Authorities have seized records from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe as part of an investigation into claims that a Catholic school teacher inappropriately touched female students. The New Mexican reports that Santo Nino Regional Catholic School art teacher Aaron Chavez has been charged with five counts of sexually touching young girls during classes. The archdiocese says Chavez, who’s 47, was placed on administrative leave.

The New Mexico Attorney General this week cleared 10 behavioral health providers following an investigation of charges filed in 2013 accusing them of Medicaid fraud. Attorney General Hector Balderas—in releasing his findings on the years-long investigation into the state’s behavioral health community did find some regulatory violations by those providers. Those are being forwarded to the Human Services Department for possible action. Balderas' office is continuing to review two remaining providers…His office previously finding no fraud but overpayment issues with three others.

Feb. 08 - News At Noon

Feb 8, 2016

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

State lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a budget on Saturday, just past the halfway mark of this year’s 30-day session.  The three-and-a-half hour debate came after legislators had met behind closed doors earlier in the week – a move that had riled open government advocates.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports on the weekend’s deliberations that included the demise of a Democrat-sponsored amendment meant to delay corporate tax cuts that will further shrink state revenue.

Among the many proposed amendments to the New Mexico Constitution being considered by state lawmakers this session is one that would give the state’s lowest-paid workers a raise.

In this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco takes a look at betting on the Super Bowl.

New Mexico lawmakers say a proposal to change the way funding for dams, roadways and other infrastructure projects is allocated may not be approved because of a lack of time. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the measure, filed last week, would have to make its way through both legislative chambers in two weeks to make it to Governor Susana Martinez's desk before the 30-day session ends. Currently, lawmakers allocate a set amount of funding for capital outlay projects in each legislative district.

Audio Saucepan: “The Critter Episode”

Feb 7, 2016

2/7/16 — Audio Saucepan: “The Critter Episode” includes the poems “The Secret Lives of Cows” by Amelia Martens (from The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat, Sarabande Books); “Doctrine” by Todd Davis (from The Least of These, Michigan State University Press); and “Migration South” by Anne Marie Macari (from The Ecopoetry Anthology, Trinity University Press).

Click here to view the music playlist for this show.

Feb. 5 - News At Noon

Feb 5, 2016

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon.

As legislative bills make their way through the session -- which comes to an end on February 18 - we wanted to hear about some issues receiving less coverage, including a restrictive abortion bill and one that calls for reform of bail bond procedures in the state. Matt Reichbach is editor of New Mexico Political Report. He spoke with KSFR's Zélie Pollon, and gives us an update on this week's important bills.

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