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Gov. Martinez gets new GOP speech slot (Listen)
(KSFR) - With the delay of the Republican national convention in Florida, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez gets a new, primetime speaking slot. She'll appear Wednesday night at 8, New Mexico time, between former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

A district court judge from Santa Fe has been picked to run for the vacant spot on the state supreme court. Judge Barbara Vigil was selected over the weekend by the Democratic state central committee. There's no official Republican candidate yet, but political observers expect the governor to nominate Albuquerque attorney Paul Kennedy to run.

State health officials have been advising New Mexicans to get their flu shots early. But the first supply of vaccines isn't available yet. More than 50,000 shots in the first shipment from the principal drug company were delivered to the wrong address, and they're unusable. They say replacements should be arriving this week. GlaxoKlineSmith says it will reimburse the state for the half-million dollars it spent to get the first shipment.

Santa Fe's program to cut down on burglaries has been a success for the first 8 months of the year. Now, city hall is creating a task force to work on targeting known offenders with addiction problems. Police Chief Ray Rael says that group is a major factor in the burglary problem. The Journal North reports that the program could include mental health and substance abuse treatment for people who face drug-possession charges.

The city of Albuquerque intends to make one or more software developers richer by a total of $30,000. Mayor Richard Berry is setting up a competition to see who can develop the most interesting new apps for mobile devices. The rules call for apps to encourage people to take part in city events and easily find trail locations, information about pollen levels and recycling drop-off points, among others. The contest runs through Oct. 22.

Highway work is getting underway on U.S. 84/285 north of Santa Fe. It will take place near the Camel Rock casino where there will be single-lane closures. The work is expected to be done from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. over the new two to three weeks.

Weather for the week ahead will see Santa Fe's highs ranging from the md-80s to the low 90s. It will be mostly sunny with very little chance of rain.

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