March 13 Morning Rush: Extreme winds expected to rip across New Mexico

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1. As we continue to track the strong storm system that brought severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to southeast New Mexico Tuesday, the focus now shifts to wind. Extreme to dangerous winds will take over the state as this storm slides northeast into Kansas.

Full story: Kristen’s Wednesday Morning Forecast


2. At last check, the town of Dexter is still without power Wednesday morning. This comes after a tornado rips right through town. Officials say ten homes were damaged or destroyed. Search crews in town are preparing to head out this morning and do another sweep of the area making sure everyone is accounted for. School is closed Wednesday. As is Highway 2 after it sustained significant damage. Right now, five people are recovering in the hospital from minor injuries.

Full story: Severe storms, tornadoes cause major damage in southeast New Mexico town


3. The Senate bill addressing the state film tax credit is back in committee after some changes and passing in a 32-8 vote in the Senate Tuesday. The version of SB 2 heading to the commerce and economic development committee lets the state pay a one time fee of up to $225 million to get rid of a majority of the backlog we owe to Hollywood. Additionally, the bill would add a $100-million hard limit on the tab and raise the state’s cap credits from $50 million to $110 million dollars. The state currently owes the more than $300-million dollars to Hollywood.

Full story: Bill to reduce Hollywood film credit backlog advances


4.  The city of Albuquerque says they’re now putting preventative measures in place to keep residents personal information safe from hackers. The move comes after an audit reveals – more than 27,000 citizens information was at risk of being leaked and that city employees didn’t know those filed needed to be protected. The city now says they have cut off any potential access to their millions of personal identifiable information files. So far the city has not had a data breach.

Full story: City audit: Thousands of people’s personal data at risk of being leaked


5. if you’re a fan of hitting the slopes here’s some good news. Ski season is being extended. After a wet winter, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is extending their daily hours and plan to stay open through April 7. Pajarito Mountain also plans to remain open through that time. Resort officials say that both ski areas  are enjoying double-digit growth over last year.

Full story: Ski season extended at some local ski resorts


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