KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

White Sands national monument bills itself as being like no place else on earth—with shifting white gypsum dunes and wide-open blue skies, visitors often say they feel like they’ve traveled to another planet. But it’s also unlike other hiking and recreation destinations due to the dangers posed by heat—which park officials say can easily climb into the low hundreds on a summer day, with no shade in sight. 

As soon as children who have crossed into the United States without the proper legal documents are arrested, they are thrust into a single system with 2 conflicting mandates: to care for the children and to prosecute, and deport them.  Georgetown University scholar Susan J Terrio researched what happens to these children, and turned a decade of scholarship into a new book, WHOSE CHILD AM I?   She told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, her ability to see this system from the inside has turned out to be almost unique.

In this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco takes a critical look at a suspended 10 year old girl basketball player.

KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

Jeremy is a University of New Mexico student who has volunteered diligently at KSFR this summer. Today was the last day of his internship. We at KSFR News salute Jeremy and wish him an excellent second year at UNM. 

As you heard during the local news segment earlier, a spill of contaminated water from a Colorado mine has been released into the Animas river, and officials say it could create drinking water shortages in communities in the San Juan Basin. KSFR’s Kate Powell has details.

We Americans are addicted to our credit and debit cards.  So what’s the difference?  A credit card is essentially a loan to the cardholder that allows you buy things now and pay later.  A debit card lets you make purchases by electronically accessing the money in your checking or savings account.  In her third segment of a series of reports on consumer protection, reporter Mary Lou Cooper gets a crash course in Plastic 101 from the New Mexico Attorney General’s office.

The Republican-led Congressional harangue against the nuclear weapons agreement negotiated between Iran and the US and 5 allies has, to put it mildly, accentuated the negative. But Dalia Dassa Kaye, the director of the RAND Corporation's Mideast Policy Center told KSFR'S Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, the agreement actually imposes several severe limits on Iran.

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 Shoppers throughout New Mexico can save this weekend on back-to-school purchases as the state conducts its annual tax holiday. The tax-free weekend, which is now in its 11th year, will start on Friday at midnight and end on midnight Sunday. The holiday offers consumers a break from gross-receipts tax on school-related items. In Santa Fe County, shoppers will save about eight-dollars of every 100-dollars spent on qualifying items, which include clothing, shoes, computers and classroom supplies.

KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

New Mexico’s Department of Health continues to look into the death of a Santa Fe County woman from a deadly form of the plague, and experts are warning people to keep areas around their homes free from wood piles and compost pits that attract plague-carrying fleas.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez spoke with a state epidemiologist about the disease and the investigation, and brings us more on the story.

Tonight marks the first primary debate of the season--this first GOP debate will take place in Cleveland, Ohio today. KSFR's Kate Powell asked Republican Party of New Mexico's Public Relations officer, Pat Garrett, what viewers can expect from the debate tonight. 

Tonight's debate will air on FOX, with a first debate among 7 undercard candidates set to take place at 5pm Eastern Time, and a second debate among the 10 leading candidates kicking off at 9 PM Eastern Time.

In an earlier story on the special problems faced by immigrant consumers, KSFR looked at one of their biggest concerns--unauthorized agents who take money and claim to be experts on immigration status issues.  In today's segment, reporter Mary Lou Cooper talks with Joel Cruz-Esparza with the New Mexico Attorney General's office about other examples of scams targeted at immigrant consumers. 

Civil rights leader James Lawson will headline a peace conference in Los Alamos aimed at drawing attention to the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. The confidant to the late Martin Luther King Jr. will speak tomorrow at the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference and Los Alamos Peace Vigils scheduled to last until Sunday. Organizer John Dear says activists wanted to hold the conference in the town that gave birth to the atomic weapon during the anniversary of the bombings to highlight the continuing threat nuclear weapons pose to humanity.

In partnership with the New Mexico Attorney General's office, KSFR today is launching a series of reports on consumer protection.  Today's report focuses on immigrant consumers--the abuses they face and what can be done about them.  KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper brings us part one of this story.

President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” unveiled Monday produced the first set of emission-reduction requirements for the nation's existing coal-fired power plants that will be monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency. KSFR spoke with two New Mexico environmental organizations about the President’s plan, and how the new rules will impact our state's energy future. 

In today’s edition of “Medical Insights” with Santa Fe physician Dr. Erica Elliot, the topic is depression and its link to inflammation.