In features today, a talk with PNM about their plans to build 3 more solar array facilities in NM next year. The Wilderness Society is launching a campaign to prevent oil and gas drilling near Chaco Canyon and Otero Mesa. And LANL's Bradbury Science Museum is opening some new exhibits Friday -- one of those pointing toward algae as a power source of the future. All that and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Both of New Mexico's senators were among the majority of their colleagues voting to pass the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. That will save some $1400 for each of New Mexico's 46,000 undergraduates. Back on July 1st, the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The bill's provisions are retro-active, resetting the rate to 3.8%. Interest rates will be tied to the 10-year Treasury bill plus a percentage for the life of the loans. The bill now heads to the US House.
In today's features, we'll explore how telemedicine can provide quality healthcare to rural New Mexicans. We also catch up with Attorney General Gary King on moves to halt the opening of that equine slaughterhouse down Roswell way. And...music & environmental concerns take to Santa Fe's Bandstand tonight. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
On Tuesday's midday report: The state auditor says he wants results of an independent audit allegedly showing Medicaid fraud in a state agency... Santa Fe police say they have a new program to further cut the rate of burglaries...Sen. Tom Udall files new legislation he says will help home-based businesses...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has advised the state Supreme Court that blocking gay marriage is unconstitutional. The Attorney General noted that state law neither permits nor denies same-sex marriage and banning it flies in the face of equal protection guarantees. The high court had solicited King's advisement in light of a lawsuit by two Santa Fe men denied a marriage license by the county clerk. However, that suit, says King, was improperly filed and the court does not have the authority to order a county official to take a specific action.
Today, State Auditor Hector Balderas gets to see the audit documents that caused New Mexico’s Human Services Department to suspend Medicaid payments to 15 providers of mental health and substance abuse services. Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier had refused Balderas’ request for the documents saying the improprieties discovered could not at this time be construed as fraud. Without such a definitive finding, Human Services says it was not obligated to pass them along. A state district judge in Santa Fe disagreed and ordered the documents to be made available to the State Auditors of
7/21/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Possible Rental Car Episode” includes a Quechua poem (from Technicians of the Sacred, University of California Press); the poem “Dragging the Lake, VIII” by Robert Thomas (from Dragging the Lake, Carnegie Mellon University Press); “Sunday, Sunday” by Jaswinder Bolina (from Phantom Camera, New Issues Poetry & Prose)