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September 20, 2018
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First News: Blue Cross/Blue Shield to seek new rate increase. (listen)
(KSFR) - Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico is asking the state insurance division for an increase in premiums that could affect more than 30,000 New Mexicans. The company says it needs to raise rates by nearly 7 percent on policies sold to individuals. Otherwise, it claims it will lose more money and not be able to recover the $7 million it lost because of those policies last year. The New Mexican reports that the company says even that 7% increase may not be enough. New Mexicans will get the chance to testify about the proposal at a hearing set for mid April. Blue Cross got a rate increase two years ago that increased those rates by 18 to 25 percent.

A popular television show that called Albuquerque its home for five years has wrapped up production. They shot the last episode of In Plain Sight in the Duke City yesterday. City officials say the film company brought more than $65 million to Albuquerque and employed dozens of actors and workers.

Crews are working in northern New Mexico to restore power to nearly a thousand customers who were battered by high winds during this week's storm. More than a hundred poles were knocked down in some areas. In central New Mexico, the wet, heavy snow snapped power lines. At one point as many as 3,000 people in the Albuquerque area were without power.

The mayor-elect of border community Sunland Park, Daniel Salinas, has seen the state's Supreme Court reject his appeal that he be allowed to take his oath of office. Salinas has been charged with multiple felony corruption charges that also carry jail-release conditions barring him from city hall and contact with personnel, including the clerk that would otherwise swear him in. By law, he must take the oath by tomorrow and, failing that, the office will be declared vacant. Salinas asked the high court last week to intervene in the matter and they spent 10 minutes deliberating the issue Tuesday before ruling against overturning the standing jail release terms. Meanwhile, there's speculation that the former mayor could be brought back to office or city council could make a pro-tem appointment.

Will New Mexico's prisons return to a broad use of strip searches of arrestees being booked into jail? That's the question counties and correctional facilities are asking in the wake of Monday's 5-4 US Supreme Court ruling granting jails broad latitude for such searches. Today's New Mexican notes that Santa Fe County Jail routinely administered strip searches up until a 2004 lawsuit that resulted in a judgement of more than $5 million against the county. Both the jail and county attorney will review strip-search policy over the next few weeks as will Bernalillo County which is home to the Metropolitan Detention Center, the state's busiest jail. 10 states have laws on their books banning the use of strip searches.

The city advises that homes on Valley Drive, between Bishops Lodge and Vallecita Drive, near the Fort Marcy Park Recreation area will be without water from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. today as a new section of an eight inch water main is connected. Homeowners are asked to draw water prior to the shut-off to avoid potential plumbing problems and not attempt further use until service is restored.

Weather for Santa Fe - yesterday's brief return to winter fades fast today under sunny skies and high temperatures in the upper 50s. Overnight lows in the mid 30s. Thursday
will see temperatures rise to the upper 60s.
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