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Morning Word: Rains Pack a Punch

Officials prepare for potential flooding

September 7, 2016, 7:30 am
Newton Packs a Punch
Parts of eastern New Mexico could get up to 8 inches of rain today as remnants of tropical storm Newton move across the state. At least weather forecasters are saying the weather in Albuquerque will be nice this coming weekend in time for the start of the New Mexico State Fair.

Griego Could Face More Charges
Steve Terrell reports, “Former state Sen. Phil Griego, already facing a trial on nine criminal counts, could be charged with more crimes based on misuse of his campaign fund, an investigator for the attorney general says.”
Investigator Mark Pinto, in a court affidavit filed last week, said an examination of Griego’s campaign bank account and finance reports from the period after he resigned from office last year shows probable cause that Griego committed embezzlement and perjury, tampered with public records, filed false or incomplete campaign finance reports and unlawfully spent campaign funds.
Disaster Relief Funds on Hold
The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is holding back tens of millions of dollars in federal money meant for disaster relief and that is putting some small businesses at risk of going out of business, reports Laura Paskus. 

Big Bucks
Yates Petroleum, one of the first companies to commercially drill for oil on New Mexico trust lands, is being acquired by a Houston firm for $2.5 billion.

‘A Step in the Wrong Direction’
Open government advocates aren’t happy with recent meetings at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Training Academy since a rule change limited public access to police training curriculums.
“At a time when communities all over the country are devoting more scrutiny to their police departments’ use of force, the board’s decision to remove use of force curriculum changes from its public website is a step in the wrong direction,” [ACLU Executive Director Peter Simonson said in an email].
Sudden Closure
Students at the ITT Technical Institute won’t be going to class today after administrators announced they’re closed all its campus after being sanctioned by the US Education Department. Students told KOB they’re upset because they weren’t told much and wonder if the credits they’ve racked up will transfer to other schools. In August, ITT’s accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) determined the school “is not in compliance, and is unlikely to become in compliance with [ACICS] Accreditation Criteria.”

Get Ready for Flu Season
The New Mexico Health Department has come out with a list of things to do now that flu season is officially underway again, including getting a flu shot and preventing the spread of the contagious disease by keeping your hands clean.


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