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an uber driver who shot and killed 6 people randomly over the weekend will make his first appearance in court today … “”you know, i didn’t know i wa going to win by that much. and we won by a lot. / that was sort of record- setting stuff.” it was nevada for the republicans — south carolina for the democrats and now its on to super tuesday. the latest from the campaign trail. after numerous delays— virgin galactic is rolling out their new space shuttle for commercial flights—and testing at spaceport america is next. you have probably heard of a blood moon, and a blue moon—but have you heard of the snow moon? well here we are taking a look at this rare occurrence that happens almost once every 19 years. the month of february usually misses out on the full moon because of the short month. it is called a “sno moon” because each full moon ha a different name for the month it falls in— and typically the month sees a higher snow average. but….that’s not the case this year around the borderland … a very good morning el paso, las cruces, and juarez. i’m stephanie valle. and i’m hillary floren. good morning, everyone. a strong upper disturbance with a cold front will move across southern a man who was arrested over the weekend in a shooting rampage in michigan will make his first appearance in court today. 45- year-old jason dalton is looking at 6-counts of murder after he shot eight people on saturday at an apartment complex, car dealership and cracker barrel restaurant. police in kalamazoo say it appears to be random acts of violence. dalton is an uber driver who police say had no previous criminal record. police say he took at least one fare in between the deadly shootings. also happening today– a judge is set to decide today whether a lawsuit brought by families of victims in the sandy hook elementary school massacre can go forward. gunman adam lanza shot and killed twenty children and six adults in 20-12. nine families and a school teacher who was shot and survived are suing companies that make the ar-15 rifle used in the attack. the suit is the most recent test of a 20-05 federal law designed to protect gun makers from liability when their guns are used in crimes. since the passage of the ‘protection of lawful commerce in arms’ act, nearly every such lawsuit against gun makers has been dismissed. we’re just one day away from another battle in the race for the white house. tomorrow, the republicans will caucus in nevada. gop frontrunner donald trump is hoping for another victory after his big win in south carolina. now the democrats are in the south courting the crucial african- american vote. abc’s kenneth moton reports from washington. it’s your voice, your vote. this week, it’s the early presidential contest switch. nat hillary clinton we just won nevada it’s the democrats turn in the deep south while the republicans are now out west in nevada for tomorrow’s caucuses. sot donald trump 16:35:35 we’re going to keep winning. we’re going to make america great again! this morning, donald trump is still riding high after his big weekend win in south carolina. he scored all 50 of the state’s delegates, winning evangelical voters. sot trump “you know, i didn’t know i was going to win by that much. and we won by a lot. / that was sort of record- setting stuff.” the gop pack is down to 5 contenders…jeb bush out. the two cuban-american freshman senators left to battle it out to become the trump alternative. sot ted cruz 17:48:26 donald trump has demonstrated that he has a relatively high floor of support but he’s also got i think a ceiling. nevada caucus winner hillary clinton is favored in south carolina. she’s already focused on the super tuesday states like texas where she rallied over the weekend. sot clinton “some may have doubte us, but we never doubted each other” it was also another big rally for bernie sanders in greenville, south carolina. he got some celebrity help from actor danny glover. sanders is working to court the black vote…which lead to an awkward, luke warm reception at this predominantly african american church. tomorrow night, sanders and clinton will hit the stage for a democratic town hall at the university of south carolina. the republicans are spending today rallying in nevada where the latest poll has trump leading by 26 points. kenneth moton, abc news washington a test flight gone wrong was a major blow to virgin galactic and commercial space flight. its now preparing for another go-around with a new rocket ship. good morning el paso’s denise olivas has the details… denise? the introduction of space-ship-rocket- two- – also known as unity– means a test flight is in the works– possibly in the next few months, meaning a boost in revenue for new mexico’s spaceport america. it’s the first time virgin galactic is testing a flight since the 20-14 accident that killed a test pilot. the ntsb ruled it to be human error. the building of unity was in the works since 2012 but not ready to be a back-up after the deadly test flight. company officials say each component has undergone rigorous testing before assembly. new features have been added to prevent a similar accident from taking place. “you walk through this hangar and everyone is so excited to be a part of it, everyone shares the same goal of wanting to see this thing happen, and see people get into space and see the world for what it is. as one planet there.” the big question on many people’s minds … when will virgin galactic finally start flying from spaceport america? we will have more on what’s set to happen next… coming up in the next half hour. if you have 250- thousand dollars handy– then you’ll be able to get a seat once commercial flights begin. now it’s time to take a look at the tx-dot traffic cams… an abc-7 traffic alert to pass along this morning. this closure is still going on right now. the eastbound lanes on i-10 are completely shut down between the giles overpass and yarbrough overpass. this is to remove construction barriers. the freeway is set to reopen by 6 this morning. this will be going on every night this week from 9 at night till 6 in the morning until wednesday. on sunday the 28th… the closure will extend to the lee trevino overpass. lets take a look at what that section of the freeway looks like right now. we still have much more to come here on good morning el paso — including racing expected to make a triumphant return to the sunland park casino..we’ll tell you when. plus—cleaup is underway after a powerfull cyclone rips apart an chain of islands over the weekend–we’ll take a look. meteorologist krystal klei has your detailed forecast. krystal… and this is abc-7, where news comes first!

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