Newsbreak New Mexico 5pm Webcast 11/6/12

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Newsbreak New Mexico 12pm Webcast 11/6/12

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Cheating in Philadelphia is underway

The Washington Examiner is reporting that court-appointed Republican poll inspectors are being forcibly removed from voting stations in Philadelphia today. It seems they are being replaced by Democratic inspectors and even members of the Black Panthers, according to GOP officials. Philadelphia residents are reporting that court appointed inspectors are being physically thrown out of polling locations in Ward 32, Div 13, Ward 43, Div 14, Ward 56, Div 1, Ward 56, Div 22, Ward 32, Div 28, Ward 32, Div 28, Ward 12, Div 17, Ward 39, Div 1, Ward 24, Div 9, Ward 18, Div 25, Ward 43, Div 14, Ward 29, Div 18, Ward 65, Div 19, Ward 20, Div 1, Ward 6, Div 11. With widespread threats of rioting made by tweeters living in the nation's major metro areas and countless assassination threats made on Twitter against Romney if he wins, it should come as no surprise that the core constituencies in the Obama re-election movement would stoop to throwing court-appointed poll inspectors out of wards so they can cheat.

AZ Game and Fish says no to Jaguar habitat

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has asked that a proposal aimed at designating land in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the jaguar be withdrawn. 

The agency recently told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the rare jaguar's primary habitat is in Central and South America and that land in Arizona and New Mexico make up less than one percent of the species' historic range. 
Officials with the agency say both states aren't essential to the conservation of jaguars, although male jaguars from Mexico have been spotted in southern Arizona.
 In August, federal wildlife officials proposed designating more than 1,300 square miles in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the jaguar.


Balloon Fiesta attendance down

Attendance numbers from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta show fewer people went to this year’s event in October, compared to 2011. 

A report says the event saw 714,297 visitors this year, which is down from 2011's estimated 737,466 visits.
 Officials say the main reason for the drop in attendance was weather. Poor conditions forced the cancellation of flying events on the first Saturday morning, Thursday evening, Friday morning and Friday evening.
This year's event included a total of 536 balloons, including 99 special shapes, from 19 countries. 
The 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, with the theme "Enchanted Skies," is scheduled to be held Oct. 5-13, 2013. 


Newsbreak New Mexico 8am Webcast 11/6/12

Newsbreak New Mexico 8am Newscast with Vanessa Dabovich

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Gas theft at the DOT
ABQ council votes on Zoo fees
Navajo Nation approves sales tax increase 


Navajo Nation President signs off on sales tax increase

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has signed off on a bill that boosts the tribe's sales tax by 1 percent. 

The increase from 4 percent to 5 percent begins in January and is expected to generate as much as $8 million a year. That money will be split between the tribe's scholarship office and an economic development fund. 
The Tribal Council approved had approved the tax measure last month. Shelly says the added revenue will help Navajos with scholarships and decrease the tribe's dependence on federal funding.


ABQ city council decides new BioPark and Zoo fees

The Albuquerque City Council made a compromise Monday night about ticket prices at the BioPark, and money was also saved from being taken away from funding for a penguin exhibit that is set to open in Fall 2013. 

Councilor Isaac Benton's proposal for ticket prices to be reduced to $9 for adults passed. Seniors would still pay $4.50, but children would only pay $4. 
The councilor also wanted to make sure people from outside New Mexico would pay their fair share in the new ticket prices. 
Prices for adults coming from outside New Mexico will be $12.50.  The new prices will go into effect on December 1st.


State investigates gas theft at the DOT

State officials are still investigating gas thefts and shaking up a handful of employees at the Department of Transportation. 
Each employee is suspected of stealing fuel on the taxpayer's dime and they are not only using gas cards to do it. 
DOT says they think at least four people have stolen gas for personal use within the past year. One of them was busted just last week.
 Melissa Dosher, a DOT spokeswoman. Dosher wouldn't give any more information about the employees, other than saying one of the four is still under investigation and two have terminations pending. 
Dosher says the state will continue random audits and reviews.