January 23 Morning Rush: Rival Senate bills not likely to end shutdown

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1. There are two proposals on the table set to be voted on Thursday by the Senate. Neither are expected to pass. The GOP proposal incorporates President Trump’s offer to swap temporary protection for some undocumented immigrants for the $5.7 billion in funding needed for the controversial border wall. A rival Democratic bill would reopen the government but not fund the wall. Its based on a measure that’s already made it through the House. Both proposals are expected to fail at this point because either would need 60 votes to advance.

Full story: Week 5: Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate


2. State lawmakers are set to start debate on a huge tax bill, that if passed, could significantly alter taxes for New Mexicans. In the bill, Democrats outline the changes they would like to see including raising the gas tax by about 10 cents a gallon. That would be a more than 50-percent increase, bringing the total gas to around 27 cents a gallon. Democrats say the money raised would help pay for road projects. Republicans are against the proposal, saying the tax is not needed, citing the state’s budget surplus.

Full story: Gas tax increase could pump millions of dollars into fixing up road


3. Coming off a day of temperatures far below average on Tuesday, Wednesay will feel a bit better with a slight warm-up getting underway across the state.

Full story: Kristen’s Wednesday Morning Forecast


4. The City is paying $50,000 to an Albuquerque family after a dispatcher hung up on a caller who was trying to help a dying teen. Seventeen-yJaydond jaydon Chavez-Silver was killed in a drive-by shooting while at a house party in 2015. His friends called 911 for help and dispatcher and former Albuquerque fire fighter Matthew Sanchez took the call. But he hung up after getting frustrated. Chavez-Silver’s parents sued the city claiming negligence. Sanchez resigned after the incident.

Full story: City settles lawsuit with family of Jaydon Chavez-Silver


5. Professional athletes from Albuquerque are currently starring in a national commercial. Boxer Holly Holm and professional skateboarderMariahh Duran were chosen by Mountain Dew to appear in its “Let’s Do” commercial. Both Duran and Holm grew up and currently live in Albuquerque.  The ad also features other sports stars and the rap group Migos.

Full story: Mountain Dew commercial features locals Holly Holm, Mariah Duran


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