The 5 Facts You Need to Know
1. Bernalillo County Jail officials are trying to decide if a sergeant was too violent with an inmate at the county jail. Newly released lapel video shows inmate Susie Chavez screaming on the floor after being put in a wrist lock and hit with a stun gun last September. Sergeant Eric Allen can be heard saying, “Now you’re getting into stuff where we’re going to hurt you.” The union president says the county hasn’t provided context for the video.
2. More construction begins Friday near the Big-I and it could affect your drive over the weekend. Crews are preparing to do bridgework on I-25 southbound over Menaul and eastbound I-40 over University. They’ll be closing various lanes beginning at 9 p.m. through early Monday morning.
3. Friday, mostly sunny and breezy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s. North winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Friday night, windy and partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower to mid 60’s. East winds 10 to 20 mph.
4. As students go back to class, 32 new schools are now using a state-run program aimed at preventing kids from dropping out. The “Dropout Early Warning System” is designed to help educators monitor students to see if they may need special attention. It also tells educators ahead of time when a student isn’t meeting graduation benchmarks. Seventeen New Mexico schools have already taken part in the program.
5. Calling all chile and salsa makers: Bernalillo County is inviting you to prove that your recipe is the best. The Bosque Chile Festival Competition happens August 20th. The winner gets $250 and a trophy.
The Morning’s Top Stories
- Friday Morning’s Metro Traffic
- The U.S. Department of Justice is suing New Mexico State University and its Board of Regents over alleged pay inequities among male and female track coaches.
- A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider a decision in favor of an association of green chile growers in the Hatch Valley of Southern New Mexico in a dispute over the use of the renowned Hatch name on food labels.