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Think tank ranks New Mexico tax burden 37th

SANTA FE (AP) - A national report ranks New Mexico 37th in the country for combined state and local taxes paid by its residents.
The conservative-leaning Tax Foundation said in a study released last week that New Mexicans paid 8.6 percent of their per-capita income in taxes to state and local governments in the 2011 fiscal year. That's lower than the national average of 9.8 percent.
The tax burden of New Mexicans has been dropping - from 8.7 percent in 2010, 8.8 percent in 2009 and 9.4 percent in 2008. New Mexico ranked 40th in 2010.
New York had the highest tax burden at 12.6 percent and Wyoming was the lowest at 6.9 percent.
The study measures taxes paid by individuals and businesses in their home states and directly or indirectly in other states.

Time-of-day watering restrictions begin

It may be April Fool's Day, but time-of-day watering restrictions are no joke.

Beginning Tuesday, April 1, customers of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority are prohibited from using sprinkler irrigation between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Time-of-day watering restrictions will remain in effect through October 31.

Those who water during prohibited times face water waste fines for each violation. Fines are based on the number of violations received by the individual customer in the past five years.

"The reason for this time-of-day restriction is that we want people to water when it will do the most good," said Katherine Yuhas, the Water Authority's Conservation Officer. 

Yuhas said that when sprinkler irrigation is used during the hottest and windiest part of the day, only about half of the water actually reaches the ground.The other half evaporates.

Best breakfast burrito in NM?

The New Mexico Tourism Department is looking for the best breakfast burrito in the state.

Starting on Monday, March 31, New Mexicans can nominate their favorite breakfast burrito for the "New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway." All nominations must come from the official online form at newmexico.org/burrito.

Nominations are open to New Mexico-based restaurants with a business license, in good standing with local and state Health Departments and with a bricks-and-mortar location.
The breakfast burrito must include egg, tortilla and New Mexico chile on the regular menu.

After the nomination period ends on April 13, online voters will then decide which fifty locations should become the founding members of the Breakfast Burrito Byway.

Lottery scholarship may cover 90 percent of UNM tuition

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A University of New Mexico administrator estimates that the state's lottery scholarship will cover 90 percent of the university's students just starting in the assistance program.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Associate Vice President Terry Babbitt's projection is based on changes being made by recent legislation to prop up the program.
The legislation provides roughly $19 million in annual liquor tax money to supplement the scholarship program for two years starting in 2015.
According to Babbitt, no one can say with certainty what percentage of tuition will be covered by lottery scholarships until final enrollment, tuition and revenue figures are available June 1.
Babbitt is associate vice president for enrollment management.

Pedestrian hit by car in downtown Albuquerque

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at Mountain Road and Broadway Boulevard on Tuesday morning.

Albuquerque police and paramedics responded to the scene just after 7 a.m. 

The pedestrian, who has not been identified, is listed in stable condition, according to police. 

No further details about the crash have been released.

Old Town Pedicab reported missing

A mainstay of Albuquerque's Old Town has gone missing.

Mike Whitney said he discovered his hand-built Pedicab missing on Monday morning. He believes it was stolen.

Whitney is asking anyone who sees the vehicle to please contact the police.

Old Town Pedicab is a cab service in old town that takes visitors on a tour of the historical and scenic aspects of Old Town.

Downtown revival: Central Ave. buildings sold to new investors

A stretch of buildings in the heart of downtown Albuquerque have a new owner.

KOB Eyewitness News 4's media partners at Albuquerque Business First reported two investors bought more than 10,000 square feet of buildings on Central Avenue. It's just another effort to revive the downtown area.

The investors noticed how vital Central is to the area. There are already tenants in the buildings, like Blackwater Music, a live music and dance club, and the investors plan on putting even more businesses, like retailers and restaurants.

The amount the investors paid is unknown, but Albuquerque Business First reported that the properties were most recently listed at $1.3 million.