Thursday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know:

  1. A local pastor is taking on APS over a controversial proposed bathroom policy. Legacy Church pastor Steve Smothermon went to Facebook to voice his view against allowing kids to choose which bathroom they want to use, based on the gender they identify with saying they “can’t push it on everyone else.” More than 45,000 people have seen the video. Board member Barbara Peterson says the proposed policy puts the district in line with federal law. The superintendent and her staff will make the final decision.
  2. The manhunt continues for a third suspect in the terror attacks in Brussels. They’re still looking for the man in white seen in surveillance video at the airport after the bombings. Thursday morning, Belgian authorities also say there’s a link between Tuesday’s assault and the Paris attacks last year. They confirm one of the men is Najim Laachraoui, the so-called “ISIS bomb-maker.”
  3. Thursday will be mostly sunny. Highs in the lower to mid-60s. Northwest winds will be 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night is expected to be mostly clear. Lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
  4. Governor Martinez says the number of drunk driving deaths in our state is going down. According to the governor’s office, there were 122 DWI deaths in New Mexico in 2015 a 70 percent drop from 36 years ago in 1979. In recent year, New Mexico has seen stiffer penalties increased patrols and new ad campaigns.
  5. A memorial garden for an unforgettable teacher is about to celebrate its one-year anniversary. Ruth Olivas died of breast cancer while teaching at Desert View Elementary. Her daughters helped turn the school’s nature center into a place for healing and engaging students. It was dedicated in Oliva’s memory last year.

Top Morning Headlines:

The FBI is leading an investigation into an officer involved shooting. It happened overnight at the Route 66 Casino. So far it has been confirmed that a Laguna Police officer was was injured in the shooting and a suspect is dead. It’s not clear who fired the first shots or if anyone else was hurt. Authorities are looking for another person in the case.

The Roswell UFO Museum is working to replace a flying saucer that was stolen and destroyed. Police are still looking for three men seen taking it from the back of the museum on Saturday. The saucer was found yesterday in pieces on the side of the road west of second. Police say the thieves were driving a red truck. The museum says it will get a new UFO but that one had a lot of sentimental value. Still no word on how much it will cost to replace. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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