When Kemal Ataturk, the founder of Modern Turkey created his secular state after World War I, he detached Turkey from both the Islamic and the Arab worlds. As a result, Turkish journalist Cengis Aktar told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, the Turkish bureaucracy today is largely ignorant of both, which he said has enabled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to steer a dangerous sectarian course. For the At Noon excerpt of this interview, Click Here.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation recently completed the first-of-its-kind assessment of all state highways. The results show New Mexico roadways are in significantly worse shape than previously thought, with only 70 percent in good or fair condition. Officials say this is a reflection of the state road fund taking a double hit in recent years from the slow economy as well as fewer federal funds. During the current legislative session, there appears to be consensus on the need, but disagreement on how to pay for the solution.
In part 3 of our report on guns at the Roundhouse and gun related bills in the legislature, KSFR reporter Randy Scott speaks with Miranda Viscoli co-founder of New Mexicans for Gun Safety and looks at the legislative analysis for House Bill 44. Listen Here
On This morning’s Radio Café with Mary Charlotte Domandi, Linda Seigle described two bills being discussed this legislative session, one on Kendra’s law – which concerns involuntary outpatient commitment -- and another supporting lottery ticket sales to sustain the state scholarship fund. Listen Here
Since an outbreak of measles began last month More than 100 cases have been reported. The outbreak has been traced to the Disneyland theme park in California, but has now spread to several other states. The surge of measles cases has alarmed the Centre for Disease Control, which in 2000 formally declared measles essentially eradicated from the US. The cause of the measles spread is due in large part to the great number of parents who are not vaccinating their children.
As newly-elected Attorney General Hector Balderas delves into his investigation of charges of fraud and mismanagement against firms that used to serve more than 30,000 low-income mental health clients in New Mexico, he sat down with KSFR’s Deborah Martinez to talk about his findings so far. As she shares in this report, while he is circumspect about the investigation, he stresses the need for changes in oversight and handling of alleged abuse of the Medicaid system in the future.
In Haiti, where poverty is widespread, the government has plans to improve the economy by turning over land for tourist development. The problem, reporter Jacob Kushner told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, is that, for most of the people living on those lands, being displaced for a new port, or fish farm or hotel, can mean economic devastation, even starvation. One place where that kind of conflict is raging is a tiny island off the Haitian coast called Île-à-Vache.
In part two of our series on guns at the legislature, KSFR's Randy Scott speaks with Democratic Senator Peter Wirth of Santa Fe about his concern that guns in the roundhouse hamper public participation in the democratic process. Listen Here
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The head of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains—Vickie Cowart—was in Santa Fe last week celebrating the 42nd anniversary of Roe Versus Wade, the landmark ruling for women’s rights. Cowart was here to honor all the New Mexico health providers, and also State Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero at Planned Parenthood’s 2nd annual Breakfast of Champions. As we hear in this report from KSFR’s Zelie Pollon, to Cowart, the Roe v. Wade ruling is as essential now as ever.
One reason the CIA and US Army out-sourced jobs like torture and rendition transportation to private contracts, author David Isenberg told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, is to keep what they were hired to do a secret. But as he told Dave Marash, that secrecy also made it much harder to manage them.
New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas last week released an audit alleging Medicaid overbilling by more than a dozen New Mexico behavioral health providers several years ago that until recently remained secret. KSFR’s Deborah Martinez spoke with the Attorney General regarding the next steps. She brings us the first of a two-part interview, beginning with his overall goals over the next four years. Listen Here