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September 25, 2018
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First News: Probation but likely no prison time for Christus official's embezzlement. (listen)
(KSFR) - A former chief financial officer for Christus St. Vincent hospital has entered a plea deal for embezzlement but probably won't have to spend time in prison. The deal calls for Richard Crabtree to serve five years of suspended probation and make restitution for some of the stolen funds. The 57-year-old Crabtree was charged with 19 counts of diverting millions from the hospital to finance companies run by a girl friend's brothers.

New Mexico's two U.S. senators say the mid-January deadline for states to comply with the federal Real I.D. Act will come and go without any effect on travelers. That's according to Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall who say they have asked for more formal assurances from the
government that the deadline will not require New Mexicans to have more identification than a drivers license. Gov. Martinez and some media have sounded alarm over the coming deadline, saying New Mexico's drivers license is flawed because it is issued to undocumented immigrants.

Santa Fe's airport will be offering more flights to Denver come May 1st of next year. United Airline's subsidiary, United Express has announced they'll introduce two daily flights to the Mile-High city using 50-seat Embraer jets for the hour and fifteen minute trip. The news comes just after Great Lakes Aviation has reinstituted twice daily runs to Denver using smaller turboprops.

An assault weapons ban proposal is in the works for Santa Fe, spearheaded by city councilor Patti Bushee. The city councilor says she'll bring the matter to colleagues in January and it will resemble the gun legislation that California Senator Dianne Feinstein plans to sponsor in Congress. That proposal would place limitations on the sale and possession of assault rifles and their high capacity magazines.

Santa Fe's Plaza will be the scene of an 11:30AM remembrance ceremony tomorrow for the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings. Speakers will include Santa Fe School Superintendent Dr. Joel Boyd, Mayor David Coss, County Commissioner Kathy Holian and local clergy members. Capital High School's choir will provide music for the event with the community at large invited to attend.

Weather for Santa Fe - Sunny skies today and through the weekend. Highs today in the mid 30s will rebound to the mid 40s tomorrow. Overnight lows tonight in the mid teens. Forecasters are calling for a slight chance for snowshowers to arrive for Xmas Eve.
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