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September 26, 2018
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First News: A democratic state senator is proposing an overhaul of the New Mexico Finance Authority. (listen)
(KSFR) - A state senator from Albuquerque says it's time to reorganize the New Mexico Finance Authority. Democrat Tim Keller told a legislative committee the finance authority has too many political appointees and no people experienced in banking. His draft legislation would replace cabinet members who are required by law to serve on the authority's board. *** The issue comes up as the finance authority remains under investigation for an audit report that was allegedly faked. In the meantime, it has delayed loans to cities and canceled a $40 million bond sale.

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is asking the Commission on Presidential debates to allow him to be part of the debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Johnson is the candidate from the Libertarian Party. He says the way the commission chooses who can debate ignores what Johnson says is the fact that a third of voters don't identify with either the Democratic or Republican parties.

The state environment department has issued a warning about Romaine lettuce that may be contaminated with e.coli. The department says it was sold in WalMart stores between August 2 and 19. They're asking consumers to check their refrigerators for the lettuce and discard it if they find it.

The organization that runs the Santa Fe Indian Market has come to a parting of the ways with its executive director. The Southwestern Association of Indian Arts has decided not to renew the contract of Bruce Bernstein. They offered no details. The announcement comes as the 91st annual market wraps up.

Six inmates from the Santa Fe County Jail aboard a van taking them to court are among those injured in a chain-reaction accident along NM599. The van rear-ended a motorist along a stretch of road where construction had a transportation worker flagging traffic. That vehicle then rolled into another. The six inmates along with three others were taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for evaluation of back and neck pains though none of the injuries were listed as serious. The Monday accident is under investigation with the un-named driver of the van possibly facing citation.

Meanwhile, the DOT cautions motorists that roadwork along 599 will continue for up to three weeks with periodic lane closures or reduced speeds along 7 miles of the road between Via Abajo and Avenida Rincon.

The Albuquerque office of the National Weather Service says the first seven months of this year were the 8th driest ever for New Mexico. The period from May through July, which saw multiple wildfires in the state including the record-setting Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire in the Gila region, was the 17th driest since record-keeping began. 2012 thus far, though drier than average, is an improvement over last year. January through July of 2011 brought just 42% of average precipitation. For 2012, we stand at 58% of normal.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today with highs in the low 80s and just a 20% chance for afternoon and evening thundershowers. Precipitation probabilities ramp up again tomorrow with a 40% chance for rain, increasing to 50% on Thursday.
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