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Good Morning El Paso 06.21.16

standoff — a man is behind bars. the man arrested may be familiar to you. and — frightening moments outside a brussels airport. police avoiding what could have been another tragedy for the city. four gun control measures fail in the senate. most senate democrats aren’t shocked — but they’re frustrated. now what’s next? a very good morning el paso, las cruces, and juarez. i’m stephanie valle. hillary floren is off today. hillary floren is off today. a live look at stormtrack doppler radar is showing… currently around our region… here’s your day planner for today… expect skies, winds and temperatures in the by 8 am, el paso. four people hospitalized after a rollover. it happened around 2:30 this morning, on the 4300 block of flager. according to the sheriff’s office — there were 5 people inside the vehicle. several of them were ejected. four of the 5 people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. new information this morning on the 5-hour standoff in west el paso. it started just after 7 last when police were looking for a wanted man. the suspect is benjamin ritter and this morning he’s behind bars. ritter is well-known in the local fitness community. we have good morning el paso’s denise olivas is live with the latest … denise? he man arrested is a well- known trainer in the fitness community. this area is quiet this morning, but just a few hours ago, residents couldn’t go into their homes as police tried to negotiate with him. take vo: police say authorities were looking for him and wanted on an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery. teary tried to arrest him at this apartment complex behind me. police say he refused to come out and that’s when the swat team was called out. after 5 hours police say he was arrested: ” we attempted to make contac with him, at which time he locked himself inside the residence. and because of the information we a man is in custody after an early-morning security alert — at a major shopping center in brussels. the security operation was launched following an alert about a suspicious package. authorities say a man called police, threatening to blow himself up outside the mall. no explosives were found. belgium has been living under a high-threat level since the november attacks in paris — and the attacks on brussels transportation services in march. we have new insights of what happened during the orlando nightclub massacre. yesterday the f-b-i released some of the conversations with the gunman. at 2:35 am …30 minutes after the first shots… omar mateen calls 9-1 .. calling himself an islamic soldier and hangs up. over the next hour calls from negotiators …as the killer claims: “ther is vehicle outside that has some bombs… you people are gonna get it, and i’m gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid.” no explosives were ever found. the department of justice released the entire transcript but refuse to release the audio of the 911 calls out of respect for the victims. just over a week after the orlando shooting – the u-s senate voted on four gun control measures. two were sponsored by republicans. two were sponsored by democrats. all failed. abc’s lauren lyster has more from washington: in orlando, more tributes to victims and candles lit to help the city to grieve and heal while in washington… “the amendmen fails” senate lawmakers take on four pieces of gun control legislation–not one receiving the 60 votes necessary votes to pass. senator dianne feinstein, democrat, calif. ++us senate guns “the orlando attack again exposed a dangerous loophole in our law” a measure from each side was aimed at keeping suspected extremists from acquiring guns… people like orlando shooting suspect omar mateen who had been on the fbi’s radar before and pledged allegiance to is during the attack one plan — aimed at blocking the sales, the other — at delaying them — but requiring a court action to block. senator john cornyn, republican, texas: “our colleagues want to make this about gun control when what we should be making about is the fight to eliminate the islamic extremism.” the other dueling defeated proposals were taking aim at background checks. in response to the votes, lawmakers frustrated but not shocked… sen. rob portman vote on a proposed tax increase. if approved — the average homeowner would pay an extra $8-dollars-62 cents per year. the district says it’s losing about a thousand students every year. that equates to a loss of about 6 million dollars in funding. but e-p-i-s-d says it has a new plan in place to stop the bleeding. today the board will consider a $250 thousand dollar contract to hire the marketing and promotions firm brand-era. the company has worked on similar campaigns with other school districts in texas, particularly the dallas-fort worth area. the meeting will take place today at 5 p-m. at the education center on 65-31 boeing drive. 6-07… weather and traffic on the 7s… …abc-7 traffic track … now it’s time to take a look at the tx-dot traffic cams… while fire fighters continue to battle while crews battle one wildfire in california — the job just got more difficult. the new tasks at hand, and how much land has already burned. also — mexico, bracing for severe weather. residents told to prepare for deadly conditions. and this is abc-7, where news comes first! two

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