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August 19, 2018
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First News: NM to hire a Utah consultant for state health insurance plan. (listen)
(KSFR) - The state is spending $1 million to hire a Utah consultant to develop a health insurance plan under the national Affordable Care Act. If the Supreme Court upholds the law, the plan would have to go into effect in 2014. Just two months ago, the official who had been appointed to create and implement New Mexico's plan resigned his post. He criticized the Martinez administration, saying they were moving to slowly to get the project completed. The head of the Utah consulting firm is a former Bush administration official.

Albuquerque seems to be the choice for the headquarters of a company setting up a unique power linking station in New Mexico. The company, named Tres Amigas Partners, is creating a system in southern New Mexico to link the nation's three major electricity grids together. They say the headquarters will employ 75 to 100 executive-level jobs.

Scott Powell, the Santa Fe man accused of firing shots into one of the city's two mobile speed camera enforcement vehicles, is undergoing a medical evaluation. Today's New Mexican reports that was part of the arrangement regarding Powell's Wednesday release from jail which also promised a 10% payment of the man's $55,000 cash-only bond. Powell's medical evaluation is expected to last a couple of weeks or more. His attorney says Powell has been suffering a number of maladies including cancer and depression. A preliminary hearing is now scheduled for early July on criminal damage charges and negligent use of a firearm.

New Mexico Congressman Martin Heinrich has introduced legislation to stop employers from requiring prospective or current employees to provide access to password-protected personal accounts, such as Facebook, as a condition of employment. Heinrich say the practice is "an egregious privacy violation and should be against the law." An identical companion bill was also introduced in the Senate Thursday.

The body of a man found Wednesday off County Road 56C near the Santa Fe Airport has still not been identified. Due to decomposition, the Medical Investigators office plans further investigation of fingerprints, medical records and DNA. There has been speculation that the body may be that of 34-year-old Oscar Ornelas who went missing May 1st. His vehicle was found earlier this week just some miles from where the body was recovered.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today with just a 20% chance for showers in front of a weekend with increasing probabilities for some precipitation. Highs today in the low 70s. Saturday brings a 40% chance for scattered thunderstorms rising to 50% on Sunday under mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid 60s. Overnight lows throughout the period in the upper 40s.
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