August 9 Morning Rush: Documents state Taos compound man trained kids to commit shootings

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1. New details still emerging from the compound in Taos County. Now authorities are saying, the victims in this case, 11 children were possibly being trained to commit school shootings. The five adults charged with starving the children and having them live in horrendous conditions all pleading not guilty. Thursday morning, it’s still uncertain if the remains found on the property are of the 4-year-old missing boy named Abdul, allegedly abducted by his father Siraj Wahhaj. However, according to a search warrant, one of the children told investigators that Abdul died and was buried at the compound. CBS News is also reporting that Wahhaj’s father has ties to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. The adults are set to face a judge Friday and Monday.

Full story: Documents: Man at Taos County compound training kids for school shooting

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2. UNM now has 15 days to schedule and take another vote on its fix to budget issue within the athletics department. The Attorney General says UNM’s controversial decision to cut four sports teams violated the state’s Open Meetings Act and therefore is invalid. The AG’s decision coming after an Albuquerque attorney filed a complaint that the cuts were made without enough notice to the public and were premeditated. The Attorney General then sent UNM a notice saying they have 15 days to take a revote.

Full story: Attorney General directs UNM Regents to vote again on cutting sports

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3. An active day ahead with scattered to widespread storms and showers across New Mexico on Thursday.

Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast

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4. Special agents from the attorney general’s office are set to train Santa Fe Public School staff to identify and properly respond to the potential human trafficking of children. The training will also help staff look for risk factors that make students vulnerable to exploitation. All of this will take place in Santa Fe from 8 a.m. to noon. The group will be in Las Cruces tomorrow.

Full story: SFPS staff to receive human trafficking training

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5. The Albuquerque BioPark has some special guests from ivory coast. Four zookeepers from “Zoo National d’Abidjan” are visiting the city as part of a multi-year conservation partnership. The two-week visit gives the local and visiting zookeepers the chance to share information about animals. BioPark zookeepers have also made trips to the Ivory Coast to help their zoo breed and care for their endangered West African slender-snouted crocodiles.

Full story: BioPark, Ivory Coast zookeepers team up for croc conservation efforts

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