Wednesday’s Five Facts:
- Hillary Clinton is making history as the nation’s first woman to take a presidential nomination. One of the states in her column of wins: New Mexico with a 4-point victory over Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s primary. That’s despite a visit from Sanders to the state, who personally asked for votes in front of large crowds in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. For a full election wrap up, click here.
- Winners of key primary races across New Mexico are now preparing for the fall general election. Raul Torrez won the democratic nomination for Bernalillo County District Attorney over Edmund Perea. Torrez will run against Republican candidate Simon Kubiak in the general election. Actor and Albuquerque Public Schools’ board member Steven Michael Quezada won the Democratic race for Bernalillo County commission seat in the South Valley. He’ll take on republican Patricia Paiz this November.
- Wednesday, mostly sunny in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs in 90’s. Wednesday night will be partly cloudy with lows in the lower to mid-60s.
- A former Santa Fe County deputy is free on bond while the district attorney prepares to retry him. This comes after a jury declared a mistrial in the Tai Chan murder case. In October 2014, investigators say Chan, a former Santa Fe County deputy, killed fellow deputy Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel after a night of drinking and arguing. Chan is still charged with an open count of murder.
- A fun new addition to a local pool is ready for swimmers. The Wilson Pool has a new water slide — the first in southeast Albuquerque. It cost $42,000 to install.
Top Morning Headlines:
The man accused of killing an 11-year old girl near Shiprock, is starting the day back behind bars after pleading not guilty. Federal authorities say Tom Begaye abducted Ashlynne Mike and her younger brother last month. Investigators say Begaye took the kids to a desolate area near the Shiprock Monument, and sexually assaulted and bludgeoned Ashlynne to death. Her body was found the next day. Ashlynne’s brother got away and wasn’t hurt. The judge said Begaye will stay behind bars until he goes to trial.
The state Department of Transportation is looking into how big gaps keep showing up along a fence and walkway on a pedestrian bridge over I-40, Meanwhile, pedestrians say they are concerned over the problem. State crews are out here nearly six times a year cleaning up after taggers, but now people who use the overpass often are noticing more than graffiti. Officials say they’re doing what they can to stop the vandals. Vandals have also started destroying parts of the fence to get to the outside of the bridge,the DOT still doesn’t know exactly how.