News Briefs: I-40 traffic may increase after California bridge collapse

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I-40 traffic may increase after California bridge collapse

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A bridge collapse in California is rerouting drivers onto I-40 and that may cause more traffic in Albuquerque. I-10 has been closed in both directions since Sunday after heavy rains caused the bridge to fall. If all goes according to plan, the interstate will be re-opened Friday.

Freebies offered at Isotopes Park

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There will be freebies for fans heading out to Isotopes Park. The first 2,500 fans at Friday night’s game will get an Isotopes beer stein courtesy of Miller Lite. It’s only for adults 21 and over.The game starts at 7:05.

District holds APS job fair

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The district held a job fair on Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 at its main office in Uptown.The district is looking to fill more than 300 teaching positions with Albuquerque Public Schools. A good number of those are for special education, an area that is tough to fill and has stricter requirements.

Plan to divert Gila River moves forward

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state’s plan to divert the Gila River is moving forward. The Interstate Stream Commission approved the creation of a 14 member team that’ll design and build the Gila River diversion project in southwestern New Mexico. It’s made up of county commissioners from Catron, Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties which is where the water will go when the project is complete. Supporters say New Mexico has a rare chance to develop a new source of water but critics say it would cause significant harm to the river. The feds are picking up much of the cost.

PRC puts AG solar study on hold

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The attorney general says state regulators have set aside his request for a study on the benefits and costs of solar power. The PRC says they don’t have enough money or manpower to fund the study right now. The petition was filed after p-n-m wanted to raise rates and impose new monthly fees for customers that use rooftop solar panels.

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