Saturday Morning’s Top Stories

City releases construction plans for Albuquerque Rapid Transit project

Federal Judge Gives ART the Green Light

The city will look to begin construction on the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project in the next several days. This comes after a federal judge gave the city the green light on the project. On Friday, the judge denied local community groups’ request to put a hold on the project. Mayor Richard J. Berry said the city is eager to officially get started. The city hopes to finish the project next fall. The plaintiff’s attorney said they’ll take the weekend to decide on their next move. They could request the judge’s ruling to be put on hold while they appeal it.

Group Petitions Certain Amazon Books

An Albuquerque group is petitioning Amazon to stop the sale of certain “how-to” books. A coalition said 16 books on Amazon go into graphic detail about how to become a human trafficker. They say there’s book with titles like “Organized Game” and “How to Get a Woman to Pay You.” Local organizations gathered at Civic Plaza on Friday to raise awareness about human trafficking. KRQE News 13 tried contacting Amazon about the books and the petition, but we haven’t heard back yet.

Motion Hearing Continues Before APD Murder Trial

The murder trial for former Albuquerque Police Department Officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez is two months away and the defense is telling a judge that prosecutors are labeling James Boyd wrong. On Friday, they said prosecutors should not be allowed to call James Boyd a “homeless camper” or “victim” during the trial. They said those words will prompt sympathy from the jurors. The State said Boyd was not involved in criminal activity at all during the day of the incident. Therefore, calling him a “trespasser” or “suspect” will make him seem dangerous to the jury, when he was just looking for a place to sleep.

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