Monday’s Five Facts
1. A private visitation for officer Daniel Webster will be held today. Tomorrow morning, a public memorial service will be held at the convention center before his funeral. He’s expected to be buried with full military honors. Yesterday, a motorcade brought a special flag called The Honor Flag. It will stay by Webster’s side until he’s laid to rest.
2. New Mexico hospitals are not among the top when it comes to grading some 2,500 top hospitals across the nation. New Mexico is among five states that didn’t get a single top score from the Leapfrog Group. Presbyterian hospital received a “B” grade UNM hospital got a C, Lovelace got a C. We’ve posted a link to the hospital safety scores on the KRQE News App.
3. In the metro you can expect a high near 70 degrees with light winds, later tonight the temperature will drop to around 45 degrees.
4. Albuquerque could officially recognize indigenous peoples day today. Tonight, city council is set to consider a resolution acknowledging the holiday the same day as Columbus day. The initial proclamation caused a rift between some councilors. If approved, Albuquerque would join cities in other states like Minnesota, Oregon, Michigan and California.
5. This morning, your kids can sell the extra candy they don’t want. Albuquerque dentist Byron Hall pays a dollar per pound for sweet treats and gives it to Blue Star Moms, a local non-profit supporting New Mexico troops. For more details go to KRQE.com.
Top Morning Headlines
Two men are recovering in the hospital after investigators say a house exploded. At last check, the pair was in critical condition. It happened yesterday evening at a home on Eagle River road near Unser and Ladera. Albuquerque firefighters say two men were badly burned and taken to UNM hospital. A neighbor who heard the commotion says it all happened so quickly. Firefighters have not said what kind of explosion it was. The garage door was blown off of its hinges but it’s unclear how extensive the damage is.
A new study finds more New Mexico kids are insured. Georgetown University Center for Children and Families released the report. The study also shows nationally, the rate of uninsured children has hit an historic low, due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The report analyzed kids with health insurance in 2014. Our state still did have an above average rate of uninsured children compared to other states.