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  1. The funeral for a Navajo Nation police officer, who was killed while responding to a domestic violence call, is scheduled for Friday. Flags across the state will also be flown at half staff, honoring Officer Alex Yazzie. Police say 24-year-old Justin Fowler was pistol whipping his wife and mother near Shiprock. He took off to Arizona as police were arriving. He then opened fire and killed Yazzie and injured two others. Fowler was also killed in the shootout. The funeral is being held in Farmington.
  2. An autopsy is scheduled for today, on an Albuquerque police officer who collapsed suddenly and died. It happened as he and other officers were gathering for crisis intervention training. Fellow officers rushed to him give him CPR. He was taken to the hospital where he died. The police department has not released his name yet.
  3. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the 70s and northwest winds from 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight will be clear with lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.
  4. The New Mexico Lottery Scholarship fund has even less money than ever. Recipients may have to find a way to make up the difference. Last year, the lottery scholarship covered 95 percent of tuition and schools like UNM and New Mexico State covered the rest. This year, the state thinks students may only receive 85 percent of their tuition money. Students will have to wait until June to find out exactly how short they’ll be and if the universities can help them.
  5. UNM will spend $1 million to pay its athletes, over and above the scholarships they receive. This comes two months after some of the nation’s big colleges say they’re doing it too. UNM says it has no choice if Lobo sports teams want to stay competitive. Basketball players will be among the first to benefit. UNM says it will phase the change in over time.

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After spending months in the hospital, the APD officer who was shot by a fellow officer is back at home. In January, Detective Jacob Grant was working an undercover drug sting at the McDonald’s on Central and Tramway when another officer opened fire. APD says the drug suspects pulled a pellet gun and Detective Grant broke cover. Lt. Greg Brachle critically injured Grant in that accident. The department is still waiting to interview him for details.

Bernalillo County commissioners voted to postpone a decision to build a new proposed community west of Albuquerque. Santolina would sit along I-40 between Atrisco Heritage High School and the Metropolitan Detention Center. It would be home to its own business parks, town centers and neighborhoods. Some people in the South Valley want commissioners to focus on existing neighborhoods instead of new ones. They’re worried about possible water shortages. Representatives of the new development say they’ve been told there’s enough to go around. Developers say the community will create 38,000 homes and 75,000 jobs.

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