January 29th Morning Rush: State lawmakers want judge to resign after controversial sentence


1. Republican lawmakers are calling on Sandoval County Judge Louis McDonald to resign. This comes after he gave a drunk driver, who killed two people, a big break. The families of the victims say they’re also calling for accountability. McDonald sentenced 32-year-old Christie Noriega to only three years in prison last week after she originally faced 30 years. Noriega drove drunk with her 2-year-old in the back seat when she killed Mikey Chambellan and Lonnie Escovedo in a crash. McDonald declined to comment.

Full Story: State lawmakers call for judge’s resignation

2. A new survey shows most parents in the metro want a new department to focus on early childhood education, and several state leaders and even the governor are pushing for this to happen. The bill is calling to create a new department, focusing solely on early childhood education. That now sits in committee but gaining support. Senator Michael Padilla introduced the bill and is confident it will go far. As of Tuesday morning, the bill is not yet on the calendar to be heard in the committee. 

Full Story: Push to create Early Childhood Education Department gains traction

3. A colder day on tap Tuesday with afternoon highs dropping below average across NM. From Monday’s 55° in ABQ, expect temps to only reach the mid-40s down the Rio Grande Valley. 

Full Story: Kristen’s Tuesday Morning Forecast

4. Classes will start on time for Eunice High School students Tuesday after vandals left a mess. Officials say at least two people broke into the school and poured gallons of oil in the hallways late Sunday night. Classes were delayed until 10 a.m. Monday as it took staff about two hours to clean to mess. The superintendent cited student safety as a reason for the delay. Surveillance cameras captured what’s believed to be the suspects’ car. Police are now working with the school to investigate.

Full Story: Vandals target New Mexico high school, create slippery mess

5. Albuquerque loves football, according to a new study by WalletHub. They ranked the best cities for football fans and out of 244, Albuquerque ranked No. 74. They also looked at everything from the number of NFL or college football teams, the team’s performances, ticket prices and fan engagement. Las Cruces ranked No.175 and Pittsburgh ranked No. 1. 

Full Story: Albuquerque ranked among best cities for football fans

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