The family of a migrant boy who died in border patrol custody in New Mexico says they want his body back. As officials work to determine an exact cause of death, the family of 8-year-old Felipe says he was in good health throughout the trek to the US until he was detained. Officials say Felipe and his father Agustin were apprehended by border patrol in El Paso on Dec. 18. Border patrol reports that agents logged 23 welfare checks on the two. State officials say the boy’s autopsy determined Felipe had the flu. The Alonzo family says they want Felipe’s body sent back to their Guatemalan village.
2. Another major winter storm will begin to impact southern Colorado and parts of northern and western New Mexico today.
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3. The Affordable Care Act will remain in effect, for now, while litigation over its constitutionality continues. This comes after the federal judge in Texas who recently declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional is issuing a stay on his ruling to allow for appeals. The judge says he stands by his original decision. He also says he understands many Americans would face “great uncertainty” if his unconstitutional ruling was immediately put into effect.
4. The state’s legislative finance committee is likely reviewing outgoing PED Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski’s recent budget proposal. According to the Albuquerque Journal, in the proposed budget, Ruszkowski is asking for $120 million to raise teacher pay. He also wants to put $80 million more into the at-risk index. However, with only one day left on the job, his proposal may not be used. Ruszkowski is being replaced by Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s appointment for education secretary.
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5. You still have a chance to start 2019 as a millionaire. The Mega Millions jackpot now sits at $415 million and the next drawing is Tuesday night. The one-time cash option is about $249 million. The odds of winning the jackpot are less than one in 300 million. The last time someone won big on new year’s day was in 2008.
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