Pressure is growing in Washington on whether the House will agree to fund the Department of Homeland Security without attaching it to President Barack Obama’s executive Action on immigration. The deadline to fund the DHS is Friday at midnight. On Wednesday a proposal, crafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to fund the department through September and thus forestalling any shut down, passed the Senate 98-2. However, the bill could face opposition in the House, where Speaker John A.
Tomorrow is Renewable Energy Day at the Roundhouse with speakers coming from around the state to share their knowledge about renewable energy alternatives. Among the speakers will be the National Director of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune. KSFR's Zelie Pollon reports. Listen Here
A new study has been released by a national transportation research group that outlines what they see as some of the transportation needs across the country, and also here in the Land of Enchantment. KSFR’s John Calef takes a look at the study, and the 25 recommendations it makes for the state of New Mexico. Listen Here
The State Legislature’s Committee on Compacts will be taking public comment Saturday on the proposed new gambling compacts negotiated between Governor Susana Martinez’ office and the Navajo Nation, the Mescalero and Jicarilla Apache tribes and the pueblos of Jemez and Acoma. KSFR's Tom Trowbridge has the story. Listen Here
Hundreds of students walked out of class this week in protest of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, or PARCC. We spoke with outgoing Albuquerque board of education member Kathy Korte about what the test is and why and how parents are opting out. Visit www.NMoptout.org to get more information about this weekend’s conference and the movement to opt out. Listen Here
The ethnic group known as the Kurds is spread across Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, leaving it "the largest nation in the world without its own state." Journalist Christian Caryl told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, the closest the Kurds have come is their very autonomous region in northern Iraq, a place, Caryl says, very different from the rest of the country.
2 years ago, 15 New Mexico Behavioral Health Care providers had their Medicaid accreditation invalidated by the State Human Services Department (HSD) for what state officials called "credible accusations of fraud." But the auditor who examined the agencies, PCG, made no such allegations. And to this date, almost none of the charges have been revealed to the accused agencies...most of whom have gone out of business.
Alaska today became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But it's still illegal to smoke pot in public, and violators can be hit with a $100 fine. Voters in November approved legalizing marijuana use by adults in private places, which has left some people confused about what "in private" means. The state's alcohol regulatory board plans to meet today to sort things out.
As New Mexicans look to enrich the lives of family members with special needs, some are turning to horse assisted therapies. KSFR reporter Randy Scott talks with Ashley Armijo of the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding about her work with children and adults who experience a variety of challenges in their lives. Listen Here
House members of the Public Affairs and Regulation Committee listened to five hours of testimony from New Mexicans on both sides of the issue of abortion on Friday, with the crowd spilling over into the halls outside the committee room well into the evening. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, the bill, sponsored by Republican Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo, passed on a party-line vote. Listen Here
Last week a Senate committee killed a bill to retain all third graders who did not have sufficient reading skills. The bill, a favorite for Governor Susana Martinez, was blocked by a vote of 5-3 along party lines in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. However, a similar bill was easily approved by the Republican-controlled House and will also make its way to the Senate in the coming days or weeks. We spoke with Democratic Senator Mimi Stewart, who led the opposition to last week's bill by Republican Sen Gay Kernan of Hobbs.