City questions prominent non-profit’s hire of ex-cop who was accused of murder

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 has learned former Albuquerque Police officer Levi Chavez, who was fired after he was charged with the murder of his wife, could soon be working closely with the city as part of a non-profit group. The non-profit group is Albuquerque Heading Home. The mayor’s office said it’s not questioning the work the non-profit does to help the homeless population, but it is questioning Levi Chavez working within a city-sponsored program and in a city facility. It was one of the most high-profile trials in Albuquerque history. Chavez was found not guilty of murdering his wife Tera. He was accused of using his APD issued gun in 2007 to kill her and then staging it to look like a suicide. Tera’s family said he did it to keep her from telling investigators he staged the theft of his pickup to collect insurance. Back in 2011, Albuquerque agreed to pay Tera Chavez’s family $230,000. After the trial, Chavez and his attorney told KRQE News 13 he planned to move on from law enforcement. He’s now a University of New Mexico law student, but we’ve learned for the last two years he’s been working for Heading Home, the nonprofit that spearheads Mayor Richard Berry’s homeless campaign. According to the mayor’s Communication Director, Rhiannon Samuel, the program became its own entity back in 2014. In the last few months, Chavez was promoted by the non-profit. According to the Heading Home website, Chavez is one of three program directors. In an email, Heading Home tells KRQE News 13 that Chavez will be in charge of overseeing the “operation of the winter shelter.” There’s one problem, the city wants nothing to do with Levi Chavez. The winter shelter located out near Double Eagle is paid for by the city and housed in a vacant city building. This year, Heading Home won the bid to run the shelter. According to Samuel, the bid goes out every year and different organizations can apply. When the mayor’s office found out Chavez would be heading up the project for Heading Home, the city sent a letter to the non-profit’s CEO questioning Chavez’s position. The non-profit fired back with its own letter just three days later, saying Chavez had no criminal convictions and that in his two years at the non-profit his supervisors have always given him “high marks on performance evaluations.” To read the city’s letter to Heading Home, click here. You can also read Heading Home’s response to the city, here. Although Chavez would not be a city employee, the mayor’s office feels this would be like re-hiring someone who’s not eligible to be re-hired. While Heading Home won the $810,000 bid to run the shelter, the city has not signed the contract yet. However, it may be too late to start over with another non-profit in time for the winter. Read the City of Albuquerque’s response below:
Heading Home was the successful applicant of a competitive contract to oversee the daily operations of the Winter Shelter, although a contract has not yet been signed for the work.  When the City learned about the hiring of an individual who is ineligible for rehire with the City because he was fired for cause, we immediately brought our concerns to the nonprofit. We are in continued communication with Heading Home to understand their rationale behind their hiring decision. – Rhiannon Samuel, Albuquerque Mayor’s Office Communication Director

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Retailers Selling Out Of CSU State Pride Uniforms

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – CSU’s new state pride jerseys aren’t just a hit with the players – they’re also a big hit with fans. The Coloradoan reports retailers are struggling to keep up with demand for the Colorado-themed apparel.
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The CSU Rams uniform for the Boise State game (credit: CSU)

The new Scheel’s in Johnstown sold out within an hour of its grand opening. The CSU bookstore says it keeps selling out of them before the items can even make it on the shelves. The Rams will wear the jerseys for their game against Boise State on November 11th.

Police Looking For Remaining Car Theft Ring Suspects

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Police are still looking for five people wanted in connection with a major car theft ring.
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A Grand Jury indicted 19 people in all on 99 counts. So far, 14 are in custody. Officials say there are more than 90 victims, and the suspects stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cars and other property. The group is accused of breaking into secured garages and stealing vehicles in Denver’s LoDo, RiNo, and LoHi neighborhoods.

Trump Cuts Off Billions Of Dollars In Cost-Sharing Payments To Insurers, Putting Obamacare Marketplaces At Risk

Only hours after signing an executive order that undermines several key aspects of the current health care law, President Trump has made good on his repeated threat to pull the plug on billions of dollars in subsidies provided by the federal government to insurers in the individual plan market. The Affordable Care Act provides for the federal government to make significant monthly payments to insurers who participate in the individual health insurance exchanges. These subsidies — which will total around $7 billion this year — are intended to keep out-of-pocket expenses, like co-pays and deductibles, low, particularly for Americans making between 100% and 250% of the federal poverty line. Trump has made no effort to hide his distaste for these payments, referring to them as a “bailout” for the insurance industry. Since the subsidies are not appropriated by Congress, the White House has repeatedly made the argument that it has the authority to stop the payments at any time. Hours after the President signed an executive order that the administration claims will increase the availability of affordable insurance — but which critics counter will only result in people buying insurance that covers less, and drives up costs for those who need coverage — the White House released a statement declaring an end to the subsidies. The administration claims in its statement that the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services have concluded that these payments are not legal, as they were not appropriated by Congress. That claim has been the subject of an ongoing legal dispute, started by a lawsuit filed in 2014 by Republican members of the House of Representatives. “The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system,” reads the White House statement. “Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and provide real relief to the American people.” While the statement gives no definite end date for the subsidies, the Washington Post reports that they may cease as of November. How Will This Affect Insurance Rates?
Even though rates are already locked in for the 2018 Obamacare open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1, the seeming inevitability of the end to the subsidies has already had an effect on the cost of insurance. Many insurance companies, sensing that the Trump administration might cut off the subsidies at some point in the coming year, significantly raised their base premiums for policies to be sold on the individual market for 2018. These premium hikes, said some insurers, were intended as a buffer in case the payments did cease. Without these subsidies, some insurers will certainly abandon the individual marketplace going forward, putting the structure put in place by the Affordable Care Act in serious jeopardy and possibly leaving millions of additional Americans with only one — or possibly no — insurance company to choose from in their region. Tonight’s decision will most certainly face a legal challenge from those states who have already intervened to protect the subsidies in court after the administration abandoned their defense. New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who had previously stated that he would do “whatever we have to” to defend the payments, said on Thursday night that he intends to file a lawsuit against the administration to protect the subsidies. “I will not allow President Trump to once again use New York families as political pawns in his dangerous, partisan campaign to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act at any cost,” said Schneiderman. The other option would be for Congress to do what it didn’t do when the Affordable Care Act was passed nearly a decade ago, and use the appropriations process to provide these funds to insurers. Given the hardline conservative opposition to the payments, it would require Republicans and Democrats to work together to garner sufficient support for such appropriations.

State Police: Aircraft goes down near Las Cruces airport

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police say there’s a downed aircraft near the Las Cruces airport. No word on what type of aircraft or how many people are inside. KRQE News 13 will provide updates as they become available.

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Chris Stewart Scores Twice, Wild Beats Blackhawks 5-2

CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Stewart broke a tie midway through the third period with the first of his two goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday night for their first victory of the season. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves to help the Wild (1-1-1) hand Chicago (3-1-1) its first regulation loss. Stewart tapped Zucker’s feed past Corey Crawford from the doorstep at 9:28 of the third to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead. Stewart and Zucker broke in 2-on-1 against Duncan Keith after fellow defenseman Brent Seabrook fell down on the play. The goal withstood a video review after the Blackhawks challenged Zucker was offside. Zucker added a power-play goal with 7:31 to go on the delay-of-game penalty that resulted from the failed Chicago challenge. He banged the puck in from behind the net off Crawford’s skate. Stewart scored into an empty net with 4:04 remaining to make it 4-1. Mikko Koivu added another empty-netter with 2:01 left. Minnesota’s Eric Staal opened the scoring with 34.5 seconds left in the second. Chicago’s Ryan Hartman connected midway through the third period to tie it at 1. Jonathan Toews’ goal in the final minute completed the scoring. Crawford stopped 29 shots. Chicago entered having outscored its opponents 21-7 in four games. Neither team had many chances in the scoreless first period as the Blackhawks failed to connect in the opening frame for the first time in five games. Chicago has outscored opponents 11-1 in the first. Crawford made point-blank saves on Zucker and Charlie Coyle less than a minute apart early in the second. The Blackhawks dominated late in the period, but misfired on prime chances or were stopped by Dubnyk. Staal scored with 34.5 seconds left in the second to make it 1-0 as Minnesota capitalized on a turnover and coverage mistake by 21-year-old Chicago defenseman Gustav Forsling. Forsling lost the puck just to Coyle just inside the Chicago blue line, then was caught flat-footed as Staal broke in alone down the left side of the slot. After taking Coyle’s cross-ice feed, Staal beat Crawford on the short side. Hartman tied it 1 at 8:21 of the third, when he tucked in a rebound of Patrick Kane’s shot from the left point. With Tanner Kero screening, Dubnyk stopped Kane’s shot, but Hartman was open on the right side of the crease and slid the puck past Dubnyk’s left pad. NOTES: Minnesota LW Zach Parise sat out with an undisclosed injury and has yet to play this season, but he resumed practicing this week. … RW Mikael Granlund missed his second game with a groin injury and is expected to miss three more, according to coach Bruce Boudreau. … Chicago C Nick Schmaltz missed his third game with upper-body injury. He practiced on Thursday and could return on Saturday. … Blackhawks D Connor Murphy, acquired in the offseason from Arizona, returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch Tuesday night in Chicago’s 3-1 win at Montreal. UP NEXT Wild: Host Columbus on Saturday night. Blackhawks: Host Nashville on Saturday night. (© 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)

Amazon To Hire Seasonal Workers In Colorado

DENVER (CBS4) – Amazon will offer seasonal jobs to more than one thousand people in the Denver metro area this winter.
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The openings are at fulfillment and sorting centers, and customer service sites. The company expects some of those workers to be offered full-time roles after the holidays. RELATED: JCPenney Announces Seasonal Hiring Plan