Behavioral health professionals and their clients informed state lawmakers Tuesday that the disruption in care resulting from accusations of fraud has been hurtful. The state suspended Medicaid payments to the providers in June over allegations of fraud. State Auditor Hector Balderas, who’s investigating the charges, urged better coordination among agencies in the future: *****Nov.
Among today's features: Senator Martin Heinrich joins us for a conversation about Senate activities of significance. Blue Cross / Blue Shield NM says some of their policyholders need not make any changes to their health plans until late next year. And we hear about public meetings as NM DOT crafts its Rail Plan. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
A federal appeals court has temporarily halted plans to resume domestic horse slaughter at Roswell’s Valley Meat Company. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver issued a temporary injunction Monday, barring the Department of Agriculture from inspecting the plants. Valley Meat had hoped to begin equine slaughter operations this week after a federal judge in Albuquerque threw out a lawsuit by animal protection groups. The Humane Society of the United States and other parties that oppose the slaughterhouses appealed their case Saturday.
Among today's AT NOON features: AARP New Mexico has a website to help folks navigate healthcare insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. The New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty looks at the effects of cuts to SNAP benefits. And a report from a "Forgotten Heroes Burial Program" ceremony at the Santa Fe Nat'l Cemetery. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Roswell's Valley Meat Company has scored a court victory that will allow it to begin horse-slaughtering operations for the export of meat outside the U-S. Heading into the weekend, a U-S District Judge in Albuquerque dismissed a lawsuit contending that federal officials failed to perform the proper studies before granting permits to the facility. The Humane Society plans to appeal the ruling. The Roswell equine slaughterhouse, along with a similar facility in Iowa, could start up business this week.
Among today's features: A conversation with Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera on initiatives utilizing the internet to more fully engage the parents of New Mexico's schoolchildren. And Asst. Attorney General Ari Biernoff talks to KSFR about regulating e-cigarettes. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Following Thursday's Senate filibuster blocking confirmation votes for presidential nominees, Senator Tom Udall is again calling for reform of Senate Rules. Noting that Republicans had agreed earlier this year to filibuster nominees only under ‘extraordinary circumstances,’ Udall says the GOP pattern of obstruct and delay is again the norm, and he intends to press for reforms to end what he calls “the tyranny of the minority.” Failing to get 60 votes for approval was an Obama nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Rep.
In today's features: A conversation with Bette Korber, a LANL researcher whose work on a new HIV vaccine holds perhaps the best promise ever. And Halloween -- its origins and public safety tips for a safe celebration from local law enforcement. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are reporting a major breakthrough in development of a vaccine against HIV. The research was conducted in monkeys and used what's called a "mosaic" vaccine, capable of recognizing the common parts among multiple strains of the virus. The researchers observed an 87 to 90 percent reduction in monkeys’ probability of becoming infected each time they were exposed to the virus. The strain of virus used for the study was approximately 100-fold more infectious than typical sexual HIV exposures in humans.
In features today after local news: We hear of the need for more veterans' cemeteries in our state. We also look into a new federal government agency's decision to deny an expansion of coal extraction from New Mexico's El Segundo Mine. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Much activity tonight at Santa Fe City Hall as City Council moves forward on a number of noteworthy items. There'll be further discussion of providing transportation to and from the Santa Fe Ski Basin as well as the establishment of a Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline for reporting misdeeds by city employees and officials. The last portion of tonight's agenda will seek to codify the city charter amendments to be placed before voters in a special election that will occur in conjunction with Santa Fe's March 2014 municipal election.
In today's features after local news headlines, we'll hear from a doctor here in Santa Fe today delivering comments on berylliosis, a rare but debilitating illness that is more prevalent among industrial workers and many folks employed at our two nearby national labs.We also hear from New Mexico Voices for children on a newly released report that, once again, points to disadvantages for our state's young people. Those items and more plus 60 seconds with Christopher Hagen.
When Santa Fe County’s Board of Commissioners meets today, they will present their choice of nominee to replace the late District 50 representative, Stephen Easley. The legislative district also includes portions of Bernalillo, Torrance and Valencia counties, with commissioners from each selecting their own nominee. All of the individuals named will be considered for the post by Governor Martinez who has the authority to make final selection.
Among today's features: Santa Fe Police spokesperson Celina Westerveldt offers tips on crime prevention as numbers for burglaries show a renewed upward trend. We also hear about an outreach to homeless veterans here in our city. And the League of Women Voters hear a presentation on climate change from a UNM earth scientist. The verdict is in--climate change is real. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
A Hazmat incident in downtown Santa Fe over the weekend was instigated when hydrogen peroxide began bubbling up through the street on Montezuma Avenue. It forced authorities to close down some streets and businesses in the vicinity of the district courthouse. Contractors have been using the hydrogen peroxide to clean up decades-old petroleum contamination found in soils throughout the area.