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John Calef presents Santa Fe Local News at Noon

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During summer recess in Congress our elected officials have been coming home and getting a sense of issues on the ground. We caught up with Third District Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and in the first of a two-part interview, asked him about some of the current issues he’s working on for New Mexicans. 

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As the allegations against Secretary Duran are being discussed nationwide, here in New Mexico we’re also discussing our lack of an ethics commission. We are one of only eight states which does not have such a commission, despite efforts on the part of some state representatives to create one. Paul Biderman served five years as Director of the Institute of Public Law and research faculty at UNM’s school of Law, and conducts ethics trainings for public officials across the state, including for Commissioners of the PRC. He’s joins us live today to discuss ethics in New Mexico.

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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Friday filed a 64 count complaint against Secretary of State Dianna Duran accusing her of embezzling and laundering money. The complaint alleges that Duran, who was reelected to her post in the last election 2014, used government funds to feed her gambling habits.  Secretary Duran has not yet responded to the allegations. We asked Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who unsuccessfully ran for the post, to describe the functioning of the office and its vital responsibilities to New Mexico.

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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Santa Fe Local News at Noon presented by John Calef

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Thursday night was the final concert of Santa Fe’s incredibly popular Bandstand concert series featuring local and national musical acts throughout the summer.

KSFR's Zelie Pollon was there to see the curtain close for one more year.

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It has been anything but a quiet summer for the SF county board of county commissioners as they have dealt with several high profile and politically controversial issues. 

A resolution passed on Tuesday evening by the Santa Fe County Board of Commissions said it would not give money for the construction of a water system in the Pojoaque valley until the legal haggling over country roads is settled with San Ildelfonso Pueblo.

KSFR's Marion Cox spoke with Santa Fe county manager Katherine Miller to learn more about the BCC resolution and when she expects negotiations to resume with San Ildefonso.

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Mayor Gonzales said the city faces a 12 to 15 million dollar budget shortfall. Where and what he'll have to cut to make up for the deficit is still unknown. KSFR's Tom Trowbridge speaks with Mayor Gonzales.

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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John Calef present Santa Fe Local News at Noon

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Small companies in the city different have the opportunity to get a boost thanks to an upcoming event hosted by the Santa Fe Businesses Incubator.  The next Eureka Effect event in coming up in September, and KSFR’s John Calef has the details.  

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Yesterday in Virginia a journalist and cameraman were shot while broadcasting live from a strip mall in the town of Moneta near Roanoke, Virginia. The gunman appeared to be a disgruntled colleague who was recently fired. While such extreme events are rare for journalists in America, there are consistent dangers that we face every day. I spoke with Rory McClanahan, board president of the New Mexico Press Association and editor of the Mountain View Telegraph about some of what New Mexico journalists face.

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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John Calef presents Santa Fe Local News at Noon

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On Monday President Obama announced a set of executive actions to accelerate the country's transition to cleaner sources of energy and ways to cut energy waste. According to the White House announcement one of the purposes is to continue to expand opportunities to install energy saving technologies today, particularly those homes that need it most.  Craig O’Hare is the Santa Fe County official charged with educating individuals and businesses about solar energy.  KSFR’s Alan Dee spoke with O’Hare about the county's efforts to help expand the use of solar energy, and specifically about a meeting taking place tonight at Frenchies field to help inform people about solar uses. 

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Freedom of information has been in the news a lot lately, with an injunction against the Santa Fe New Mexican to prohibit information from being published. This among many attempts to keep journalists from accessing information. On Monday in Santa Fe was a presentation about Open Government. I spoke with Greg Williams, the President of the board of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

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There will be a "Stand for Wolves Rally" at Santa Fe Community College tomorrow morning starting at 8am in the Jemez Room. The rally immediately precedes a State Game Commission hearing, which starts at 8:30 a.m.  For more information about Thursday's rally and hearing, visit mexicanwolves.org. That's mexicanwolves.o-r-g. KSFR will be there as Commissioners enter the hearing and we’ll bring you reports At Noon. You can hear Mary Charlotte’s full interview at www.santaferadiocafe.org.

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Wednesday's top news stories from KSFR.

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

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The honors for the 2015 Indian Market Best of Show were announced this afternoon, and KSFR's Zelie Pollon was on site to talk to some of the artists whose works were considered for the awards. 

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Earlier this week, Santa Fe Public Schools superintendent Joel Boyd told us, most people agree with the concept behind teacher evaluations--that is, making sure instructors are equipped to teach students effectively. But when it comes to the evaluation system New Mexico has created to ensure education quality, there's a lot less consensus. From annual ratings derived from student test outcomes in the previous school year--to the question of whether student test scores should be factors in teacher ratings at all, Boyd says teachers in Santa Fe schools aren't ready to accept the system the way it is. But that system, as well as compliance with state-mandated PARCC testing, is mostly out of Joel Boyd's control. One problem he can tackle, as he told KSFR's Zelie Pollon, is the issue of chronic truancy. 

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Government officials and southwestern residents last week observed the copper colored toxic spill as it made its way down the Animas River from Colorado and through New Mexico. There is extensive finger pointing as to who is responsible for the accidental release of more than three-million gallons of heavy metal sludge. Yet the conditions that set the stage for this mishap have been in the making for decades - and those conditions are very different in Colorado from what exists today in New Mexico.

 

 

KSFR's Marion Cox spoke with Amigos Bravos Interim Executive Director Rachel Conn about why New Mexico may be in a better place - for the moment - than Colorado to make sure mining disasters, such as the Gold King Mine incident, don't occur here. Conn warns however that New Mexico still faces major challenges in protecting its precious groundwater and surface water resources due to new legislative and regulatory initiatives the Martinez Administration is currently pursuing that would weaken protections we currently have - and that have been in place in New Mexico for decades.

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

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Nationwide, we're not very good at keeping up with testing of physical evidence collected during sexual assault examinations. According to the activist organization End The Backlog, few state governments and ZERO FEDERAL AGENCIES track the number of kits awaiting testing. Here in New Mexico the problem is particularly bad. The Albuquerque Police Department alone has collected nearly 12-hundred rape kits in the past eight years. Only some 350 of those have been processed. And that's just one of around 150 law enforcement agencies in the state. When you consider that only an estimated three-percent of rapes that occur nationwide are ever referred for prosecution, that leaves a lot of offenders on the street where they can do further harm. KSFR's Kate Powell talked to New Mexico sexual assault expert Connie Monahan to find out why this problem exists and what can be done to fix it. 

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Nationwide, we're not very good at keeping up with testing of physical evidence collected during sexual assault examinations. According to the activist organization End The Backlog, few state governments and ZERO FEDERAL AGENCIES track the number of kits awaiting testing. Here in New Mexico the problem is particularly bad. The Albuquerque Police Department alone has collected nearly 12-hundred rape kits in the past eight years. Only some 350 of those have been processed. And that's just one of around 150 law enforcement agencies in the state. When you consider that only an estimated three-percent of rapes that occur nationwide are ever referred for prosecution, that leaves a lot of offenders on the street where they can do further harm. KSFR's Kate Powell talked to New Mexico sexual assault expert Connie Monahan to find out why this problem exists and what can be done to fix it. 

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Tonight is the official launch of this year's Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Indian Market, an event that traditionally brings tens of thousands of market goers to Santa Fe and easily tens of millions of dollars to native artists from around the country. KSFR's Zelie Pollon was at the convention center in downtown Santa Fe as artists presented their entries for “best of show.” Dallin Maybee, northern Arapaho and Seneca, became SWAIA's  chief operating officer a year and a half ago. He describes the economic and cultural importance of the Indian market on Santa Fe and New Mexico. 

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Zelie also spoke with a handful of the many artists who will be present this weekend.

As Dallin Maybee noted, the 2015 Indian Market kickoff party begins this evening at eight in front of the Santa Fe convention center. A ticketed luncheon for the presentation of Best of Show awards will be held tomorrowafternoon beginning at 11:30am. KSFR will have a live feature during tomorrow's noon newscast. You can go to SWAIA's website for a full list of events for the coming weekend. That's SWAIA-dot-org

 

 

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

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School started this week for all of Santa Fe's public schools. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon sat down with Santa Fe public school superintendent Joel Boyd to get a sense of what this new school year will bring.

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Start with Fentanyl, a well-known pain-killing drug which is both effective and addictive.  Make it so it can be taken as a spray under the tongue and it becomes more effective and potentially even more addictive.  That's a recipe for trouble, as Roddy Boyd for the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, that was made even more dangerous when selling it was put into the hands of a man named Alec Burlakoff.

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You've probably heard the famous quote that "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."  Well, it's true.  Rain or shine, we KSFR weather junkies can't stop talking about the weather.  Today, reporter Mary Lou Cooper takes a look at 2015 New Mexico weather--where we've been and what's ahead.

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Wednesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

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On Friday Judge James Browning denied a request by several state environmental groups for an injunction to ban oil and gas drilling near the cultural site of Chaco Canyon in the four corners region. I spoke with one of the plaintiffs, John Horning, Director of Wild Earth Guardians, about the ruling and any next steps.

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Chinese government hacks of US Government sites has been going on for a long while.  It is espionage as usual.  But Shane Harris, the national and Cyber Security Correspondent for thedailybeast.com told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, when Chinese government hackers hacked the website of an American business, they crossed a line in the sand.  It's all about a chemical called titanium dioxide.

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In this week’s edition of Medical Insights, Dr. Erica Elliot discusses osteoporosis.

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

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In recent months, a national conversation has been brewing over the unequal treatment people of color receive in America's criminal justice system. According to the national organization Prison Policy Initiative, about nine-percent of all black men in their late 20s are in prison in the United States, and four percent of Latino men of the same age are incarcerated. The rate is just seven-tenths of one-percent for white men. Many of the crimes for which men of color are arrested involve drug abuse or addiction. 

 

 

What you might not know is that Santa Fe is on the cutting edge of a program that could change the relationship between police and marginalized members of society. We've talked about the LEAD program before on KSFR's At Noon; now, just over a year into the program's run, we'll hear from New Mexico Drug Policy Alliance director Emily Kaltenbach, who told Radio Cafe host Mary Charlotte Domandi that our nation's criminal justice system needs a makeover. 

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The internment in concentration camps of well over 100-thousand Japanese-Americans for almost three years during World War Two is one of the darkest chapters in American history.  In his new book INFAMY, author Richard Reeves details the many injustices inflicted on Americans of Japanese ancestry.  He told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, among the most damaging were almost unintended indignities of life for the detainees in the camps.

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In this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco discusses David Denson, the first openly gay baseball player on an MLB-affiliated team.

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

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The drama of the Colorado mine spill that contaminated rivers in three states is still unfolding. KSFR's Kate Powell brings us this update. 

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There are thousands of cats in the Santa Fe area that are homeless – that is, they don’t live as domesticated animals, but in the wild.  Several years ago, though, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter launched the “Gatos de Santa Fe program,” and since then the shelter has spayed and neutered some of those feral cats, preventing disease and controlling the population.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez has more on the story in part two of her series on feral cats.

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Sometimes the ability of journalists to report a story tells a lot about the story.  Take, for example, the story of what's happening these days in Iraq, where Iranian-influence Shi'ite militiamen have been ethnically cleansing Sunni civilians for areas where they have lived for generations.  Albuquerque photo-journalist Jim Spiri told Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE this is not a story the US government and the US military want to be presented to Americans.  Some evidence that backs up this judgment comes from Spiri's experiences as a photo-journalist covering American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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A local organization that puts a youthful twist on climate activism wants to expand its reach outside of Santa Fe--and it's throwing a party to help make that happen. KSFR's Kate Powell has the story. 

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Santa Fe’s nonprofit animal shelter has joined with other groups across the country to rein in the proliferation of feral, or wild cats having kittens and creating public nuisances and health hazards.  As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports in this two-part series, the Gatos program, as it’s called, has resulted in smaller numbers of feral cats in Santa Fe, and increasing community support.

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It's getting to be back to school time in Turkey, too, and rarely have education issues been so hotly disputed.  That's because the Turkish government is shutting secular public schools and re-opening them as Sunni religious schools called imam-hatips.  Istanbul-based journalist Xanthe Ackerman explained to KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE how big a change that represents.

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Tom Trowbridge brings you local news at noon. 

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This morning, Santa Fe Community College played host to the 2015 Santa Fe Energy Summit—where federal, state, and local public officials gathered to share ideas about New Mexico’s role in changing the face of American energy generation. KSFR’s Kate Powell has the story. 

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We’ve been telling you in our top of the hour newscasts today about the Perseid Meteor Showers, which are currently at their peak.  Didier Saumon, a Los Alamos National Laboratory astrophysicist, says the sky show is actually pieces of Comet Swift-Tuttle hitting Earth's atmosphere at more than 133-thousand miles an hour mph and burning up.  Saumon adds that tonight’s lack of moonlight will help people see the Perseids, which keep a regular schedule of sorts.

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It is a well-established fact that radioactive fallout from nuclear testing can cause cancers and other deadly diseases, and Congress has established compensation programs for "downwinders" affected by tests in  Nevada and the Marshall Islands.  But the New Mexicans who lived downwind of the world's first above-ground nuclear test at the Trinity site, between Socorro and Alamogordo, have been left out, given neither recognition nor compensation, despite ample evidence of dire health effects.  Santa Fe investigative reporter Dennis Carroll told KSFR'S Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE about some of the downwinders he's interviewed, including a woman who was attending a dance camp near Ruidoso when the bomb went off.

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Wednesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

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After years of litigation and argument, the Federal Government agreed in 1998 to a simple standard for how children being held by immigration authorities should be treated.  They should be kept, in the words of the agreement, "in the least restrictive environment possible."  To put it simply, Judge Dolly Gee ruled last month, these children should not be kept in prisons.  After visiting a brand new $290 million Federal Detention Center in Dilley, Texas, for border-crossing children and their mothers, Judge Gee called it "astonishing," because as Santa Fe immigration attorney Allegra Love told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, the place mothers and children were being kept was a prison.

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Going back to Santa Fe's earliest days, horses have been an integral part of life here. However, over the past several years, we have been seeing less of them. That might change if two groups in Santa Fe have their way. If they are successful, more horses and riders from throughout the country will be putting Santa Fe on their show itineraries. Both groups have big plans for a wide range of horse shows in Santa Fe. KSFR's Alan Dee tracked down some of the people behind the efforts.

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In this week’s edition of Medical Insights, Dr. Erica Elliott shares the breakfast drink recipe she counts on to get her ready to face the day. 

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

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White Sands national monument bills itself as being like no place else on earth—with shifting white gypsum dunes and wide-open blue skies, visitors often say they feel like they’ve traveled to another planet. But it’s also unlike other hiking and recreation destinations due to the dangers posed by heat—which park officials say can easily climb into the low hundreds on a summer day, with no shade in sight. 

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As soon as children who have crossed into the United States without the proper legal documents are arrested, they are thrust into a single system with 2 conflicting mandates: to care for the children and to prosecute, and deport them.  Georgetown University scholar Susan J Terrio researched what happens to these children, and turned a decade of scholarship into a new book, WHOSE CHILD AM I?   She told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, her ability to see this system from the inside has turned out to be almost unique.

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In this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco takes a critical look at a suspended 10 year old girl basketball player.

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

Jeremy is a University of New Mexico student who has volunteered diligently at KSFR this summer. Today was the last day of his internship. We at KSFR News salute Jeremy and wish him an excellent second year at UNM. 

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As you heard during the local news segment earlier, a spill of contaminated water from a Colorado mine has been released into the Animas river, and officials say it could create drinking water shortages in communities in the San Juan Basin. KSFR’s Kate Powell has details. 

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We Americans are addicted to our credit and debit cards.  So what’s the difference?  A credit card is essentially a loan to the cardholder that allows you buy things now and pay later.  A debit card lets you make purchases by electronically accessing the money in your checking or savings account.  In her third segment of a series of reports on consumer protection, reporter Mary Lou Cooper gets a crash course in Plastic 101 from the New Mexico Attorney General’s office.

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The Republican-led Congressional harangue against the nuclear weapons agreement negotiated between Iran and the US and 5 allies has, to put it mildly, accentuated the negative. But Dalia Dassa Kaye, the director of the RAND Corporation's Mideast Policy Center told KSFR'S Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, the agreement actually imposes several severe limits on Iran.

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” unveiled Monday produced the first set of emission-reduction requirements for the nation's existing coal-fired power plants that will be monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency. KSFR spoke with two New Mexico environmental organizations about the President’s plan, and how the new rules will impact our state's energy future. 

 

We asked New Mexico’s largest utility, Public Service Company of New Mexico, for its thoughts on the President’s proposal.  PNM Resources’ Chairman, President and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn issued a statement that says, in part:

 

“PNM is committed to reducing emissions and increasing the use of cleaner resources in ways that keep electric prices affordable for our customers and ensure the reliability of the electric system. We still have to review the plan in detail, but we are encouraged that EPA’s emission rate for New Mexico is not significantly different from the proposed rule and that EPA has provided additional time for states to submit plans and for utilities to comply.”

 

 

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In partnership with the New Mexico Attorney General's office, KSFR today is launching a series of reports on consumer protection.  Today's report focuses on immigrant consumers--the abuses they face and what can be done about them.  KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper brings us part one of this story.

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In today’s edition of “Medical Insights” with Santa Fe physician Dr. Erica Elliot, the topic is depression and its link to inflammation.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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New Mexico’s Department of Health continues to look into the death of a Santa Fe County woman from a deadly form of the plague, and experts are warning people to keep areas around their homes free from wood piles and compost pits that attract plague-carrying fleas.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez spoke with a state epidemiologist about the disease and the investigation, and brings us more on the story.

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Tonight marks the first primary debate of the season--this first GOP debate will take place in Cleveland, Ohio today. KSFR's Kate Powell asked Republican Party of New Mexico's Public Relations officer, Pat Garrett, what viewers can expect from the debate tonight

Tonight's debate will air on FOX, with a first debate among 7 undercard candidates set to take place at 5pm Eastern Time, and a second debate among the 10 leading candidates kicking off at 9 PM Eastern Time. 

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:34pm MST

In an earlier story on the special problems faced by immigrant consumers, KSFR looked at one of their biggest concerns--unauthorized agents who take money and claim to be experts on immigration status issues.  In today's segment, reporter Mary Lou Cooper talks with Joel Cruz-Esparza with the New Mexico Attorney General's office about other examples of scams targeted at immigrant consumers. 

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:32pm MST

Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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Wednesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:34pm MST

Since 1948 when the first Arab-Israeli agreement was reached establishing a two-state region in the Middle East, continuing conflict has dominated news reports.  But at the same time many non-governmental agencies have been working to reach peace.  One of those is the Santa Fe-based group, Creativity for Peace.  The non-profit works in the West Bank and in New Mexico, bringing teenaged girls together at its summer camp here in a peaceful setting where they can share their stories, learn mediation skills, and get to know one another. KSFR’s Deborah Martinez has more on their fifth annual cultural celebration for peace.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:33pm MST

New Mexico has a poor reputation when it comes to crimes of violence.  It seems that parts of our culture, if not actively encouraging such behavior, do not do as well as they could in preventing it.  And recently, we have been hearing more about human trafficking, which is itself yet another form of violence, often sexually-oriented. 

 

However, there are organizations dedicated to helping the victims of such events. And right here in Santa Fe we have one such group which is working on the front line. KSFR’s David King met with the Executive Director of Santa Fe’s Solace Crisis Treatment Center to talk about their work.

 

 

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:30pm MST

In this week’s edition of “The Sporting Life,” host Dan DeFrancesco discusses life lessons he’s learned from sports.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:28pm MST

Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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