In features, we talk about a "curanderismo" course being offered by UNM. We also hear from a SFCC dean on new programs and certificates being offered in the upcoming term. And...we hear of deserted tunnels and tours thereof at the Los Alamos National Lab. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
In features today, a talk with PNM about their plans to build 3 more solar array facilities in NM next year. The Wilderness Society is launching a campaign to prevent oil and gas drilling near Chaco Canyon and Otero Mesa. And LANL's Bradbury Science Museum is opening some new exhibits Friday -- one of those pointing toward algae as a power source of the future. All that and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Both of New Mexico's senators were among the majority of their colleagues voting to pass the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. That will save some $1400 for each of New Mexico's 46,000 undergraduates. Back on July 1st, the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The bill's provisions are retro-active, resetting the rate to 3.8%. Interest rates will be tied to the 10-year Treasury bill plus a percentage for the life of the loans. The bill now heads to the US House.
In today's features, we'll explore how telemedicine can provide quality healthcare to rural New Mexicans. We also catch up with Attorney General Gary King on moves to halt the opening of that equine slaughterhouse down Roswell way. And...music & environmental concerns take to Santa Fe's Bandstand tonight. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
On Tuesday's midday report: The state auditor says he wants results of an independent audit allegedly showing Medicaid fraud in a state agency... Santa Fe police say they have a new program to further cut the rate of burglaries...Sen. Tom Udall files new legislation he says will help home-based businesses...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has advised the state Supreme Court that blocking gay marriage is unconstitutional. The Attorney General noted that state law neither permits nor denies same-sex marriage and banning it flies in the face of equal protection guarantees. The high court had solicited King's advisement in light of a lawsuit by two Santa Fe men denied a marriage license by the county clerk. However, that suit, says King, was improperly filed and the court does not have the authority to order a county official to take a specific action.
After local news, we have a discussion with an agent from the DEA about a new drug tip text line -- TIP 411 -- that'll be part of a public awareness campaign in Santa Fe & Rio Arriba counties. We'll also speak with the Secretary of Taxation & Revenue as that department auctions off unclaimed properties next week in Albuquerque. Those items and more, plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
In Albuquerque today, there will be a 2nd public meeting of the state’s Jobs Council. It was created by lawmakers earlier this year in the legislative session with the express purpose of looking at job creation over the next ten years. House Speaker Ken Martinez says the hope is to bring statewide employment back to pre-recession levels….***clip
After local news, we have a conversation with NM House Speaker Ken Martinez ahead of tomorrow's next public meeting of the newly created Jobs Council seeking ways to restore the state's employment rate to pre-recession levels. We also catch up with Attorney General Gary King about his investigation of alleged fraud by providers of mental health & substance abuse services in New Mexico. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Federal sequestration cuts are forcing the closure of two Head Start centers in Santa Fe County. The closures were announced by Presbyterian Medical Services which oversees the programs in four counties. Federal funding for Presbyterian's efforts has been cut by some $700,000. Shuttering their doors now are the Chimayó Head Start Center and another on the Institute of American Indian Arts campus. 10 other Head Start Centers in Santa Fe County are not affected.