1. Albuquerque Fire Department crews are investigating how a duplex caught fire late Monday night. Video shows firefighters battling the intense blaze located off of Wyoming at the corner of Marquette Avenue and Vermont Street. Firefighters were called out around 11 p.m. Monday. Crews were able to put the fire out without it spreading to other structures in the area including a nearby apartment complex. No injuries are reported at this time.
2. A gubernatorial candidate is asking for an investigation into claims Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham discriminated against a transgender intern. Riley del Rey says she was fired from Lujan Grisham’s office because of her transgender identity. Lujan Grisham denies that. Now, Jeff Apodaca is asking House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to launch a formal ethics investigation. Both Apodaca and Lujan Grisham are running for the New Mexico governor seat.
3. Lingering showers over southeast NM this morning will gradually clear through the day, leaving behind a mix of sun and clouds.
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4. Albuquerque City Councilor Ken Sanchez wants to put more power into the hands of Albuquerque Rapid Transit security guards. ART security guards are equipped with handcuffs and mace, but if trouble breaks out on any of the new ART buses, the 13 security guards are required to call 911. Sanchez wants the officers to have some arresting powers and be allowed to carry a taser. He wants to discuss this with the mayor before drafting legislation.
5. New theories are pouring in from around the world about some mysterious stone pillars in northern New Mexico. Louis Serna says they’re located on land near Cimarron. Serna says since our first story aired in May, thousands have seen it and called about what they think it is. He says the History Channel is also considering doing testing on the stone’s surface.
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