August 10 Morning Rush: Police: Homeless man clinging to life after violent beating

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1. The homeless man brutally attacked in downtown Albuquerque remains hospitalized this morning, clinging to life. Meanwhile, officers continue their search for the two suspects in the case. Nearby surveillance video shows the attack from early Wednesday morning. Officers say the video shows two men, one in white clothing another in dark,  jumping out of a car, and senselessly beating a homeless man who was sleeping in the doorway of Deep Space Coffee. The man’s injuries are believed to be life-threatening. Officials say when he arrived at the hospital, exams showed massive head trauma.    

Read the full story: Police: Homeless man clinging to life after violent beating

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2. New video shows State Police perspective in a controversial traffic stop in Taos. The original video, from the passenger in the pulled over car, is still going viral. In the police dash cam video, you can hear the officer ask for the driver’s information. That’s something the driver Phillip Page and his passenger say police never asked for. In the police video, you can hear the officer asking for Page’s license and registration 14 times. KRQE News 13 also counted 20 times that the officer asked Page to unlock his door or roll down the window. Page refused to comply with both. That’s when the officer broke the window. Page and Fisher Herrera are charged with resisting arrest, concealing identity and abuse of 911.

Read the full story: State Police release video of controversial Taos traffic stop

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3. Another day of active weather expected across New Mexico as storms and showers redevelop Friday afternoon. The risk continues for heavy rain causing flooding underneath any given thunderstorm — be sure to stay out of low-lying areas. The increase in moisture and cloud cover will keep temps on the cooler side to finish the week — expect widespread 70s and 80s (fewer 90s).

Read the full forecast: Kristen’s Friday Morning Forecast

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4. No word yet from the Medical Examiner’s Office about the child’s remains found at the compound in Taos County. Many still believe they belong to the 3-year-old son of one of the arrested suspects. Siraj Wahhaj is charged with felony child abuse and for allegedly kidnapping his three-year-old son in December last year. His father is a Muslim Cleric and believes the remains found at the compound are that of his missing grandson. Search warrants say during CYFD interviews with the 11 children, they learned that Abdul was seen at the compound in poor condition and died there.

Read the full story: Suspect arrested in Taos compound case has ties to ’93 WTC bombing

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5. Sign ups are still open for a new drone racing series at the Balloon Museum. The BMPR series, which stands for Balloon Museum Pod Racing is like “Star Wars pod racing” but using drones. It has skyrocketed as a worldwide air sport. Pilots fly their own drones, reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Winners get sponsorship prizes. The next race is on August 26. 

Read the full story: Balloon Museum launches ‘drone racing’ events amid growing popularity

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