Tuesday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

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5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. A Santa Fe judge is scheduled to hear arguments, on Tuesday, in an appeal by the American Institutes for Research or AIR. The organization wants to limit the contract given to Pearson, which administers the test, saying the contract is unfair. It wants to reduce the contract to a year. A ruling in favor of AIR could put the future of PARCC in New Mexico in jeopardy.
  2. A state lawmaker said he’s not apologizing for comments he made about rape and college kids. He added his comments were taken out of context. Last Wednesday, Democratic State Rep. Ken Martinez said, “rape is defined in many ways and some of its just drunken college sex.”. Martinez said he was trying to say that drunken college students forcing themselves on someone is also a type of rape. Republicans said he should apologize regardless.
  3. Today will be mostly sunny with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and highs in the 60s. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the lower to mid 30s.
  4. The Albuquerque Public School District wants your input on how it should spend it’s budget next year. They’re holding a series of public meetings to find out what you deem are the district’s top priorities. The community meetings will start out with an overview of APS’ current 690 million operational budget. The first meeting is at 6 Tuesday evening, in the John Milne community board room at the Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex.
  5. You’re probably feeling the effects of daylight saving time this week, there’s a chance you won’t have to go through it again. At least, not in New Mexico. A bill to stop the practice was passed by one senate committee and will be heard by another on Wednesday. It would put New Mexico in the Central Time Zone.

Top Morning Headlines

Lawmakers in Santa Fe put a big wrench in Albuquerque mayor R.J. Berry’s plans to get APD’s numbers up. The mayor’s number one priority this legislative session was to get senate bill 466 passed. It would let retired officers come back to work, get a paycheck and their pension check at the same time. It’s considered double-dipping which something the state outlawed six years ago. The state’s pension program “PERA” said it would further drain the state’s retirement fund. In the end, the bill was tabled with less than two weeks left in the session.

The homeless in Albuquerque have set up another tent city. This one is in plain sight and it has state officials scrambling to move it again. The property, where they set up camp, belongs to the state. Now, the Department of Transportation is working with state police to serve eviction notices because of concerns over safety and sanitation. Campers said they chose this area because it is close to downtown, but far from residential neighborhoods. Area businesses and organizations said it’s a problem and call it an eye sore.

 

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