2 years ago, 15 New Mexico Behavioral Health Care providers had their Medicaid accreditation invalidated by the State Human Services Department (HSD) for what state officials called "credible accusations of fraud." But the auditor who examined the agencies, PCG, made no such allegations. And to this date, almost none of the charges have been revealed to the accused agencies...most of whom have gone out of business.
Alaska today became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But it's still illegal to smoke pot in public, and violators can be hit with a $100 fine. Voters in November approved legalizing marijuana use by adults in private places, which has left some people confused about what "in private" means. The state's alcohol regulatory board plans to meet today to sort things out.
As New Mexicans look to enrich the lives of family members with special needs, some are turning to horse assisted therapies. KSFR reporter Randy Scott talks with Ashley Armijo of the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding about her work with children and adults who experience a variety of challenges in their lives. Listen Here
House members of the Public Affairs and Regulation Committee listened to five hours of testimony from New Mexicans on both sides of the issue of abortion on Friday, with the crowd spilling over into the halls outside the committee room well into the evening. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, the bill, sponsored by Republican Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo, passed on a party-line vote. Listen Here
Last week a Senate committee killed a bill to retain all third graders who did not have sufficient reading skills. The bill, a favorite for Governor Susana Martinez, was blocked by a vote of 5-3 along party lines in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. However, a similar bill was easily approved by the Republican-controlled House and will also make its way to the Senate in the coming days or weeks. We spoke with Democratic Senator Mimi Stewart, who led the opposition to last week's bill by Republican Sen Gay Kernan of Hobbs.
A recent investigation by New Mexico InDepth uncovered that five of the six Senators who opposed capping the interest rates on some loans accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the loan industry. I spoke with New Mexico In Depth Director Trip Jennings about the research and why these storefront lenders hold such sway over our politicians. Listen Here
Although gas prices have risen slightly, they've taken a big dip in the last six months. For northern New Mexico, that price drop has affected not only the state, but a wide array of individuals and agencies. KSFR's John Calef takes a closer look at the impact. Listen Here
What proponents of an escalation in arms supplies call "the Ukrainian military" is, in fact, far from a single, unified entity. It consists of a badly-trained, badly equipped National Army and perhaps a dozen autonomous "volunteer" battalions who are supposed to report, not to the military chain of command, but to the Interior Ministry. Kiev-based journalist Maxim Eristavi told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, it's not clear where these units get their orders from, but he says, their ability to work together and Russian-backed secessionist forces is improving.
On this week's edition of Equal Time, host Martha Burk contemplates a less-discussed, but no less serious defect of the Oscar-nominated film Selma: its minimization of Corretta Scott King's role in the Civil Rights Movement. Listen Here
Two bills will be heard in committee tomorrow regarding a woman's right to an abortion. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke to Elisa Martinez, President of New Mexico Alliance for Life about the bills HB 390 and HB 391 - one on late term abortion and the other on parental notification. Listen Here
Few economies have been harder hit by the crash in the global price of oil than Latin America's number one oil producer, Venezuela. The currency has been plunging in value, inflation is at an annual rate of 64%, and AP's Caracas Correspondent Hannah Dreier told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, a trip to the store can be an all-day nightmare.