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.
In today's features: Fred Nathan, founder of Think New Mexico weighs in on renewed talk of re-instituting a state tax on food in our state. And we hear from New Mexico's Secretary on Aging & Long-term Services about the problem of elder abuse. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The state's Legislative Finance Committee has been given updates on two separate inquiries into fraud allegations against in-state providers of mental health and substance abuse services. The allegations caused the Human Services Department to cut off Medicaid payments to the providers back in June. New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the LFC Thursday that his inquiry could possibly conclude by the end of the year.
Among today's feature items: A conversation with LANL scientist Herbert Funston on the establishment and evolution of space-based sensors to verify compliance with the 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. We also hear from State Senator Gerry Ortiz y Pino who wants to renew a legislative consideration of extending Medicaid benefits to newly-freed inmates of New Mexico correctional institutions. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
With Wednesday’s arguments both for and against marriage equality made before the state Supreme Court, the wait is on for the justice’s decision. The high court is not bound to a timetable and, thus, an announcement could come at any time. Meanwhile, Republican State Senator Bill Sharer, a leading voice against same-sex marriage, says New Mexico voters have the final say regardless of the legal decision.*****
In today's feature items: We hear from the crowd waiting in anticipation of today's hearing on marriage equality before the New Mexico Supreme Court; we also eavesdrop on a few exchanges within court chambers. Also, Progress Now New Mexico talks about the recent doing away with on on-campus polling site for UNM students. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss delivered his final “state of the city” address Tuesday evening at the convention center. Coss spoke of notable accomplishments during his eight-year tenure, highlighting our city’s minimum wage law and the push for marriage equality. He also spoke about immigration and recalled that when he first took office, federal agents were actively conducting raids in Santa Fe. The mayor spoke of the City’s intervention in curtailing such activity and the need for comprehensive, national immigration reform….****