February 19th Morning Rush: Winter storm brings snow & cold temps throughout New Mexico

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1. Once east canyon winds relax across the Rio Grande Valley, a band of moderate snow will be allowed to cross east into the Albuquerque metro. Accumulation of 1″ – 4″ of snow is possible with higher numbers in and around Rio Rancho and the Foothills. Snow showers will continue to favor the higher terrain of northern New Mexico through the day Tuesday. Eastern New Mexico gets a shot later in the day. Afternoon temperatures will be far below seasonal averages with most locales struggling to make freezing in northern and central New Mexico.

Full Story: Winter storm brings snow & cold temps Tuesday


2. Winter weather is making a big return. There are over 80 closures and delays Tuesday morning. 

Full Story: Some roads in New Mexico see overnight snow


3. Students at Cleveland High School will return to the school Tuesday where just five days ago, a teen is accused of opening fire inside the school. A judge is ruling that the suspect, 16-year-old Joshua Owen, a special education student with serious mental health issues, will stay in juvenile lock-up until a mental health evaluation. Court documents say Owen wore a ski mask into the school on Valentine’s Day, walked up to three people, pointed the gun at them but it didn’t go off. Another student says he shot the gun in the air.

Full Story: Cleveland HS shooting suspect will stay in juvenile detention for now


4. The attorney general could soon be looking into the actions of the executive director of the Public Employees Retirement Fund. Wayne Propst is accused of giving raises to PERA staff and himself without consulting the board. Officials say the raises came without changes to workers duties. The state auditor is currently looking into the accusations. Some are asking Propst be put on leave during the investigation. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she doesn’t think Propst did anything wrong.

Full Story: PERA director under fire for approving raises for staff, himself


5. There could soon be a boost in enrollment at the Central New Mexico Community College since their new brewing program is being called one of the best in the world. The Master Brewers Association of the Americas recognized CNM’s program for meeting a strict curriculum and holding its students to the highest standards. CNM is one of only 13 colleges to receive the prestigious recognition.

Full Story: CNM’s brewing program ranks among world’s best


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