• New Mexico’s district and magistrate court administration to be revamped

    SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE)- New Mexico will soon begin consolidating courts across the state.
    The state’s Administrative Office of the courts says they will no longer manage the dozens of magistrate and district courts. Instead, they will be overseen by judicial districts who already administer district courts.
    The consolidation will apply to all expect for Bernalillo County that will continue to be administered separately. Albuquerque’s Metropolitan and District Court systems will also b
  • AFR responds to reports of smoke at well-known abandoned Nob Hill church

    (KRQE)- Firefighters have responded to reports of smoke at an abandoned church in southeast Albuquerque Thursday morning.
    Albuquerque Fire Rescue arrived at the old Trinity Methodist Church just before 7 a.m. where smoke was coming from. No flames have been reported.The church located near Solano and Central in Nob Hill is owned by former Albuquerque realtor Christopher Pino. In April of 2019, KRQE reported the church was for sale for $1.1 million.In August 2018, Pino was sentenced to more than
  • Ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame’s House bid receives many small donations

    (KRQE)- New numbers show thousands of small campaign donations to a New Mexico congressional candidate, some from Hollywood actors.
    Former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s campaign contributions have now put her in the financial lead for the open congressional seat. Among the notable donors is Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston and actress Naomi Watts.Valerie Plame is running for Ben Ray Lujan’s seat in northern New Mexico as Lujan runs for Senate.Related Coverage:
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  • Survey reports American kids would rather be YouTubers/vloggers than astronauts

    (KRQE)-While kids are taught to reach for the stars when it comes to their futures, according to a new survey, children might be reaching for stardom instead.In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, LEGO is celebrating with a month of events taking place worldwide in hopes of inspiring the next generation of space explorers. A Harris Poll survey commissioned by LEGO surveyed 3,000 children in the United States, UK, and China about their future aspirations and discovered th
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  • July 18 Morning Rush: Police search for suspects believed to be involved in hit-and-run that killed teen

    1.Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for the people believed to be involved in a hit-and-run that killed a 15-year-old boy. A vigil took place at the intersection of Coors and Ellison to remember the life of Cibola High School student Manny Tapia. APD says he died after a truck hit and fled shortly after midnight on Wednesday. Tapia’s mother says the teen was walking home from the movies after finishing work at the mall. Police say the truck involved may have been a truck t
  • Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil, Iran’s state TV reported Thursday. The vessel appears to be a United Arab Emirates-based tanker that had disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters over the weekend.The seizure was the latest in a series of dramatic developments as tensions mount between the United States and Iran over the unravelling nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.T
  • Connor’s Thursday Morning Forecast

    Temperatures will be well above average today with a strong high pressure overhead. Dry air in the northern mountain will help boost temperatures into the 90s. A heat advisory is in place for Quay and Chaves Counties.
    Storms will be isolated south of I-40. Silver City and Alamogordo are some of the lucky spots with a chance of rain today. All eyes are on the cold front this Sunday. This will bring moisture and milder temperatures. Thunderstorms in the metro will be much more likely by Sunday ev
  • One year later, family remembers woman killed by alleged drunk driver

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thursday marks one year that an Albuquerque family will be without their daughter after she was killed in a crash by a suspected drunk driver.
    The family of Alyssa Barboa said the 29-years-old’s life was just beginning, but her life was tragically cut short on July 18, 2018.According to a criminal complaint, Albuquerque Police said a suspected drunk driver crashed into her car near Pennsylvania and Comanche. Detectives said the person then fled the scene.S
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  • Police arrest woman accused of recording explicit video of 13-year-old

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The young woman accused of recording a 13-year-old being sexually abused has been arrested.
    The video began floating around Ernie Pyle Middle School in November after the two girls went to Lotus Night Club and met up three guys who gave them alcohol and drugs. The victim says she blacked out, and that’s when detectives say 19-year-old Yarelis Cespedes recorded her and a man in the back seat of an SUV, then shared it.
    Cespedes was arrested Wednesday on charg
  • Man shouting ‘You die’ kills 33 at Japan anime studio

    TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked people across Japan and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the stairs toward the roof in a desperate — and futile — attempt to escape. Others emerged bleeding, blackened a
  • Weight, size of ‘One Albuquerque’ sculpture may affect future placement

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of the biggest art sculptures the city’s ever commissioned is also one of the heaviest, and it may present a few challenges in the future.
    The new “One Albuquerque” sculpture currently sitting at Civic Plaza stands more than ten feet tall in some parts and also weighs around 17,000 pounds.
    The weight means the city will likely have to be particular about where it’s placed amidst its plans to move the sign around to varying city events
  • State officials call on FDA to protect consumers of cannabis-based products

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico’s Attorney General is urging the FDA to better protect consumers of cannabis-based products.
    AG Hector Balderas joined attorneys general from 36 other states to call for studies into the potential risks of products like CBD, especially for vulnerable populations like children, pregnant women, and the elderly.
    The group expresses concern that companies in the emerging market are using unsubstantiated claims and misleading advertising to sell their
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  • Dion’s announces new southeast New Mexico location

    ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Dion’s will be serving up its specialty pizzas in a brand new location.
    Dion’s Pizza announced that they are opening a new store in Roswell. The new store will seat more than 100 guests, with its impressive 4,500 square foot build-out.
    “It’s always extra exciting to announce a new location for Dion’s,” said CEO Mark Herman in a news release. “We know we have a lot of fans in Roswell and also look forward to introducing Dion&r
  • July 17 Evening Rush: Memorial growing for teen killed in hit-and-run

    1. Police are looking for a driver who may have killed an Albuquerque teen in a hit-and-run. APD officers tried to stop a suspected stolen pick-up just after midnight Tuesday night when the driver took off. APD says they did not chase the car, but shortly after were called to Coors and Ellison where a pedestrian had been hit and killed.
    Full Story: Police identify pedestrian killed in crash at Coors and Ellison2. High pressure will continue to usher in dry air from the west. Any storm
  • APD searching for man who stole rifle from Cabela’s

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is trying to track down a man who swiped a rifle from Cabela’s.
    APD released surveillance pictures from Monday when police say the man shoved the .22 rifle down his pants and walked out. He was seen leaving in a white Honda Civic.
    If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.
  • APD searching for man who allegedly stole rifle from Cabela’s

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is trying to track down a man who they say swiped a rifle from Cabela’s.
    APD released surveillance pictures from Monday, July 15 when police say the man shoved the .22 rifle down his pants and walked out. He was seen leaving in a white Honda Civic with an unknown license plate number.
    If you know anything, regarding this crime call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP. You can also submit anonymous tips at p3tips.com.(image courtesy
  • APS one step closer to acquiring problem property

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools has cleared a hurdle in its push to take over a problem property.
    The district is trying to fence off a cul-de-sac between Freedom High School near San Mateo and I-40, and the nearby Kimo Park. The city closed that park more than a year ago, but neighbors say there’s still a homeless problem there.
    Wednesday, the city’s development review board approved APS’ request to have that cul-de-sac declared no longer public pro
  • Plans moves forward to build replica of Vietnam Memorial Wall

    ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (KRQE) – Plans to build a replica of Washington DC’s Vietnam Veterans Wall in New Mexico is moving forward.
    Wednesday, a local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association signed an agreement with the state to begin the process. The half-scale version of the memorial wall in Washington is planned in Angel Fire, alongside the Vietnam Memorial Chapel and State Veterans Cemetery.
    The group will now start looking for a design firm to helm the project, which is expected to
  • Families devastated after thieves steal trees from cemetery

    SOCORRO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Thieves have hit a New Mexico cemetery. They weren’t after expensive headstones, they took trees.
    When the Baca family arrived Wednesday morning to pay their respects to a family member who died three years ago, a tree was missing. They’ve since replaced the tree, but are heartbroken it happened.
    “All the flowers that were around that tree, they took them out and put them in here,” Eva Baca said.
    Baca is combing through her late husban
  • Veteran searching for soldier’s family to return belongings

    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A Rio Rancho man is trying to track down the family of a World War II veteran, after personal items belonging to the dead soldier wound up at his American Legion Post.
    Certificates, Army discharge papers, a hand-signed thank you letter from President Truman, and at least a dozen black and white photos. Richard Hassel, a U.S. Navy Veteran, is trying to give all of these precious belongings back to the family of the soldier in those pictures, Burton R. Hale.
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  • Developer to tweak site plan for proposed Northeast Heights apartments

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Dozens of people packed into the city’s Development Review Board meeting room where Consensus Planning talked about recent changes to its site plan for a 93-unit complex.Many people said they had other ideas for development on the southeast corner of Alameda and Barstow, near many pricey homes.“I know there are issues related to security, pedestrians, safety, crosswalks and signage,” Consensus Planning President Jim Strozier said to the board o
  • Bus drivers to begin training in ART lanes

    Several Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) buses will begin using the bus lanes Monday.
  • 15-year-old pedestrian killed in northwest Albuquerque crash

    Coors Bypass at Ellison was closed overnight as police investigated a deadly crash involving a pedestrian.
  • Make-A-Wish grants Las Cruces teen dream vacation to Italy

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – After many setbacks with a battle against a genetic disorder, a Las Cruces teen is getting the trip of a lifetime.
    Seventeen-year-old Annika Conn suffers from cystic fibrosis. Make-A-Wish and the Hakes Brothers Home Builders made her dream a reality by surprising her with a trip to Italy. Conn says she plans to do a lot of sight-seeing and eating.
    “I feel it’s just a really beautiful place and a lot of history there and just very beautiful. It wasn&rs
  • Man who lost family in Ethiopia crash makes emotional plea to Congress

    WASHINGTON D.C. (NEXSTAR) – For the first time Wednesday, members of congress heard directly from those victims’ loved ones as the pressure continues to build on Congress to hold the FAA and Boeing accountable for answers in the deadly accidents.“The Boeing 737 max crashes killed my wife, my three children, my mom in law, and 341 others,” Njoroge said.Sitting in front of a House Aviation Committee Paul Njoroge just wanted lawmakers to know his story.“I wanted them
  • Albuquerque man stuck at Mexico hospital until family pays thousands

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque family is desperate to bring their brother home after he got sick on their family vacation—but that can’t happen until they pay thousands of dollars to the hospital.
    “It went from the best vacation to the worst time we’ve had. My brother, it would destroy our family if anything happened to him,” Aracely Vizcaino says.
    Barber Adrian Vizcaino says his family spent five days at a resort in Cancun. Saturday, they had to r
  • Chaco legislation clears US House committee

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Federal legislation aimed at limiting oil and gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans has been endorsed by a key congressional committee.The House natural resources panel on Wednesday approved the Democrat-sponsored bill. A similar measure is pending in the Senate.Tribes and environmentalists have been advocating for more protections beyond the boundaries of Chaco Culture National Historical Park, saying the region is full
  • Suspect in deadly I-40 shooting appears in court

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man accused of shooting and killing a driver near the Big-I faced a judge Wednesday.
    Police say 51-year-old Donald Duquette admitted to killing Jose Ruben Diaz on Monday morning on I-40. According to a criminal complaint, Duquette says he smoked meth and marijuana over the weekend, and told investigators a wild story about trying to save a woman from being sold into slavery.Prosecutors have filed a motion to keep Duquette locked up until trial. Diaz worked as
  • Lab officials report progress on chromium plume cleanup

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they’re seeing positive results from efforts to contain and control a plume of chromium contamination located in two canyons at the northern New Mexico complex.A system that extracts tainted groundwater and then re-injects treated water into the ground has been operating for the past year near the lab’s boundary with San Ildefonso Pueblo.Officials said Tuesday that sampling in May from a monitoring well nea
  • Trump slams 4 congresswomen; crowd chants, ‘Send her back!’

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get out.“Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down,” Trump told the crowd in North Carolina, a swing state he won in 2016 a
  • Trump blasts 4 congresswomen; crowd roars, ‘Send her back!’

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get out.“Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down,” Trump told the crowd in North Carolina, a swing state he won in 2016 a
  • New Mexico labor agency wins judgment for unpaid workers

    New Mexico labor agency wins judgment for unpaid workers
  • Nambé sold to British manufacturers for $12M

    SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE)- A famous New Mexico business has been sold to new owners. Nambé LLC, famous for its silver kitchenware, has been sold to a British manufacturer for $12 million.
    The company originally out of Santa Fe has been owned by the Hillenbrand family for nearly 40 years. However, the new buyer tells the Santa Fe New Mexican Nambé has a great design ethic, calling it “contemporary and chic”.Stores are expected to open up in other states and merchandise will
  • Pedestrian killed in northwest Albuquerque crash

    Coors Bypass at Ellison was closed overnight as police investigated a deadly crash involving a pedestrian.
  • Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

    GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people .A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, even though other experts say it has long met the required conditions. More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-deadliest Ebola ou
  • Veterans get helping hand through Service Dogs of New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- For some veterans, having a service animal is crucial. However, service dogs require specific training that allow them to effectively help their owners.
    Service Dogs of New Mexico provides services and training to various organizations to support service animals and their handlers with a special focus on veterans. Each veteran’s requirements are kept in mind during the process or getting a service dog and the organization strives to make sure each animal is compa
  • Summerfest, Lavender in the Village, Movies in the Plaza among this week’s events in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- This week in Albuquerque you can enjoy live music at Summerfest, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and learn all about lavender in the beautiful Los Ranchos part of Albuquerque. Events expert Tracy Cox breaks down the week’s events.Route 66 Summerfest: Presented by the City of Albuquerque, this free event is fun for the entire family as there will be face painting, a bounce house, food trucks, and live entertainment in Nob Hill on Centr
  • Scientists find new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes

    NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they nearly eliminated disease-carrying mosquitoes on two islands in China using a new technique. The downside: It may not be practical for larger areas and may cost a lot of money.In the experiment, researchers targeted Asian tiger mosquitoes, invasive white-striped bugs that can spread dengue fever, Zika and other diseases. They used a novel approach for pest control: First, they infected the bugs with a virus-fighting bacterium, and then zapped them with a
  • Stevens to be 13th Supreme Court justice buried at Arlington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Arlington National Cemetery has long been planned as the final resting place of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. His second wife Maryan died in 2015 and was buried at the cemetery. The gravestone they will share has stood at Arlington, inscribed with both their names, since then. Stevens’ birthdate — April 20, 1920 — was chiseled on the stone, a blank space left for the date of his death.Soon, that date will be added: July 16, 2019. Steve
  • Albuquerque Museum’s 3rd Thursday event offers poetry and projects for entire family

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Every third Thursday of the month, the Albuquerque Museum hosts a 3rd Thursday event. This is a free after-hours program that features live music and performances, hands-on art activities for both adults and children as well as open gallery exhibits for viewing.
    This month’s 3rd Thursday highlights the organization SeedBroadcast and their exhibition “Seed: Climate Change Resilience”. Associate Curator of Education at Albuquerque Museum Jessica Coyle s
  • Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted the provisional numbers showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year. The number may go up as more investigations are completed, but the agency expects the tally will end up below 69,000.Overdose deaths had been climbing each year since 1990, topping 70,000 in 2017.Any l
  • Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy

    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors, confusion and fear.The policy went into effect Tuesday and represents the most forceful attempt to date by President Donald Trump to slash the number of people seeking asylum in the United States
  • Former Gov. Richardson recalls one visit to Epstein ranch

    SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE)- Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is speaking out, trying to distance himself from Jeffrey Epstein.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports this as a Richardson says he recalls one visit to Epstein’s Zorro Ranch. The former governor is listed as one of the many well-known people in Epstein’s court records.
    Epstein is said to have donated $50,000 to each of Richardson’s two gubernatorial campaigns in 2002 and 2006. Richardson says he later re-gifted the
  • Netanyahu makes history as Israel’s longest-serving leader

    JERUSALEM (AP) — As Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, he is solidifying his place as the country’s greatest political survivor and the most dominant force in Israeli politics in his generation.He has persevered through scandals, crises and conflicts, winning election after election even as the country grows more bitterly polarized. His supporters credit him with keeping Israel safe and prosperous, maintaining its Jewish character and boosting i
  • Bus drivers to begin ART training Monday

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- The City of Albuquerque is prepping the roads for the arrival of the new ART buses.The city’s Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Rael joined Commander Rivera of the Albuquerque Police Department’s Traffic Unit as they explained the next step of ART which will include the start of driver training. During the 10 a.m. meeting, Rael stated five of the 20 buses ordered have arrived and that beginning Monday, 225 bus drivers will begin their ART training.
    Up to fou
  • CNM students release beer at Sidetrack Brewing

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Beer enthusiasts across Albuquerque will soon have a new beer on tap and it’s the first brew ever officially released by CNM students.
    Two years ago, students in CNM’s brewing program brewed 20 gallons of a sour beer. It’s been fermenting since then.
    The beer was put on tap at Sidetrack Brewing Tuesday night and has since been served to the public. The school plans to release one beer at the brewery every semester.Rain or shine, we are extremely proud
  • Planned Parenthood president forced out after only 8 months

    NEW YORK (AP) — The president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, was ousted Tuesday after just eight months on the job as the organization faced unprecedented challenges related to its role as the leading abortion provider in the U.S.Wen, in a Twitter post, said she learned that Planned Parenthood’s board “ended my employment at a secret meeting.” She indicated the board wanted more emphasis on political advocacy, while she sought to prioritize Planned Parenthood&rsquo
  • Suspect search continues as family mourns teen killed in hit-and-run

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Friends and family gathered Wednesday night to remember the life of a 15-year-old Cibola High School student hit and killed at an Albuquerque intersection.
    Police believe the driver who likely hit the teen was fleeing from officers in a stolen truck, and is still on the run.
    Manny Tapia was walking home from the movies Tuesday night near Cottonwood Mall. While police don’t know who hit him, they released new photos Wednesday night of some people who might
  • Police identify pedestrian killed in crash at Coors and Ellison

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police are looking for a driver who may have killed an Albuquerque teen in a hit-and-run.
    APD officers tried to stop a suspected stolen pick-up just after midnight Tuesday night when the driver took off. APD says they did not chase the car, but shortly after were called to Coors and Ellison where a pedestrian had been hit and killed.
    They’re asking the public to be on the lookout for a dark blue GMC Sierra with the license plate 716TJC.
    Police have identif
  • Fatal pedestrian crash closes Coors at Ellison

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Investigators are on the scene of a deadly pedestrian accident that has closed a busy westside intersection Wednesday.
    Officers say the pedestrian was hit in the early morning at Coors and Ellison. That individual was taken to the hospital but has died due to their injuries.
    Police have closed northbound lanes north of Coors with limited access headed south. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.
    KRQE News 13 will provide information as it becomes available.

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