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6pm SunlandPark 05 04 2017

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6pm SunlandPark 05 04 2017

Live from sunland park racetrack and casino.

I'm don guevara.

Faran: and i'm faran fronczak.

The 2017 kentucky derby is this saturday right here on newschannel 9.

2 of the horses running at churchill newschannel 9.

2 of the horses running at churchill downs earned their spot right here just a few weeks ago.

Faran: we'll have more on in just a few minutes.

Don: but first lets send things over to our chief meteorologist chuck debroder.

Are these winds going to calm down?

Chuck: after a brief cool down thursday, temps will jump right back to above normal levels for friday and the upcoming weekend thanks to a high pressure ridge that is making its way into the borderland.

Some moisture will manage to seep in and create a slight chance for some isolated thunderstorms early in the weekend with gusty winds and dry lightning becoming a concern.

A blocked upper level system will eventually lift past the area sometime next week with some cooling by midweek and a few mountain showers as well.

Your full forecast coming up after the break.

Don, faran back to you!

Don: thank you chuck.

Faran: lets now send it over to alejandra briones back in the studio for our news of the day.

Hey ali.

Alejandra: sb-4..the "anti- sanctuary cities" bill is one signature away from becoming reality and that is creating a big concern for the el paso county sheriff's department..

Newschannel9's estefania seyffert joins us in the studio with more.

Estefania?

Estefania: that one signature that is needed for sb-4 to become law..

Will be from governor greg abbott..

Who tweeted..

He is already warming up his pen..

Estefania: this is concerning to the el paso county sheriff's department for three reasons..

One of them...being that they will now be asked to do the job of a federal officer... which is asking people for their immigration status.

Secondly..they say it will create fear in the community..

And thirdly..it would wear out resources for officers who would have to be trained in order to identify the different types of visas that exist.

Tom: " if we were to release somebody that we should have held, the county or city can be liable for that release for ten years and that's actually never been done before and thats a significant liability on any county or city."

Estefania: lawmakers who are in favor of the bill..like leutenant governor dan patrick..say the bill is to protect the texas borders from crime that comes from immigration.

Estefania: once signed...lawmakers who oppose the bill have said they plan to file a court challenge against the bill.

In the studio estefania seyffert newschannel9.

Alejandra: the leader of the texas association of business says it's unfortunate the bill passed.

In a statement released by the association's ceo... he says quote: the show me your papers amendment is a step back for texas and will hurt the business community and families alike."

The ceo says sb4 will likely land texas in court.

Alejandra: house republicans passed a new health care bill...a victory for president trump who promised to repeal and replace obamacare.

As you saw on nbc nightly news..

The price tag of the plan is still not known....and dozens of medical groups oppose it...fearing millions will lose health care coverage.

The gop plan would provide americans with refundable tax credits based mainly on age to purchase health insurance.

The legislation would also allow insurers to charge higher premiums to those in their 50s and early 60s, compared to younger consumers.

President trump : i think most importantly yes premiums will be coming down.

Yes deductibles will be coming down.

But very importantly its a great plan and ultimately that's what it's all about.

Alejandra: the bill now heads to the senate where it faces daunting challenges because of the same ideological splits between conservative and moderate republicans that nearly killed it in the house.

Alejandra: congressman beto o'rourke was in washington and voted against the bill.

In a statement posted to his facebook page... he says quote: "this bill will cause generations of irreparable damage to our country: 24 million fewer americans will have healthcare, including 2.5 million fewer texans."

Alejandra: o'rourke says he will continue to work with his colleagues in the house to find a solution that covers more americans at a lower cost.

Alejandra: the texas house is expected to vote on a bill today that could impact your bank account.

House bill 17-74 would apply to all forces of nature from floods to wild fires the so-called "hail storm" legislation is meant to reduce frivolous lawsuits that hike premiums. but critics say it will make it easier for insurance companies to delay and deny legitimate claims for home and business owners.

Ware wendell - texas watch, executive director this bill would gut your property rights, if it passes your insurance policy will not be worth the paper it's printed on because it will be very difficult to challenge insurance companies when they wrongly deny your claim and delay your claim.

Alejandra: the house is expected to vote on the bill before they adjourn for the day.

Alejandra: two teens arrested for trying to rob an east el paso hair salon.

Police say they already had their eye on the pair... because they were suspected of robbing another business last month.

El paso police say 19-year old robert marquez and 18-year old shalene robinette are now charged with burglary of business.

Investigators say that marquez pried the door open of the fun cuts salon on george dieter... while robinette waited outside in a car.

That's when police say officers pulled up and arrested the couple.

Investigators say marquez is also being charged for his role in the burglary of three other businesses.

Both were booked into the county jail and police say they may face additional charges.

Alejandra: meanwhile... police say jaime flores and vanessa sanchez are now in jail accused of holding up two women at gunpoint at the mcdonald's drive-thru on yarbrough.

Investigators say it all happened after the woman driving the car accidentally hit her horn.

Police say that's when flores and sanchez got out of their car... pulled out a gun and stole the two women's cell phones.

The pair is now charged with 2 counts of aggravated robbery and are booked into the el paso county jail alejandra: today is national day of prayer... and local reps from all major faiths came together to promote unity and tolerance.

Representatives of the catholic, jewish, muslim, buddhist and other religions were at the event.

They all held a prayer of unity for the borderland.

Rabbi ben zeidman: "to be able to highlight out different practices and our different faiths but also the commonalities that we have between us shows how strong and vibrant el paso is."

Alejandra: national day of prayer was created in 1952.

== faran: election day is this saturday.

Several key seats are up for grabs including el paso mayor... ...and city council spots.

...newschannel nine will have you covered.

We'll be doing special 30-minute long 'facebook live' newscasts starting at 7pm.

So we have one at 7..

...one at 8... ...then at 9pm, we'll be on facebook and on-air on ktsm... ...and then at 10pm -- we'll be back on facebook.

Our coverage will include live reports and analysis with political experts here in the studio.

...and of course, up- to-the minute results.

You can also find us on social media... using hashtag - nc9votes.

Alejandra: as temperatures rise there are more dangers at our local hiking trails.

Last year 17 people had to be rescued from state parks in el paso according to the el paso fire department.

News channel nine's chorus nylander is at the ron coleman trail with more.

We saw plenty of hikers out here today, park rangers say about 60,000 people visit state parks every year in el paso.

We found one man that came well prepared.

Nats every week you can expect to find kenneth magness at the ron coleman trail... kenneth "i try to come at least three times a week" chorus on an important mission... kenneth "i like to pick up trash i find up on the mountain and bring it down off of the mountain" chorus to do that, as you can see, kenneth comes well prepared... chorus q: why are you wearing a helmet?"

Kenneth "well to protect my dome i want to make sure my brain comes in and goes out the same" chorus he says the trails are full of obstacles... kenneth "protect your hands, protect your knees, protect your elbows and most important protect your head" chorus and kenneth says he's always looking out for his fellow hikers, kenneth "i see a lot of people that come in that don't have water" chorus like this man who says he had been hiking for three hours... hiker "that's pretty cool he offered water, he's a cool guy" chorus kenneth says he loves to see people enjoying the natural side of el paso but hopes every hiker will follow a few simple rules... kenneth "try not to harm mother nature while you're up here help everyone that you see and take a little trash out with you" and if you go hiking make sure to let someone know where you are at so if something does go wrong help will likely be on the way much faster.

In north east el paso chorus nylander news channel nine here's a quick look at traffic at this hour if you're headed out or waiting for someone... lets take another look at traffic using our waze app to find out what you can expect on the roads at this hour... alejandra: our series of special reports continue tonight.

The rails are going in... ...and there's no turning back now for el paso's streetcar project!

So how did things turn out.... for other cities that survived similar construction headaches?

Did it really drive the economic development being promised in el paso?

Newschannel nine's daniel marin got the chance to ride the rails in both tucson and phoenix to check things out: scott smith, valley metro ceo: "investment in rail is like a honey that attracts the business; it attracts the bees."

Ali: so how much investment did the streetcars attract in those cities?

Hop onboard daniel's special report -- tonight at ten.

Alejandra: that does it for me.

Lets send it back to don and faran at sunland park racetrack and casino.

Don: the clock is ticking... the kentucky derby is this saturday right here on newschannel 9... faran: but what would the big race be without a mint julep?

Coming up we'll show you how to prepare this classic drink.

Don: plus...how two horses that'll be running this weekend had to race through sunland park to qualify for the big event.

You're watching news channel nine at six.

== don/faran/robert: chuck: after a brief cool down thursday, temps will jump right back to above normal levels for friday and the upcoming weekend thanks to a high pressure ridge that is making its way into the borderland.

Some moisture will manage to seep in and create a slight chance for some isolated thunderstorms early in the weekend with gusty winds and dry lightning becoming a concern.

A blocked upper level system will eventually lift past the area sometime next week with some cooling by midweek and a few mountain showers as well.

With surface high pressure settling over the southern plains, the resulting east push has managed to bring somewhat cooler air to the region.

However this trend will not last much longer.

Surface flow will be shifting around to the south over the next 24 hours while a ridge of high pressure aloft and its associated subsidence will help push temps back up above normal by friday afternoon.

Temps look to stay up for the balance of the weekend.

However the weekend will not be completely free of active weather.

With a trough approaching the west coast, mid and upper level flow will become more southwesterly allowing for the transport of mid and upper level moisture by saturday.

Models have remained consistent with the production of some precipitation along an eastward shifting mid level theta-e ridge saturday afternoon and evening.

This will most likely result in mainly dry high based thunderstorms as surface dew point depressions of 50 degrees or more will be the norm.

While coverage will be isolated at best, the threat for strong downburst winds and dry lighting will accompany any storms that manage to develop.

Meanwhile lots of uncertainty continues to surround the long range outlook.

Extended models are in agreement with shortwave energy diving south through the western trough and cutting off an upper low in the vicinity of southern california by sunday.

But with the overall pattern across the continental us becoming blocked, there remains a decent amount of spread in the timing of the ejection of the upper low.

The good news is that both the gfs and european model show similarities in the eventual path of the upper low with each indicating best precip chances over the gila region and the sacramentos.

As such both locations have been broad brushed with low end pops tuesday thru wednesday to account for the timing difference between models.

Needless to say, the extended outlook remains a low confidence forecast at this point.

The rest of the evening and afternoon will remain cool thanks to yesterdays weak cool front.

Tomorrow into saturday an upper ridge will begin to move over the region helping temperatures rebound back into the 80s to lower 90s.

Min rhs will be in the 11 to 16 percent range for all areas except the sacramento mountains where min relative humidity vales will be in the 20s.

Just be talking kentucky derby drinks.

Faran: if you're looking for something tasty to serve at your watch party... we've got you covered.

Faran: plus...see what it takes to make sure churchill downs looks top notch.

But first..

Let's check in with your sports authority..

Andy morgan.

Andy?

== == beau: plus... churchill downs looks top notch.

But first..

Let's check in with your sports authority..

Andy morgan.

Andy?

== == beau: plus... welcome back... we have taken on show on the road to the sunland park race track and casino... i am live here in the winners circle where it was just a little over a month ago... hence won the sunland derby... earning enough points to advance to the kentucky derby... but hence isn't the only horse who will run for the roses... the 4th place horse... irap... will also run in the most exciting two minutes in sports... a third horse... the local horse... conquest mo money also earned enough points... but was pulled in order to prepare for the preakness... to have three sunland derby horses qualify for the kentucky derby though... says a lot about this race in the borderland.

Dustin dix: it's a huge deal for sunland park.

It's a huge deal for new mexico horse racing.

We are seen now as being on the road to the kentucky derby.

The sunland derby running this year has been called the prep race of the year.

Coming up in our next half hour... i'll tell you everything you need to know about this year's kentucky derby.

The parkland high school football team is searching for a new head coach for the second-straight year... josh kirkland was named head coach at lehman high school in kyle, texas... this coming after just one season at parkland... but it was a good one... 8-4 and a bi- district championship... eric frontz has been named the interim coach and is a top candidate in parkland's search.

Back out here live at the sunland park race track... coming up in just a few minutes... i'm going to give you an inside look into the sunland derby and how it has become the biggest prep race in the country for the kentucky derby... that's coming up in just a bit... we'll be back after this.

The sunland park race track... coming up in just a few minutes... i'm going to give you an inside look into the sunland derby and how it has become the biggest prep race in the country for the kentucky derby... that's coming up in just a bit... we'll be back after this.

Up in just a few minutes... i'm going to give you an inside district championship... eric frontz has been named the interim coach and is a top candidate in parkland's search.

Back out here live at the sunland park race track... coming up in just a few minutes... i'm going to give you an inside look into the sunland derby and how it has become the biggest prep race in the country for the kentucky derby... that's coming up in just a bit... we'll be back after this.

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