Republicans in the U-S Senate have successfully filibustered a measure to raise the minimum wage. The bill had the support of Senator Tom Udall, a Democrat, who took to the Senate Floor to express his dismay, pointing to the economic truth for many New Mexicans. *****050114-Udall-2 :30 (to climb out of poverty.”)**** The Minimum Wage Fairness Act would have implemented a wage of ten-dollars and ten-cents an hour gradually, with future increases tied to the Consumer Price Index.
The U-S Justice Department has heard from Albuquerque residents, who weighed-in during three community meetings that wrapped up last night on future reforms to the Albuquerque Police Department. APD will be subject to federal oversight in the wake of its propensity to shoot people. University of New Mexico Peace Studies instructor Desi Brown among those chiming-in on what the soon-to-be-implemented reforms should look like: *****050114-Brown-1 (q:police oversight commission) :16***** Members of the public who missed the meetings can still request to meet with DOJ reps or can simply email comments to the Justice Department.
Federal regulators are moving forward with a proposal to curb pollution from the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico by closing two of the four coal-fired units at the power plant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency negotiated the plan with Republican Governor Susana Martinez's administration and the state's largest electricity provider, Public Service Company of New Mexico, or PNM.
In southwestern New Mexico, at least a dozen riders were injured as a major crash stalled the first stage of the annual Tour of the Gila. A race spokeswoman says two riders were airlifted to a hospital in Tucson and another 10 were sent to a local hospital. It's unclear what caused Wednesday’s wreck. The Tour of the Gila is a major event for the local economy. Scott Terry is with the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce. *****043014-Terry-2 :39***** Terry suggests visitors come to Silver City and Grant County to take in the race, particularly this Saturday.
Santa Fe Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51, with a slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Tomorrow-Sunny with a high near 63.