Santa Fe’s Christus-St. Vincent Hospital, which is negotiating a contract with the union representing its nurses, is pushing a provision that calls for punishment of any employee who reveals hospital staffing information. Sam Acuff is with the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees: *****060614-Acuff-1 (q: that to happen) :39***** As for the hospital, it maintains that patient privacy might be compromised with release of staffing information.
November’s race for Governor of New Mexico will feature Democrat Gary King versus incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez. King taking a clear advantage in the five-way race among Democrats for Governor, and telling KSFR: *****060414-King-2 (q: to talk about) :35***** King launches his campaign for Governor as an underdog financially, with the incumbent accumulating more than four-million dollars while the five-way Democratic race largely exhausted their funding in the primary.
Several 2014 New Mexico political campaigns enter their final day today, while those that win get to do it all over again and gear up for November’s general election. So it is on Primary election day—the polls are open until 7pm, and that’s when KSFR’s live coverage begins with segments at the top and bottom of the hours until 10:30pm.
Officials say severe weather and large hail has caused multiple car wrecks in northern New Mexico. The National Weather Service says the hail struck Las Vegas on Thursday and snarled traffic along Interstate 25. Meanwhile, eastern New Mexico remained under a "slight risk" for severe storms thanks to a storm system that brought "quarter-size" hail and damaging 60 mph winds. In addition, the Sangre de Cristo, Sandia and Manzano mountain chains in central New Mexico are expected to experience scattered thunderstorms.
Five major New Mexico philanthropic organizations are thinking about formalizing their collaborations with the possibility of a merger in the future. The Santa Fe Community Foundation’s C-E-O, Brian Byrnes says the foundations are already working together, pointing to the recent “Give Grande New Mexico” single-day fund-raising campaign that demonstrates how much can be accomplished. *****051914-Byrnes-3 (q:each other’s strengths) :25***** Byrnes says we can expect recommendations for the foundations’ future course by the end of the year.
Governor Susana Martinez’s high regard in the Republican Party—she’s been identified as a potential Vice-Presidential candidate—is reflected in the news that two GOP stars will be campaigning on her behalf in the near future. Martinez’s re-election campaign announced Thursday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Artesia and Carlsbad on May 29th in support of Martinez. And the New Mexico Telegram political blog reports that former Vice-President Dick Cheney will stump for Martinez in Las Cruces on June 14th.