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1. A high chance of rain for the metro today. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 61 degrees. Other parts of the state could even see snow.

2. State lawmakers may approve money to help beef up security at some schools in Albuquerque. Last school year alone thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and cash from the district. In a bill recently passed by the Senate, 26 schools in the APS district would get $960,000 earmarked for security upgrades.That money still needs approval from the House and the governor.

3. Albuquerque’s mayor is asking city councilors to approve a lot more money to pay for the attorney who’s negotiating reforms to APD with the federal government. Scott Greenwood has been working for the city since April. The mayor wants to up the total to a $500,000 for him, so far. City Councilor Ken Sanchez wants a review of exactly how the money already being paid to Greenwood is being used. He says Greenwood hasn’t submitted a single invoice since July. The mayor’s office refused to answer KRQE News 13’s questions.

4. A reward to catch whomever is stealing dogs in Albuquerque is going up. The mayor and private donors are now offering $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. About one dozen dogs have gone missing and some fear they may being used as bait dogs in dog fights. The Bernalillo county animal care office says it’s not a widespread problem and if a dog is stolen, you’d likely see some evidence.

5. March Madness begins today. Lots of people are filling out their brackets in anticipation of college basketball games. Some are airing on KRQE beginning today. There will be no noon news on KRQE News 13 Thursday and Friday. Some soap operas are also not airing. Find more programming information here.

Top Morning Headlines

The state Senate voted to keep New Mexico from switching their clocks twice a year. The bill was introduced by Roswell Republican Cliff Pirtle. If it passes, New Mexico would still be in line with mountain time from March through October, but from November to March it would be on central time. If the House passes the bill and the governor signs it, the federal government would still have the final say.

Questions raised about a white powdery substance found in slain Deputy Jeremy Martin’s wallet now have answers. The state says it was aspirin. The powder was part of a hearing on Wednesday for former Santa Fe County Deputy Tai Chan. He’s charged with murdering Martin after a night of drinking in Las Cruces. The defense isn’t giving up that easy and want to test the powder themselves. The defense also wants access to Martin’s personnel records. They claim the records will show Martin was violent. The sheriff’s office refuses to release them. The judge has given both sides two weeks to present arguments.

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