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New Mexico lawmakers say a proposal to change the way funding for dams, roadways and other infrastructure projects is allocated may not be approved because of a lack of time. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the measure, filed last week, would have to make its way through both legislative chambers in two weeks to make it to Governor Susana Martinez's desk before the 30-day session ends. Currently, lawmakers allocate a set amount of funding for capital outlay projects in each legislative district.

Feb. 5 - News At Noon

Feb 5, 2016

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon.

As legislative bills make their way through the session -- which comes to an end on February 18 - we wanted to hear about some issues receiving less coverage, including a restrictive abortion bill and one that calls for reform of bail bond procedures in the state. Matt Reichbach is editor of New Mexico Political Report. He spoke with KSFR's Zélie Pollon, and gives us an update on this week's important bills.

Women from diverse New Mexico communities and their allies gathered Thursday night at Rio Chama Steakhouse for an event entitled "Power & Possibility: Investing In New Mexican Women And Girls." The event showcased a number of organizations and activists, including keynote speaker Theresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation, the world's oldest women's fund. Younger joined Sarah Ghiorse, program director of NewMexicoWomen.org, in conversation with Mary-Charlotte on a recent edition of the Santa Fe Radio Cafe. 

One the Best Actress Nominees for this year's academy awards is Charlotte Rampling, for her turn in 45 Years. Is the marriage drama worth your time? KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik heads to the theater to find out.

Feb. 04 - News At Noon

Feb 4, 2016

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon.

Yesterday marked the halfway point of the 2016 New Mexico legislative session. And as Tom Trowbridge reports, press conferences by the Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House painted very different pictures of the work that's been done at the Roundhouse so far. 

Yesterday marked the deadline for when bills could be introduced in the New Mexico legislature. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Think New Mexico's Fred Nathan, and League of Women Voters President Meredith Machen, about which bills they’re watching as they make their way through committees.

On a recent edition of the Santa Fe Radio Café, New Mexico Health Department Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward told Mary-Charlotte that during the 20th century, the most major improvements in healthcare involved treatment and prevention for infectious diseases like Polio and HIV. But Ward says that in the 21st century, we’re fighting a different battle.

Republican House Majority Floor Leader Nate Gentry is calling a Senate amendment that stripped finger printing provisions from House-approved legislation on REAL-ID and New Mexico driver’s licenses “a deal-breaker.” Gentry and House leaders insist the Democrats are going back on their word. Gentry reading to reporters on Wednesday a pre-session letter from Democratic leaders.

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Feb. 03 - News At Noon

Feb 3, 2016

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

Anticipated revenue for the state has fallen immensely due to dropping oil prices. Last week, New Mexico legislative analyst Linda Seagle joined Mary-Charlotte on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe to discuss the difficulty in organizing a budgetary session when the amount of available state revenue for the coming year is unknown. This week, lawmakers know how much they have to work with: just 30 million dollars. Seagle says that means lawmakers have a tough road ahead in determining how to allocate those funds. 

While New Mexico's dependence on oil investments has shrunk our legislature’s available revenue by nearly 90% from Summer 2015 projections, the situation may not be as dire in another place heavily invested in oil: Saudi Arabia. Foreign Policy senior energy reporter Keith Johnson told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE about what's behind the fluctuations in price and what they mean for governments around the world.

In this week's edition of Your Money Decisions, Kate Stalter talks about how the financial media stokes fear by focusing on events that are unlikely to happen - but ignoring the real financial dangers that Americans face.

Kate is the personal-finance columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican, and an investing columnist at U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Morningstar and The Street.com.She also blogs and hosts a podcast at BetterMoneyDecisions.com.

The first film from distributed by Amazon Studios, Chi-Raq,  is the latest by provocateur Spike Lee. KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik checks in to see if the streaming service's first theatrical film sinks or swims.

  The Senate Public Affairs Committee moved forward a proposal to make New Mexico’s driver’s licenses REAL ID-compliant on an 8-1 vote following a lengthy hearing that got contentious at times. The Public Affairs panel was considering five separate driver’s license proposals Tuesday and essentially opted for a bill backed by GOP Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, and Senate Finance Chair John Arthur Smith, a Democrat. That proposal, Senate Bill 256, calls for the state to offer a driving privilege card and a federally compliant driver’s license.

Feb. 02 - News At Noon

Feb 2, 2016

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

Today is Voting Day. On the ballot is an initiative to continue funding for technology in Santa Fe’s public schools.

I spoke with Superintendent Dr. Joel Boyd about the bond, called Education Technology Note, which will allot $11 million this year to improve teacher training and increase computer access for some of Santa Fe’s most underprivileged students.

Just over a month after PNM's plan to replace electricity from San Juan Generating Station received regulators' approval, the state's largest utility is back in hot water with local climate activists New Energy Economy. Mariel Nanasi, New Energy Economy's executive director, told KSFR her organization is filing a motion to dismiss part of PNM's proposed rate increase. Nanasi explained what that rate increase could mean for residential PNM customers. 

On today’s Medical Insights, Dr. Erica Elliott talks about what leads to long term happiness--and by extension, long life and good health. 

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