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August 19, 2018
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Heinrich, Wilson spar in first debate (Listen)
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The first debate is over in the race for the U.S. Senate seat from New Mexico. Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich and former Congresswoman Heather Wilson squared off on KRQE television, sparring over familiar themes. The latest polls show Heinrich with a lead of more than 50 percent over Wilson's 39 percent.

The state Democratic party says it is suing the secretary of state to restore in the straight-party ticket ballots that have historically characterized ballots in New Mexico. Secretary of State Diana Duran ordered the change recently, saying there is nothing in state law requiring a straight party ballot. Democrats say it will confuse voters who will find different candidates from different parties listed together instead of under one banner.

Gov. Susana Martinez is off to Nevada this weekend to campaign for the Republican presidential ticket. The Romney campaign hopes Martinez will be able to sway Nevada's Hispanic voters to vote Republican.
A judicial selection committee has chosen three Santa Fe lawyers to be considered for the first district court bench in Santa Fe. One of them will replace retired judge Michael Vigil. The Journal North says they are Sylia LaMar, Joseph Manges and David Thomson. Vigil retired last week after serving 18 years on the bench.

A UNM medical researcher has gotten federal grant of more than $2 million for a study aimed at early detection of ovarian cancer in women. The disease has a mortality rate of nearly 70 percent of all detected cases because it's hard to identify early. Dr. Linda Cook says her research might lead to understanding that could change that.

Weather: Blustery conditions in Santa Fe this morning. Windy with a 70 percent chance of rain, even though total amounts are expected to be light.

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