Tuesday’s 5 Facts
- The fallout within APS is now the basis behind a petition to oust the entire APS school board. The parent behind the petition says he’s not happy that the board has agreed to let Valentino go with a $100 thousand buyout and a decent recommendation letter. The Education Secretary still needs to sign off on that portion of the deal which she says she’s against.
- APS is once again without a permanent district leader. After three days of closed door meetings the board announced Monday Doctor Luis Valentino will be stepping down. This comes after his controversial hire of an accused child sexual predator without a background check. In the meantime, Raquel Reedy will step in as interim.
- Today expect it to be partly cloudy in the morning, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High’s in the mid 80’s to lower 90’s.
- Torrance county deputies are working to get a three year old girl back home this morning. Authorities said her father led them on a high speed chase in Moriarty with her in the truck. According to the sheriff they got calls that the man was cussing and yelling at the girl before throwing her into the truck. After the wild chase, authorities determined that the father, identified as Jeremy McMeans was using the girl to break into home through doggy doors.
- Attention all star wars fans target is opening at midnight on force Friday… including here in New Mexico. “Force Friday” is code for September 4th, the day all the new items from “the force awakens” go on sale. Early guests can enter a drawing for a four foot tall Chewbacca.
Top Morning Headlines
How much sleep do you get? If it’s not at least six hours a night you could be more susceptible to getting sick. A new study in this week’s Journal ‘Sleep’ finds your likelihood to catch a cold goes up if you’re getting less than six hours. In fact, you’re four to five times more susceptible to falling prey to the virus. On top of that, mental alertness, driving ability and higher risk of heart attack can all come from lack of sleep.
The city has a brand new idea to get a better handle on the panhandling problem. Monday, the mayor rolled out the “There’s a Better Way” van. It’s the second phase of the campaign that started back in may that’s when the city posted these signs urging people to donate money to a program that helps the homeless instead of giving them cash. We’re told the city has put up a total of 33 signs and the program has collected more than 16 hundred dollars so far. The new van will take people in need to job sites to *work for money.