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September 19, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe City Hall agrees to Railyard purchase. (listen)
(KSFR) - Santa Fe city council has voted to avoid threatened litigation by agreeing to buy office space in a private building in the Railyard. City Attorney Gino Samora told the council the city seemed to be obligated to the purchase because of an agreement made by a previous city manager. *** The city will pay about $3.6 million to the private Railyard Company, the owner of the property. Spending on remodeling the interior will bring the total price up to the $5 million level. The council last year had agreed to lease the space they will now buy.

A tentative agreement has been reached by the Police officer's Union and The City of Santa Fe. Mayor David Coss and Santa Fe Police Union President agreed to terms for the 2011- 2012 fiscal year police union contract just before arbitration was scheduled to begin. The officers' union will hold an emergency vote on ratification while the Mayor recommends approval of the plan by the City Council. The department has seen savings of more than $100,000 in overtime costs since they moved shifts from four, 10-hour days per week to five 8-hours days.

The state of New Mexico is facing a lawsuit brought by a national pro-gun group. They say an Australian with legal residency in the U.S. was denied the chance to protect himself because state law does not allow aliens to be licensed to carry concealed weapons. Alan Gottlieb is founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. He tells KSFR that legal immigrants have every right enjoyed by U.S. citizens with the exception of the right to vote. Gottlieb says they've won similar lawsuits brought against other states. The New Mexico attorney general's office have not commented because they are the target of the lawsuit.

Governor Martinez has announced New Mexico has been awarded a near $34 million grant from the US Department of Education. The "GEARUP" grant, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, will target 11,000 7th through 12th graders in school districts with high poverty rates over the next 7 years. 100 tutors will be hired to assist students in every GEARUP school to improve their academic performance and also work with them to devise a financial plan to pay for college. Pecos and Jemez Valley Middle and High schools along with Bernalillo High are among the schools to participate.

Capital High School students are protesting a policy that would bar them from attending their prom if they have had unexcused absences of five school days or 10 tardies over the past 11 weeks. School officials had laid out the policy back in January but a reminder was recently sent to parents in advance of Saturday's prom. The school's principal says those students affected can appeal to her office.

Weather for Santa Fe - much of our area is under a wind advisory for later today and tonight as a dry Pacific front crosses the state. Southwest winds of 25-to-35 miles per hour are expected with higher gusts. Partly cloudy at times with highs in the upper 70s and a 10% chance for an isolated thundershower increasing to 20% this evening. Overnight lows will fall to the low 40s behind the front and Friday will see highs in the upper 60s under sunny skies.
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