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August 19, 2018
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First News: The US House says "no" to a national park status for the Manhattan Project. (listen)
(KSFR) - A bill that would have made a national park out of the Manhattan atomic bomb project has failed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The proposal called for the National Park Service to tell the story of the beginnings of the atomic age at Los Alamos and other locations. Opponents said it was wrong to celebrate a method of mass destruction. All three members of Congress from New Mexico voted yes on the bill.

Gov. Susana Martinez has asked her administration to remove language about "forcible rape" from a new state policy by the Children Youth and Families Department. The term appeared in an amendment that proposed exempting victims of "forcible rape" from needing to contact an absent parent when seeking state assistance for childcare support. The adjective "forcible' has been struck from the amendment with a CYFD spokesperson saying the word is redundant, unnecessary and not supported by the governor.

A new national study puts New Mexico number 7 in the nation for the rate of murders of women by men. The vast majority are the result of domestic disputes. The Violence Policy Center says these murders of women are by men they know -- usually friends or spouses. Kristen Rand with the center tells KSFR News that guns are most often the homicide weapon. ***

The state Education Department's Public Education Commission has wrapped up two days of meetings in Santa Fe. The panel considered 9 applications for charter schools around the state and voted to deny 8 of those. 2 were to be located in Santa Fe. New Mexico Connections was to be a virtual school without a brick-and-mortar site. The Starshine Lisa Law Peace School was proposed for the St. Catherine Indian School campus. The only application given the green light was Albuquerque's Health Leadership High School, dedicated to readying students for work in healthcare.

A former youth minister at Santa Maria de la Paz in Santa Fe has been sentenced by state District Judge Michael Vigil to 15 years in prison for sexual assault. 36-year-old Anthony Martinez was given the maximum sentence on charges in two separate incidents, one charged in 2011, the other brought forward this summer. Martinez had pleaded guilty to felony criminal charges for his sexual contact with two teenage boys. The case this summer involved an 11 year old. Upon release, Martinez will spend between five-and-twenty years on probation and must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny today and Saturday with highs around 80 degrees and overnight lows in the low 50s. Sunday brings a very slight chance for isolated thundershowers with highs in the low 80s.
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