April 17 Morning Rush: Investigation continues following death of 10-year-old in apartment fire


1. The public is learning more details about what caused the apartment fire in Albuquerque’s northeast heights, killing a 10-year-old boy and leaving dozens homeless. Detectives are investigating the fire at the Sierra Meadows Apartments trying to see if anything criminal occurred. A neighbor says when the fire broke out in the early morning he was watering his trees when he heard people yelling for help. Late Tuesday night, police released new information saying dispatchers could hear someone say, “Please don’t hurt me,” in the call about the fire. Investigators say they cannot yet rule out arson. 

Full story: 1 child dead after fire torches NE Albuquerque apartment complex

2. An active day of weather is expected with widespread showers, thunderstorms and high mountain snow developing across the state. A strengthening storm system kicking out of Arizona and crosses New Mexico through the day.

Full story: Kristen’s Wednesday Morning Forecast

3. The first GOP candidate vying for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Senator Tom Udall will likely be in the campaign soon. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Gavin Clarkson is throwing his name in the ring for the 2020 Senate race. The only other official candidate running is Rep. Ben Ray Lujan. 

Full story: Former Trump official enters race to replace Sen. Udall

4. The Water Authority’s governing board will present its concerns o a Pentagon representative over a jet fuel leak at Kirtland. The concern stems in part from reports that the Air Force is reducing the yearly clean up budget for the spill. The leak of millions of gallons of fuel into the soil was first discovered in 1999. No Water Authority wells have yet been contaminated by the spill.

Full story: Albuquerque Water Authority expresses over jet fuel leak

 5. Elementary school students in Rio Rancho are taking part in a cooking competition, challenging them to create healthy Mexican food recipes. It’s part of the Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge. The event is now in its ninth year, created to encourage students to think about healthy food options. Students submitted their healthy Mexican foods recipes and those who became finalists will crate that recipe in the district-wide finals event. 

Full story: Rio Rancho students take part in Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge

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