February 20 Morning Rush: Audit reveals UNM paid employees to get degrees out of state

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1. The president’s office at the University of New Mexico is now looking into tuition payments after a university audit revealed UNM used taxpayer money to pay for its employees to get master’s degrees from other universities out of state. KRQE News 13 found out UNM’s Health Sciences Center paid tuition and travel for 12 employees at roughly $626,000 over a four-year period ending last June. It paid for education at schools like Harvard. In many cases didn’t require the employees to continue working at UNM after getting their master’ s degrees. The audit found UNM policy doesn’t allow this and the practice may violate the state constitution.

Full story: UNM paid for employees to get degrees from other universities


2. As Tuesday’s storm continues to exit the state expect more sunshine, drier conditions and slightly warmer temperatures to take its place.

Full story: Kristen’s Wednesday Morning Forecast


3. Albuquerque Police are asking for your help looking for the driver of a silver BMW caught on surveillance video. The car was seen leaving the scene of a road rage shooting on Carlisle and Cutler Tuesday morning. The victim found shot in the face is recovering this morning at UNM Hospital after surgery. Police are asking anyone with tips to call crime stoppers at 843-STOP.

Full story: APD asks for help catching road rage shooting suspect


4. A bill could require drivers to pay extra for two license plates. Albuquerque city councilor Brad Winter is in full support saying it could help reduce crime. House Bill 231 would require drivers to pay an extra $2 during registration for a front license plate. APD supports the move, saying it would help police solve crimes. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the house transportation committee Thursday.

Full story: City councilor urges lawmakers to pass bill requiring front license plates


5. Meow Wolf is growing. Nearly 1,000 people have already commented on where they would like to see the next exhibit built. The art collective is teasing another expansion on social media that they say is set to happen very soon. But until then, Meow Wolf wants to know where fans would like to see the new exhibit. Meow Wolf is already moving forward with exhibits in Denver, Las Vegas, and D.C.

Full story: Meow Wolf asks fans where it should build next


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