November 14 Morning Rush: APD says Ben E. Keith shooter was disgruntled employee

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1. Officers will continue their investigation into Monday night’s workplace shooting, but police say the attack was spontaneous and by a disgruntled employee who may have been passed up for a promotion. That employee and suspect is Waid Melton, who police say opened fire inside the Ben E. Keith warehouse.  APD says 30-year-old Melton was off Monday night but arrived at the warehouse around 6:20 p.m. The time Melton would normally arrive for his shift. They say Melton used a forklift to block one of the exit doors before opening fire and shooting three co-workers in less than two minutes. Melton was later found dead in Placitas. The three victims remain in the hospital.

Full story: APD: Shooting was ‘spontaneous’ attack by disgruntled employee

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2. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller says the city is scrapping the deal on just the ART buses. That means it could be another year and a half before the controversial project starts rolling on Central Avenue. They’re citing numerous technical problems like malfunctioning breaks, A/C issues, and doors opening on their own. The buses were from Chinese company BYD. Mayor Keller says they’re sending them all back and says he wants to add electric buses at a later time.  As for drivers in along Central, the ART lanes will not be open to traffic, but Mayor Keller says police will not be citing anyone who drives in those lanes.

Full story: Mayor on ART project: “We are putting BYD on legal notice”
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3. Another cold start to the day with Wednesday moring temperatrues in the single digits, teens, and 20s.

Full story: Kristen’s Wednesday Morning Forecast

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4. Republican candidate Yvette Herrell, who lost her bid for New Mexico’s House District two seat, is now filing a lawsuit. Official final numbers show Democrat Xochitl Torres Small won by about 3,500 votes. Herrell is asking a judge to impound the absentee ballots so her campaign could inspect them. Court documents filed by Herrell’s lawyers cited “chain-of-custody issues and other improprieties,” but did not give any details.

Full story: Republican who lost US House race seeks to impound ballots

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5. City officials, including Mayor Tim Keller and APD Chief Mike Geier will gather Wednesday to talk about the distribution of 2,000 Ready-to-eat Thanksgiving dinners that will be given to needy and homeless kids in APS schools. This is the first time Feed NM Kids and New Mexico Prays have partnered with APS to distribute the food. According to Feed NM Kids, more than 3,700 kids in APS qualify as homeless.

Full story: Albuquerque organizations, officials to distribute Thanksgiving dinners to children in need

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