In Albuquerque today, there will be a 2nd public meeting of the state’s Jobs Council. It was created by lawmakers earlier this year in the legislative session with the express purpose of looking at job creation over the next ten years. House Speaker Ken Martinez says the hope is to bring statewide employment back to pre-recession levels….***clip
After local news, we have a conversation with NM House Speaker Ken Martinez ahead of tomorrow's next public meeting of the newly created Jobs Council seeking ways to restore the state's employment rate to pre-recession levels. We also catch up with Attorney General Gary King about his investigation of alleged fraud by providers of mental health & substance abuse services in New Mexico. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Federal sequestration cuts are forcing the closure of two Head Start centers in Santa Fe County. The closures were announced by Presbyterian Medical Services which oversees the programs in four counties. Federal funding for Presbyterian's efforts has been cut by some $700,000. Shuttering their doors now are the Chimayó Head Start Center and another on the Institute of American Indian Arts campus. 10 other Head Start Centers in Santa Fe County are not affected.
After local news headlines, we speak with the New Mexico Dept. of Health about their new initiative to network healthcare practitioners to stem public health crises. The, a conversation with the Santa Fe Association Realtors and higher sales reported amid lower inventories. And...New Mexico's Rail Runner Express celebrates it 7th birthday. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Former Albuquerque police officer Levi Chavez has been acquitted of 1st degree murder charges in the 2007 shooting death of his wife. He had maintained his innocence saying her death was a suicide. The case drew much attention statewide with tales of extra-marital affairs and evidence tampering by Albuquerque police. Jurors rendered their “not guilty” verdict after some 10 hours of deliberations that began Monday following weeks of testimony.
Following local news, a report on the possibility for flooding in Santa Fe and how you might prepare for it. We also hear from Senator Martin Heinrich from Washington, D.C. And Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobsen talsk about how locals can ensure that tourists in New Mexico have a pleasant visit. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe’s Finance Committee has endorsed that proposed ban within city limits of single use, plastic bags. Merchants would be permitted to use paper bags albeit at a minimum cost of ten cents each. The measure has the support of Mayor Coss and seven of eight city councilors with District 4’s Ron Trujillo not officially onboard. The proposed ban is headed for public hearing at City Hall in late August.
A report on "Cold War Patriots" -- those who worked with radioactive materials during the decades of atomic weapons production. EDD Secretary Joe Barela talks about the strength of New Mexico's exports. And UNM researchers are gaining a new perspective on cancer. These items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe’s 10 annual International Folk Art Market concluded Sunday with reports of increased attendance and higher sales. Today’s New Mexican reports that Sunday saw 7,000 people take in the vent at Museum Hill with sales over $1.3 million, a new record for a single day and some 20% higher than last year. Roughly 90% of the money taken in goes home with the artists, many of them from countries where the average wage is $3 a day.