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August 18, 2018
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First News: A decision this morning will tell if the Albuquerque minimum pay wage issue will be on the general election ballot or on a special municipal election ballot. (listen)
(KSFR) - Likely coming today is a district judge's decision as to whether the question of raising Albuquerque's minimum wage will appear on the November general election ballot or on a special election ballot. That comes as today marks the deadline for certifying the ballot. State laws prohibit a municipal election from taking place for a number of days on either side of a general election though they can take place on the same day. The original petition to raise the Duke City minimum wage one dollar an hour to $8.50 contained a typographical error that mistakenly stated that employers would be paid as opposed to employees.

Eldorado officials are getting set to mail ballots to property owners on the question of whether the community should allow chickens. Voting would begin next week and will be completed October 1. The debate over whether chickens can be raised by individuals on their own property has been going on for some time. The vote is expected to answer the question.

Calls to New Mexico's DWI hotline are resulting in a pickup in drunk-driving arrests. State police say they made 39 arrests in August as they followed up on some 1,300 calls made to the Drunk Busters Hotline. For the year so far, nearly 11,000 calls have been made to the hotline, resulting in 200 arrests.

The New Mexico Finance Authority has postponed any move to fire its chief executive officer, Rick May, until its next meeting later this month. May had threatened to sue if the board fired him. The finance authority has been under close scrutiny after revelations that some its top officials faked the Authority's most recent financial audit. Rick May has been on paid administrative leave while an investigation is being conducted. Chief Operating Officer, John Duff, meanwhile remains sidelined without pay.

The first of nine community forums led by newly-installed Santa Fe School Superintendent Joel Boyd takes place tonight at 6PM at Capshaw Middle School on W. Zia Road. Boyd says he's seeking feedback on how best to serve both Santa Fe students and schools. Facilitating tonight's meeting is school board member Steve Carrillo.

Albuquerque's free dog-adoption campaign is apparently a success. The animal shelter was able to find homes for nearly 400 dogs over the weekend. That's more than four times the number adopted on a typical weekend. They waived adoption fees for dogs that were at least a year old.

In observance of the 11th anniversary of the attacks of 9-11, an 11AM procession of firefighters will make its way from the fire station near Fort Marcy Park to the Plaza. There, a brief remembrance ceremony will be held.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today, highs in the upper 70s with a 30% chance for afternoon and evening thundershowers. Wednesday brings what may be monsoon season's last big gasp. Mostly cloudy with thundershowers likely throughout the day and highs in the low 70s. Precipitation probability is 60%. Much cooler Thursday with a 40% chance for some showers, highs in the low 60s and overnight lows in the mid 40s.
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