Five Things You Need to Know Before You GoFebruary 19th, 2014 at 4:48 am by Mary Ann Hatchitt under 5 Things, Morning Show
5. A $6.2 billion compromise state budget was passed unanimously by the Senate last night and is now on its way to the House. It includes $290 million in new spending. It gives pay raises to all state workers. It also funds Governor Susana Martinez’s education reforms, but not as much as she wanted.
4. New Mexico will soon join the ranks of states that ban texting while driving. The House passed the ban yesterday, it’s now on its way to the Governor for her signature. The fines would be $25 for the first violation, and $50 for each subsequent violation.
3. The USDA is recalling 8.7 million pounds of beef from the Rancho Feeding Corporation in California because of improper inspections. It impacts everything from packaged ground beef to Hot Pockets. All the products were produced between January 1, 2013 and January 7, 2014. For a full list of the products check KRQE.com.
2. New Mexico is bone dry and we’re still in the midst of a significant drought. With no moisture in sight, the fire danger is very high right now. Fire officials are preparing for the worst, and warning residents to be careful burning outdoors. Later this morning expect an announcement on whether open first will be banned in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.
1. It’ll be mostly sunny this Wednesday, with a high near 72, and a north wind of 5 to 10 mph becoming west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight, mostly clear with a low around 30 and a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph.