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7:10 am
Mon July 29, 2013

July 29 First News:Albuquerque still dealing with storm damages nearing $1m. (listen)

Albuquerque residents are still dealing with the aftermath of torrential rain and wind damage in the wake of Friday evening's storm. More than 2300 PNM customers are still without power with the utility calling in crews from other states to help with repairs. PNM says they hope to have some 99% of the more than 30,000 initially affected back online by late tomorrow. The storm brought a record-setting windgust of 89 miles per hour to the Albuquerque Sunport, downing trees and flooding streets with more than an inch and half of rain. Damage repair estimates are nearing $1 million.

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1:27 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

July 26 AT NOON:Today's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

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.

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7:14 am
Fri July 26, 2013

July 26 First News: Federal court rules against state mental healthcare providers. (listen)

Eight of the state's 15 providers of mental health & substance abuse services in New Mexico whose funds were cut off after an audit revealed possible Medicaid fraud have been denied a re-start of payments. A federal court has ruled that they failed to meet the standards for financial relief.

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1:23 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

July 25 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

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.

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7:13 am
Thu July 25, 2013

July 25 First News: Senators pass loan bill that could aid some 46,000 NM undergrads. (listen)

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.

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1:17 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

July 24th AT NOON: Today's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

  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.

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1:28 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

July 23 At Noon: State auditor wants results, new burglary program, helping home businesses

  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...

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7:10 am
Tue July 23, 2013

July 23 First News: AG Gary King says ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

  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.

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1:19 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

July 22 AT NOON:Today's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

  All of the day's top local news headlines and feature stories from the KSFR newsroom.

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7:18 am
Mon July 22, 2013

July 22 First News: State Auditor to get documents from Human Services Dept. today. (listen)

Today, State Auditor Hector Balderas gets to see the audit documents that caused New Mexico’s Human Services Department to suspend Medicaid payments to 15 providers of mental health and substance abuse services.  Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier had refused Balderas’ request for the documents saying the improprieties discovered could not at this time be construed as fraud.  Without such a definitive finding, Human Services says it was not obligated to pass them along.  A state district judge in Santa Fe disagreed and ordered the documents to be made available to the State Auditors of

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1:38 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

July 19 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

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. 

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7:15 am
Fri July 19, 2013

July 19 First News: State's Jobs Council meets to spur employment. (listen)

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

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1:19 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

July 18 AT NOON: The day's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

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.

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7:17 am
Thu July 18, 2013

July 18 First News: Federal sequester cuts shutter 2 Santa Fe Head Start Centers. (listen)

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.

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1:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

July 17 AT NOON: Today's top local news headlines and features. (listen)

After local news headlines, we speak with the New Mexico Dept. of Health about their new initiative to network healthcare practitioners to stem public health crises. The, a conversation with the Santa Fe Association Realtors and higher sales reported amid lower inventories. And...New Mexico's Rail Runner Express celebrates it 7th birthday.  Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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