July 5 Morning Rush: Memorial park construction resulted in discovery of new human remains

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1.  Police say they are preparing to excavate the scene on the west mesa, where human remains were found on Tuesday. This was discovered while crews were moving dirt from a future park, to the original west mesa site. The remains of 11 women and one unborn child, were found on the west mesa nearly a decade ago. Officials say, crews were hauling dirt from the future Anderson Heights neighborhood park, to the West Mesa memorial park when they uncovered the new human remains on Tuesday. Police aren’t sure yet who the new remains belong to or if they’re connected to the west mesa killings. It’s unclear what the future is for both the Anderson Heights neighborhood park and memorial park projects.

Full story: West Mesa memorial park construction lead to discovery of new human remains

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2. An Albuquerque woman is now facing lesser charges after allegedly admitting to drinking and driving then being involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian. Valerie Nieto was initially charged with homicide by vehicle, but it’s now been changed to just great bodily harm. This is despite the man dying because of the crash. It’s still unclear who changed the charges and when. It came down to what her attorney argued in court. Her next appearance is slated for August.

Full story: Charges against alleged drunk driver changed after fatal crash

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3. Easterly winds higher up in the atmosphere will bring a significant increase in moisture resulting in meaningful rain chances to finish the week.

Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast

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4. Many are likely waking up, wondering the reason for the delay of the annual fireworks show at Freedom Fourth. According to AFD, high winds delayed the 23-minute fireworks show. The display was supposed to start at 9:15 p.m. but it did not go on until 10:15 p.m. Several show attendees left Balloon Fiesta park before the show even happened, but those who stayed expressed their disappointment. Organizers with the cultural services department anticipated about 60,000 people attended the freedom fourth celebration.

Full story: Officials: Wind delays Freedom Fourth fireworks
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5. The new Santa Ana star casino hotel in Bernalillo is now open. The high-end hotel has two hundred and four guest rooms and plenty of amenities. This includes a steakhouse, indoor pool and fitness center. It also features mountain views and an event space for visitors. Managers say the hotel has created roughly two hundred and thirty jobs in the area.

Full story: Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel opens in Bernalillo
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