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August 20, 2018
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First News: The Legislative session ends today at noon. (listen)
(KSFR) - At the Roundhouse, the 2012 regular session of lawmakers concludes today at noon. Any bills not addressed by both chambers of legislators before that time will die. One of a trio of measures that would vastly rework the state's Public Regulation Commission has passed. It would put to voters the question of whether some of that regulatory body's duties should be shifted to the Secretary of State. The other measures one that would up the qualifications for serving as a PRC member and another that would remove insurance from the PRC's supervision, are likely to be given final consideration this morning.

In late night activity at the Roundhouse, state senator Peter Wirth's bill to close a tax loophole used by big out-of-state corporations to avoid New Mexico income tax was approved by the House on a vote of 36-to-33. The measure is one Wirth has promoted for eight years. It now goes to the governor for consideration who has previously indicated she'd veto it as she sees it as a tax increase. While the measure was being discussed in the House Wednesday, representative Brian Egolf of Santa Fe told KSFR that he thinks a veto carries political risk for the governor .*****

New Mexico has received a belated waiver of the "No Child Left Behind" rules and will move to a system where well-performing schools are rewarded and poor performers are targeted for comprehensive interventions. The state will have help developing new standards as New Mexico is participating in a 24-state group working within Common Core State Standards to develop assessments to track progress. Those tests are expected for the school year beginning in 2014.

Santa Fe law enforcement is hoping to hear from anyone who may have information about an apparent hit-and-run in Santa Fe on Wednesday that killed 50-year-old William Schroeder. His body was found in the early morning hours at Agua Fria and Wiley Road. Schroeder had suffered a severe head injury and glass shards on the body point to his likely being struck by a vehicle.

Meteorologist Brian Guyer with the Nat'l Weather Service in Albuquerque says 2 storms are set to impact the state one tomorrow and another Sunday into Monday. He also says there is great uncertainty as to whether the systems may bring significant precipitation but the possibility does exist *****

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today with highs in the low 40s before another weather disturbance begins to move in Friday. Tomorrow brings a 10% for snowshowers, increasing to 30% tomorrow night. Saturday will be fair with yet another system arriving Sunday.
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