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Morning Word: Another Fiery Wrong Way Crash Kills 2

September 26, 2016, 7:30 am
Wrong-Way Crash Kills 2
Investigators are still trying to determine if alcohol was involved in another deadly head-on crash caused by a driver going the wrong way on I-25 just east of Santa Fe late Saturday night.

State Agencies Still Haven’t Defined Spending Cuts

With lawmakers and the governor scrambling to shore up the state’s budget, it’s still not clear exactly how state agencies plan to cut their spending, but some are leaving open jobs vacant. Lawmakers hope to get specific details on the cuts before the start of a special session sometime this fall.

Governor Wants Three-Strikes Bill Reheard

A measure to reinstate the death penalty won’t be the only high stakes criminal legislation proposals on the agenda once the Gov. Susana Martinez calls lawmakers back to Santa Fe for a special session. Steve Terrell reports the Martinez also wants a "three-strikes" law aimed at locking habitual felons up for life to get another quick hearing.

Weld Not Quitting Race

If you’ve been hearing gossip that Gary Johnson’s running mate, William Weld, is getting ready to quit the 2016 Libertarian Party ticket, it’s not true according to both men who say their focus and energy to try and win the election won’t be diverted by rumors.

State’s Oil and Gas Industry Off 5 Percent

The Albuquerque Journal reviewed the numbers and it looks like New Mexico’s oil and gas industry is still suffering from lower global prices.
Statewide production fell by about four million barrels from January to July, dropping from about 86 million barrels in the first seven months of 2015 to about 82 million for the same period this year, according to the latest statistics from the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division.
Fraud Charges Dropped
The Associated Press reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission won’t pursue fraud charges against two former Thornburg Mortgage executives related to an allegation they had filed a false financial statement.
The agency filed a lawsuit in 2012, alleging that Larry Goldstone, Clarence Simmons III and Jane Starrett hid the company's deteriorating financial condition at the start of the housing market collapse by issuing misleading statements. They also were accused of hiding a $428 million loss in a 2007 annual report.

A jury cleared Goldstone and Simmons in July of five counts of civil accounting fraud but deadlocked on five others.
Feds Target Immigrants Without Criminal Records
Immigrant advocates claim Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are using 48-hour hold detainers to target people without any criminal records, although the number of detainers issued since 2011 is down significantly.
ICE issued 409 detainers in fiscal 2015 in New Mexico, down from 3,170 detainers issued in fiscal 2011, according to data collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The data do not show how many of those individuals were deported.

The peak came at the height of the “Secure Communities” program that encouraged local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE through the use of detainers and other methods – a program local New Mexico law enforcement broadly rejected and which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he wants to revive.
Golf Legend Dies
Golf legend Arnold Palmer died on Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87. Palmer is credited with making the country club sport massively more popular.

Voice of the Lobos Remembered
Yesterday, University of New Mexico Lobo fans honored Mike Roberts, the school’s former radio announcer at a public viewing inside the Pit. The “Voice of the Lobos” passed away on September 13 after a battle with throat cancer. He was 83.

‘Surreal Experience’
This is so cool. An Albuquerque teen who survived cancer, and interviewed Peyton Manning last year, got another assignment as a special CBS sports correspondent and interviewed Denver Bronco Coach Gary Kubiak over the weekend. Austin Denton will travel to New York to present the segment on NFL Today. Oh, and the Broncos beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday 29-17.


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