1. Albuquerque Police are searching for the suspect accused of pointing a gun at a man, then trying to steal from him. It happened Wednesday near Jefferson and McLeod in northeast Albuquerque. A bad crash happened at that intersection. One of the people suspected of causing the crash got out and ran to a nearby business. Police say that man held two of the workers at gunpoint, demanding keys. One of the workers grabbed the shotgun from the man while the co-worker hit the suspect, forcing him to give up the weapon. The workers were not hurt. Police are still looking for the suspect.
2. Hurricane Florence is now making landfall on the East Coast. Florence has already knocked out power to more than 80,000 people throughout the region. Officials say millions of people may be left in the dark and it could be weeks before it’s all fully restored. North Carolina’s governor is now sending a message to residents as the storm begins to wreak havoc. More than 1.5 million people were ordered to evacuate and thousands remain in shelters this morning as the storm bears down. The storm is also affecting air travel nationally, although everything appears to be on schedule at the Sunport.
Read the full story: Hurricane Center: Florence makes landfall in N. Carolina
3.Weather in the Metro will be strikingly similar to yesterday. Temperatures statewide will be 3 to 10 degrees above average. Finding a shower will be difficult. Isolated showers may form on mountains in south central New Mexico.
Read the full forecast: Connor’s Friday Morning Forecast
4.Voters will once again weigh in this November on a tax meant to fund an expansion at a Rio Rancho hospital. That’s according to the Albuquerque Journal. They report that the Sandoval County Commission approved last month UNM’s request to put the issue before voters.This expansion includes increased behavioral health services and creating a Level Three trauma center. People in Rio Rancho are reportedly in support of the additions.
Read the full story: Voters to decide on tax funding Rio Rancho hospital expansion
5. There a Better Call Saul balloon pin that will now be up for grabs, but Balloon Fiesta collectors won’t be able to find it just anywhere. Garrett Heath lives in San Antonio, Texas. He says he was inspired by the culture of Fiesta and Breaking Bad so he put Jimmy McGill’s car next to a Los Pollos Hermanos balloon and on a pin. It will not be sold at Fiesta, but you can order it from his online store.
Read the full story: Be on the lookout for ‘Better Call Saul’ balloon pin
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- ‘It looked like Armageddon:’ Deadly gas blasts destroy homes
- Could parking prices increase near Sunport?
- Florida opens up hotel rooms, ports to Florence evacuees
- Police investigate threat made toward Moriarity schools
- Manafort hearing set Friday; plea deal reportedly possible
- One person hospitalized following Las Cruces officer-involved shooting