April 13th Morning Rush: Families on standby as wildfires burn across state

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1. Firefighters are trying to get a handle on several wildfires burning across the state. A once-prescribed burn near Grants escaped containment yesterday during the state’s high-wind day. Officials say Diener Canyon fire’s charred 1,000 acres so far with no containment. Campers at Bluewater Lake State Park were evacuated. Other residents are on standby. The largest wildfire burning in New Mexico is now burning in Texas too.The 206 fire near Tatum has burned an estimated 60,000 acres in New Mexico. Texas officials say it has now charred 9,000 acres in Texas.

Read the full stories: Prescribed fire escapes containment near GrantsTwo separate fires rage in southeastern New Mexico

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2. Strong winds will once again rip across New Mexico Friday afternoon, resulting in blowing dust and high fire danger.

Read the full forecast: Kristen’s Friday Morning Forecast

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3. Mayor Tim Keller is likely reviewing the results of an annual police union survey which shows a lot of Albuquerque Officers have considered leaving the force. About half the police force, which is nearly 500 officers, took part in the survey. Of those surveyed, the union says about 70 percent were considering leaving for other jobs, many because of pay. The union saying they want competitive pay, are tired of working overtime and would like the department to hire qualified officers to help out.

Read the full story: Survey finds APD officers concerned for their safety

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4. A local church is searching for answers after babies’ graves were vandalized. Families visiting the cemetery at our lady of Belen Memorial Gardens Thursday were devastated to find graves in “The Garden of Angels” damaged. Parent’s KRQE News 13 spoke to say the section is specifically for babies and they don’t understand how someone could wreck such a special place.The church is now asking anyone with information to call them.

Read the full story: Parents devastated after mementos left at baby grave sites destroyed

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5. Hundreds of UNM students say they will cut their hair as part of a pledge to end sexual assault on campus. This is all for an event called Shear Empowerment. Today, eight hair stylists and barbers will be on hand giving free haircuts to students who sign the “It’s On Us” pledge to end sexual assault. Officials say the event is for sexual assault awareness month. Organizers say this stems from studies showing people are increasingly telling their barbers they have been sexually assaulted.

Read the full story: UNM students get haircuts for sexual assault awareness

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