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Sen. Martin Heinrich Talks the Week that Was in Washington, and Renewable Jobs for NM

Sen. Martin Heinrich sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee. I spoke to him Friday afternoon for his wrap of the rapid fire news cycle in and out of Washington DC last week and during the last 14 days since Sally Yates testified to Congress on May 8th and Pres. Trump fired FBI director James Comey May 9th. He also spoke about renewable energy jobs in New Mexico. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/heinrich.mp3

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Emerge New Mexico Trains Democratic Women; Seeks to Increase Women's Representation in Politics

Our feature story today follows the second class of a seven-session training for prospective New Mexico women political candidates through Emerge New Mexico — part of a national movement called Emerge america. Last week Hillary Clinton’s new political group, Onward Together, announced that it chose Emerge America as one of the first five beneficiary organizations as that group works to support the resistance to President Donald Trump’s agenda. After the feature, I'm joined in the studio by...

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In the Studio: Cognitive Scientist Lera Boroditsky

Dr. Lera Boroditsky is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California–San Diego and editor-in-chief of the journal Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. Her focus is the study of linguistic relativity, the concept that speakers of different languages experience reality in different ways. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the New Mexico School for the Deaf's James A. Little Theater, Dr. Boroditsky will be speaking on "How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think," part of...

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Santa Fe city councilors have approved a non-binding resolution urging county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. The 5-3 vote came at the end of a discussion that lasted more than an hour at yesterday afternoon's meeting. City council chambers were packed to capacity by both opponents and supporters of the measure. *** The resolution came up after Mayor David Coss and Councilor Patti Bushee announced that state law is neutral on the question of who can get a civil marriage license. A full report At Noon on KSFR 101.1.

 

  After local news headlines, a talk with the New Mexico Agriculture Secretary on continuing drought impacts on our state's ranchers and farmers. Then, we billboard the vote on Santa Fe's marriage equality resolution coming up tonight with a special report from KSFR reporter Marion Cox in Paris.  Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

Santa Fe's Jean Cocteau movie theater near the Railyard which closed back in 2006 will be resurrected sometime this summer.  That's the word from the building's new owner, Santa Fe writer George R.R. Martin whose work is the basis for HBO's popular "Game of Thrones."  Martin says the theater is being upgraded to present both classic and first run films in new digital format. The cinema will be managed by former Santa Fe Film Festival director Jon Bowman.

  On Tuesday's midday report: Santa Fe has a new airport manager. We'll speak with Francey Jesson about how the city different stacks up against some of her other jobs, among them San Francisco and most recently Roanoke, Virginia....After years of planning, fund raising and overcoming objections from the governor's office, Santa Fe Community College's new Higher Education Center is a step closer to reality with today's ground breaking... The U.S. Senate could be voting later this week to have online retailers charge sales taxes, and Sen.

The finance committee of Santa Fe's City Council is meeting again today to grapple with a shortfall of $9 million in next year's budget.  The city manager says spending is expected to rise next year to a level that is $6 million more than regular revenue will cover. The council also has to find a way to fill an expected gap of about $3 million in gross receipts taxes.  City manager Robert Romero says the overall shortfall could be covered by modest spending cuts, including leaving some vacant positions open and adjusting some department budgets.

On Monday's midday report: A look at the Colorado River basin. During this continued drought, can it continue to meet demand? ... Illegal dumping in some parts of New Mexico is not only hurting the environment, it's costing some communities millions to clean up.  The question now is how to prevent it...  From the U.S. Senate a heated exchange over immigration reform...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...

Charges have been filed against the surviving Boston bombing suspect, charging use of weapons of mass destruction including other charges. Read the full complaint.  

State officials say the unemployment picture for Santa Fe and the rest of the state hasn't changed much from last year. Santa Fe's rate stood at 5.5 percent both years while the New Mexico unemployment rate for both periods was 6.9 percent.  

The FBI is reportedly looking into allegations that the sheriff's office in Rio Arriba County fixed traffic tickets in exchange for donations to a so-called sheriff's scholarship fund.  News reports say the FBI had a search warrant to enter the sheriff's office in Espanola.  The authorities are not confirming the ticket-fixing allegations but another county official says if there is a sheriff's scholarship fund, it was set up without approval by the county commission.  

On Thursday's midday report:  Major gun control legislation fails in the U.S. Senate but two minor pieces succeed...In New Mexico, we’ll speak with an Albuquerque lawyer who is frustrated at the military’s legal system after a decade of providing defense counsel to several Guantanamo prisoners…a forest fire burning in the Lincoln National Forest…and a town hall meeting in Santa Fe on immigration reform set for this evening...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen....

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MONDAY May 22 - New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez offered nosuggestions during the State Legislature’s 60 day regular session earlier this year, but now she’s demanding a Special Session enact a full-scale overhaul of the budget-making process. Milan Simonich on the Santa Fe New Mexican warns that’s an awfully big job for such a short session TUESDAY May 23 - In California’s Central Valley, America’s most productive food-producing region, there is widespread fear of President Trump’s...

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