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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....

Both of New Mexico's U.S. senators say they are unhappy that there were not enough votes to pass gun control legislation yesterday. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich were in the majority voting for a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers.  But the majority was not enough to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.

After local news, a talk with the NM Dept. of Health about teen suicide in our state with data from a new report.  Then, a conversation with soon-to-retire Santa Fe Airport manager Jim Montman.  And Actor Wes Studi talks to KSFR ahead of an upcoming honor.

Santa Fe's Railyard may get a cinema within the coming year and a half. The board of the organization that operates the Railyard property has approved a proposal by a movie theater company from Austin for a 16,000 square-foot theater complex devoted to arts and Spanish-language films.  The site would have 11 cinemas, nearly all of them with just 50 seats. A competing proposal would have required destroying El Museo de Cultural and the popular Santa Fe Clay. But the winning plan offered by the Violet Crown company would allow those entities to remain.

On Tuesday's midday report: The latest on the Boston bombings ...Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico says he's cautiously optimistic gun control legislation will come up before the U.S. Senate...A coalition of Western conservation groups call out Santa Fe for efforts to conserve water...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...

There's no word of any New Mexican injured in the Boston Marathon explosions. Eighty or more people from the Zia state took part in the race, most of them from Albuquerque.  A half dozen or so Santa Feans took part.

Its all clear on East Palace Avenue this morning after the police bomb squad removed a WWII-era grenade from a residence.  A woman living at the home had found it and called the authorities.  Celina Westervelt of the police department told KSFR they locked down the immediate neighborhood while they investigated. ***

Santa Fe police remove explosive from home

Apr 15, 2013

Santa Fe police have reopened East Palace Ave., after it was closed for a neighborhood lockdown. They have removed a WWII grenade found by the owner of a local residence.  The device has been taken for investigation.

On Monday's midday report:  The Martinez administration is standing its ground today as environmentalists file a motion for contempt of court over the state's building standards...The forest service has a new map showing thousands of miles of roads available to motorized vehicles...Santa Fe's Underage Drinking Alliance working to prevent post-prom teenage DWI fatalities...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...

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