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Morning Word: 9/11 Anniverary Bomb Hoax Snarls Sunport

September 12, 2016, 7:30 am
Bomb Scare
Hundreds of travelers were delayed for a couple hours at the Albuquerque International Sunport Sunday afternoon after someone brought a fake bomb to the TSA checkpoint on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The FBI arrested a man for the hoax, but didn't release his name or motives.

Former Death Row Inmate Speaks Out Against Reinstating Capital Punishment
At the same time Gov. Susana Martinez wants lawmakers to consider reinstating the death penalty, Ronald Keine, who was wrongly sentenced to death in New Mexico, is fighting the idea.
He spent 17 months under a death sentence in the mid-1970s before he and three buddies were exonerated after one of New Mexico’s most shameful prosecutions. They had been convicted on perjured testimony of rape, kidnapping and murder in the shooting of a 26-year-old man in Bernalillo County. All four walked off death row after the real killer, a man named Kerry Lee, had an epiphany and told the truth.
Voter Registrations Increase
It looks like more people are getting registered to vote before this fall’s general election. The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office says 50,000 have signed up to cast ballots since January. The office plans another big push to let another 450,000 residents know they’re still eligible to register.

Clinton Ill with Pneumonia
Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton had to leave a 9/11 anniversary event early. Doctors say she’s suffering from pneumonia and dehydration.
The incident, which occurred after months of questions about her health from her Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, and his campaign, is likely to increase pressure on Mrs. Clinton to address the issue and release detailed medical records, which she has so far declined to do.
Juvenile Detention Costs Escalate
The number of youthful offenders incarcerated in New Mexico is down, but a legislative finance committee reports shows costs have escalated 30 percent since 2008.
Despite the rise in costs, officials cheered the findings showing that New Mexico has trimmed the number of juveniles entering the justice system. “Intervention is much better than incarceration, so that’s what I will continue to push for,” said Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City. “It’s a return on investment for taxpayer dollars to continue going in this direction.”
White and Garcia Appointed to Legislature
Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed two men to legislative seats vacated by Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort and Rep. Ken Martinez. James White and Harry Garcia are already campaigning for their district seats in November.

Former Cops' Murder Trial Starts Today
Two former Albuquerque police officers go on trial today for the shooting death of a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. It’s the first time an officer has faced a jury in connection with an on-duty shooting in the past 50 years.

Pilots Told Not to Land on Pueblo Land
Hot air balloon pilots will have to look for alternative landing spots after officials at Sandia Pueblo announced they’re prohibiting the aircraft from touching down on their land next month.


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