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First News: Scott Owens DWI arrest video released. (listen)
(KSFR) - Santa Fe police have released a video of a 30-year-old Scott Owens being arrested on charges of driving while drunk. Owens is the man found innocent in the head-on crash that killed four teens in 2009. He tested as drunk at the time but was never charged with that offense. Owens was picked up over this past weekend speeding. He failed a field sobriety test and the arresting told him he could avoid arrest only by taking a breathalyzer test. Owens refused. This is audio from that police video. ***

A state agency is looking at budget cuts in order to nearly double the number of people it serves who are developmentally disabled. They'll hold two public forums in Espanola tomorrow to get public reaction to the plan. The Department of Health has a client list of some 3,600 patients. It hopes to increase that number to 6,000. The New Mexican reports that federal support for the program will drop to 69 percent of the total cost from the present level of 80 percent beginning in July. New Mexico's share will equal more than $90 million.

The NM Rail Runner Express is expanding Saturday train service between Albuquerque and Santa Fe .ahead of the summer season . Beginning April 7th, two trains will be added both north and southbound. The earliest train arrives in SF an hour earlier- at 10:16, in time for the farmers Market. The last train on Saturday nights will leave Santa Fe at 9pm. The changes will be permanent as RailRunner has qualified for federal monies allocated to fixed-rail services.

Problems continue to mount for local government in the border community of Sunland Park where on Monday acting police Chief Luis Monarez was arrested on charges of felony bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery. He's alleged to have conspired with mayor-elect Daniel Salinas to thwart a rival's city council election bid against a Salinas crony in exchange for being appointed acting chief. The action saw authorities add those same charges against Salinas who all ready has been charged with fraud and extortion for trying to get a mayoral opponent out of the race. Salinas has been prevented from being sworn in as Sunland Park's mayor as the matter bans him from city property and contact with staff. Meanwhile, state auditor Hector Balderas is working on a review of irregularities in the town's finances that should be finished in 3-to-4 weeks. Governor Susana Martinez is saying she may be forced to step in and have the state take over management of Sunland Park.

Santa Fe Community College is getting a $300,000 federal grant to help with its environmental workforce and job training program. The funds from the Environmental Protection Agency will be earmarked for environmental and clean-energy programs. College officials say they will emphasize training in the coming year for residents for the Eight Northern New Mexico Pueblos.

The Santa Fe Public School district will hold its lottery for applications requesting a transfer to other facilities for elementary school students. That drawing will be held tomorrow for all the formal requests that were filed by last month's February 17th deadline.

Weather for Santa Fe - the vernal equinox occurred in the overnight hours. This first day of spring in Santa Fe should be partly sunny and breezy with highs in the lower 40s. There's a very slight chance for a passing snow or rainshower. Overnight lows in the lower 20s and Wednesday will be sunny with his in the lower 50s.
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