March 5th Morning Rush: Background checks bill heads to governor’s desk


1. The Senate bill calling for background checks on private gun sales is now on its way to the governor’s desk after passing the House Monday night. Senate Bill 8, passing 42 to 27 would make it illegal for someone to sell a gun without doing a federal instant background check. It does not apply to sales between immediate family members. Democrats argue it would keep guns out of the hands of those with a dangerous history. House Republicans, disagree. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has said she would sign the bill into law.  

Full Story: Bill requiring background checks for private gun sales heads to governor’s desk 

2. The prison sentence begins Tuesday for the two daycare owners for leaving two kids in a hot car, killing one of them. Mary Ann Taylor and her daughter Sandi Taylor were sentenced Monday. The pair were convicted last month for leaving the toddlers in a hot car for three hours in July of 2017. Mary Ann Taylor got 36 years while her daughter Sandi got 30 years. The judge says it was reduced because of her truthfulness. 

Full Story: Daycare owners who left toddlers in hot car sentenced to 36 years in prison

3. Another mild day for western and central New Mexico with afternoon highs well into the 50s, 60s and 70s.

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4. The Albuquerque Police Department says a bolstered incentive package will get new officers on the streets more quickly. Currently, active training officers get up to 2 hours of overtime per day and 100 extra dollars each pay period. A new incentive package will add $125 on top of that when the officers have a trainee in their car. Cadets have to go through four months of on the job training after they graduate before becoming an officer.

Full Story: APD increases incentive for officers to take cadets under their wing

5. Reading and baseball are going hand in hand for the Albuquerque Isotopes. They’re currently looking for some avid readers. The Isotopes and Dion’s are teaming up with the “Club Read Program.” It encourages kid’s Pre-K through 5th grade to read during the spring and summer breaks in exchange for prizes. Four winners will be chosen for the grand prize which includes four suite-level tickets to a home game. The child also gets to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Full Story: Albuquerque Isotopes team up with Dion’s to encourage kids to read

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