The 5 Facts You Need to Know:
- Five officers are dead and six others are injured, after police say snipers opened fire during a protest in downtown Dallas. Gunfire erupted as demonstrators marched to demonstrate against the Minnesota and Louisiana shooting deaths. Three people are in custody. CBS reports that police say a fourth shot and killed himself after negotiations and an exchange of gunfire in a parking garage. President Obama spoke out overnight, saying there is “no possible justification” for the shootings.
- Protests in Albuquerque over the recent police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile near St. Paul, Minnesota. Hundreds gathered Thursday around the University of New Mexico and then moved into the street off Central and Cornell. The chanted “No justice… No peace” hoping for more exposure to a growing problem.
- Friday will mostly sunny in the morning and partly cloudy, later. Highs will stay in the 90’s. Friday night is expected to be mostly clear with slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower to mid-60s.
- Opponents of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project continue their efforts to put the issue to a vote on the November ballot. Volunteers have until the end of next month to collect more than 14,000 signatures. Mayor Richard Berry says if a federal judge rules in favor of ART this month — he plans to resume work. City attorneys say they believe it’s already too late for a city-wide vote because city council already accepted the use of the federal funds.
- A New Mexico man is somewhere outside of Amarillo Friday morning, six days in to a 1,500 mile bike trip in honor of his late wife. Seventy seven-year old Reverend Duncan Lanum is hoping to inspire others to donate to the organization “Many Mothers.” Money will help support mothers and babies in New Mexico.
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The Navajo Nation is ramping up efforts to respond to child abductions after an 11-year-old girl was lured into a van on the reservation and killed. Nationwide, about one-fifth of federally recognized tribes have plans that outline criteria for Amber Alerts and how to get one issued. The Navajo Nation wants to create a system independent of the states that take in the 27,000 square-mile reservation.
A third day of preliminary testimony in a public corruption case is shedding light a former New Mexico’s senator’s intricate role in the sale of a state-owned building. Evidentiary hearings will determine if former Sen. Phil Griego should stand trial on fraud charges in a case that has spurred calls for ethics reform.