Wednesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

Protesters hold a sign during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. For years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to revisit the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds, saying the law that took it off the dome was a bipartisan compromise, and renewing the debate would unnecessarily expose divisive wounds. The shooting deaths of nine people at a black church in Charleston, S.C., have reignited calls for the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia to come down. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Dirty needles found at a downtown park have already pricked two people over the weekend. They were found at Robinson Park on 8th and Central. A downtown farmers market is now pushing the community to take it back.
    The city says it will up patrols at the park and add a mobile camera this week.
  2. A New Mexico senator is now applauding South Carolina’s governor, when it comes to removing the Confederate flag outside their state capitol building. Some national retailers including Amazon and Walmart have already agreed to stop selling merchandise with the flag on it.
  3. Today will be mostly sunny in the morning then, partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 80s to mid 90s.
  4. A woman is calling out a panhandler on Facebook, who she claims is not really homeless. The woman claims the man’s in new clothes everyday, on the corner of Coors and Sequioa with his own van and laptop. She also says he throws food away that people give him. The man didn’t say if he was homeless or not, but said you could still be homeless and have a car.
  5. The peacocks at the Rio Grande Zoo will be moved to a holding pen in the back of the zoo, for now. This after a two-year-old boy posing for a picture was pecked by a peacock last month. Officials said an increase in peacocks and the construction doesn’t allow them to roam as freely. Zoo officials say the move isn’t permanent, but not everyone is happy.

Top Morning Headlines

State health officials will continue testing people in Curry County for tuberculosis after a man tested positive. Authorities said they’ve already contacted close to 100 people who may have been exposed to the man who was part of the Clovis Community Choir. The health department is offering free screenings today at the library. Tuberculosis is an airborne disease with symptoms like a persistent cough, night sweats and weight loss.

The controversial Santolina development moves forward with another meeting that could give the project the green light. Wednesday the Bernalillo County Commissioners will discuss the development agreement. The plan calls for Santolina to sit on 14,000 acres between Atrisco Heritage High and the jail and along Central and I-40.

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