Wednesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know:

  1. The Albuquerque school board is scheduled to discuss the interim superintendent Wednesday. Raquel Reedy took on her role after the board accepted Dr. Luis Valentino’s resignation last year. Reedy’s contract is set to run through the end of June. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 at Albuquerque Public Schools headquarters.
    According to the agenda, discussion about the superintendent is set to happen in a closed meeting.
  2. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the 70s. Northwest winds will be from 10 to 15 mph. Tonight will mostly clear with lows in the mid 30s to lower 40s
  3. After weeks of dry weather and wind, many people are ready for some rain. Believe it or not , New Mexico is already in a drought. Despite the fact that we are in a strong El Nino, which typically calls for a good amount of precipitation — we’ve gone dry for the better part of two to two and a half months. Red tractor farm in the South Valley is being extra careful right now. Farmers there are switching irrigation methods to conserve water.
  4. U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich is behind a bill to increase security at airports across the country,which includes the Sunport. It’s all in response to the terror attack at the Brussels airport last month. The democratic legislation is designed to enhance security in the non-secure areas of the airport, like baggage claim and ticket counters, including active shooter training for law enforcement and more bomb sniffing dogs.
  5. If you play the lottery, you can now can pick up New Mexico lottery’s biggest ticket ever. The “super ticket” is on sale now. Lottery officials say it’s physically the largest ticket the state has ever sold. The game has top prizes of $100,000.

Top Morning Headlines:

Voting is open for an historic part of Albuquerque’s bid to snag a national award and you can help the community get it. Nob Hill is up to win America’s Main Street Contest. This part of the Duke City is in competition with dozens of other places, with thriving businesses and a supporting community. Nob Hill does have one huge advantage, much of it is a preserved part of Route 66, which is still is a big part of life in Albuquerque. If Nob Hill does win, it will get a $25,000 prize, which will be used to help promote businesses on social media and improve store facades. The voting for the quarter-finalists is open. You can vote once each day between now and April 24. The winner will be announced June 3rd.

Thousands of New Mexicans, who may have had their personal information compromised, now have access to identity protection. The Indian Health Services on the Navajo Nation says an employee stole the files of nearly 7500 patients last fall. they were later found in a storage unit. While the Navajo Nation says there’s no evidence the information has been misused, they’re offering identity protection services to affected patients.The information included social security numbers, birth dates, diagnoses and insurance policy numbers.

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