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  1. We’re staying on top of a developing investigation in Rio Rancho. A group of people were found dead in a home Wednesday. Police aren’t saying how many bodies were found or how they died. A Rio Rancho police officer made the discovery at a home on Diez y Ocho Court near Southern and Country Club drive. Police also said so far, no arrests have been made, but they are talking to several people.
  2. It’s deadline day for people living in “Tent City.” The City of Albuquerque gave campers an order to leave by Thursday or face a judge. While people search for a new place to stay, the Barelas Neighborhood Association is allowing campers to stay in a vacant lot they own. The center plans on building on the lot, but construction isn’t expected to start for at least three years.
  3. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 50s. Tonight is expected to be mostly clear with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
  4. A Santa Fe County man is suing the estate of a deputy who was killed in a shooting. Police said Jeremy Martin was shot to death last October by fellow deputy Tai Chan after an argument. Now, Henry Milligan is suing Martin’s estate and the county commission, accusing Martin of handcuffing him too tightly after a DWI arrest last May. Milligan claims he was in pain and Martin didn’t adjust the cuffs.
  5. State Sen. Gerold Ortiz y Pino is sponsoring a bill that would allow health care facilities to refuse to hire smokers and other tobacco users. The proposal seeks to amend a 1991 law that made it illegal for any New Mexico employer to refuse to hire them or to require them not to smoke outside of work.

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The ACLU is now going after the government, seeking information about allegations of abuse involving migrant children. This also includes those detained in facilities like the one in Artesia. They claim the government has stone-walled their requests for records pertaining to the children. Last June, the ACLU filed a complaint alleging more than 100 children had been abused and mistreated while in boarder patrol custody. Claiming authorities denied adequate hygiene supplies, bedding, food, water and medical care.

One group is collecting signatures and is asking the Department of Justice to investigate APD. So far, “Watchdog dot net” has collected nearly 1,300 online signatures. The group says the department has been bullying DA Kari Brandenburg after she charged two officers with murder, for the death of James Boyd. APD also is investigating her for bribing witnesses in a case involving her son. then, her prosecutors were forced to leave the scene of a recent police shooting. Brandenburg, the DOJ, and the city attorney all had no comment.

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