March 15 Morning Rush: Cruising task force invites public comment at meeting

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Trump confirms CNBC contributor Kudlow to be economic aide1. The city’s new cruising task force is inviting the public to voice their concerns and ideas on cruising in Albuquerque. In a meeting Thursday night, the task force wants to hear experiences and recommendations from you on promoting responsible cruising and how to regulate it around town. The core members of the task force will then present their findings to the city council next month. The public meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Brazos Room in the Albuquerque Convention Center. 
Full story: City’s new cruising task force holding public meeting Thursday

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2. A strong Pacific storm system sweeping across the area will give us a blast of “spring-like” weather on Thursday.
Full story: Kristen’s Thursday Morning Forecast

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3. Sandoval County’s crews are bringing in extra help to prepare for one of New Mexico’s worst fire seasons. For the first time the county’s adding a “wildland coordinator” to help respond to any brush fires in rural areas. A third full time fire crew also starts for the county this weekend. The county says it has a lot of ground to cover including big pieces of rugged terrain. Four trucks will also be added to the crew’s fleet.
Full story: Sandoval County fire crews prepare for tough, dangerous dry season

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4. Albuquerque city workers are going through the disciplinary process for polluting arroyos and diversion channels for about the last two years. City buses visit a West Side transit facility and water used to clean them is supposed to be dumped into sandpits. But, a report shows more than 300,000 gallons of contaminated water was dumped improperly. A report says a transit supervisor was ignoring the rules. Workers say they were doing it because the hose used to carry the wastewater to the storage tanks wasn’t long enough.
Full story: Transit supervisor ordered workers to dump contaminated water into storm drains

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5. The city of Santa Fe is issuing refunds to some people who have recently received parking tickets. City officials are canceling dozens of parking tickets after the city discovered battery malfunctions in 280 parking meters. The city says most of the affected meters were downtown and the problem started at the end of last year. City staff says they have now replaced faulty solar-charged meter batteries and canceled nearly 80 parking tickets.

Full story: Santa Fe cancels many parking tickets after meters malfunction

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