By this time next year stalks of industrial hemp could be taking root in fields of New Mexico’s arid climate and small businesses that’ve been sowing the seeds of the industry could begin to turn a profit. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, a senate bill establishing state authority over industrial hemp faces one of the last hurdles before being sent to the governor’s desk for her signature. Listen Here
With only three days left in this year’s 60-day legislative session, we continue to feature the voices of people presenting and supporting bills being considered during this year’s session, focusing on their thoughts of this session and the legislation they still hope to see passed. Listen Here
Lucky Shire Pharmaceuticals. The Irish drug-maker just had the popular ADHD drug, Vyvanse, approved as the first (and to date the only) treatment for the newly-recognized binge eating disorder. For Shire's bottom line this could mean another $300 million a year in sales. But prescribing Vyvanse to treat binge eating, NY Times investigative reporter Katie Thomas told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, means putting millions of people on an addictive amphetamine. Shire was fined $56 million by the FDA for misleading advertising for Vyvanse as a treatment for ADHD, by overstating its eff
The New Mexico Senate has approved a $6.2 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year, which calls for a 37 million dollar bump for education initiatives. KSFR's Zelie Pollon caught up with Education Secretray Hanna Skandera this morning during education day at the Roundhouse. Listen Here
There are only a handful of days left in this year’s 60-day legislative session, which ends this coming Saturday at noon. KSFR's Zelie Pollon asked some of the citizens of New Mexico what they think about the way the session has unfolded and which bills they still hope to see passed. Michael Loya works at the intersection of oil and gas and sustainability. Listen Here
By latest estimates, there are 2000 Chinese companies with investments in Africa, and roughly one-million Chinese citizens working in Africa. The official count of direct Chinese investment there is close to 22-billion dollars. Analyst Carly Laywell of the CIA-connected Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program says this means trouble for American policies in Africa. But former US Ambassador David Shinn told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, he doesn't find these developments worrying.
A coalition of oil and gas fracking foes have filed suit in federal court, calling for a halt to natural gas and oil drilling underway surrounding Chaco Canyon in the San Juan Basin of northwest New Mexico. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, organizers announced the legal action at the state capitol Wednesday, and accused the federal Bureau of Land Management of breaking the law. Listen Here