May 5 - News At Noon

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

Yesterday we spoke with Freelance journalist Jeff Proctor about investigative grand juries and their specific impact on the race for First Judicial District Attorney. Today we hear more about Proctor’s year long investigative project for New Mexico Indepth on New Mexico’s criminal Justice system.

As part of KSFR’s series on older Americans, we looked in our own backyard for tips on how to find work when you’re over 50.  The Santa Fe Community College was one of four community colleges in the nation to receive a grant from the AARP foundation to deliver intensive work training programs for older women.  The foundation is the charitable arm of AARP, the nation’s largest advocacy group for older Americans.  Reporter Dennis Carroll brings us the story.

Today we continue with our series on Northern New Mexico history, looking at the foundation of the Chicano group La Academia De La Nueva Raza in Dixon, New Mexico.

May 4 - News At Noon

May 4, 2016

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

Freelance journalist Jeff Proctor couldn’t have known the impact he might have had when he began a series of articles on investigative grand juries. But that series now seems to be be playing a big role in the race for First Judicial District Attorney, a position currently held by Jennifer Padgett, appointed by Gov Susana Martinez to fill in for former DA Spence Pacheco. I asked Proctor to begin by describing what investigative Grand juries are and how they’ve been used in cases involving police shootings.

Last night in Albuquerque two more people were assisted by the Red Cross when their home accidentally caught fire. Accidents happen on a daily basis, and more frequently for older adults.  As part of its ongoing series on issues faced by older Americans, KSFR explores today how to maintain safe and healthy homes in your older years.  Reporter Mary Lou Cooper brings us the story.

May 3 - News At Noon

May 3, 2016

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

In part two in our election discussion with Lonna Atkeson, the director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy and a professor at UNM we speak about disenfranchised voters, particularly given the numbers of voters who waited hours at polling stations in Arizona during their primary elections. To Akeson, the main issue is making sure people register to vote as a Democrat or Republican and do it in a timely and correct manner.

One night in September 2014, FORTY THREE students went missing in Mexico. Now, a new human rights report has sharply criticized the Mexican government's investigation of the case. Mexico City-based Associated Press reporter Mark Stevenson told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE what the team of international experts found so troubling about the Mexican government's work.

May 2 - News At Noon

May 2, 2016

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

Given the unpredictable and increasingly chaotic Presidentialrace, we asked Lonna Atkeson, the director of the Center for theStudy of Voting, Elections and Democracy and a professor at UNM totell us about some of the implications and possibilities for theprimaries and ultimately the presidential election.

On Friday a number of protestors converged at the University of New Mexico to demand that the university change its official seal,which many protesters say is racist due to its depiction of an Anglo frontiersman and a Spanish conquistador - and it makes no reference to indigenous people. KSFR's Joe Gallegos was at the protest and brings us this story.

Indie director Jeremy Saulnier has cooked up one of the most thrilling films in a long time with Green Room. Find out why KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik thinks it's one of the best films of the year. 

April 29 - News At Noon

Apr 29, 2016

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

Today we check in New Mexico Political Report editor Matt Reichbach to hear about some of the week’s biggest stories, including the revelation in an article last night that employees at the New Mexico Human Services Department were instructed to alter the SNAP applications of some of New Mexico’s poorest residents. Kate Powell asks Matt about this and more.

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder said he was reforming the use of civil forfeiture to confiscate cash and property from citizens not accused of any crime. But Holder did less than he had suggested, and now even his tiny reform has been reversed. Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham sorted out for KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE Holder's apparent promise and today's reality. 

Break out the Pabst Blue Ribbon, because David Lynch's classic film Blue Velvet is back in theaters this weekend at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. KSFR Correspondent Jeremy Zeilik lets you know why you should check out this surreal masterpiece.

April 28 - News At Noon

Apr 28, 2016

John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and journalist Peter St. Cyr have dropped a lawsuit against the New Mexico Department of Health, regarding access to information about medical marijuana producers.  KSFR’s John Calef has the story.