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Daylight Saving bill moves to New Mexico Senate

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The Senate judiciary committee passed the bill to keep New Mexico on Daylight Saving Time year round. It passed with a four to two vote and it now moves to the Senate. Roswell Republican Cliff Pirtle introduced the bill. Two years ago it did not make it out of committee.

Georgia O’Keefe painting to go on display in Arkansas

SANTA FE (KRQE) – We now know where the Georgia O’Keeffe painting “Jimson Weed” that sold for more than $44 million in a Sotheby’s auction in October will now be displayed. The buyer was kept secret but KRQE News 13 has learned it was sold to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. That museum was started by Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. The painting will go on display there later this month.

Mayor Berry backs equal pay for women incentive

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Mayor R.J. Berry is endorsing a new incentive that would push the City of Albuquerque to the front of the pack when it comes to equal pay for women. It gives a 5-percent preference for businesses seeking a city contract. In order to qualify companies must narrow the gap between gender salaries to at least 10-percent which is far better than the national standard of 23-percent. It’ll be introduced at Monday’s city council meeting but must go through a committee before a full vote.

Albuquerque students plant trees for Arbor Day

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Friday is national Arbor Day and kids in Albuquerque are learning about planting trees. Mayor R.J. Berry helped kids at Inez Elementary plant trees at the park across from the school. The students are learning how to select a tree, proper planting and how to care for trees. A city forester says planting trees are more than just for a pretty landscape. Saturday the city will be giving away more than 1,500 seeds to local residents.

ABQ Home Store opening later this month

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A long time vacant shopping center in Albuquerque is coming back to life. The Target shopping center off Lomas and Eubank is now home to the ABQ Home Store. It’s a home decor superstore. It’s set to open March 19th and it’s filling the massive space left behind by Sports Authority and Michaels. The piece of the strip mall between it and Target remain vacant but the hope is that the new store will encourage other businesses to move in.

Hotline open for Santa Fe city workers’ fraud tips

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe city employees can now report fraud in government agencies through a new hotline that allows them to remain anonymous. The Fraud, Waste, Abuse Hotline has been established to help eliminate waste of taxpayer dollars.To submit tips, call 844-356-8009 or visit the hotline website. Both are monitored by an outside company and have no members from any department you might be reporting.

Tax-spending transparency bill passes Senate

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Legislation that demands more transparency when it comes to how your tax dollars are being spent has passed the Senate. The proposed bill would require state contracts any amendments and expenses to be posted online as part of the sunshine portal. Right now state law only requires a small fraction of those contracts and expenses to be posted. The bill now goes to the House.

Committee approves driver’s license measure

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The Senate Public Affairs Committee approved a measure that would split the state’s driver’s license system into two. The proposal aims to give undocumented immigrants drivers licenses while ensuring other licenses comply with the Real ID Act. It now goes to the Senate judiciary committee.

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