January 16 Morning Rush: 2019 Legislative Session underway

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1. Work is set to begin at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Wednesday. This after Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham set out her expectations for lawmakers. This year they will have a billion-dollar surplus to work with. Lujan Grisham says education will be a priority. The governor is also promising to raise teachers’ pay and develop a fund for classroom supplies. This would come from a half billion dollar boost in education funding. The governor says she also wants to focus some of the state’s billion-dollar surplus on public safety, calling on lawmakers to raise officer pay and stop gun violence by not allowing people convicted of assault to buy or own guns.

Full story: Gov. Lujan Grisham sets stage for 2019 Legislative Session


2. Officials are saying teachers across the state are quitting their jobs in the middle of the school year. According to APS, the biggest district in New Mexico, at last check, 560 teachers have left since August. Out of that number, only 83 vacancies are the result of teachers retiring. Officials are saying, both Rio Rancho and Santa Fe school districts have lost about 40 teachers since school started. Teachers say pay, workload, high stakes testing, and a lack of educational resources are ongoing issues. Some of the new programs the state is looking at are implementing programs in school for high school students interested in teaching.

Full story: Hundreds of Albuquerque Public School teachers quitting mid-year


3. A disturbance crossing northern New Mexico on Wednesday will allow snow showers to continue over the higher terrain of the northern and northwestern part o the state with additional accumulations of 1-5″ possible at 7500 feet and above.

Full story: Kristen’s Wednesday Morning Forecast


4. One special dog from the Sandoval County Fire Department is making a big impact in a lot of cases. Meet KT. She is one of only a few dogs in the state trained to find human remains.  So far, KT has helped the FBI in other states and helped search for the body of a little boy at the Amalia compound north of Taos. Most recently, she helped find the bodies of the two murdered teens near Rio Rancho who had been missing for more than two weeks. KT’s handler and her husband are now working on training more search and rescue dogs.

Full story: Local search-and-rescue dog found bodies of two missing teens


5. Santa Fe residents and tourists can sign up for a service which will alert you to emergency situations in the area.  It’s called Alert Santa Fe and it’s a free service that notifies those in the area of potentially hazardous weather, traffic, and other emergency situations.  The system uses data from 9-1-1 and users to give residents accurate and up to date information. 

Full story: Santa Fe County launches new alert system


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