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  1. One of the weapons APD thought would subdue homeless camper James Boyd never should have been used in the first place. Taser International had discontinued the weapon two years earlier, issuing a warning that using expired ammo could cause serious problems. KRQE News 13 has learned both Keith Sandy and Officer Rick Ingram brought expired ammo to the scene. Whether the gun malfunctioned or not, officers agree the Taser did not do what it was intended to do, when Ingram fired twice at Boyd.
  2. Dozens of people in Albuquerque may have had their bank accounts compromised without realizing it. APD said earlier this month, thieves installed skimmers on three different ATMs including Nusenda Credit Unions on Indian School in the Heights and on Coors.
  3. Today will be mostly cloudy and breezy with highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s. East winds will reach up to 15 to 25 mph becoming southeast 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
  4. It’s St. Patrick’s Day and there’s a lot going on. The 64th annual Brother Mathias corned beef and cabbage dinner will be Tuesday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Rail Yards will also host a Saint Patty’s day event. Remember, police will be out in full force tonight looking for drunk drivers.
  5. An Albuquerque couple is getting some heat for posting a GoFundMe page asking strangers for $4,000 to pay for their honeymoon. Patricia Lyke said she thought mostly friends and family would donate, but wouldn’t turn away generous strangers. Some people are calling her selfish, but she insists that’s not the intent behind the page. At least seven other New Mexico couples posted similar pages.

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The state Senate approved Monique Jacobson as the secretary of the Children Youth and Families Department. Jacobson was nominated by Gov. Susana Martinez and was approved with a 35-2 vote on Monday. There’s been concern over the move to make Jacobson the new CYFD head because she was originally in charge of the state Tourism Department. Jacobson told senators at the committee hearing that she was ready to take on the job.

State lawmakers gave a multi-billion-dollar spending bill the green light for the next fiscal year. Monday night, New Mexico senators took up the bill, approving a $6.2 billion spending plan. The plan includes raises for new teachers and state police officers. It’s also calls for $37 million in initiatives for education.

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