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August 18, 2018
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Suspected speed van shooter in still in jail (Listen)
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The Santa Fe man accused of firing shots at a speed-enforcement van remains in jail on a cash bond of $55,000. His lawyer had asked for 63-year-old Scott Powell to be released with a 10-percent payment on the bond, but the judge refused, saying Powell represents a threat to the community. The defense is also asking for Powell to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before his trial. He is suspected of firing five shots at the parked van in early April. Three of the shots hit the van, putting it out of commission.

PNM is asking state regulators to approve a new plan to add more power from renewable energy sources. Among other things, PNM would add more geothermal and solar capability and charge consumers more as the new sources come online. The company would also continue its program of buying excess electricity generated by customers with roof-top solar systems. PNM has been under fire for not meeting the state's minimum standards for use of renewable energy.

First Lady Michelle Obama will make a brief appearance in Albuquerque this afternoon. She's been on a multi-state swing to promote the president's reelection campaign. In keeping with her visits elsewhere, the first lady will visit with a few airmen and their families from Kirtland Air Force Base.

The regional EPA administrator in charge of New Mexico and several other states has resigned under fire over remarks he made about the drilling industry. Alfredo Armendariz is quoted as saying he would "crucify" drillers who pollute. Congressional Republicans say they will investigate any government attempts to stop the practice of hydraulic fracking in gas wells.
The authorities in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County say the number of murders they are investigating is more than last year at this time. In all, they report 21 murders in the city and the county. According to KRQE television, the authorities say they do solve 85 percent of homicides, a better ate than most law enforcement agencies in the country.

Los Alamos County has wound up near the top of yet another national listing. Forbes magazine ranks Los Alamos the 4th richest county in the nation. Families there bring in more than $100,000 a year on average.

The days ahead will be clear, sunny and dry. Look for highs each day in the low 70s, rising to the upper 70s by Friday.

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