News Briefs: Governor addresses special session

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Governor addresses special session

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The governor was at Friday’s jobs announcement and addressed what many city leaders across the state have been asking.

“To answer the question I’m sure I’m going to be asked, is there going to be a special session? I don’t know. It’s got to be a good strong session if it is and it’s got to benefit the private sector,” said Governor Susana Martinez.

About 100 mayors from across New Mexico are urging the governor to hold a special session.They want lawmakers to consider funding more than $260 million in public improvement projects. It stalled on the final day of the legislative session in March. Time is running out and a bill would have to be approved no later than May 15.

Investigators say no foul play in woman’s death

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Investigators say there is now no doubt the death of hiker was an accident. Barbara Baca, 51, was found in a rugged area in the Manzano Mountains last week, several days after walking away from her campground. It happened following a fight with her boyfriend, prompting the family to suspect foul play. But the Torrance County Sheriff says an autopsy shows Baca died from hypothermia and there was no other signs of trauma.

DA to decide if woman will face charges after fatal crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Bernalillo County deputies say the District Attorney will decide if charges will be filed against a drowsy driver who killed another. The crash on old Route 66 in Tijeras last week killed 58-year-old Robert Gonzales. Investigators say the other driver may have dozed off and crossed the center line, hitting Gonzales’ vehicle head on. They say that other driver was a 23-year-old woman but have not released her name. Deputies say they have forwarded the case to the DA’s office for review. There’s no timeline for a decision on charges.

Middle school students collect Bosque data

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Middle school students put on their lab coats Friday as they collected data along the Rio Grande. The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program, or BEMP, hosted more than 150 students from home and public schools. They collected water samples, studied animal and removed plants that don’t belong in the Bosque. Their research will now go to University of New Mexico for future studies.

Construction on I-40 and Coors to begin June 1st

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Another big problem area in the city will be fixed starting June 1st. The pavement along I-40 and Coors is crumbling and is now lined with potholes. The Department of Transportation says it’s the result of a massive volume of traffic and the way the asphalt was laid when the interchange was re-done in 2006. The fixes will cause lane closures and traffic delays. The hope is that this new fix will last 20 years.

New Mexico companies expand, create new jobs

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two New Mexico companies are expanding, creating 70 new high paying jobs. Samba Safety, a software development company that started in New Mexico in 1998 is adding 40 jobs. Risk Sense Incorporated, a cybersecurity company, is also adding 30 jobs. They first opened its doors in 2012. The new positions will pay anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000 a year. The company’s will get help from the state job training incentive program known as J-Tip. It helps pay for on the job training.

Trucking company hosts job fair for veterans

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A free trucking industry job fair is going on Friday. Several companies need workers and they’re looking to hire veterans and active-duty members. They desperately need drivers, dispatchers, mechanics and various other positions. The job fair ends at 4 p.m. It’s happening at the Isleta Casino and Resort.

New Mexico senators disagree with plan for nuclear storage site

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico’s senators are not on board with a new plan to build a nuclear storage site in the southeast part of our state. Earlier this week Lea and Eddy County officials struck a deal with Holtec International to construct a temporary storage site between Hobbs and Carlsbad. But Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich don’t like that idea. They say building an interim disposal facility is risky, and won’t support the plan until something more permanent comes along. Udall also says the state should be addressing the leak that happened at WIPP before making future investments.

 

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