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September 20, 2018
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First News: Questions are being raised about a new report on the breaks New mexico provides to industry. (listen)
(KSFR) - A Democratic state senator from Albuquerque is raising questions about a newly released audit of the state's tax breaks and incentives for industry. Sen. Tim Keller says the report is missing information that would help guide policy making on future breaks and incentives. Keller tells the New Mexican he believes there were nearly 200 tax programs that are not discussed in the report. Keller was sponsor of a bill to have an independent agency perform the audit. But Gov. Martinez vetoed the bill, saying it could be done by the state tax department instead.

Silent solicitations by panhandlers such as holding signs will be treated the same in Santa Fe as a verbal request for money. That comes after city councilors unanimously approved a change to a local ordinance that now bans so-called "passive panhandling." The rule forbids soliciting donations near public transportation sites and also along traffic medians and in roadways. After dark, panhandling is illegal throughout the downtown business district. No one from the public chose to speak to the matter at last night's meeting

A food products company based in Portales has recalled more than 70 different types of peanut butter and almond butter after one of them was linked to a salmonella outbreak. The products were distributed through Trader Joes. Federal health agencies say the products are linked to 29 salmonella cases around the country.

Though the federal budget bill now awaiting President Obama's signature contains no funds for that long-discussed plutonium project at the Los Alamos National Lab, a watchdog organization still plans a public talk about that and its potential for future revival. The Los Alamos Study Group notes that some members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are supportive of efforts like the now sidelined Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility. That project was to create new plutonium triggers, known as pits, for the existing nuclear arsenal. The Study Group invites public discussion tomorrow night at the CloudCliff Bakery on Second Street.

Jim Montman, manager of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, has been named 2012 New Mexico Airport Manager of the Year by the New Mexico Airport Managers Association. Montman has been serving as manager for 11 years and this is the second time he has received the honor. The Association cites Montman for outstanding managerial performance and his advancing of aviation safety. They note his response to a wheels-up landing by a plane that was carrying Governor Susanna Martinez, as well as dealing with an emergency landing of a Frontier Airlines Embraer E-190.

Today is National Voter Registration Day, just two weeks before the October 9th cut-off date here in New Mexico. The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County will be conducting a day-long "Drive-by" Voter Registration event at the Santa Fe Place Mall from 10AM through 6PM. They'll be giving out information about early voting and will also distribute absentee ballot applications.

Even though Saturday marked the autumnal equinox in North America, this date in Santa Fe sees parity between day and night. At our latitude, the sun rose at 6:54 AM and will set at 6:55 PM. Daylight hours are shortening at their quickest pace this time of year --diminishing 2 minutes and 13-or-so seconds each day.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today with highs in the low 70s and 20% chance for isolated afternoon and evening showers. Lows tonight in the upper 40s. Highs Wednesday near 70 degrees under sunny skies with just a 10% chance for precipitation.
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