The Five Facts You Need to Know:
- As state lawmakers call for a special session to deal with the budget crisis, some state agencies are preparing to tighten the belt. Gov. Martinez has ordered departments under her control to cut spending by 5-percent and not to spend 45-percent of their budget in the first half of this fiscal year. Experts blame the budget cuts on low gas prices. About a third of state governments revenue is tied to oil production. New Mexico’s budget shortfall is estimated at $500 million, but state senator John Arthur Smith estimates it could be even bigger.
- Wednesday, partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Highs in the 80’s. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower to mid 60’s.
- The Española School District wants a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a former student. That 15-year-old student filed the suit after being expelled over graphic drawings including bloody images and students’ names on headstones, including what investigators called his “hit list.” The student claimed it was art therapy because he suffered from PTSD. However, the district argues he did not suffer from a disability.
- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to speak in Virginia Wednesday as he faces more controversy. Many Democrats say he crossed the line when he referenced the second amendment after talking about Clinton making picks for the Supreme Court. House Speaker Paul Ryan also spoke out against the comments. Trump says he was encouraging second amendment supporters to get out and vote.
- Some local Little League players are warming up for a big game. Eastdale Little League is playing Texas for the Southwest Region Trophy Wednesday night. If they win they advance to the “World Series” in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Top Morning Headlines:
The University of New Mexico has again suspended an assistant professor of anthropology. Officials announced Tuesday that the school has received new information that has led to an emergency suspension of Dr. Cristobal Valencia. UNM officials didn’t specifically say why Valencia was being suspended. But Valencia was suspended last spring for allegedly sexually harassing female students.
Environmental groups joined with executives of New Mexico’s largest electricity provider Tuesday in urging quick approval of a renewable energy plan designed to lure a Facebook data center to the state. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission listened to testimony at a public hearing in Santa Fe on a proposal from investor-owned utility Public Service Co. of New Mexico to provide electricity to a Facebook data center in Los Lunas. The commission may make a decision as soon as next week.