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7:17 am
Thu July 18, 2013

July 18 First News: Federal sequester cuts shutter 2 Santa Fe Head Start Centers. (listen)

Federal sequestration cuts are forcing the closure of two Head Start centers in Santa Fe County. The closures were announced by Presbyterian Medical Services which oversees the programs in four counties. Federal funding for Presbyterian's efforts has been cut by some $700,000. Shuttering their doors now are the Chimayó Head Start Center and another on the Institute of American Indian Arts campus. 10 other Head Start Centers in Santa Fe County are not affected.

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KSFR Local
1:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

July 17 AT NOON: Today's top local news headlines and features. (listen)

After local news headlines, we speak with the New Mexico Dept. of Health about their new initiative to network healthcare practitioners to stem public health crises. The, a conversation with the Santa Fe Association Realtors and higher sales reported amid lower inventories. And...New Mexico's Rail Runner Express celebrates it 7th birthday.  Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:15 am
Wed July 17, 2013

July 17 First News: Former APD officer acquitted in murder case. (listen)

Former Albuquerque police officer Levi Chavez has been acquitted of 1st degree murder charges in the 2007 shooting death of his wife. He had maintained his innocence saying her death was a suicide.  The case drew much attention statewide with tales of extra-marital affairs and evidence tampering by Albuquerque police. Jurors rendered their “not guilty” verdict after some 10 hours of deliberations that began Monday following weeks of testimony.

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KSFR Local
1:17 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

July 16 At Noon: The day's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

Following local news, a report on the possibility for flooding in Santa Fe and how you might prepare for it. We also hear from Senator Martin Heinrich from Washington, D.C.  And Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobsen talsk about how locals can ensure that tourists in New Mexico have a pleasant visit.  Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:16 am
Tue July 16, 2013

July 16 First News: Santa Fe ban on single-use plastic bags moves forward. (listen)

Santa Fe’s Finance Committee has endorsed that proposed ban within city limits of single use, plastic bags. Merchants would be permitted to use paper bags albeit at a minimum cost of ten cents each. The measure has the support of Mayor Coss and seven of eight city councilors with District 4’s Ron Trujillo not officially onboard. The proposed ban is headed for public hearing at City Hall in late August.

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KSFR Local
1:25 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

July 15 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

A report on "Cold War Patriots" -- those who worked with radioactive materials during the decades of atomic weapons production. EDD Secretary Joe Barela talks about the strength of New Mexico's exports.  And UNM researchers are gaining a new perspective on cancer.  These items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:14 am
Mon July 15, 2013

July 15 First News: SF Int'l Folk Art Market hits record sales. (listen)

Santa Fe’s 10 annual International Folk Art Market concluded Sunday with reports of increased attendance and higher sales. Today’s New Mexican reports that Sunday saw 7,000 people take in the vent at Museum Hill with sales over $1.3 million, a new record for a single day and some 20% higher than last year. Roughly 90% of the money taken in goes home with the artists, many of them from countries where the average wage is $3 a day.

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KSFR Local
1:44 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

July 12 AT NOON: The day's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

A conversation with KSFR News reporter Marion Cox, a longtime attendee of Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market whose 10th annual event is currently underway. Then, we speak with the Exec. Dir. of the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness who says an important federal fund is empty. And we catch up with Congressman Ben Ray Luján on activity in Washington with impacts here.  Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:11 am
Fri July 12, 2013

July 12 First News: New Mexico's public schools receive better grades than last year. (listen)

New Mexico's public schools have received their 2013 report cards and show overall improvement with letter grades higher than last year. Statewide, some 70% of schools maintained their grades or received higher ones. Gains were best for high schools.  Here in Santa Fe, that was reflected in Capital High moving from a "D" to a "B" and Santa Fe High turning last year's "C" also into a "B". Less impressive were grades for local elementary schools.  Four of those earned "F"s as opposed to just one last year.

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KSFR Local
1:19 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

July 11 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

After local news, we talk with a staff scientist at LANL regarding a joint study with UNM that says our local forests may be drastically reduced as soon as 2050.  We also speak with a representative from the Alliance For Excellent Education who says cutting our state's high school dropout rate by half would result in annual Medicaid savings of some $46 million. And...as always...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:14 am
Thu July 11, 2013

July 11 First News: SF City Council approves a new, small park downtown. (listen)

  Santa Fe City Council has moved to create a new, small park downtown adjacent to the Water street parking lot.  The 240 square foot area will be known as Cerletti Park, named for the late Tourism Secretary Mike Cerletti who had also managed the St. Francis Hotel just across the street. In other action, the governing body denied a density-rezoning request made by the Civic Housing Authority regarding some vacant land off Siringo Road.  The Authority was seeking to create new rental units, some of which would have been part of the city’s affordable housing program.

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KSFR Local
1:34 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

July 10 AT NOON: Today's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

A report on the rising instances here in New Mexico of babies born with an opiate addiction.  We talk to a LANL researcher on his findings that large wildfires cause more warming of the atmosphere than previously thought. And homeowners near the Hondo Fire department could soon see a downward revision of their home insurance policies.  And as always...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:10 am
Wed July 10, 2013

July 10 First News: Florida company asks PRC for purchase of NM Gas Co. (listen)

Florida-based TECO Energy has applied to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for approval of its acquisition of New Mexico Gas Company. In May, TECO Energy entered into a stock purchase agreement to buy the company for $950 million.  The transaction is expected to close in early 2014, pending approval from regulators.  TECO Energy’s main subsidiaries are the Tampa Electric Company in West Central Florida, ad TECO Coal in Kentucky and Virginia.

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KSFR Local
1:20 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

July 9 At Noon: Today's top local news headlines & features. (listen)

A conversation with the Drug Policy Alliance in New Mexico as they begin a campaign to de-stigmatize military veterans needing use of medical marijuana.  We catch up with senator tom Udall on several items of interest to New Mexico and Santa Fe city councilor Rebecca Wurzburger weighs in on making the mayoral post a full-time, fully salaried position.  Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

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KSFR Local
7:09 am
Tue July 9, 2013

July 9 First News: Flash flooding kills Santa Fe woman. (listen)

Santa Fe's mid-afternoon cloudburst Monday is being blamed for the death of a 51 year old woman who apparently got caught in turbulent flash-flooding of an arroyo near Siringo Road. Tina Vigil's body was spotted around 6PM.  Extremely heavy rain and hail caused channels leading to the Arroyo Chamisos to flood to an estimated depth of eight feet at the storm’s peak run-off.

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