The Five Facts You Need to Know:
- The city has just hours to respond to an order by an appeals court, explaining why they should be allowed to start work on the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project. Friday, a federal judge gave the city the OK to start construction, but opponents appealed, and the higher court ordered work to stop while it takes a closer look. It’s unclear when the higher court could hear the appeal.
- Tuesday, partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80’s to lower 90’s. Tuesday night, showers and thunderstorms likely. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80’s to lower 90’s.
- A New Mexico State Representative is defending himself after a local non-profit accused him of breaking the law. ProgressNow New Mexico filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office this week, alleging State Rep. Paul Pacheco sponsored roughly $230,000 in capital outlay funds for a project where his brother David Pacheco was the architect. State funds went to the building of a private charter school, Ask Academy in Rio Rancho. Pacheco says he never kept quiet that the architect was his brother.
- Just in time for back-to-school, the state is trying to help parents get their kids vaccinated. Governor Susana Martinez announced a program that allows parents to get vaccines at little or no cost for their children. The clinics are open on Saturdays and also during lunch hours and after 5 p.m.
- Neighborhoods across the metro are holding events Tuesday night for National Night Out. Organizers hope to promote positive partnerships between police and communities. There will be meetings for neighbors at Wilson Park, Loma Linda Community Center and Cabezon Park in Rio Rancho.
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Paid sick leave for all Albuquerque workers is now in the hands of Bernalillo County Commissioners. Over the summer organizers gathered more than 14,000 signatures to get the “healthy workforce ordinance” on the ballot in November. The ordinance would require all employers to offer paid sick leave to workers. According to the Albuquerque journal. Late last night Albuquerque city councilors voted to add the question the ballot. Now Bernalillo County commissioner will have to make sure there’s actually room for it. Rules say the full text of the ordinance has to be on the ballot. It is seven pages long.
Albuquerque’s homeless and near homeless will have another option when it comes to getting nutritious meals. The rock at noon day and the Albuquerque rescue mission are pairing up to start serving dinner at the rock. Meals will be available from 4 to 5:15 pm again, starting tomorrow. The organization says their dining hall fits 450 people and will be able to serve people as the rescue mission continues construction on their campus. The expanded campus is expected to be ready this fall will focus exclusively on residential recovery programs for up to 100 people.