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Good Morning El Paso: 03.06.16

the closures have begun. what you need to know about the road closures affecting i-10 and more. the undefeated anthony wildcats hoping to stay alive in the boys basketball post- season… just three games away from a state title. and the race for the presidential nomination continues. donald trump and hillary clintion holding on to their leads for now, but there’s a lot more to come after super saturday. and in stormtrack weather, iris! this is all the news you need to start your sunday, march 6th. abc-7’s “good morning el paso weekend” starts right now! good morning and thank you for joing us… i’m andrew j. polk. we’ve been warning you for days, and now it’s finally here: the freeway on el paso’s west side is now closed off in both directions between executive and sunland park drive. with spring break and events happening today… the closure could mean major frustration on the road. abc7’s jerry najera has more on why crews say the closure is necessary. it will be a fairly short three mile stretch of freeway that can possibly cause hours of delay: “best advice is to start early especially if you have events coming into the utep area” eddie gutierre of el paso electric tells abc-7 the shutdown will allow crews to work on neaby power poles. “for thi particular project it is two transmission lines, very heavy poles and lots of lines we’ve got to move” “we’v actually been preparing for about a month now” transmission supervisor art tellez tells us exactly why they need to shut freeway down to work on the poles and lines. “in doing so we ar going to span the interstate from one side to the other so in order to do it safely we need all traffic stopped” the closur will begin at 3 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. from sunland park to executive center and paisano which would serve as an alternate route…is also going to be closed! that’s so el paso electric crews can do prep work for the new loop 375 expansion. so that leaves mesa street…and with the monster truck show starting at 2 p.m. which by the way draws up to 40 thousand people… “chaos” “jammed” “it’s to be chaos” be preppared and plan ahead. and wait there’s more.. for those of you headed to work monday morning san antonio at kansas street near the courthouse avenue will be closed off for two weeks. they are working underground utilities for the street car project and if you’ll be in the utep area starting monday 2 eastbound lanes on hawthorne avenue near schuster will be closed for a week to replace a water line . and of course we’ll have all this online on so you can check out the maps and see if you’ll be affected. it is , right now we’ll take a live look at traffic this morning: it was the toughest challenge yet for the anthony wildcats boys basketball team as they took on canadian yesterday. they were just 3 games away from a state title and hadn’t lost a game all season. let’s take a look. we start late in the 4th. with the help of his teammate bryan au gets the steal …. and dunks it into the net to tie it up at 54!! so with 1 second left…wildcats with a chance to at least tie it up… au gets free and gets the shot off but he misses it and there is no foul called!! and that is how the game ends!! anthony’s perfect season is no more as they fall in the final seconds 59-57 . “we don’t just have a team, and a family, everyone has each others back… we will work hard next year.” a tough tough loss for the wildcats but still a tremendous season to say the least. we will have more hilites and post game reaction coming up in sports. still a tremendous season to say the least. we will have more hilites and post game reaction coming up in sports. …stormtrack weather now! let’s get your first forecast with stormtracker iris lopez hillary clinton and donald trump are keeping their lead today in the race to the whitehouse. five states voted in super saturday… and while the two the whitehouse. five states voted in super saturday… and while the two top dogs are celebrating… so are their rivals who gained delegates of their own. abc’s ray raimundi has the latest. nats up trump: “everbody’ trying to figure out how to stop trump.” and senator ted cruz di that — once again! the super saturday showdown started off with a big win by cruz .. the texas senator swiping voters by a two to one margin in the state of kansas and also taking the state of maine. sot – sen. ted cruz / presidential candidate “we’re the only campaign that can and will beat donald trump in this race.” and while cruz’s win made headlines.. donald trump? with victories in kentucky and louisiana sot trump “marc rubio had a very, very bad night. and personally i’d call for him to drop out of the race. would love to take on ted one on one, that would be so much fun.” it indeed was a “super” saturday. from gymnasiums…to barns….long lines snaked around caucus and primary locations … across kansas, nebraska, kentucky, and louisiana nats: bernie sanders rally – and a victory lap for bernie sanders. the vermont senator… securing delegates with wins in kansas and nebraska. sot – bernie sanders / presidential candidate ” … we want to make sure that a republican does not go into the white house.” hillary clinton — in michigan, touting her victory in louisiana … sot – hillary clinton / presidential candidate “i a grateful to everyone who turned out to support us. but now all eyes turn to michigan.” it was a disappointing night for senator marco rubio and governor john kasich. both looking ahead to be victorious in their respective states. meanwhile democrats don’t have time to slow down as the maine democratic caucus starts today. pressure is building for donald trump to release his tax returns. republican presidential rival john kasich released his partial returns yesterday . they show he and his wife made about 5-million dollars between 2008 and 20- 14. kasich’s campaign says they paid an effective tax rate of 24-point-three percent. ted cruz and marco rubio released their partial returns last month. and they’ve been pummeling trump for refusing follow suit. they speculated that trump may be hiding controversial information about how he made his fortune. but trump says he’s keeping his returns under wraps because the i-r-s is auditing him. today is your last day to catch your favorite monster trucks at the sun bowl. the car-crushing “monster jam continues today before heading off to the world finals in las vegas. that means drivers like grave digger… max d… el toro loco… captain’s curse … and metal mulisha are pulling out all the stops for their shot at a vegas win. but don’t forget to plan ahead for traffic. rember that the i-10 between sunland park and executive center is closed in both directions — along with paisano. over a 100 people gathered yesterday to move their body and support the mind. we’re talking about the 5th annual brain injury support 5k run and walk. the race started at mentis neuro rehabilitation and ended at the el paso botanical gardens. the event was hosted by the el paso brain injury support group. the walk was to raise awareness for brain injuries in the community and show families that they aren’t alone: sot full “iwant everyon to know that there is hope and there is faith and that miracles do happen. so it is just a beautiful event.” if you would like to volunteer with the support group you can find their contact information on kvia dot com after the show. they meet every second tuesday of the month. four students studying medicine abroad are back in israel after visiting the borderland… and they say they’re taking their experience back with them. the el paso inc. reports that jonathan panitch, galit almosnino, jeremy boxer, and thomas o’brien are all studying medicine in israel… but for the past few weeks the’ve been in el paso — making the daily journey across the border to juarez. that’s where they’ve been shadowing doctors at hospital de la familia — a non- profit hospital operated by femap. students say it was an important part of their career as they learned how to deal with barriers like culture and language. the students all lived in the u-s before going to school in israel. they spent two months in the borderland and went back to israel on friday. don’t forget to pick up this week’s issue of the el paso inc. in it you will find answers to questions like– what happens when a university needs a new president? a look inside the rules of the ut system. how attitudes and treatments are changing for mental health issues, and why el paso is getting positive attention. and students from israel come to study medicine on the border. what they’ve learned and what they’ll take home. el paso inc. is online at, and available for home and business delivery. call 534- 4422 to subscribe. a home fire is a terrifying possibility for any family… and coming up on good morning el paso weekend, how one new mexico family is lucky to be alive this morning after flames engulf their home. and later – the world’s biggest dog sled race now underway, but not exactly the same as in years past. it is , right now we’ll take a live look at traffic this morning: and in stormtrack weather, iris! stormtrack weather is next! you’re watching abc-7… where news comes first!

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