In his first major press conference, new Attorney General Hector Balderas today released a long-withheld report on the investigation into alleged Medicaid billing fraud by New Mexico behavioral health providers. Governor Susana Martinez last year fired numerous NM behavioral health providers and replaced them with Arizona businesses. The results of the 2013 audit were not disclosed to the accused health care providers.
Legislators across the West are discussing whether public lands should be managed by the Federal Government or by states. New Mexico Sportsmen and other outdoor enthusiasts are rallying today in opposition to any transfer of public lands. Listen Here
Last week we looked at the history of the behavioral health system for the poor in New Mexico, and the closure of an Arizona firm paid millions of dollars to take over operations of services in the southern part of the state. That statewide shake-up resulting from a state-funded secret audit of 15 mental health providers accused of fraud put most of the non-profits out of business and left thousands of fragile Medicaid patients without care. Some of the counselors left for the private sector, some were not rehired by the Arizona companies, and client relationships were disrupted as the new
The first salvos have been fired in the battle over so-called “right to work” legislation at the New Mexico State Capitol. As we hear in this report from Tom Trowbridge at the Roundhouse, a bill sponsored by Logan Republican Representative Dennis Roch being heard by the House Business and Employment Committee, brought testimony both pro and con on the issue. Listen Here
After 47 years of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the West Bank, and 21 years of negotiations with Israel under the auspices of the United States, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has embarked on what Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab told KSFR's Dave Marash on Here and There, is a new diplomatic strategy. But its aims, he said, are still a Palestinian state and peace. To hear the AtNoon excerpt of this interview, Click Here.
An Ohio ultra-marathoner is on a mission to provide clean drinking water and sanitation for people in Ethiopia. Daren Wendell is running the equivalent of a marathon a day for 100-straight days going coast-to-coast on his fund-raising effort. Wendell took off from the California coast on New Year’s Day and crossed from Arizona into New Mexico late last week. Wendell expects to reach Albuquerque tomorrow. He spoke with KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge, who asked him how his trek has been going up to now.
Yesterday, over three weeks of testimony before the Public Regulations Commission regarding PNM’s new energy plan came to an end. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Public Regulations Commissioner Pat Lyons and New Energy Economy’s Mariel Nanasi about the hearings. Listen Here
PNM’s energy plan is in the news continually these days – and it’s not very popular. but what are some of the alternatives? City Councilor Patti Bushee on this program introduced a plan that looked at partnering with PNM as an interim step to creating a Municipal Utility. She based her proposal on a Minneapolis blueprint.
Two upcoming elections could greatly influence the school system in Santa Fe. The elections for Santa Fe school board and Santa Fe community college board candidates will be held on Feb 3d with early voting occurring now through Jan 30. League of Women Voters president Donna Reynolds explains the importance of this election for citizens wanting to influence local politics.