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Probation, not prison, for drunk driver (Listen)
(2012-08-31)
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A judge in Santa Fe has ruled that a woman accused of vehicular homicide will serve a year's probation instead of prison time. The car being driven by 56-year-old Deborah Aaron crashed into another car on New Year's Eve. The four-year-old daughter of the woman in the second car was killed. Evidence in the case reportedly was inconclusive about which driver ran a red light, even though Aaron was found to have been intoxicated at the time.

Officials at Santa Fe city hall have compiled a massive report that they say concludes the city's dealings with a local paving company were conducted properly. The report is the latest in a series of developments concerning Advantage Asphalt that began two years ago. At the time, Advantage was being investigated by county officials on allegations the company got paid for work not actually performed.

A report detailing the effectiveness New Mexico's tax breaks and incentives for industry reportedly has been sitting on the governor's desk for nearly two months. Tax Secretary Demisia Padilla tells New Mexico Business Weekly she turned it in on time on June 30. The Legislative Finance Committee just a week ago wrote a scathing complaint, asking where is the report? The governor last year avoided legislation requiring a study by promising to have it done administratively. New Mexico is thought to give away about a billion dollars a year in breaks and incentives.

Beginning next week, new claimants of unemployment insurance will find their maximum eligibility reduced to 54 weeks. This results from a reduction in federally funded emergency unemployment benefits from 20 to 14 weeks. Those currently eligible will continue to receive their benefits during a phase out.

The Rail Runner has special train service for visitors to the New Mexico Wine Festival over the Labor Day weekend. Trains from Santa Fe will arrive before the noon opening and again at 2:00 p.m. Returns will run at 3, 5 and 9 p.m. - details at nmrailrunner.com

The president of Santa Fe Community College is retiring after six years at the helm and more than 20 years in other jobs at the school. Dr. Sheila Ortego will be succeeded next week by Dr. Ana Guzm n who was president of a college in San Antonio until recently.

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