July 31 Morning Rush: Judge rules Albuquerque DWI seizures ‘unconstitutional’

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1. The city is likely reviewing a federal judge’s ruling that seizing cars from drunk drivers and selling them is unconstitutional and violates a car owner’s due process. U.S. district court judge James Browning ruled in favor of Arlene Harjo, last week. She filed a lawsuit after her car was taken. Under the program, drivers’ cars are taken after a second DWI arrest, or if they’re caught driving on a revoked license most often they’re sold at auction. You’ll remember in April, Mayor Tim Keller asked the city council to update the city ordinance to require a conviction before anyone’s car is permanently taken. In their statement, the city says in part their legal team will analyze the impact that the ruling will have on the ordinance.

Full story: Judge sides with Albuquerque mother in fight against DWI seizure program

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2. Over a hundred APS teachers will be receiving special training designed to help spot the signs of human trafficking. Attorney General Hector Balderas says signs of human trafficking can exist even in the safest of places like schools. Balderas believes teachers haven’t been properly trained on detecting the signs of trafficking as well as who to contact. The training will start Tuesday in Albuquerque and in Santa Fe and Las Cruces at a later date.

Full story: Human Trafficking Training to provide APS teachers tools to save lives

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3. Morning storms in the Southeast Plains will continue to fade and push south through sunrise.

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4. Three Albuquerque elementary schools are now on their second day of school. That’s still two weeks before other schools start up for the year. This is because the state is demanding better test scores from them. They include Whittier Elementary, Los Padillas and Hawthorne. The PED is also labeling each with failing achievement grades and they now have a longer school year and longer days. If the plan for extended hours works at the schools, the district says it will consider using the same ideas for other schools. The rest of APD starts on August 13.

Full story: School starts early for three underperforming APS elementary schools

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5. Speculation began swarming around a post on Dion’s Facebook page Monday and an announcement was just made as to what the company meant. The local pizza place posted a cryptic message on social media with a picture that looks like a throwback from the 90’s. However, it’s the salad in the photo that has everyone guessing that Dion’s is bringing back its round croutons that were pulled years ago and replaced with square ones. 

Full story: Dion’s brings back menu favorite after teasing ‘something old, something new’
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