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The Vatican this week made a move to recognize Palestinian statehood. The treaty, not surprisingly, was a welcome statement for Palestinians, while upsetting the Israeli government. This move comes as supporters of Palestine gather to commemorate Nakba Day or the Day of Palestinian Catastrophe, which takes place tomorrow May 15th. In Santa Fe supporters will gather on the plaza from noon to 1pm. In the evening there will be a special presentation by longtime author and former CIA agent Kathleen Christison who just returned from Gaza and the West Bank.

Education Week, a respected education news source, recently reported that teachers who earn nationalboard certification are more effective than those who don't.  And the National Education Association-New Mexico encourages teachers to get a national credential, but questions a state system that ties teacher performance to student test results.  Mary Lou Cooper brings us the story. Listen Here 

This weekend marks the second annual Bike and Brew festival, an event sponsored by Outside magazine and which organizers say is becoming a big economic engine for Santa Fe. KSFR's Zélie Pollon spoke with  Christopher Goblet, event director for the Outside Bike and Brew festival and the executive director of the New Mexico Brewers Guild. Listen Here

Santa Fe police confirmed Monday that a body found last week near a trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is that of 29-year-old Laurence Longwell, who was reported missing last December and whose car was found parked near Ski Santa Fe. Hikers found a body last week near the Santa Fe Baldy trail. Longwell was last seen December 11th, and he was reported missing two days later. His vehicle was found at the Windsor Trail-head parking lot parking lot near Ski Santa Fe. Police have not released any information surrounding his death at this time.

A Santa Fe non-profit dedicated to serving the estimated 21-thousand local residents experiencing food insecurity is urging local gardeners to “grow a row” of vegetables this garden season to help beat local hunger.Tom Trowbridge has the story:

KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. Listen Here

Site Santa Fe, one of our town’s foremost contemporary art spaces, is celebrating 20 years. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Joanne Lefrak, Site’s director of education and outreach about their lineup of celebratory activities, including a full day of free arts activities this weekend. Listen Here

Despite recent rainfall, fire season has arrived. KSFR's Jack Lobe finds out how to prepare to weather fires safely from the Santa Fe Fire Department. Listen Here

At first it looked like the world might never know about a series of murderous raids committed by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.  The Nigerian Army and a multi-national force that had failed to prevent these terrible attacks weren't talking about it.  So word came slowly, almost literally on foot, that a crime against humanity had been perpetrated.  Josh Lyons, chief analyst for satellite imaging for Human Rights Watch brought the story to the world's news media.  He told KSFR'S Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE how he gathered the evidence.

KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. Listen Here

This year is the 60th anniversary of Girls Inc, an organization that helps girls to become strong smart and bold. KSFR’s Kate Powell talks to New Mexico Girls Inc Executive  Director Kim Brown. Listen Here

At a time when New Mexico is usually experiencing its first fires of the season, we’re instead seeing severe thunderstorms and flooding across some parts of the state. Karen Takai is the new spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. She says that regardless of the weather event, being prepared for any natural disaster is key. Listen Here

It is almost 21 years since the world's worst outbreak of genocidal mass murder ravaged the central African nation of Rwanda, but just last month newly released government documents provided new insights into why America resisted request to intervene to stop the slaughter.   Reporter Colum Lynch of foreignpolicy.com broke the story.