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Good Morning El Paso weekend 05.15.16

a major crash claims lives and injures dozens. the latest from the investigation this morning. thousands of cuban migrants expected in our area in the next couple of weeks. we have a look at how local organizations are responding – and how you can help. wipe to vo and what will be the fate of uber in el paso? some pushing to keep the app alive in the borderland. this is all the news you need to start your sunday, may 15th. abc-7’s “good morning el paso weekend starts right now! good morning and thank you for joing us… i’m andrew j. polk. a weekend excursion to a casino turned into tragedy yesterday in south texas. a rollover on a country highway left a tour bus on its side and at least eight aboard dead and dozens more in the hospital. it happened on a remote stretch of highway eighty- three — outside laredo. authorities still don’t know what caused the charter bus to roll over and crash early saturday afternoon. the fire department says no other vehicle was involved. the bus left with about fifty people aboard bound for a casino about 125 miles northwest of laredo. an investigation will continue throughout today. friday afternoons crash now has one fatality. it happened on montana vista about 2-30 at the intersection of buntline drive and shogun court. sheriff’s investigators say 7 people were hospitalized after a hummer h-2 and a car collided. 53-year- old juana castro was taken to the hospital with serious injuries — yesterday sherif deputies confirmed she died from her injuries. the others had minor injuries. the sheriff’s office says speed and the fact that there are no posted stop signs at the intersection could have been factors in the crash. two people are dead after a head on collision on highway 26 between hatch and deming new mexico. it’s also known as the hatch highway. new mexcio state police say the two vehicles crashed around 5-30 yesteryday morning. two women died and two men were hospitalized. one was flown to u-m-c here in el paso — the other was taken to mimbres hosptial in deming. their names and ages have not been released. 4,000 cuban immigrants are expected to pass through el paso within the next eleven days—many are fleeing their country from economic hardship. the immigrants are coming in planes daily from juarez and walking across the border into el paso. and now organizers are looking for donations and dependable volunteers. abc7s jerry najera was at the houchen center he has the story: at the houchen center i saw few volunteers helping cuban immigrants check in –settle in and help them feel welcomed after their months long journey. at this hour the houchen center may not look to full but organizers tell me a bus load of immigrants just left to their next destination “yes it’s bee really busy” volunteer jese regalado says volunteers been accommodating immigrants daily and some have been working double shifts “usuall on the second shift which would be from noon to about 7 or 8 we do have plenty of people” regalado tells me volunteers have been helping out after work or school but there’s other times of the day where they need the help. “we do really lack lot of people in the morning shift –the first shift and overnight. overnight we usually have three to four people to tend to sometimes over a hundred people that we have here at the center” the catholic diocese says dependable volunteers are need. the temporary staffers will have to put in some work. “cleaning.. cleaning restrooms maintaining the area just talking to people guiding them we direct them to bus stations a few that have tickets for the airport to go get their money from western union and all that stuff” regalado says dispit the hard work –volunteering to help those that have givin up everything to come to the united states is rewarding “especially when you hear the stories it is very gratifying because that’s when you really understand the magnitude of what you are doing” the coyote fire continues to burn more ground in the guadalupe mountains. lightning started the fire a week ago – about 46 miles southwest of carlsbard. and crews continue to struggle containg the flames. since may 7 – the fire has burned 12,500 acres – and still only 30 percent of the fire is contained. we are told 3 hundred 75 personnel continue to battle the flames. the spring semester has come and gone. for many students it’s the end of an era. those tough long nights of studying has finally paid off. nearly 2,700 students graduated from utep yesterday. for most – the degree they receive will dictate where they work. for others – graduates may go back to school to study a new field or strive for a masters degree. abc-7’s reporter julio cesar chavez caught up with several graduates: “so i had a degree in finance and a master’s in business, in international business” raul alba is one of the thousands of students who graduated saturday. he was a banker for years. now he’s a bachelor of nursing. “i fell in love with the career and i realized nursing was not so much something that i was passionate about, but something much deeper than that” but even when you’re following your passion, he says, it takes special sacrifice and dedication to pull through. “school has to be a priority in your life if you want to be successful at it” “three 12 hours clinics, to having one day of rest, to having an exam the following day, every single week for a year, is very challenging” as for what’s next? his plan is pretty neatly laid out. “i recently got offered a job a las palmas icu, and i’ll be working there for a couple of years, maybe going back to school and getting a master’s as a nurse practioner” the diocese says immigrants are also in need of basic necessities like hygiene items they can also use some help in having sheets because many of them are sleeping on cots they’re also looking at things like dry foods pasta, rice and beans. for more information on volunteering or drop-offs you can call the annunciation house at 915-545-4509. and that was julio cesar chavez reporting. congratulations to all the class of 20- 16. it is , right now we’ll take a live look at traffic this morning: some upcoming road closures to warn you about. starting tomorrow night through thursday eastbound loop 375 will be closed between santa fe street and u-s- 54. the road will be closed starting at 9 p-m through the night until 5 a-m. and in another place of town.. manor place will temporary close for crews to finish a reconstruction project it will start on monday and will be closed to thru traffic from alameda to barker road. it is expected to last about 8 weeks. serving the community one application at a time. students at americas high school spent their saturday – helping others apply for citizenship. dozens of people took their citizenship forms to the school and met with attorneys to complete their paperwork. the libertas academy, which is a political science and law program hosted the event. students within the program were given the opportunity to shadow the attorneys d to better understand the process and see how the documents are filed. “we are doing it to give back t our community first off and to actually put our names out there as the libertas academy and to help those people who want to become us citizens and how to do it the right way.” el paso city rep cortney niland is pushing to keep uber regulated as it is now instead of changing it. according to our news partners at the el paso inc, she would like the city to leave things as they are, in hopes that the texas legislature will act next year. those who agree or disagree will have the chance to say so tuesday, when city council opens the floor for discussion to representatives of local taxi companies, uber and the public this tuesday was the day el paso city council was supposed to vote on the proposed ordinance that mack’s committee have worked on since last august. but after receiving a copy of it in late april, uber’s public policy manager, chris miller, sent an email warning them that if the city approved the ordinance, uber would cease operations in el paso. for more on this story pick up your copy of the el paso inc. other stories this week include: how out-of-town companies like carmax are shaking up the el paso market – and what local dealerships are doing about it. downtown’s newest hotel gets a new restaurant with a distinctly local flavor. el paso inc. is online at, and available for home and business delivery. call 534- 4422 to subscribe. still to come on good morning el paso weekend… the chihuahuas facing down what was considered a weak new orleans team… but they weren’t to be underestimated. and sticking with america’s pastime – astros and the red sox – going to extra innings! all your highlights, scores and more, coming up in sports. you’re watching abc-7… where news comes first!

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