April 20th Morning Rush: Community mourns loss of wife, mother killed on Southwest Airlines flight

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1. A memorial service for the Albuquerque woman who died after a Southwest plane jet engine exploded in mid-flight is now scheduled. The service for Jennifer Riordan will be at Popejoy Hall at UNM on Sunday. The family says in a statement quote, “We know there are many in the community who want to celebrate Jennifer.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the celebration of Jennifer’s life begins at 6 p.m. 

Read the full story: Community mourns loss of wife, mother killed on Southwest Airlines flight

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2. We’ll finish off the work week with breezy to windy conditions, but the good news is winds will generally be lighter than what was felt on Thursday. Strongest winds (gusting to 50mph) will be found along and east of the Central Mountains.

Read the full forecast: Kristen’s Friday Morning Forecast

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3. The family of a woman nearly beaten to death as a teen says they are now able to take the first step towards closure. Justin Hansen, Britani Marcell’s attacker, changed his plea from not guilty to no contest. Hansen is now set to be sentenced in July and could face up to 18 years in prison. Nearly 10 years ago, Hansen ambushed the then 17-year-old Cibola High School student with a shovel when she came home. The attack put Marcell in a coma for weeks. She regained some memory of Hansen as the attacker in October 2016. Marcell is expected to address Hansen at his sentencing.

Read the full story: Man accused in shovel beating case changes plea to ‘no contest’

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4. An Albuquerque couple says they are considering a lawsuit against their wedding photographer after they say they never received their wedding pictures. Instead, they say the photographer shut down her website and blocked them on social media. Matthew and Jazmine Gallegos say they paid about $1,500 to Liz Marie Hunter of Infinite Pixel photography out of San Antonio, Texas. They say they finally heard from Hunter nearly a year later after they filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Hunter told the Better Business Bureau she would see if she still had the pictures.

Read the full story: Couple calls out photographer for missing wedding photos

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5. You will soon notice some new security features this season during Isotopes games. Starting next week, new screening procedures at the ballpark will be similar to those at professional sports facilities around the country. Metal detectors are being installed at each entrance.Managers say it shouldn’t take you more than an extra couple of minutes to get through security.

Read the full story: Isotopes Park introduces new security measure

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