December 19 Morning Rush: Nathaniel Jouett, Clovis library shooter, to be sentenced as adult

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1. The defense attorney for the New Mexico teen behind a deadly library shooting is getting ready for the sentencing phase. This comes after a judge ruled Nathaniel Jouett will be sentenced as an adult. Jouett shot up the Clovis library last year killing two librarians and injuring four others. Tuesday, judge James Hudson denied his request for a hearing to see if he could be treated and released when he turns 21. Jouett faces anywhere from probation to life plus 96 years. His sentencing is set for February.

Full story: Nathaniel Jouett to be sentenced as an adult in Clovis library shooting


2. A teacher at a local daycare, is out of jail this morning, awaiting his next day in court, after deputies say he molested a 3-year-old girl while on the job. CYFD says it also suspended his background clearance, which means he will not be allowed to work with children at this time. According to a criminal complaint, it happened at the Western Heights Learning Center near Coors and Sage. The girl told her older siblings that her teacher, Lyric “Taylor” Padilla touched her. After a failed lie detector test, investigators say Padilla admitted to touching the child while she was taking a nap. CYFD says he had passed a required background check.

Full story: Preschool teacher under fire for allegedly molesting toddler


3. Strong winds higher up in the atmosphere will mix down to the surface making for a WINDY Wednesday afternoon.

Full story: Kristen’s Wednesday Morning Forecast


4. One New Mexico senator is taking aim at tobacco sales and his ideas are garnering mixed reactions. Senator Cisco McSorley is introducing four tobacco bills in the upcoming legislative session. He is co-sponsoring senate bill 60 which would raise the purchasing age for products like cigarettes, e-cigarettes and even nicotine products from 18 to 21. The Albuquerque Democrat is also proposing senate bill 61 which would ban e-cigarette use indoors and senate bill 68 which aims at keep tobacco products away from kids by banning flavored tobacco products.

Full story: Bill proposes raising age to buy tobacco, banning flavored tobacco


5. A New Mexico family is hoping what was once a million-acre cattle empire could become the next, big tourist attraction in New Mexico. The Lyons and Campbell ranch was booming in the 1830’s housing 75 cowboys, 100 working families and 30,000 heads of cattle. After Lyons, one of the owners, was assassinated it kind of became a ghost town. Now, the Ocheltree family is wanting to make it into a tourist attraction.

Full story: Family restores NM ranch to former glory, opens property for lodging and tours


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