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August 16, 2018
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First News: There's a move in Albuquerque to raise the city's minimum wage while some want a cap on Santa Fe's. (listen)
(KSFR) - A coalition of community groups wants to see an increase in Albuquerque's minimum wage. They have collected some 25,000 signatures on a petition asking that the issue be put on the November ballot. The Albuquerque Journal reports the group wants the minimum wage to increase by a dollar to $8.50 an hour. Here in Santa Fe, the New Mexican says that the Chamber of Commerce is on a campaign to put a cap on Santa Fe's minimum wage. It now stands at $10.29 an hour.

State Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe is among several Democrats starting political action committees. Wirth and the others say they are working to balance out Gov. Martinez' campaign contribution achievements. It's also in response to the Supreme Court decision allowing groups to spend unlimited amounts on candidates and campaigns.

Downtown merchants are taking the city to court to determine how much clout city hall should have when it comes to downtown events. The merchants are not suing for money. Instead, they say they want the courts to clarify city ordinances. They say they have a number of complaints. Among them, some events are allowed to expand beyond the boundaries set in city law while others are confined only to the plaza itself.

Obesity continues to be a problem in New Mexico and in much of the rest of the nation as well. The Centers for Disease Control has released a new report showing that 26 percent of New Mexicans are overweight. But New Mexico is not the worst state. That honor goes to Alabama with a 32 percent obesity rate. The CDC says more than a third of U.S. adults and nearly 20 percent children under 19 are obese.

A 71-year-old Santa Fe man has been cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty for shooting at prairie dogs at the corner of St. Michael's Drive and Galisteo street. Bruce Wienke, a retired Los Alamos scientist, was observed firing a pellet gun at the animals Sunday morning. That particular prairie dog colony has had more than a dozen of the animals shot and killed over the past few weeks and was under surveillance by animal rights advocates. Wienke admitted to firing shots at the animals but denied he was responsible for earlier shootings. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of $300 and/or 90 days in jail.

A man was foiled in his attempt to shoplift $186,000 worth of jewelry from a La Fonda Hotel business on Sunday. Father and son George and Kyle Smith of Faust Gallery found the man red-handed and apprehended the suspect after a short chase. The man gave his name as Joseph Martinez and said he was from Dallas and en route to see relatives in Raton. Martinez is being held in the County Jail without bond while authorities search databases for identity verification and past criminal history.

Weather for Santa Fe - high temperatures today and Wednesday will be in the mid-to-upper 80s under mostly sunny skies. A 30% chance for precipitation today, decreasing to 20% tonight and Wednesday.
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