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August 19, 2018
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First News:Santa Feans attend a presidential debate watching event. (listen)
(KSFR) - If a small group of Santa Feans is any indicator, Pres. Obama will still get their vote even though they believe he didn't do as well as Republic Mitt Romney in last night's debate..***About 70 people gathered at Santa Fe Community College for the first in KSFR's series of debate-watching events. The next scheduled debate is next Thursday night between the two candidates for vice president.

A state district judge has issued a stop to Gov.Martinez' program to verify the drivers licenses of all foreign nationals living in New Mexico. The governor had a letter sent to 30,000 individuals, requiring them to appear in person with proof of residency. Immigrant rights groups brought a lawsuit alleging discrimination by the administration. The judge ruled that the program must stop unless evidence of fraud is produced.

That Santa Fe real estate developer who was arraigned in federal court Wednesday on charges of embezzling millions of dollars of federal funds intended for pueblo development has entered a plea of not guilty. The Journal Santa Fe reports that Tom Keesling and co-defendant Bruce Sanchez, former president of Santa Ana Pueblo, were both released after the arraignment. Keesling was set free on his own recognizance while Sanchez, also stating not guilty, is under more stringent conditions as the judge deemed him a flight risk. The two are charged with conspiring to embezzle some $3.6 million from a company set up to help pueblos develop a property in Albuquerque.

Five-term retiring senator Jeff Bingaman will headline the 2nd Renewable Energy and Clean Technology conference in Las Cruces tomorrow. The New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce says Bingaman will discuss the future of tapping the energy of our state's vast natural resources of wind, sun and geothermal resources. The chamber also notes that New Mexico is well poised to develop technology innovation in smart-grid, biofuels and water technology applications that will spur job growth and economic expansion. According to Clean Edge's 2012 State Energy Index, New Mexico has an overall ranking of 8th in the nation for development of clean energy alternatives.

Judge Michael Vigil of Santa Fe who just retired last week after 18 years on the bench is the winner of a $1 million Powerball prize. He bought a lottery ticket at an Airport Road gas station Saturday, one day after retirement, and matched all five numbers to take the 2nd highest prize possible. Judge Vigil is scheduled to be honored today for his years of service as a jurist at a 5PM event at downtown's Community Convention Center.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today and Friday with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. A cold front moving through the state on Saturday will bring mostly cloudy skies with daytime highs only in the low 60s and overnight lows at their coldest for the season thus far with temperatures in the mid 30s.
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