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September 25, 2018
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First News: SFCC is suing the Martinez administration over obstacles to get the college's Higher Learning Center built. (listen)
(KSFR) - Santa Fe Community College has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Martinez' administration over the college's plans for a new four-year higher learning center. Voters had already approved a capital-funding bond for the project and the state had sold the college a parcel of land near St. Michael's Drive for a building. But the project came to a halt when the state said additional legislative approvals would be needed. President Sheila Ortego says the community college followed a state law authorizing a center where a number of universities would be able to collaborate to give local students a four-year degree.

A nonprofit economic research group says New Mexico's economy is doing better than much of the rest of the nation. Chris Mehl of Headwaters Economics points to government jobs as providing a stable base and also to the importance of federal protected lands that draw people who bring money and new jobs. *** Mehl says Western states with more than 30 percent of land federally protected showed a significant increase in job growth.

The number of cases of whooping cough is on the rise in New Mexico,, and one reason may be the number of parents who have asked for their children to be exempted from getting the vaccine. A study by the state health department shows that the number of cases of pertussis has tripled over the past 12 years. The rate of vaccine exemptions has gone up by the same amount over the same time frame. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial illness that attacks the respiratory system.

No one is in jail and most of the 50 or so demonstrators stayed outside during PNM's annual meeting of shareholders in Albuquerque yesterday. But a handful of them took their protest signs against the company's San Juan coal-fired plant into the lobby of PNM's headquarters. Security guards asked them to leave. When Albuquerque police arrived, they got the protestors to leave quietly.

The Washington Post reports that the filibuster has been used in the US Congress nearly seven times more in the past year. than in all of the 1800s. Typically, Republicans have refused to allow the senate the super majority 60 votes that current senate rules require to even get a bill to the floor for debate. A law suit by Common Cause is seeking to put limits on the practice. Sen Tom Udall of NM has been an outspoken critic of this parliamentary procedure.******

Telecom provider AT&T is seeking the permission needed to erect a new 64-foot tall antenna pole in Santa Fe to improve communication services. Today's Journal Santa Fe says the location is a Burger King-owned property near St. Francis Drive and Alameda Street. The area is zoned C-2, which permits such poles up to 100 feet in height. The property also falls, however, within a historic district and thus requires approval by the city's Historic Design Review Board. A public notification meeting is scheduled for Monday evening at Warehouse 21 in the Railyard.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny, dry and seasonably warm through Sunday with highs ranging from the mid 70s to 80 degrees. Overnight lows throughout the period in the upper 40s.
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