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5 Facts You Need to Know Before You Go

  1. The recent rain is bringing more than drought relief. It’s bringing more bugs. A bug expert said they’re seeing 50-100% more beetles. There’s an increase in ants and roaches too. Experts say the lights draw in the beetles and the ants are attracted to mulch or flowers, roaches like to hide in your yard.
  2. More fallout for the EPA, following a federally-caused toxic spill in the Animas River, that continues to move downstream. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said he’s now directed staff to take immediate legal action against the EPA and demanding safe water for farmers and families. There are now high levels of toxins in the water making it unsafe to drink or use.
  3. Today will be partly cloudy, with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
  4. A bizarre crime has caught our attention as the Albuquerque Police Department looks for a bedding bandit this morning. Video from the Bed Bath and Beyond on San Mateo near I-40 shows a man on Saturday walk out with a pair of pricey comforter sets. He’s described as a white man, between 55 and 65, around six feet tall.
  5. A new program at CNM is pairing veterans with hot air ballooning. The goal is to help the soldier’s transition from military life to civilian life and so far, it’s working. Recently it helped 10 veterans learn how to set up a balloon, inflate, fly it and land it. But more importantly one soldier said it helped him adapt to life back home by going out and socializing with others. Dozens more are already signed up for the next course.

Top Morning Headlines

Police are looking for the vandals that defaced an Albuquerque charity organization. This isn’t the first time they’ve been hit either. This time graffiti was sprayed all over the habitat for humanity’s re-store’s delivery trucks – this past week. The store on Menaul near San Mateo has been a hot spot for criminals. Last month they told us thieves had been siphoning gas over and over again and even cut the gas line seven times on one truck alone.

Cancer patients who consider themselves spiritual are physically, mentally and socially healthier than cancer patients who do not consider themselves spiritual. That’s according to a review of studies that involved more than 44,000 patients. Researchers also found patients not connected to a religious community experienced greater psychological distress.

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