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

In recent months, a national conversation has been brewing over the unequal treatment people of color receive in America's criminal justice system. According to the national organization Prison Policy Initiative, about nine-percent of all black men in their late 20s are in prison in the United States, and four percent of Latino men of the same age are incarcerated. The rate is just seven-tenths of one-percent for white men. Many of the crimes for which men of color are arrested involve drug abuse or addiction. 


The internment in concentration camps of well over 100-thousand Japanese-Americans for almost three years during World War Two is one of the darkest chapters in American history.  In his new book INFAMY, author Richard Reeves details the many injustices inflicted on Americans of Japanese ancestry.  He told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, among the most damaging were almost unintended indignities of life for the detainees in the camps.

In this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco discusses David Denson, the first openly gay baseball player on an MLB-affiliated team.

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

The drama of the Colorado mine spill that contaminated rivers in three states is still unfolding. KSFR's Kate Powell brings us this update. 

There are thousands of cats in the Santa Fe area that are homeless – that is, they don’t live as domesticated animals, but in the wild.  Several years ago, though, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter launched the “Gatos de Santa Fe program,” and since then the shelter has spayed and neutered some of those feral cats, preventing disease and controlling the population.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez has more on the story in part two of her series on feral cats.

A local organization that puts a youthful twist on climate activism wants to expand its reach outside of Santa Fe--and it's throwing a party to help make that happen. KSFR's Kate Powell has the story. 

Santa Fe’s nonprofit animal shelter has joined with other groups across the country to rein in the proliferation of feral, or wild cats having kittens and creating public nuisances and health hazards.  As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports in this two-part series, the Gatos program, as it’s called, has resulted in smaller numbers of feral cats in Santa Fe, and increasing community support.

It's getting to be back to school time in Turkey, too, and rarely have education issues been so hotly disputed.  That's because the Turkish government is shutting secular public schools and re-opening them as Sunni religious schools called imam-hatips.  Istanbul-based journalist Xanthe Ackerman explained to KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE how big a change that represents. 

KSFR's Tom Trowbridge brings you local news at noon. 

This morning, Santa Fe Community College played host to the 2015 Santa Fe Energy Summit—where federal, state, and local public officials gathered to share ideas about New Mexico’s role in changing the face of American energy generation. KSFR’s Kate Powell has the story. 

We’ve been telling you in our top of the hour newscasts today about the Perseid Meteor Showers, which are currently at their peak.  Didier Saumon, a Los Alamos National Laboratory astrophysicist, says the sky show is actually pieces of Comet Swift-Tuttle hitting Earth's atmosphere at more than 133-thousand miles an hour mph and burning up.  Saumon adds that tonight’s lack of moonlight will help people see the Perseids, which keep a regular schedule of sorts.