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September 24, 2018
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Grade of "C" for New Mexico's charter schools law (Listen)
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A national group advocating for higher standards in education gives New Mexico a grade of C for the way the state's law governing charter schools is designed. That puts New Mexico 22nd on the group's list. The Center for Education Reform looked at state policies and whether they give charter schools the leeway to be sustainable.

State officials say they want out of a deal that could make New Mexico buy 200 miles of train track between Lamy and the Colorado border. The Richardson administration made the deal to buy the deteriorating track and replace it. The New Mexican reports if the plan doesn't go forward, Amtrak service to northern New Mexico could be in jeopardy.

The body of well-known Colorado running enthusiast, Micah True, was recovered over the weekend near southern New Mexico's Gila Cliff Dwellings. The 58-year-old True went missing last Tuesday after going out for a 12-mile run. An autopsy is to be performed but there was no apparent trauma to the body, found near a stream. True authored the best-selling book "Born to Run."

As April begins, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority begins enforcement of strict water use rules. By law, Bernalillo County residents may only water their lawns and landscapes before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m. The restrictions, which apply to spray irrigation, will be in place until Oct. 31st. People found in violation of the restrictions can face fines starting at $20 for a first offense and going up to $2,000.

Today's meeting of Santa Fe's Finance Committee will hear further discussion of allowing filmmakers enrolled in New Mexico's Film Rebate program to shoot on city-owned property free of charge. It's part of a local incentive called "Shoot Santa Fe" to garner more employment for the local area. The initiative is supported by both Mayor David Coss and city councilor Rebecca Wurzburger and is headed to full city council next week.

This afternoon in Las Cruces, Governor Susana Martinez will launch Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in New Mexico. Both she and Children, Youth, and Families Department Secretary Yolanda Deines will be joined by Dona Ana county law enforcement to present information about how communities can help recognize and combat child abuse.

Congressman Ben Ray Luj n is in his home district this week. Today finds him at Espa ola's City Hall from 4PM-to-6PM to meet with constituents to assist them with casework and discuss issues of concern.

Weather for Santa Fe - The weather service says our best shot in weeks for some precipitation arrives today. Meteorologist Todd Shoemake says temperatures will be only in the mid 50s.

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