November 29 Morning Rush: ACLU demands APS address racism following Cibola High incident


1. A Cibola High School language arts teacher is under investigation by the district and APS police; accused of making a racist remark on campus to a student. The district’s school board is now promising action and now the ACLU is involved. The ACLU says the teacher is accused of calling a student a “bloody Indian”  and cutting the braid of another Native American student during class on Halloween. Both students and teachers were in costume. Mckenzie Johnson says she was the student called the derogatory name. The teacher will remain on leave during the investigation. So far no charges have been filed.

Full story: ACLU puts pressure on APS to address racism after Cibola High incident

 2. Tracy Pena is now preparing to spend the next 12 years behind bars after pleading guilty to playing a role in the killing of her son, Jeremiah Valencia. Valencia was beaten, left in a dog crate, and allegedly killed by Pena’s boyfriend Thomas Ferguson and his son Jordan Nunez last year. Prosecutors charged Pena with child abuse resulting in death for not stopping the abuse. As part of the plea deal, Pena will have to testify against accused killer, Jordan Nunez. Ferguson hanged himself in jail.

Full story: Mother of Jeremiah Valencia accepts plea deal for 12 years in prison

3. Thursday will feature increasing clouds and mild November temperatures all ahead of a winter storm expected to move in overnight.

Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast


4. The Zia Pueblo will soon start receiving economic benefits from the use of the Zia symbol. Organ Mountain Outfitters, a Las Cruces-based company, has reached an agreement with the Pueblo to sell products with the Zia symbol. They say the Zia people hardly get the credit or economic return they deserve from the use of the symbol. In return ten percent of gross sales will go towards the Zia Youth Foundation.

Full story: New Mexico company to pay Pueblo for use of Zia symbol

5. It a new original Netflix series called Medal of Honor is featuring the story of New Mexico military hero, Hiroshi ‘Hershey’ Miyamura. The Gallup native’s life is told in the fourth episode of the season which chronicles everything from the loss of his best friend, to being a POW in Korea and his return home after years overseas. The machine gun squad leader was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1951. He’s now 93 years old .

Full story: Netflix show features New Mexico war hero, Medal of Honor recipient


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