Duke City voters go to the polls today to vote on an anti-abortion measure that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation. It makes no exception for cases of rape or incest though it does permit termination if the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother. Already, some 44-thousand voters have weighed in on the matter in early voting, almost double the number who did so for last month's mayoral election. It's the first time such a law has been presented for a city. Similar laws have been presented at the state level elsewhere and deemed unconstitutional.
Among today's features: A conversation with NMSU as they prepare to fund up to 60% of scholarship tuitions as the state's Lottery Fund runs dry. State Senator Bill O'BNeill discusses concerns as the legislature's Behavorial Health Subcommittee reviews the Medicaid fraud audit of providers of mental health and substance abuse services. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Concerned about the future of the lottery scholarship, New Mexico State University officials say the school will cover up to 60 percent of spring-semester tuition for its scholarship students if a funding shortfall isn’t remedied by state lawmakers next year. NMSU Vice President Bernadette Montoya says NMSU is stepping up financially because time is running out: *****Nov. 18 NMSU-1 :16***** Montoya says NMSU could end up with a shortfall if the lottery scholarship isn’t funded. High demand has nearly drained it.
Among today's features: The International Folk Art Market is branching out and making changes. Southwestern New Mexico's Gila River Diversion Project has drawn criticism. And a personal memory of the events of November 22, 1963. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Governor Martinez has announced that she will request the State Legislature to fix what she views as loopholes in child abuse laws, including a recent court decision narrowing who's required to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect. Martinez outlined her proposals Thursday to a Santa Fe meeting of officials from state child protection agencies. The State Court of Appeals’ October ruling said only 10 categories of people listed in law, including physicians and teachers, must report suspected child abuse to authorities.
In today's At Noon features after local news headlines...We hear from the New Mexico Department of Health for observance of World Diabetes Awareness Day. Phil Carter of Animal Protection of New Mexico joins us to talk about another animal kill contest set for this weekend. And Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group discusses clean-up proposals for LANL's technical Area G. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe City Council has backed revisions to the City's charter that would expand mayoral powers. Final codification of specific ballot measures to be placed before city voters in a special election occurring simultaneously with the March 2014 municipal election will be worked out by the Council’s mid-December meeting. Among multiple changes to local governance, voters will be asked if the mayor's job should be a fulltime position with commensurate pay while barring secondary employment.
Among today's features: ABQ Sunport spokesman Daniel Jirón talks about a diminished Southwest Airlines itinerary coming next year. The League of Women Voters talks about a new large study on alcohol and its negative impacts in New Mexico. And New Mexico's ski season starts this weekend at Sipapu; we hear from Ski New Mexico Executive Director, George Brooks. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Amtrak Southwest Chief service to Lamy and other stops could cease if New Mexico doesn't come up with millions of dollars needed for rail line improvements by 2016. That's because Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which owns much of the route, has requested New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas share costs of maintaining the deteriorating tracks. The cost-sharing price-tag amounts to four-million dollars a year for a decade. The proposal has the support of Amtrak officials and several New Mexico local government leaders including Santa Fe Mayor David Coss.
Among today's features: Blue Cross/Blue Shield is taking over Lovelace. Workers at UNM Hospital in ABQ are dissatisfied with working conditions. And can charity fill the void created by cuts to SNAP?--We talk with The Food depot here in Santa Fe. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Lovelace Health Plan of New Mexico’s more than 100-thousand members will soon be switching to Blue Cross-Blue Shield under a new agreement. Blue Cross of New Mexico President Kurt Shipley tells KSFR about the change:*****Nov. 12 Shipley-1 :16***** Under the deal, Lovelace members have access to their current health-care network, and will re-gain access to ABQ Health Partners providers. Lovelace says it sold the health plan to focus on its hospital and health care centers.
In AT NOON features: Santa Fe Mayor David Coss talks about need for thorough clean-up of LANL's Area G. Congresswoman Michelle Lijan-Grisham teams with former NM Governor Gary Johnson for marriage equality. And our Tourism Department boasts of significant gains in the number of visitors to our state.
The so-called “nation’s report card” is out and it shows that New Mexico fourth and eighth-graders trail national proficiencies in reading and math. The newly-released National Assessment of Educational Progress report shows just 31-percent of our state’s fourth-graders are proficient in math and only 21-percent are reading at target levels. For eighth-graders, 23 percent are proficient in math and 22 percent are proficient in reading. Those results have New Mexico among 18 states scoring below national averages for both reading and math.
Among today's features: A conversation with John Gaherty at the Office of the Superintendent of insurance on their new directive to insurers to ensure that married same-sex couples receive all benefits and discounts. The state epidemiologist talks about a new report showing a decline in prescription drug abuse in our state. And...Vickie Perea, the person chosen by Governor Martinez to fill the state district 50 seat talks with KSFR.
New Mexico State Police are reporting this morning of an officer-involved shooting in Santa Fe in the vicinity of Camino Carlos Rey and Siringo Road. Just after 1AM, a state police officer attempted to pull over a vehicle for erratic driving. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. Details of what happened thereafter are sketchy but shots were fired. The female driver of the vehicle was killed and her male passenger was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Camino Carlos Rey between Rodeo Road and Siringo have been closed for the ongoing investigation.