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Morning Word: You're Charging Us How Much?

January 23, 2017, 7:30 am

Um, About Your Community Event...
The city of Santa Fe, which like so many hamlets around our fair state is having budget issues, is pondering how to make nonprofits pay for services the city used to give them for free. Mostly that's police overtime and fees for lost parking revenue. But some nonprofits are balking at the bill, including the Rotary Club, which told The New Mexican of police presence during its event, “the only time we saw them was when they were walking around in a group doing nothing.” 

Signs of Unrest
Thousands participated in Saturday's Women's March in Santa Fe. SFR had staff not just locally, but on the bus to DC, people! Check out Kim Jones' work along with a few choice pics from Santa Fe. Worth catching are Vogue's best-of compilation from marches across the country and these shots from Albuquerque.

Congressional Panel
After infamous videos surfaced in 2015 purporting to show Planned Parenthood staffers offering to sell fetal tissue from abortions (here's a fact check), Congress chose to study the matter. The panel's final report has been released, which interests Morning Word readers because both a private clinic in New Mexico and the state's flagship public hospital were targeted. The report and a bill now moving through the state Legislature focus on so-called "born alive" abortions—a term disputed by medical professionals.

Count Us In
New Mexico is suing Takata, the airbag manufacturer that's already agreed to a $1 billion deal with the Justice Department because it tried for years to hide the deadly nature of its faulty airbags. The suit, filed by Attorney General Hector Balderas, goes after several automakers, too. It asks for civil penalties for each defective airbag in a vehicle offered for sale here.

Well This is Different
On Friday, we told you how the state House was meeting on a day usually reserved for printing bills. They worked Saturday, too, as legislators scramble to close a projected $69 million shortfall in this year's budget. Representatives passed a pair of bills that will have to be OK'd by the Senate.

Navajo Name Change
A proposal to change the name of the Navajo Nation to the Diné Nation is gaining momentum. The tribe's budget and finance committee approved the switch, which leaders hope will strengthen the nation's sense of identity.

Bad Loan Settlement
Four former Los Alamos National Bank executives have settled with the Treasury Department after regulators accused the group of trying to hide bad loans in an apparent effort to escape oversight. As is usual in such cases, no wrongdoing was admitted or denied.

Storms Keep Rolling
Santa Fe, in particular the mountains above town that give us water and skiing, keeps gathering snow. And more is in the forecast. Yes please.

Thanks for reading! The Word's getting the first round of coffee today.

 

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