Tuesday’s Five Facts:
- New Mexico is in the national spotlight again today… as voters prepare to head to the polls to choose their party’s nominee in a number of races, including for president. Recent visits from Bernie sanders, Donald Trump, and former President, Bill Clinton indicate that New Mexicans’ votes could really matter during Tuesday’s Primary. The polls open at 7 a.m. If you aren’t already registered or a registered Democrat or Republican, you’re out of luck for today’s primary.
- The city and police department are facing a complaint this morning, filed by the Albuquerque Police Union. It claims the department failed to protect its officers during the anti-Donald Trump protests downtown two weeks ago, didn’t provide enough manpower, and sent officers in without riot gear. APD would not go on camera, but in a statement said officer safety is paramount and that the city handled the protests appropriately.
- Today, mostly sunny in the morning, then partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the 90’s
- Jurors are preparing to head back into deliberations Tuesday morning, in the trial of former Santa Fe county Deputy Tai Chan. closing arguments happened Monday. Chan is accused of murder for shooting and killing fellow Santa Fe county sheriff’s deputy, Jeremy Martin, in October 2014. He claims it was self defense.
- A new cereal made right here in Albuquerque hits the store shelves this month. General Mills is launching “Tiny Toast” crunchy, whole grains coated with real fruit. It’ll be made at the general mills plant off Paseo del Norte.
Top Morning Headlines:
Primary voters in the nation’s most Hispanic state are weighing in on their favorite presidential contenders a day after Hillary Clinton secured delegate commitments to become the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Seven of New Mexico’s nine super delegates committed to vote for Clinton and helped her cross the nomination threshold before Tuesday’s primary election. Two are uncommitted.
Four environmental groups want to intervene in a legal fight between New Mexico and the federal government over releases of endangered Mexican gray wolves. Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance filed their motion Monday, saying the state has no authority to block the release of wolves and pups into the wild.