September 28 Morning Rush: Judge postpones Fabian Gonzales trial

Mornings

1. Prosecutors in the Victoria Martens case are working on their appeal against a judge’s decision to exclude what they call “crucial evidence” from the trial of Fabian Gonzales. He’s the only man charged in the case so far. On Tuesday, Judge Brown ruled the criminal drug history for Gonzales cannot be used. Prosecutors are arguing that lifestyle led to the girl’s murder. The appeal is postponing the trial altogether. It could be months now before he is tried for his alleged role in the rape and murder of 10-year-old Victoria.

Read the full story: Judge postpones Fabian Gonzales trial

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2. The fate of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is in the hands of the Senate. Today, the 21 senators in the Senate Judiciary Committee are set to vote on a recommendation to push Kavanaugh’s confirmation process to a full Senate vote in the coming days. This comes after nine hours of testimony regarding sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, spoke first, describing the day she says a drunk Kavanaugh pushed her on to a bed and sexually assaulted her decades ago. He was 17 and she was 15. Then, an emotional, sometimes angry Kavanaugh told Senators it did not happen and he had proof, including a calendar from when the alleged event took place, as well as friends and family who said he was not at the party that Ford described.

Read the full story: GOP races to first Kavanaugh vote after hearing from accuser

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3. A pleasant finish to the work week with Friday’s afternoon highs climbing into the 70s, 80s and 90s under a mostly sunny sky. Winds will be light and rain/thunderstorms are not expected within state lines.

Read the full forecast: Kristen’s Friday Morning Forecast

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4. A city councilor is speaking up about a traffic study that caused a traffic nightmare for some in Albuquerque. You’ll notice traffic moving smoother downtown as all of the cones along Coal have been removed. Those cones were part of a traffic study the City said Councilman Isaac Benton wanted to conduct. Benton says he did not ask for the cones to be put up on Lead, just on Coal because the developer for nearby lofts wants more “on-street parking”. The City says the streets are dependent on each other and both needed to be studied.

Read the full story: City councilor says he never asked for traffic study on Lead

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5. A local girl is making sure first responders know they’re appreciated. She is dedicating nearly four days of her life to do so,  creating works of art to constantly remind police and firefighters what they mean to the community. Fourteen-year-old Samantha Foist of Rio Rancho stitched together two quilts- one for the Rio Rancho Fire Department and the other for the Rio Rancho Police Department. Samantha says it started as a way to earn her the Girl Scout Silver Award. After some research, she learned often first responders leave their job because they do not feel like they are being appreciated. She hopes this helps.

Read the full story now: Local girl scout makes quilts to thank first responders

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