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September 22, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe's Charter Review Commission will consider a ban on some types of weapons. (listen)
(KSFR) - The first of several meetings of Santa Fe's Charter Review Commission is over, and members have a number of recommendations to consider. Among them is possibly outlawing within city limits certain types of guns as well as moving municipal elections from a date in the spring to one in October. The commission also took up the question of term limits for elected city officials. But the state constitution prohibits term limits for chartered cities such as Santa Fe. The next meeting of the charter commission is set for mid-January.

New Mexico Bank and Trust says it has created a partnership with a San Francisco company to help businesses install energy-efficient technologies. Under the plan, the bank would provide financing of up to $5 million to businesses while the high-tech company would do the installations. They say New Mexico firms can reduce their energy consumption by as much as 60 percent by using solar and other alternative systems.

Continuing at the state capitol today is that meeting of the Legislative Education Study Committee. They're discussing all education topics to be visited by lawmakers in the upcoming 60-day session of the legislature. New Mexico's Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera has asked for a 5% increase in appropriations for fiscal year 2014. That would give public schools some $140 million more to cover a wide range of initiatives.

A national group says New Mexico is among the worst states in the nation when it comes to abuse of animals. Other states in the top five are Iowa, Kentucky, North Dakota and South Dakota. A study by the Animal Legal Defense Fund finds that New Mexico has no harsh penalties for abuse, neglect and abandonment of animals.

Santa Fe Public Schools, along with both the city and county, will host a public memorial on the Plaza Friday morning to honor those killed in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. School superintendent Joel Boyd is inviting the public to participate. Boyd has posted a letter on the SFPS website seeking to assure parents that providing security to Santa Fe's students is a top priority. The letter notes that local law enforcement have increased their school patrols in the wake of the shooting.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today with highs in the low 40s. A strong front will approach our area beginning tonight, with a 20% chance for snow showers and lows in the low 20s. Tomorrow, break out the woolies and hold on to your hats says meteorologist Brent Wachter with the Weather Service office in Albuquerque .**** A 50% chance for snow with 30 mile per hour winds. Tomorrow's high of 31will likely occur in the morning with afternoon temperatures falling through the 20s on their way to overnight lows in the single digits. Sunny and tranquil weather thereafter with a very cold storm now expected to arrive Xmas Eve.
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