Friday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. Police said a gunman, now identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser, opened fire inside a packed movie theater in Louisiana, last night. Officers found two victims and the shooter dead and at last check 9 others were injured. It happened during the viewing of Trainwreck. Authorities believe the shooter was sitting by himself and that the first people he shot were sitting directly in front of him. Eyewitnesses said he stood up during the movie and began firing. Police have not said if they’ve learned of a motive yet.
  2. The grandmother of an accused teen killer is scheduled for own court appearance this morning. Police said Carla Palomino and her husband threatened to kill a neighbor with a butcher knife for “snitching” on their 14-year-old grandson, Enrique. He’s one of six teens charged in the murder of Steven Gerecke.
  3. Today will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs are expected to be in the 90s.
  4. A once struggling Nob Hill restaurant, that got some help from the Food Network, is now fighting neighbors to open its restaurant patio. The Shade Tree Cafe and custom motorcycle shop built it about a year ago, but some neighbors are worried it will bring too many customers. They’re also worried if other businesses follow suit it could reduce parking. The restaurant said it wouldn’t happen. The city should make a decision on Tuesday.
  5. An Atlanta based state license plate project didn’t quite get it right when it came to New Mexico. Their version of the New Mexico license plate has images of a *saguaro cactus, which actually grow in Arizona. Artists designed suggested license plates for each state to give them more character and detail.

Top Morning Headlines

A New Mexico family is desperately trying to find their exotic cat, who disappeared during a burglary. The Badillo family, in Roswell, said they don’t care about the electronics that were taken, they just want their $8,000 pet back. Tritan is an F-1 Savannah cat, a cross between an African serval and a domestic cat. Laurie Badillo bought him more than five years ago for their 6-year-old daughter, Hillary. Hillary, is offering her tooth fairy money as a reward.

Road projects across the state and the country could be put on hold, if congress doesn’t take action soon. In a little more than one week from now, federal funding will run out and federal highway employees will be furloughed, but it’s not just federal employees who’ll be affected. If congress doesn’t pass a long-term bill or another extension, highway projects in New Mexico could be suspended or even terminated until funding is restored.

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