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August 17, 2018
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First News: Allegations of wrongdoing against Santa Fe's Police Chief prompt a call for independent investigation. (listen)
(KSFR) - Allegations of wrongdoing by Santa Fe's police chief continue to swirl around city hall. The police union is now asking for independent investigators to review claims that Chief Ray Rael knew about parking tickets that were being fixed and covered it up. They say Rael committed the acts in his previous job with the city. The allegations developed when a police investigation of a parking employee turned up what they call ethical questions about the chief.

A judge has ruled that the proposal to boost Albuquerque's minimum wage by one dollar an hour to $8.50 is invalid and thus will not appear on the November 6th ballot. The judge said the proposal combined too many issues to be determined by a single vote. Proponents had collected 25,000 signatures for a measure that would not only raise the Duke City's minimum wage but also called for future cost-of-living adjustments and consideration of workers whose wages are augmented by tips. Tuesday was the deadline statewide for certifying all matters for the November ballot. Supporters have said they will appeal the decision.

Some political advertising may be slowing down in New Mexico. As KSFR reported recently, some national Republican funds budgeted for senatorial candidate Heather Wilson's campaign was shifted to other regions of the country when Democrat Martin Heinrich's showing in the polls started widening. Now, Steve Terrell of the New Mexican reports that some Democratic national funds are being pulled as well. This comes after the most recent poll showing Heinrich with a 7-point lead over Wilson. They're both seeking the senate seat being vacated by 5-term retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

A new set of polls commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal indicates that nearly a quarter of New Mexicans feel better off financially than they did four years ago. A question on Gov. Martinez' job performance has nearly 70 percent approving of her performance.

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is saying it will pay heed to numerous citizen complaints about the annual burning of Zozobra. Criticism has been flying after last week's event over ticket prices and an overly-long presentation. About 14,000 folks attended Zozobra last week which, this year, carried a ticket price of $20. That compares to attendance figures of about 18,000 last year. Kiwanis officials say they are willing to make changes based on community input while also noting that some of the frustration with the event's length was due to weather circumstances beyond anyone's control that delayed the climax by an hour and a half.

The Santa Fe Municipal Airport has been awarded a $605,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation with the funds to be used for installation of runway lighting. The news comes just a day after the city's Public Works and Land Use Committee met to discuss runway construction and lighting matters.

Weather for Santa Fe - rain likely for much of the area today and Thursday as monsoonal moisture joins a passing trough crossing the state. There's a 60% chance for thunderstorms this afternoon. Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s. An 80% chance for showers this evening and 60% tomorrow with unseasonably cool highs only
in the upper 50s.
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