Since an outbreak of measles began last month More than 100 cases have been reported. The outbreak has been traced to the Disneyland theme park in California, but has now spread to several other states. The surge of measles cases has alarmed the Centre for Disease Control, which in 2000 formally declared measles essentially eradicated from the US. The cause of the measles spread is due in large part to the great number of parents who are not vaccinating their children.
As newly-elected Attorney General Hector Balderas delves into his investigation of charges of fraud and mismanagement against firms that used to serve more than 30,000 low-income mental health clients in New Mexico, he sat down with KSFR’s Deborah Martinez to talk about his findings so far. As she shares in this report, while he is circumspect about the investigation, he stresses the need for changes in oversight and handling of alleged abuse of the Medicaid system in the future.
In Haiti, where poverty is widespread, the government has plans to improve the economy by turning over land for tourist development. The problem, reporter Jacob Kushner told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, is that, for most of the people living on those lands, being displaced for a new port, or fish farm or hotel, can mean economic devastation, even starvation. One place where that kind of conflict is raging is a tiny island off the Haitian coast called Île-à-Vache.
In part two of our series on guns at the legislature, KSFR's Randy Scott speaks with Democratic Senator Peter Wirth of Santa Fe about his concern that guns in the roundhouse hamper public participation in the democratic process. Listen Here
To hear Randy Scott's first feature on this topic, Click Here.
The head of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains—Vickie Cowart—was in Santa Fe last week celebrating the 42nd anniversary of Roe Versus Wade, the landmark ruling for women’s rights. Cowart was here to honor all the New Mexico health providers, and also State Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero at Planned Parenthood’s 2nd annual Breakfast of Champions. As we hear in this report from KSFR’s Zelie Pollon, to Cowart, the Roe v. Wade ruling is as essential now as ever.
One reason the CIA and US Army out-sourced jobs like torture and rendition transportation to private contracts, author David Isenberg told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, is to keep what they were hired to do a secret. But as he told Dave Marash, that secrecy also made it much harder to manage them.
New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas last week released an audit alleging Medicaid overbilling by more than a dozen New Mexico behavioral health providers several years ago that until recently remained secret. KSFR’s Deborah Martinez spoke with the Attorney General regarding the next steps. She brings us the first of a two-part interview, beginning with his overall goals over the next four years. Listen Here
When it comes to pay-day, and auto title loans in the State of New Mexico, not even the sky's the limit on interest rates. University of New Mexico Law School Professor Nathalie Martin told Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, she's documented New Mexico loans that cost borrowers more than 1000% a year. In 2007, the US Congress protected military service personnel and their families from this kind of predatory lending. The law, Martin said, isn't perfect, but it could help model an interest rate cap to protect poor New Mexicans.
Last weekend, a three-year old boy in Albuquerque accidentally shot his parents. Accidental shootings such as this typically raise questions regarding access to firearms. And, as we hear in this report from KSFR reporter Randy Scott, efforts related to guns continue to be a topic of interest to those attending legislative hearings. Listen Here
As relations improve with it's giant neighbor to the north, Cuba is bracing for change. But whatever comes from the US, Havana has a new hotspot, where its good to be back in the USSR. KSFR’s Alice van Buren sent this report from Cuba. Listen Here
On Monday afternoon, over a thousand protestors joined Somos Un Pueblo Unido to rally against the repeal of a state law allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses. KSFR's Tom Trowbridge broadcasted live from the Roundhouse during today's edition of At Noon, bringing us an interview with one of the original sponsors of the 2003 law allowing the licenses. Listen Here