| Good Morning New Mexico, I'm Frank Haley with news on KKIM New Mexico's Christian Heritage Station for Wednesday June 19, 2013. |
First, today's weather:
Albuquerque Weather High 97
Santa Fe High 90
Edgewood/Moriarity High 91
Belen/Los Lunas High 104
and now the news:
American Medical Association Labels Obesity A Disease
(Undated) -- The American Medical Association says obesity is more than a health issue. It's now classified as a disease. That word came down yesterday from the nation's largest doctors organization during its annual meeting in Chicago. Classifying obesity as a disease is expected to dramatically change the way the medical community handles a condition that affects an average of one-in-three Americans.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A nearly 39-square-mile blaze in southern New Mexico's Gila National Forest is now the state's largest active wildfire ....
Dry conditions and wind helped spark the Silver Fire to grow overnight.
The fire is only 5 percent contained.
More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze.
A Burned Area Emergency Response team arrived yesterday to evaluate and develop a plan to prevent flooding.
(Colorado Springs, CO) -- The Black Forest Fire is 85-percent contained near Colorado Springs. At least 509-residents have lost their homes. The cost to fight the fire has been estimated, so far, at seven-million-dollars.
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. - New Mexico has now closed the main campgrounds at what used to be one of the busiest recreation lakes in the state, Conchas Lake, because the water levels have dipped to the lowest in 70 years. .
The state closed two main campgrounds and the boat ramps are closed.
State officials say it would take an extra 25 inches of rain over the next five years to take to fill up New Mexico’s lakes again.
>>Afghans Call Off U.S. Security Talks
(Undated) -- Afghanistan is calling off security talks with the U.S., a day before American officials are to begin peace talks with the Taliban. President Hamid Karzai's [[ hah-MEED KAR-ZYEZ ]] government gave only a vague reason for suspending the talks. U.S. officials will hold formal talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar [[ DOH-hah cutter ]] tomorrow. Washington has been negotiating the terms for some U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after next year, when all foreign combat troops are expected to leave the country.
>>Obama Meets With German Chancellor
(Berlin) -- President Obama is in Berlin today, where he's been holding talks this morning with German Chancellor Angela [[ ahn-GAY-lah ]] Merkel. In a joint news conference following their sit-down, both leaders addressed the controversial issue of government surveillance. Obama stressed that NSA programs have in fact saved numerous lives. Chancellor Merkel made clear her belief that there must be limits to the monitoring of communications.
>>Western Wildfires A Challenge To Battle
(Undated) -- Hot temperatures and strong winds are making the battle against western wildfires a lot tougher. The most devastating is burning in Colorado, where the Black Forest Fire has destroyed more than 500 homes and killed at least two people near Colorado Springs. An unattended campfire is believed to have sparked a Central California brush fire that has threatened hundreds of homes near Yosemite National Park.
>>More Questions For Potential Zimmerman Jurors
(Sanford, FL) -- The 40 potential jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial will face a different kind of questioning starting today. Until now, the jurors had been asked individually how much they knew about the night Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. This morning, they'll be asked as a group how they feel about guns, race, and Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
>>Hitman Describes Murders As Whitey Bulger Trial Moves On
(Boston, MA) -- More grisly testimony in the trial of reputed former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger. Yesterday, mob hitman-turned government witness John Martorano described shooting the owner of a Florida business, executing the owner of a strip club, and even killing a personal friend on behalf of Bulger. Martorano also outlined murders he said Bulger carried out personally. He's due back on the stand today.
>>Three Accused Of Making Ohio Woman A Slave
(Ashland, OH) -- Three people are in jail in Ashland County, Ohio facing charges in a grotesque case of modern-day slavery. Federal prosecutors have charged Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt and Daniel Brown with forced labor. They're accused of enticing a disabled woman and her child to live with them, then locking her away and forcing her to perform manual labor. Prosecutors say the victim was threatened with beatings, animal attacks and starvation.
>>Bill To Regulates Drones Advances In California
(Sacramento, CA) -- A bill that would regulate the use of drones is moving forward in the California state Legislature. The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed SB-15 yesterday. The bill stipulates that anyone caught using a drone to violate another person's privacy on their property will be subject to civil penalties. Also, drones may not carry a weapon and law enforcement must specify in search warrants if they intend to use a drone.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A 20-year-old from Albuquerque who disappeared more than a week ago in Chicago is still missing. ....
Family members of Austin Hudson-Lapore say he vanished last week during a powerful storm in the Chicago area.
He's is an Albuquerque Academy graduate and now a student at the University of Chicago. He’s a third-year biochemistry major.
He was last seen Wednesday by his roommate.
ALBUQUERQUE - New Mexico Department of Transportation officials are holding another public meeting with business owners near Paseo del Norte and I-25. The purpose of the meeting is to educate the owners about the reconstruction project coming up in the next two months.
(Albuquerque, NM) -- A fight over a dog is apparently behind a deadly stabbing. Albuquerque police say Michael Sanchez was stabbed multiple times when he got into a fight with Ricardo Villanueva-Cordova yesterday at a gas station. Sanchez had apparently told Cordova he was tired of his dog barking and then badly injured the dog.
Thrifty Albuquerque residential water users could soon see their rates decline slightly, while larger residential water consumers and businesses face increases of 6 to 7 percent this summer, according to a proposal before the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority this evening.
Overall, the utility expects rate revenue to rise 4 percent in the fiscal year beginning July 1.
The proposed Albuquerque rate increase will help the utility begin ramping up spending over the next decade to begin catching up with its backlog of delayed system repair and replacement.
>>Albuquerque Police Department Holding Water Drive For Magdalena
(Albuquerque, NM) -- Albuquerque police are going to be holding a water drive for the town of Magdalena. Tomorrow's drive is being held at the Prisoner Transport Center at Fourth Street and Roma NW downtown. Magdalena is going through a major water shortage due to the drought.
>>Judge Rules Against Levi Chavez Over Evidence
(Albuquerque, NM) -- The Levi Chavez trial is going to re-start today after a judge tossed out several requests by defense attorneys. A State District judge ruled yesterday prosecutors didn't withhold evidence on purpose, but will not let them call a state insurance fraud investigator to testify gainst Chavez. The judge also ruled testimony from one of Chavez' mistresses will not be stricken from the record. Chavez, a former Albuquerque police officer, is accused of murdering his wife
>>Today Is Juneteenth
(Atlanta, GA) -- Today is June 19th, otherwise known as Juneteenth. And this year marks the 148th anniversary of the day in 1865 when Union Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that those who were enslaved were now free. That word came two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which was met with resistance in Texas. Juneteenth is now celebrated as a black freedom festival. It is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It's either a state holiday or a special day of observance in 42 states.
>>National Religious Broadcasters Calls For Stronger Indecency Rules
(Undated) -- The organization called National Religious Broadcasters filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission urging improvement and tightening of indecency rules. The FCC is seeking comments on its suggestion that it should only focus on the most “egregious” cases of indecency. The NRB does not agree with that approach. NRB’s Dr. Frank Wright, says in a statement, quote, “Families with children need a media safe harbor. From the standpoint of protecting children, there are already many dangers permitted in broadcast programs and ads. It would be egregious for the FCC to lower its standards more.”
>>Catholic Bishops In U.S. Approve $9-Million To Fight Poverty
(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. Conference of Bishops has approved more than $9-million in grants to help the poor through their domestic anti-poverty program. Ralph McCloud is director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and says, quote, “Catholics should be proud of this opportunity to get involved in making a real difference in the lives of the people in their communities.” Catholic News Agency says recents grants were approved by bishops during a meeting in San Diego.
>>HCJB Global Ministry Headquarters Spared From Colorado Wild Fire
(Colorado Springs, CO) -- As firefighters continue to make gains on the Black Forest Fire in Colorado a Colorado Springs-based ministry is once again spared. Mission Network News says HCJB Global had to evacuate recently because of the forest fire, an experience fresh in their minds because of last year’s fire which also caused them to leave their offices. HCJB Global President Wayne Pederson says, quote, "This latest fire is a constant reminder that we have to depend on the Lord's protection daily."
>>New App Launched To Help Catholic Families
(Denver, CO) -- In response to Pope Francis’ call to evangelization through technology the We Parent More app will be unveiled at the Catholic Press Association gathering which begins today in Denver. A release says the app combines MassTimes.org functions with features facilitating a young parent’s ability to navigate an online parish community. App creator Father John Belmonte says, quote, "One of the Church's key demographics is millennial parents... this app meets users where they live and invites them home to their local parish community." For more info logon to www.WeParentMore.org.
>>Chicago-Area Church Opens New Care Center To Help Local Families
(Chicago, IL) -- Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago area has opened the doors of a new Care Center. The Christian Post says the 60-thousand square-foot, $10-million Center was built to provide thousands of local families continued access to a grocery store-like food pantry, car repair and donations services. The Center will also provide dental, optometry clinics, and legal assistance.
>>Today In Religious History
325 - The month-long Council of Nicea closed. Known as the first ecumenical council in the history of the Church, it formulated the Nicene Creed and established the method for calculating Easter.
1566 - Birth of James VI of Scotland. Upon the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, he ascended the English throne as James I. He is best remembered for authorizing the publication known today as the “King James Version” of the Bible.
1910 - In Spokane, Washington, under sponsorship of the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA, Father's Day was observed for the first time.
1977 - Paul VI canonized John Nepomucene Neumann, the first American-born male saint. As fourth Bishop of the Philadelphia Diocese, Neumann is remembered for developing the parochial school system.
1987 - The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring public schools to teach creationism if they taught evolutionism. The court ruled that the state law violated the First Amendment.
>>Today In History
On this day:
In 1846, the first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey.
In 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.
In 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that those who were enslaved were now free. The news came two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation which was met with resistance in Texas. The date is now known as Juneteenth or Emancipation Day.
In 1911, the first motion picture censorship board was established in Pennsylvania.
In 1912, the United States government adopted the eight-hour work day.
In 1934, Congress established the Federal Communications Commission to regulate radio and, later, television.
In 1952, "I've Got a Secret" debuted on CBS Television. Garry Moore was the show's host.
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved.
In 1965, the Four Tops hit the number one spot on the music charts with their hit "I Can't Help Myself."
In 1978, the cartoon "Garfield" appeared in newspapers for the first time. Twenty-one papers around the country carried the first cartoon. It now appears in more than 14-hundred.
In 1981, "Superman Two" set an all-time, one-day, box office record by taking in more than five-and-a-half million dollars on opening day.
In 1987, Whitney Houston became the first female artist to debut at number one on Billboard's Top-200 album chart. The album was Houston's second album, titled "Whitney."
In 1998, Three Swiss banks offered 600-Million-dollars to settle claims filed by Holocaust survivors who said the banks stole their assets during the war.
In 1999, Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones in Great Britain in "the Last Royal Wedding of the Millennium" in a ceremony at Windsor Castle.
In 1999, U2's Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldolf were among the thousands of people who formed a human chain around a building in Cologne, Germany, where the G7 summit was being held. The demonstrators called on the world leaders to cancel all outstanding debts owed by the world's poorest countries.
In 2000, the Los Angeles Lakers won their first championship in 12 years defeating the Indiana Pacers in game six of the NBA finals. The post game celebration was marred by a number of rowdy fans.
In 2005, for the fifth time in a week, an earthquake rocked the state of California. The epicenter of the five-point-oh tremor was located off the coast about 280 miles northwest of San Francisco.
In 2006, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 to win the NHL Stanley Cup Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was the first Stanley Cup in the Hurricanes' team history.
In 2010, former basketball player Manute Bol died from acute kidney failure at the age of 47. At seven feet, seven inches, the Sudanese-born Bol was one of the tallest players in the NBA. He played with the Washington Bullets, the Golden State Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat throughout his career.
In 2011, 22-year-old Irish golfer Rory McIlroy won the 111th U.S. Open with a record score of 16-under-par.
In 2011, Oprah Winfrey was among the special honorees at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. Oprah received the inaugural Crystal Pillar Award just weeks after ending her run as host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" after 25 years. Regis Philbin, who had recently announced his plans to leave his longtime talk show "Live! With Regis and Kelly," was named Outstanding Talk Show Host, along with co-host Kelly Ripa. The Emmys also paid tribute to Susan Lucci for her decades-long run as Erica Kane on ABC's cancelled daytime drama "All My Children." The CBS daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful" was named Outstanding Drama Series for the third year in a row.
In 2011, Miss California, Alyssa Campanella, was crowned the new Miss USA in Las Vegas.
That's the news on KKIM, New Mexico's Christian Heritage station.
I'm Frank Haley cjf, for God's Glory Alone!!
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