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August 19, 2018
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First News: New Mexico Voices for Children says raising the minimum wage by just 25 cents an hour would give workers an additional $20 million to spend in our state.
(KSFR) - A nonprofit advocacy group is asking New Mexico lawmakers to raise the state's minimum wage. The proposal from New Mexico Voices for Children would see the minimum wage go up to $7.75 an hour from the current level of $7.50. They say if the wage goes up, New Mexico minimum wage workers would earn a total of $20 million more than they make now and much of it would be spent inside the state. The minimum wage in Santa Fe is now more than $10 an hour.

Latino students in New Mexico are way behind their Anglo counterparts in reading, math and graduation rates. And a national Hispanic group wants to know why. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund says it is beginning an investigation into what it calls an achievement gap. They say the gap violates New Mexico law, which promises sufficient education of all school children in the state.

Help with healthcare for low-income residents is on the way to New Mexico. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a multi-million dollar grant to the Santa Fe Community Foundation to determine where gaps in healthcare exist across the state. The foundation will study each community to find out what's needed. Then, groups of individuals and experts will prioritize those needs before identifying ways to educate the public or recommend state-wide policy changes for healthcare.

Railrunner commuters today will notice both a new stop and slight timing adjustments to the normal weekday schedule. This morning's express train will make its first stop at the Kewa Station on Santo Domingo Pueblo, adding about three minutes to the ride. Additionally, most afternoon trains will begin departing five-minutes later to address timing issues to keep trains on schedule, and improve on-time performance.

Santa Fe Public School students return to their classrooms Wednesday as the new school year begins. At the helm as superintendent is the newly installed Joel Boyd, hired at an annual salary of $171,000 to replace former superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez. Kindergarten students get an additional 2 days of summer to prepare for their school adventures; their first formal day is set for Friday.

A 'Heads Up' to motorists today as the department of Transportation begins roadway surface sealing on Old Las Vegas Highway today. Over three miles of road will be affected, from the intersection with U.S. Hwy 285 to the old church east of the I-25 Ca oncito exit underpass. Weather permitting, work should be completed by Thursday. Expect traffic delays between 7AM and 4PM along with single lane closures.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today, highs in the mid 80s, with a 40% chance for afternoon and evening thundershowers. As for the rest of the week, meteorologist Mark Fettig at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque says another shot for decent precipitation arrives Thursday .*****clip
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