In today's features, we speak with the union head of CWA Local 7076 about "sick" state buildings causing illness among workers. We also catch up with the UNM doctoral student who co-authored a study on wage theft and other workplace abuses inflicted on Mexican national employees in New Mexico, both undocumented and those here legally. Those items and more...plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Same-sex marriage licenses may begin to be issued today in a 3rd New Mexico County. Progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico says its heard of 1000 new gender-neutral marriage licenses ordered by Bernalillo’s County Clerk. A hearing in district court there this afternoon may order their issuance. If so, Bernalillo County will join Doña Ana and Santa Fe counties in asserting marriage equality since last week.
8/25/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Boats and Trains Episode” includes the poems “Phattafacia Stupenda” by Adam Fitzgerald (from The Late Parade, W.W. Norton); “In Passing” by Bob Holman (from Sing This One Back to Me, Coffee House Press); and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” by Jeffrey Skinner (from Glaciology, Southern Illinois University Press)
In features, we talk about the state's new initiative to provide more resources to caregivers of those with Alzheimer's. We also catch up with the state's Human Service department for an update in the ongoing investigation of providers of mental health & substance abuse services. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has today ordered Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico says the judge offered Salazar an option: begin issuing licenses or have a hearing. In her order, Judge Singleton also references the same equal protection clauses of the state constitution city by Doña Ana’s county clerk as he began issuing licenses on Wednesday.
In today's features, we speak to Santa Fe County about the series of upcoming meetings on new capital improvement projects. We also hear a report on a vast water project in Israel's Kidron Valley, a place where indigenous people share a connection to the land not unlike here in New Mexico. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
New and more aggressive measures to clean up the massive underground jet fuel spill at Albuquerque's Kirtland Air Force Base have been announced. The Albuquerque Journal says that the New Mexico Environment Department and Air Force officials have agreed that 1.5 million gallons of contaminated water will be pumped from the ground by the end of October. The Air Force will also expand use of vacuum pumps to remove contaminated soils at the spill's epicenter.
In today's features, we talk with progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico as Doña Ana County begins to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples -- we also speak to the county clerk responsible. And the NM Department of Health talks about some strides made against obesity here in our state. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Teachers throughout the Santa Fe Public School District have had their first pay raise in six years ratified by the school board. They, along with some other staff, are getting a one-and-a-half percent increase in wages. 1% of that was made possible by state lawmakers during the legislative session in a raise for all state workers. The additional half-percent pay bump is expected to cost the school district about $400,000 annually.