Wednesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

Matt Eagen
Washington National Guard Sgt. Matt Eagen checks under a large rock for hotspots on a hillside as he fights the First Creek Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, near Chelan, Wash. The troops in Washington state were part of a massive response to blazes burning throughout the West. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. The attorneys for two Albuquerque police officers, who shot and killed a homeless man are preparing for trial. Keith sandy and Dominique Perez are facing second degree murder and lesser charges this morning. District Court Judge, Neil Candelaria made that decision yesterday, after six full days of testimony. No word on when the trial will start. If convicted on the highest charge, second-degree murder, they each face up to 16 years in prison.
  2. A construction company is investigating what caused scaffolding to collapse at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho killing one person. Hospital officials said seven others were hurt. The scaffolding collapsed from the sixth floor. One construction worker tells KRQE News 13 he saw someone use a forklift to set brick and mortar onto the scaffolding just before it fell. The construction site is closed for now.
  3. Today mostly sunny, breezy with highs in the mid-80s to lower-90s. East winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.
  4.  A confusing school zone outside an Albuquerque Elementary school. The speed limit at Mary Ann Binford Elementary near Unser and Arenal is 15 miles per hour, but only at the designated crosswalk at the north and south end of Corriz. Not along the street next to the school. The city said its now looking into it.
  5. Domino’s pizza at Wise Pies arena? Despite the name change of the Pit Domino’s is taking over serving pizza at the arena and other UNM athletic facilities. UNM athletics says since Wise Pies is “made to order” their ovens won’t fit inside “The Pit” and other venues. They’re working on a fix.

Top Morning Headlines

At least 200 active duty soldiers will begin training to join crews battling wildfires in Washington State Wednesday. The fires are among dozens still burning in several western states. The troops will arrive to the region Thursday when winds are expected to be the strongest. More than a thousand people are battling the massive fires in Washington State that have burned more than 170-square miles and destroyed an estimated 75 buildings.

New research suggests shorter women can have shorter pregnancies. Researchers in Ohio found a mother’s height may affect the environment in the womb and influence the length of a pregnancy.

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