Good Morning New Mexico,     

I'm Frank Haley with news on KKIM am 1000  New Mexico's Christian Heritage Station on  Friday Oct.  31, 2014.

Little change in the weather for today:

Albuquerque                              High  71
Santa Fe                           High  58
Edgewood/Moriarity                High  61
Belen/Los Lunas                   High  70

Now the news:

>>>manhunt ends for trooper ambush suspect

 BLOOMING GROVE, Pa  -- -**** The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a sniper attack in September could face the death penalty,  after a seven-week manhunt in the Pocono Mountains ended with his arrest Yesterday......

31 year old Eric Matthew Frein  had eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers since the Sept. 12 ambush outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. The attack killed  38 year old Corporal Bryon Dickson,  and wounded   31 year old   Trooper Alex Douglass.

Frein's capture, about 35 miles south of where the ambush hapened, may finally shed light on the mysteries that have surrounded a brazen crime against law enforcement officers, and how the suspect was able to stay one step ahead of authorities for 48 days.

In the end, officers from the U.S. Marshals service on a routine patrol captured Frein   outside an abandoned aircraft hangar at a shuttered resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.

>>>>Rabbi's Would-Be Assassin Killed by Israeli Police

JERUSALEM, Israel -- ****In the latest violence in JERUSALEM, the top advocate for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount was critically wounded in an assassination attempt on Wednesday evening.....

Rabbi Yehuda Glick had just finished a lecture  in central Jerusalem as part of an event called "Israel Returns to the Temple Mount."

Israel Police  says it appears the assassination attempt was pre-planned.

The assassin  reportedly identified Glick before shooting him at close range in the chest and fleeing on a motorcycle.

Israeli security forces tracked the suspect,  a member of Islamic Jihad, to   an  Arab neighborhood near the Temple Mount.The gunman opened fire on Israeli forces, who returned fire, killing him.

Israelis want  more Jewish access to the Temple Mount and the right for Jews to pray there.

Wednesday night's incident is the latest in growing violence surrounding the Temple Mount.

>>>Houston Mayor  Drops Pastor Subpoenas

(Houston)  -- **** Houston's mayor has finally withdrawn her subpoenas demanding pastors surrender their private communications and sermons.  .....

Mayor Annise Parker, a lesbian, had targeted five pastors as part of a lawsuit over a pro-gay ordinance. The religious leaders said the subpoenas violated their First Amendment rights.

The targeted pastors still don't believe Parker has had a change of heart.

Christians around the country responded in protest by flooding the mayor's office with Bibles and sermons   by mail.

And a diverse group of pastors from around the country traveled to Houston this week to protest what they call bullying by Mayor Parker.

Now Parker has dropped the subpoenas altogether.


>>>Udall, Way square off in first and  only debate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.   - ****The unpopular leadership in Washington quickly became the focus as first-term U.S. Sen. Tom Udall squared off with Republican challenger Allen Weh in their first and only debate.....

Weh, a retired Marine colonel and longtime businessman, challenged Udall for consistently voting with President Barack Obama. He also pointed to a number of scandals that have plagued the president, saying the incompetency in Washington is stunning.

Udall defended his votes and said he will take on the president or anyone else if it means protecting the interests of New Mexicans.

Polls show Udall leading with just days remaining in the election, but Weh has been closing the gap.

>>>Governor's campaign outspent challenger 7-to-1

SANTA FE, N.M. -**** Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's re-election campaign reports spending almost seven times more than Democratic challenger Gary King during the past three weeks.....


>>>****Land commissioner contest remains tight race...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  - New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell is locked in a tight race with Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn.

So far, it's been a contest that has centered on Powell's management of the state's public lands.

Powell was state land commissioner from 1993-2002 before returning to his old office in 2010.

An Albuquerque Journal poll released Tuesday showed both men were statistically tied.


>>>ABQ  Judge won't toss most charges in homeless killings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  - ****An ABQ  judge has refused to throw out most of the charges against three New Mexico teenagers accused of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks  .....

Wednesday  a   judge  denied a motion to dismiss 24 of the 27 charges. The teens are charged with first-degree murder and other crimes.

>>>****Wolf-like animal seen roaming in northern Arizona....

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Wildlife officials are trying to determine whether an animal spotted roaming the far reaches of northern Arizona is a gray wolf.

Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga (oo-buh-RAH'-guh) says the park has received a couple of reports about an animal resembling a wolf.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that the animal's feces will be collected and tested.

The two populations of wolves nearest to the Grand Canyon are in the Northern Rockies, and in portions of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico.

Wolves largely were exterminated early last century across the lower 48 states, except in the western Great Lakes. They've been absent from the Grand Canyon since the 1940s.

Wolves in the Northern Rockies have fuller bodies and less pointed ears than Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.


2nd Kirtland woman pleads guilty in 2013 killing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A second San Juan County woman has pleaded guilty in the killing of a woman whose body was thrown off a cliff.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 22-year-old Mariah Benally pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the Oct. 23, 2013 killing of 28-year-old Gabrielle Joe.

A co-defendant, 27-year-old LaSheena Jacquez, previously has pleaded guilty in the case.

Benally and Jacquez are both from Kirtland and were among five people indicted in the case.

Benally admitted helping kill Joe by throwing rocks her after she was stabbed.

The victim was reported missing in November and her body was found Dec. 9.

Sentencings haven't been scheduled for Benally and Jacquezy. The other three defendants have pleaded not guilty and await trial.

Former Tucumcari officer facing arson charges

TUCUMCARI, N.M.  - A former Tucumcari police officer who resigned after New Mexico State Police searched his home is facing charges in connection with a series of arsons.

The Clovis News Journal reports court records show Dustin "Dusty" Lopez was charged this week in Quay County Magistrate Court with arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

Records show Lopez had been the target of a state police investigation in a series of arson fires in the city during September.

Lopez resigned Oct. 2, the day after state police searched his home.

Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel says Lopez did not give a reason for his decision to resign.

Two other also face charges in the arson case.



  Zuni man found dead with severe head injuries

ZUNI, N.M.  - Federal and Zuni tribal authorities are investigating a man's death.

The FBI says 47-year-old Jeffrey Eustace's body was discovered Wednesday morning in a home in Zuni.

A determination of cause of death awaits autopsy results, but the FBI says Eustace had severe head injuries, possibly from being hit with a rock.

According to the FBI, Eustace may have been involved in a fight early Wednesday morning, after which his body was dragged inside the house.

The FBI says it'd like to hear from anybody who knows about the incident or saw anything unusual in the area at the time.


Judge orders fast track for NM water panel dispute

SANTA FE, N.M.  - A judge on Thursday ordered a fast-track process for determining whether a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission subcommittee violated the state Open Meetings Act regarding the future of the Gila River.

A week ago, state District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the commission from taking any action on the Gila River projects.

That order was based on allegations by a former director who claims the body conducted meetings without proper public notice or behind closed doors.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a hearing on the restraining order is set for Nov. 12.

In the meantime, the commission and Norman Gaume, the former director, will have the ability to take depositions and seek documents.

The commission faces a Dec. 31 deadline for deciding whether to accept federal funds for the Gila.

At stake are millions and a new source of water that some see as a rare opportunity to bring drought relief.

Today is Friday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2014. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state as President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation. (In order to achieve statehood, Nevada had sent its draft constitution to Washington, where it was misplaced; in order to get the proclamation signed before Election Day, James Nye, the territorial governor, sent another copy by telegraph at a cost of $3,416.77 for 16,543 words; allowing for inflation, today that would be about $50,000.)

On this date:

In 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

In 1795, English poet John Keats was born in London.

In 1887, Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek was born in Zhejiang Province.

In 1926, magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.

In 1941, the Navy destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the loss of some 100 lives, even though the United States had not yet entered World War II. Work was completed on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, begun in 1927.

In 1959, a U.S. Marine reservist showed up at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to declare he was renouncing his American citizenship so he could live in the Soviet Union. His name: Lee Harvey Oswald.

In 1961, the body of Josef Stalin was removed from Lenin's Tomb as part of the Soviet Union's "de-Stalinization" drive.

In 1964, Theodore C. Freeman, 34, became the first member of NASA's astronaut corps to die when his T-38 jet crashed while approaching Ellington Air Force Base in Houston.

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations.

In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two Sikh (seek) security guards.

In 1994, a Chicago-bound American Eagle ATR-72 crashed in northern Indiana, killing all 68 people aboard.

In 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990, bound from New York to Cairo, crashed off the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 people aboard.

Ten years ago: In the closing hours of their bitter campaign, President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry charged through the critical battlegrounds of Florida and Ohio, going from hushed Sunday church services to raucous campaign rallies with promises to keep America safe.

Five years ago: A registered sex offender was arrested in Cleveland after police found six decomposing bodies at his home. (Authorities turned up the bodies of 11 women at the home of Anthony Sowell, who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2011.) The New York Yankees won Game 3 of the World Series, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 to give New York a 2-1 Series lead.

One year ago: The Federal Aviation Administration issued new guidelines allowing airline passengers to keep their electronic devices turned on throughout the entire flight, but not to talk on their cellphones. A federal appeals court ruled that most of Texas' tough new abortion restrictions could take effect immediately. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he had "no reason to resign" after police said they'd obtained a video that appeared to show Ford smoking a crack pipe.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Lee Grant is 89. Former astronaut Michael Collins is 84. Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather is 83. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 77. Actor Ron Rifkin is 76. Actress Sally Kirkland is 73. Actor David Ogden Stiers is 72. Actor Brian Doyle-Murray is 69. Actor Stephen Rea is 68. Olympic gold medal long-distance runner Frank Shorter is 67. Actress Deidre Hall is 66. Talk show host Jane Pauley is 64. Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell is 57. Movie director Peter Jackson is 53. Rock musician Larry Mullen is 53. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 51. Rock musician Mikkey Dee (Motorhead) is 51. Rock singer-musician Johnny Marr is 51. Actor Rob Schneider is 50. Country singer Darryl Worley is 50. Actor-comedian Mike O'Malley is 49. Rap musician Adrock is 48. Songwriter Adam Schlesinger (SHLES'-in-jer) is 47. Rap performer Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) is 46. Rock singer Linn Berggren (Ace of Base) is 44. Reality TV host Troy Hartman is 43. Gospel singer Smokie Norful is 41. Actress Piper Perabo (PEER'-uh-boh) is 38. Actor Brian Hallisay is 36. Folk-rock musician Tay Strathairn (Dawes) is 34. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas is 34. Rock musician Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) is 33. Actor Scott Clifton is 30. Actress Vanessa Marano is 22. Actress-singer Willow Smith is 14.

Thought for Today: "Even a Proverb is no proverb to you till your Life has illustrated it." — John Keats (1795-1821).

That's the news on KKIM, am 1000  New Mexico's Christian Heritage station!!

I'm Frank Haley   cjf,  … ……    The only hope for America is     2nd Chronicles  7:14.  


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