verdugo took her to a closet and raped her a year ago. He also allegedly threatened other inmates to keep quiet. Verdugo was arrested and resigned two months later.

Beer garden, seating among suggestions for Civic Plaza updates

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Places to eat, sit down and restrooms are just some of the top things people want to see in Civic Plaza. So far, about 250 people filled out the survey by the Downtown ABQ Main Street Initiative. The funding would come from Southwest Airline’s The Heart of the Community grant. A public meeting on how to spend the $100,000 in grant money is scheduled for June 19th.

City Council seeks input on Santolina Development

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The proposed Santolina development is on the agenda of Monday’s city council meeting. At least one councilor is proposing that the city should have some input on the controversial development in the county. They’re also asking that the county commission make the city a signatory party to the agreement. The controversial development would run along I-40 from Atrisco Heritage to the Metropolitan Detention Center. Developers say it would create 38,000 homes and 75,000 jobs. Opponents say there is not enough water to support it.

Man accused of shooting in-law with crossbow in court

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The trial began Monday morning for a man accused of dressing up as Santa Claus, then shooting his brother-in-law in the head with an arrow. It happened Christmas Eve 2011 when police say Wendell Gunthorpe waited outside an apartment complex in the heights. He then shot his brother-in-law with a crossbow and punched his own wife in the face. Both victims survived. Gunthorpe has pled not guilty to attempted murder and stalking charges.

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