Tuesday’s Five Facts:
- A judge could soon decide whether to halt the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project after a lawsuit filed by some Albuquerque residents and business owners. Members of the group confronted the city council Monday night, saying council members rammed the $119 million project down everyone’s throats and ignored the National Historic Preservation Act. They’re also concerned about traffic issues and impact on businesses along Central. The city said it’s dedicated to defending the project.
- Tuesday, expect it to be partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Windy, highs in the mid-70’s to lower 80’s.
- Police are still investigating a motive behind a deadly shooting at a northeast Albuquerque restaurant. Police said more than a dozen people called 911 Friday afternoon after 58-year-old Dung Nguyen walked inside House of Pho on San Mateo near Montgomery and injured his brother, Hung Nguyen, and killed his nephews Anpha and Herry Nguyen. Officers said he later killed himself.
- UNM’s policy for new moms is inspiring change across the state. After controversy over places for women to breastfeed, there are now 21 “lactation stations” on campus, a new lactation policy in place and a breastfeeding support group. The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force wants to use UNM as an example for other higher ed facilities throughout the state.
- The New Mexico version of a popular reality show debuts online Wednesday. UNM student Matthew Evans’ production company shot “Survivor New Mexico“ in the middle of the Bosque. 12 students were tested to see who could survive a day of competition out there.
Top Morning Headlines:
Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego is pleading not guilty to fraud and bribery charges in a long-simmering scandal over his role in the sale of a state-owned building. State prosecutors say the Democrat used his job as a senator to orchestrate the sale and later earn a sales commission from a private company without proper disclosure.
New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents has decided not to increase tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year. Monday’s vote means the university will need to cut its budget by approximately $10.7 million for the next year. During a town hall meeting last month, university leaders outlined how NMSU was facing a challenging financial situation stemming a decrease in state appropriations due to the struggling state economy and a decrease in student enrollment.