Thursday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The Five Facts You Need to Know:

  1. A public meeting to discuss the backlog of medical marijuana cards in New Mexico is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. The Department of Health says it’s received 10,000 applications within the last year, and patients are waiting 60 days, sometimes longer to get one. Earlier this year, State Auditor Tim Keller announced his office will be looking into the situation. The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the New Mexico State Capitol.
  2. Thursday, scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80’s to lower 90’s. Thursday night, showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the evening. Lows in the lower to mid 60’s.
  3. As pre-construction work gets underway on the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, city data shows since 2012, two city routes along Central have lost more than 300,000 riders. The city blames low gasoline prices and says it stands by the theory that ART will increase ridership.
  4. More potential troubles for this year’s Lantern Festival. The Sandia Speedway is waiting to learn if it will receive a special events permit from the county to host the event again this year. When the Lantern Fest came last year, the Speedway only had a racing permit. Organizers are already selling tickets for October 22nd. If the permit gets approved, the speedway president says it will actually be held three weeks later.
  5. Parent Angela Ratliff has spent her own money to open a room at Tony Hillerman Middle School filled with supplies, gently worn clothes and other items. It’s all in an effort to help students in need get back-to-school supplies. The Tony Hillerman Student Resource Room is open this week. Ratliff also started a GoFundMe page, hoping to make the room available year-round.

Top Morning Headlines:

The city of Albuquerque has removed large rocks from downtown landscaping nearly three months after a Donald Trump rally turned violent. The move came after protesters hurled rocks at officers and police during the May riot.

Authorities have identified a body that was pulled from the water in Albuquerque where the North Diversion channel meets the Rio Grande. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says the dead man has been identified as 37-year-old Alejandro Manzanare.  His hometown wasn’t immediately available. Authorities say the death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose although final toxicology reports haven’t been completed yet.

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