Wednesday’s Morning Rush Video, 5 Facts: Appeals court rules ART construction can proceed

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The 5 Facts You Need to Know

1. Opponents of the controversial ART project will have to go back to the drawing board. The next step, and possibly their final move, is to ask for a rehearing in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after the courts ruled in favor of the city, again. In a 57-page-opinion, the courts ruled that construction on Central can proceed despite critics saying it will continue to cause traffic jams and hurt businesses. Despite the ruling, opponents say the Federal Transit Administration is still continuing its environmental evaluation.

Full Story: Appeals court sides with Albuquerque in rapid transit case


2. Wednesday, UNM will likely start looking for a new president. This, as current President Bob Frank gets ready to leave office earlier, by December 31 instead of May. The Board of Regents announced the agreement with Frank Tuesday. This comes after the regents started looking into Frank over allegations of him verbally bullying workers and questions about his spending.

Full Story: UNM Regents, President reach agreement for early exit


3. Wednesday, partly cloudy in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s. Wednesday night, mostly clear. Lows in the 30’s.

Video: Kristen’s Wednesday Morning Forecast 


4. The PNM rate increase that started in October is sticking around — for now. The group “New Energy Economy” asked the State Supreme Court to stop the 9 percent hike while the case is appealed, claiming the hike violates the law because of what it’s being used for. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of PNM for now, but said they may have to reimburse customers if the hike is deemed unlawful.

Full Story: Supreme Court OKs PNM rate increase at risk of reimbursement


5. An Albuquerque woman’s Christmas display is getting a lot of attention. Debbie Hicks says it’s in honor of her mother who died two years ago on Christmas Day. She’s transformed reindeer decorations into sheep and made clothing for mannequins out of her mom’s old sheets. The display is at her home near Gibson and Broadway.

Full Story: Albuquerque woman honors mother’s memory with Christmas display

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