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Morning Word: Voters Head to Polls

November 8, 2016, 7:30 am
★★★ Election Day Arrives ★★★
If you didn’t vote early, today is the big day. But with half of eligible voters already done, the ballot may be longer than the waiting lines in New Mexico.

In-Depth Race Recap
Morgan Lee over at the Associated Press takes a look at all of the races, as state Republicans try to keep control of the New Mexico House.

Officials Will Monitor Polling Sites
Despite what Donald Trump says, the election isn’t rigged. Still, the New Mexico Secretary of State and New Mexico Attorney General’s office are ready for any issues that pop up.

Trump Gets Early Lead; Clinton Not Worried
Trump is off to an early lead in the presidential race, winning over the voters of three New Hampshire precincts by a 32-25 margin over Hillary Clinton. But the early tally probably isn’t worrying the Clinton camp. A national poll shows she leads Trump 45 percent to 37 percent. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson came away with 11 percent support while Green Party candidate Jill Stein polled at 3 percent support. In New Mexico, Clinton polls two points higher than Trump.  

UNM Told To Close Professor Pay Gap
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants the University of New Mexico to close the gender pay gaps they found between male and female professors.
Bob Frank, challenged the EEOC’s conclusions on Monday. He attributed most of the pay differences to disparities in experience, personal performance and field of study. UNM administrators said the university had spent nearly $2 million in the past four years to make pay more equitable for all employees.

“Any shortfall in predicted salaries on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, no matter how small, is unacceptable and UNM will continue to take all appropriate steps to remedy them,” said Carol Parker, an administrator.
Shut-In Rule Update
Andy Lyman did a little digging and discovered that previous news reports about the state giving energy companies free rent isn’t exactly accurate. Instead, “the new 'shut-in' rule gives small oil companies a small amount of leeway in temporarily halting production instead of completely shutting down wells that are not currently economically viable,” so the state doesn’t lose out on future revenues.

Wind Farms Killing Bats
So it turns out that those gigantic wind farm blades that kill hundreds of thousands of birds every year are actually killing more bats.

 

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