Wednesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. The Attorney General’s Office is beginning a criminal investigation into a state office, on allegations of mismanagement of money at the state’s Martin Luther King commission.  Last month, MLK commission head Kimberly Greene told the state board of finance the commission was nearly $100,000 over budget. That’s after Greene says state representative, Sheryl Williams Stapleton told the commission to give a non-profit e-read a nearly $60,000 no-bid contract for test prep services.
  2. Your next doctor’s visit may include a screening for depression. It’s part of a national push and already dozens of New Mexico clinics are on board. The U.S. Preventive services task force is recommending all primary care clinics to screen adult patients for depression. Experts say millions of Americans are affected by depression.
  3. Today will be mostly sunny with highs reaching to the mid-40s to lower 50s. Tonight will be mostly clear. With lows in the lower to mid-20s.
  4. The lights at Alameda Elementary are usually off, even when kids are crossing the street and parents are concerned. Bernalillo county officials say they caused backed-up traffic, which can lead to car accidents. The county says it just takes a second for a crossing guard to activate the lights, if they’re needed.
  5. A local filmmaker’s new production could put him in the national spotlight. Ariel Rakes just filled in as a Steadicam operator at a swim meet where Olympians Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin competed. He’s hoping the exposure will help him book more local projects.

Top Morning Headlines

A pig left abandoned on the side of the road has a new owner, but we won’t learn who, until later today. KRQE News 13 told you about Charlotte who was found dumped in bag on the side of the road. She had been staying at the Bernalillo County Animal Shelter where workers also grew fond of her. Yesterday they held an auction to find Charlotte a new home. Eight bids were placed with the county. The winning price? $700.45. Charlotte is about 40 pounds, but could end up a lot bigger. The staff thinks she is about four to six months old.

If you’re heading to the main post office in Albuquerque, you’re may have a longer wait and it’s all because of mail thieves. Cluster mailbox thefts have been reported everywhere from Candelaria and Tramway, to boxes near Paseo and Eubank. The post office says broken mailboxes are usually fixed within a week. People we spoke to say it’s taken a lot longer which means people have to pick up their mail at the main post office.

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