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Morning Word: Martinez Wants Death Penalty Reinstated

August 18, 2016, 7:30 am
Governor Pushes Wedge Issue
New Mexico is facing a huge state budget gap and mass emigration and consistently ranks low on national lists for education, child well-being and other issues. But Gov. Susana Martinez, a former prosecutor, plans to ask lawmakers to consider reinstating the death penalty. Ironically, she first made the statement to a reporter in Texas, the state which executes the most inmates in the country.

Thumbs Up
Public Regulation Commissioners hit the “like” button and approved PNM’s proposed solar energy plan for Facebook. The social media giant is considering building its data center in Los Lunas.
Los Lunas has offered an incentive of 100 percent property tax abatement over 30 years in exchange for a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes plan that begins with $50,000 a year with the construction of the first building up to $100,000 per year with the construction of the sixth building.
State Cop Faces Third DWI Charge
Morgan Ortiz, a New Mexico State Police Officer who was convicted of two DWIs before he turned 21, is charged again. This time it’s for aggravated DWI after hitting a car and raising a ruckus in the parking lot of a drug detox center in Albuquerque.

No Evidence Unearthed
The former state prison inmate who claims prison officials poisoned inmates and sold their organs finally got to dig for evidence on prison grounds near Santa Fe Wednesday. But Phaedra Haywood reports that Samuel Chavez came up empty-handed.

Helping Students
Officials with the Silver Consolidated Schools and the Juvenile Probation Office are teaming up to battle truancy in Grant County. The parents of students who are chronically missing from class can be charged with educational neglect and face $500 in fines and six months in jail.

Drug Tests
KUNM’s Marisa Demarco reports that University of New Mexico researchers are testing drugs already approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat other conditions might also be effective in fighting the development of cancer cells.

Controversial Ads Return
The New Mexico Truth ad campaign is getting a reboot. Joe Monahan reports that CHI St. Joseph's Children officials want lawmakers to reconsider a constitutional amendment and “let voters decide whether to spend about $110 million a year for ten years on very early childhood programs to arrest the child poverty rate and eventually contribute to a better prepared workforce.”

‘Welcome to the Show, Kid’
It took 20 games in the major leagues, but Albuquerque’s favorite baseball rookie, Alex Bregman, finally knocked one out of the park Tuesday in Houston. Watch the replay here.


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