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First News: AG Gary King wants to investigate Rio Rancho's long election lines. (listen)
(2012-11-13)
(KSFR) - The Democratic county clerk in Sandoval County is being investigated for what could be voter suppression during last week's elections. Attorney General Gary King says his office is looking into the causes of long voter lines in Rio Rancho -- the state's second largest city. Critics have complained that the county clerk's office had just five voting locations for the area, which has a population of nearly 90,000 people. King's office says some voters had to wait as long as five hours. There are also complaints of possible voter irregularities in southern New Mexico.

A dollar-an-hour increase in the minimum wage in Albuquerque may have gotten a big vote of approval from voters, but it could still face roadblocks. Among them is the requirement that Republican Mayor Richard Berry sign it into law. He still hasn't reversed his opposition to the increase. The issue got a vote of approval from 66 percent of Albuquerque voters. If it goes through, Albuquerque's new minimum wage would be $8.50 an hour.

New Mexico's oldest survivor of the Bataan Death March in World War II has died. Virgil Wallace was 99 years old.

Business bankruptcies in New Mexico have declined to their lowest levels in six years. Today's Albuquerque Journal reports that 185 filings were made statewide as of September, representing a 19% drop from the previous year. That mirrors the national trend which saw bankruptcies overall decline by some 16%. The report notes that business-related bankruptcies here and around the country are usually consumer filings citing losses from business expenses. Tighter standards for lending by financial institutions are seen as a factor in the decline, as businesses are now less likely to acquire risky higher debt loads.

A new study says that New Mexicans have the lowest average bank accounts in the nation. The study by Pitney Bowes Software says New Mexicans had an average checking account balance of $2,200 last year. That compares with just over $3,100 nationwide. Average savings balances in New Mexico were also the lowest, at about $4,100. Five other states joined New Mexico in seeing savings balances go down while 9 others saw checking balances decline.

Santa Fe begins to establish its priorities for January's 60-day legislative session at tonight's meeting of the Public Works Committee. Hearing discussion will be the adoption of a long-term solvency plan for the Public Employees Retirement Association, a funding formula for Santa Fe Public Schools and monies for city-wide capital outlay projects. Those items arrive before full city council on the 28th.

Some businesses on West San Francisco Street downtown are beginning to effect repairs after their portals were damaged by a suspected drunk driver. That driver is a cadet training for the fire department, just one week shy of graduating. 24-year-old Gregory Martinez was charged with aggravated DWI and careless driving for the accident in the overnight hours Sunday.


Weather for Santa Fe - temperatures are on the rebound as the dry weather pattern re-establishes across New Mexico. The forecast through Thanksgiving calls for sunny days with highs in the mid 50s and overnight lows from the upper 20s-to-low 30s.
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