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1:32 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Sept. 19 At Noon:Today's top local news headlines & features from the KSFR Newsroom. (listen)

In feature stories after our local news report:  A conversation with the NM Environment Department about the hazards to drinking water wells in areas hit with flooding and how to decontaminate them.  We also speak with the Human Services Department as New Mexico receives relatively good marks for delivering Medicaid services to a high percentage of our state's eligible children. Those items and more plus 60 seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Sept. 19 First News: Chama River floods town north of Española. (listen)

  In Rio Arriba County, the Chama River has spilled into the town of Hernandez after heavy rains. A dozen or more homes were partially submerged by rising waters. The flooding began late yesterday about 10 miles north of Española near the junction of US 84 and 285. The Red Cross has established a shelter for all those displaced.  County officials say the heavy rains of last week caused channels to become clogged with debris, sending the Chama over its banks with Wednesday's downpours.

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KSFR Local
1:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Sept. 18 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features from the KSFR Newsroom.

Among today's features after our local news: ABQ City Councilor Ken Sanchez tells KSFR he wants strict enforcement of the Duke City's minimum wage law. We also speak with Deborah Bussmeyer at the Con Alma Foundation and its quest to find worthy "healthcare heroes."  Those items and more--plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:20 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Sept. 17 First News: NM FOG sues for release of HSD audit data. (listen)

Mounting frustration with the Human Services Department cut-off of Medicaid payments to in-state providers of behavioral health services now has seen the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government file a lawsuit. The organization, dedicated to transparency in government, wants release of the audit which set the cut-offs in motion, saying the report is too important to the citizens of New Mexico to be kept from public view. HSD has refused to release its data, saying it would jeopardize the active investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.

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KSFR Local
1:41 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Sept. 17 At Noon:Today's top local news headlines & features from the KSFR Newsroom. (listen)

Among today's features: A conversation with a county representative about that questionnaire survey going out to some 3000 Santa Fe households.  We also hear from Senator Tom Udall in Wash., DC on a number of topics. And County Commissioner Kathy Holian provides an updated view of the county's Sustainable Land Development Code.  Those items and more -- plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:24 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Sept. 17 First News: City Councilor Rivera drops idea of a mayoral run. (listen)

The field of candidates for mayor of Santa Fe has dropped by one with the withdrawal of District 3 city councilor Chris Rivera. Rivera says his decision comes after discussion with family, friends and close supporters. The freshmen councilor is half way into his first term and serves on several committees including Public Works, Public Safety, and Business and Quality of Life. Rivera says he learned a lot while considering a mayoral run and plans now to continue to serve his district constituents.

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KSFR Local
7:20 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Sept. 16 First News: $750K already allocated by governor for flood damages and more likely. (listen)

 Some $750,000 in disaster aid funds were included in an emergency order issued by the governor back on Friday due to flood damages across New Mexico. It's expected that more money will be allocated shortly as weekend rains caused additional flood impacts. The money will go toward rebuilding roads and other infrastructure and is made available to the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to assist local communities in recovery efforts.

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KSFR Local
2:31 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Sept. 13 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features from the KSFR Newsroom. (listen)

In today's features, we speak with New Mexico Voices for Children spotlighting a study saying NM ranks 5th in the nation for its cuts to K-thru-12 education in recent years.  We also hear from the state department of Aging & Long Term Services on a Senior Celebration and Awareness Day coming up at the State Fair that will address future needs of our state's seniors. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:20 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Sept. 13 First News: Radio ads laud/decry the Medicaid cut-off to some health providers. (listen)

Competing radio ads are airing in New Mexico regarding the Human Services Department cut-off of Medicaid payments to in-state providers of mental health and substance-abuse services pending an investigation of fraud. One by non-profit group, New Mexico Competes, lauds the Martinez administration for cracking down on Medicaid abuses.  The other, by non-profit Resources for Change Policy Works, criticizes Martinez for creating unnecessary havoc for the state's recipients of behavioral healthcare without having strong evidence of wrong-doing by providers.

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KSFR Local
2:25 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Sept. 12 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features from the KSFR Newsroom. (listen)

In today's features, a conversation with the Chief Business Officer for Santa Fe Public Schools about tonight's community meeting on the Atalaya School.  A re-designed gymnasium is to be presented.  We also hear from the New Mexico State University Vice President of Student Affairs about a continuing decline in enrollment across all campuses.  Those and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:17 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Sept. 12 First News: Former SF home builder charged with felony fraud. (listen)

A former Santa Fe builder has been indicted by a state grand jury on multiple felony fraud charges that victims say amount to millions of dollars.  William "Kal" Kalinowski was the force behind Barranca Builders and a number of other local companies. In 2008, he defaulted on bank loans made for multiple high-end home construction projects at Las Campanas, leaving sub-contractors and home buyers holding the bag. He filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The 68-year-old Kalinowski, now living in Massachusetts, has been ordered to appear in a Santa Fe District Court on October 7th.

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KSFR Local
1:33 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Sept. 11 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features from the KSFR Newsroom. (listen)

In today's features, we hear from the New Mexico Environmental Law Center about their opposition to newly-approved rules governing copper mining in our state.  We also hear from a New Mexico State Fair representative as the annual event kicks off its Diamond Jubilee today.  Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen all here for you At Noon.

And a reminder that KSFR will carry today's City Council meeting live beginning at 5PM.

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KSFR Local
7:16 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Sept. 11 First News: New rules approved for state's copper mining industry. (listen)

The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission has approved modifications to the Environment Department’s Copper Rules. Tuesday’s newly approved rules were developed by the Environment Department with an industry outreach process along with bi-partisan support of a group of state lawmakers. After years of litigation by copper mining concerns, law required the state to develop regulations that clearly set forth the appropriate controls to prevent or abate ground water pollution.

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KSFR Local
1:41 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Sept. 10 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features from the KSFR Newsroom. (listen)

In today's features, we hear from the Sierra Club opposing any amendments to the state's Renewable Energy Act being heard today in Santa Fe.  We also hear from a Western Resource Advocates spokesperson petitioning the PRC to reward in-state companies for making good carbon-reduction efforts. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:16 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Sept. 10 First News: Sen. Heinrich will support Obama request for authorization. (listen)

Senator Martin Heinrich has announced he will support President Obama’s request for authorization of military force against Syria. In a highly nuanced press release, Heinrich first makes clear that he expects his decision to be an unpopular one among constituents. The senator notes that even though the US may be war-weary, the nation has a moral obligation to deter Assad and others from using internationally prohibited weapons. The full text of Heinrich’s comments can be found at heinrich.senate.gov.

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