New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill that would give state judges full access to the criminal histories of violent offenders, including some juveniles. The bill, called "Jaydon's Law," is in reference to Jaydon Chavez-Silver, an Albuquerque teenager who was shot and killed at a party last summer. The legislation would change the state's Criminal Procedure Act to give judges access to an adult's youth records, which currently is not allowed under state law. It would not apply to any crimes committed before age 14. Martinez signed the measure and another related billSunday at the New Mexico State Police headquarters in Albuquerque.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to take a key step toward launching a federally funded cleanup of 48 old mining sites in that state.  One of the sites includes a mine that sent wastewater into rivers in three states last August. The Environmental Protection Agency would oversee the project but won't proceed without the support of the governor and local officials. San Juan County and the southwestern Colorado town of Silverton endorsed the cleanup plan last week. Last fall during preliminary cleanup work the EPA inadvertently triggered the release of 3 million gallons of wastewater from the inactive Gold King Mine. Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah were polluted.  Now New Mexico environment officials say the chemicals that settled into the soil along rivers in the northwest part of the state could be disturbed with spring runoff.                   

A Santa Fe man who was acquitted in 2011 of vehicular homicide in a crash that killed four teenagers has been arrested again for drunken driving.


The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that records indicate Scott Owens was booked Friday on multiple charges including DWI, stalking and marijuana possession. The 34-year-old is being held without bond until his arraignment today. Police say he was arrested after they received a call from his ex-girlfriend reported he was parked across the street from her home. Police say Owens was found with 6 grams of marijuana and appeared to be intoxicated.         

The former president of Albuquerque's police union wants a felony child abuse charge against her thrown out. An attorney for Stephanie Lopez tells KRQE-TV he has filed a motion to have all charges dismissed. Attorney Sam Bregman says the state failed to prosecute their case within a 60-day window. Lopez was arrested in December on charges of child abuse and bribery or intimidation of a witness. A criminal complaint filed by a Bernalillo County Sheriff's detective says Lopez repeatedly struck a teenage relative during a dispute over a utility shut-off warning. Lopez resigned as union president shortly after.      

The southwest New Mexico ranch owned by media mogul Ted Turner will temporarily shelter five Mexican gray wolves to be moved to Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal reports the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission gave unanimous approval Friday, more than a month after the panel denied Ladder Ranch's appeal for a permit to host Mexican wolves as part of a federal species recovery program. Federal wildlife officials will transport the animals from Wolf Haven International in Washington state to New Mexico. The Ladder Ranch stop is intended to relieve travel stress and work around breeding season.

The federal government is giving the state of New Mexico an extension until October 2016 to meet tougher federal identification requirements after the state Legislature approved new rules for immigrant driver's licenses. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez of the extension on Friday in a letter. The department last year denied New Mexico an extension from requirements under the federal REAL ID Act. After that, some military installations such as White Sands Missile Range stopped accepting state driver's licenses to gain entry. Martinez plans to sign revisions to a law that gives state driver's licenses to immigrants regardless of legal status.               

The U.S. Justice Department says a Native American community in northern New Mexico doesn't have any claims to Valles Caldera National Preserve.  The court says that’s because of a 12-year statute of limitations on tribal land claims. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department said in a motion filed this month in federal court that Jemez Pueblo abandoned any title it may have held to parts of the preserve. The motion is the latest step in a legal battle over tens of thousands of pristine acres in the Jemez Mountains that is also known as the Valle Grande. Jemez Pueblo considers the nearly 140-square-mile swath of federally-managed public land as a spiritual sanctuary. The lawsuit is in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephan Vidmar, who has scheduled a status conference on the case March 9.


Two Albuquerque Girls Scouts have picked an unusual spot to sell Girl Scout cookies — a marijuana dispensary. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports a Junior Girl Scout and a Brownie set up shop Saturday outside medical marijuana dispensary Ultra Health and then sold more than 60 boxes. Ultra Health manager James Gambling says he invited the scouts and offered to donate $1 for every box the girls sold. He says "the munchies" is a stereotype that comes with marijuana, so it was fitting to have the Girl Scouts outside. Phil Temer, a dad of one of the girls, says he saw nothing wrong with the girls selling near the dispensary. Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails spokeswoman Carol Ann Short says selling outside medical marijuana dispensaries is against scout rules.

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

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The Department of Health announced last week that beginning today the names of licensed medical marijuana producers and those seeking licenses must be made public. This wasn’t necessarily part of the state’s general transparency policy, but due to a lawsuit forcing the state to make its records public.

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In this week's edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco meditates on the incredible basketball talent of Steph Curry. 

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Today we air our last interview with City Council candidates hoping to fill the District one seat, to be vacated by Councilor Patti Bushee. Today we hear from Frank Montano, formerly a city council member and currently the owner of Fiesta Tours. KSFR's Zelie Pollon asked him to begin with his background.

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

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There are also two candidates running for the seat that is open with the retirement of Municipal Court Judge Ann Yalman. KSFR’s Deborah Martinez interviewed candidate Ignacio Gallegos. 

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Everyone must be taking a by-week for the academy awards. As the film world prepare for its big party, can John Hilcoat's latest feature Triple 9 invigorate the new release schedule? KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik finds out.

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Today we continue our interviews with City Council candidates hoping to fill District one seat, to be vacated by Councilor Patti Bushee. Today we hear from former County planner Renee Villareal. Real has so far garnered endorsements that include The Santa Fe New Mexican, The Sierra Club, the Santa Fe Firefighters Association, former mayor David Coss, and councilors Joseph Maestas, as well as outgoing councilor Patti Bushee whose seat she would fill. KSFR's Zelie Pollon began by asking Real about her background. 

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This week we’ve been hearing from candidates for Santa Fe City Council seats, in advance of next month’s election.  There are also two candidates running for the seat that is open with the retirement of Municipal Court Judge Ann Yalman. Today, KSFR’s Deborah Martinez interviews one candidate in the Municipal Judge race, Ignacio Gallegos.

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Today we continue our interviews with City Council candidates hoping to fill District one seat, to be vacated by Councilor Patti Bushee. Yesterday we spoke with Marie Campos and today we hear from Kate Kennedy. We asked the same questions of all: given the recent budget projections – which outline a serious shortfall – what would each propose to do close the budget gap. Kennedy has come under fire first for being the only candidate not to accept public financing for her campaign and today in the Santa Fe New Mexican was criticized for blatantly identifying herself as Democrat in her political mailers in what is supposed to be a nonpartisan election. Kennedy responded in today’s article by saying she had been asked about her party affiliation while on the campaign trail. I began our interview by asking Kennedy to describe her background.

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As part of our ongoing coverage of what subjects were considered during this legislative session, we look today at the popular and controversial topic of marijuana legislation. Emily Kaltenbach for the Drug Policy Alliance gives us a run down on which bills were heard and which were not. 

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This week, in Your Money Decisions, Kate Stalter discusses two areas of retirement planning that many people overlook - and these are much more important than watching the day-to-day market movements!

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Of the bills that passed during this year’s legislative session, there were a few surprises. One had to do with gun safety and what surprised some as much as the bills passing was its support by Republican House Majority Leader Nate Gentry.

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It might feel far away, but April 15th is right around the corner. Each year the Internal Revenue Service compiles a “Dirty Dozen” list of the worst tax schemes and scams of the season.  In 2016, the list includes such things as identity theft, phone scams and tax preparer fraud.  KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper brings us a series of reports to alert taxpayers to potential threats to their financial security. Today’s story explores how to pick an honest tax preparer…and how to avoid those who are unscrupulous.


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Next Tuesday, March 1, Santa Fe will hold its Municipal Election. Early voting is in fact underway until next Friday at 5pm. Four City Council seats are up for a vote, but only one has contending candidates and that’s the District 1 seat, being vacated by Councilor Patti Bushee, the longest serving councilor.

The council seats with no opposition include Peter Ives, and Chris Rivera who are keeping their seats, and Mike Harris who is running unopposed for the District 4 seat being vacated by Bill Dimas.

Today we begin a series of extended interviews with each of the District 1 city candidates. While there are many issues facing the city of Santa Fe, We wanted to focus on the most immediate concern of growing santa fe and taking care of an unanticipated budget deficit of up to 18 million dollars. We begin today with Candidate Marie Campos. KSFR's Zelie Pollon started by asking her to describe her background.

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Santa Fe police are looking four people of interest in connection with a body found in a water tank. Authorities said Saturday that a task force involving state, local and tribal police executed a search warrant in Nambe as part of a homicide investigation. The search turned up narcotics and other items that could be evidence. Investigators say they believe Brandon Maestas is a person of interest in the death of David Dickerson. Dickerson's body was discovered in 2015 in a water tank in Santa Fe. Police did not identify the other three people considered of interest. Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact Santa Fe police.

The federal government has issued a pair of preliminary notices of violation against two contractors after a radiation leak forced the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository. The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday the notices mark the completion of investigations into the 2014 disaster as well as the enforcement process against the managers of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The notices cover worker safety violations at the southern New Mexico repository as well as violations stemming from the handling of waste at the lab. The contractors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Albuquerque police say a pedestrian was fatally injured after stepping into traffic on I-40. Officer Fred Duran says the incident occurred Saturday shortly after 11:30 p.m. between Wyoming and Eubank boulevards. According to Duran, police determined the pedestrian had been walking on the freeway for an unknown reason. Then the pedestrian walked into the far right traffic lane was hit by two vehicles. Authorities pronounced the person dead at the scene. The pedestrian's identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin. Duran says police do not expect to file charges against the drivers. The incident shut down part of I-40 for several hours.

The New Mexico Supreme Court plans to review a lower court ruling that cleared the way for farm and ranch laborers across the state to receive workers' compensation benefits. The justices this week issued a brief order suspending a ruling by the New Mexico Court of Appeals until they can hear oral arguments and make a final decision. The appellate court issued an opinion last year that declared unconstitutional a decades-old provision in state law regarding farm and ranch laborers. That provision, on the books since the 1930s, excluded those employees whose duties focus primarily on growing and harvesting crops, meat or dairy products from receiving benefits if injured on the job.


A New Mexico prison inmate is asking a judge to issue an injunction against putting two inmates to a cell. Inmate Barry Holloway, acting as his own attorney, first filed a motion in December to keep the state from doubling up cell capacity. In court documents, Holloway says the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility where he is serving time is installing bunks in cells. He says this practice violates the Duran Consent Decree. Now represented by two attorneys, the inmate wants a federal court to rule the state is acting in contempt.


Gov. Susana Martinez says her cabinet secretary for public safety is stepping down to become a federal magistrate judge in Las Cruces. Public Safety Secretary Greg Fouratt's resignation was announced Friday. It comes just two years after he was appointed to run the Department of Public Safety, which oversees the State Police, Motor Transportation Police and the Law Enforcement Academy. A longtime federal prosecutor, Fouratt replaced now-Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden as public safety secretary. Martinez says Fouratt brought together law enforcement, forensic scientists and victim advocates to review the scope of the state backlog of untested rape kits.

Albuquerque's mayor is looking at bonuses as a last resort to stave off an officer shortage. Mayor Richard Berry said bonuses could cannibalize other departments, but may be necessary after the failure of legislation that would have allowed retired officers to return to work while still drawing their pensions. Berry called the measure a common-sense bill. Opponents objected to the bill allowing double dipping for returning retirees as they draw both pensions and paychecks, and say younger officers should be hired. Dozens of New Mexico cities supported the measure. The former legislator says he plans to push the bill next year. The city has 814 officers this month compared to 1,099 in mid-2010. The shortage comes amid reforms related to federal findings of excessive force.

U.S. Marshals arrested a fugitive wanted for murder in an Albuquerque trailer park several hours after an officer opened fire. The U.S. Marshals Service says George Bond and six others inside a trailer were taken into custody Saturday afternoon. A task force made up of marshals and New Mexico State Police arrived in the morning to execute an arrest warrant. State Police say shots were fired but did not say if they came from an officer or a marshal. U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Ben Segotta says he cannot comment on the shooting or confirm if anyone was hurt because it remains under investigation. Bond, who is charged in the July 2014 death of a Los Lunas man, never showed up for his arraignment. George Bond fled into a post office Friday around 3:30 p.m. and caused employees and bystanders to shelter in place. U.S. Marshals and police closed off the area around Broadway and Mountain but Bond escaped, and was later taken into custody at the trailer park.

And this national news: Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says the U.S. government should withdraw its demand that Apple help the FBI hack a locked iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attack. In an early Monday morning online post, Cook dismisses the government's claims that the company is acting out of business interests. He says a magistrate's order would essentially create a backdoor to encrypted iPhones. FBI Director James Comey said in an online post Sunday that Apple owes this cooperation to the victims of the California shootings and said the FBI could not otherwise "look the survivors in the eye."

And the weather in Santa Fe: Today, cloudy with a high of 50 degrees, and a 30 percent chance of rain. Tonight’s low down to 29 degrees, with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Chance of snow rising to 50 percent on Tuesday, with a daytime high around 38 degrees. Chance of snow dropping down to 20 percent by Tuesday night, with a low of 21 degrees; the sun comes back out Wednesday, with a high of 44.

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House lawmakers have passed three anti-crime laws on the final day of the session, sending the bills to the governor's desk for final approval. Two of the bills would enact guidelines for stricter sentencing guidelines for repeat DWI offenders, and for pedophiles who possess, distribute and manufacture child pornography. Debate over the child pornography sentencing measure became heated in the last week of the session, with the attorney general saying he would withdraw support of the measure over a teen sexting exemption. The third bill that won final legislative approval in the House is "Jaydon's Law,” a measure that gives judges access to violent crime suspects’ youth criminal records if they wind up in court as adults.


State Democratic and GOP lawmakers have traded criticisms over failed crime legislation that Democrats rejected as misguided and GOP leaders argued was needed to crack down on violent crime. Sen. Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat and the Senate Majority floor leader, says his party prioritized public education during the session that ended Thursday, while addressing public safety in a "thoughtful way." The Senate voted down House proposals he says would have increased mass incarceration costs in the state. Meanwhile, he's touting passage of a constitutional amendment for bail reform and legislation that allows sexual assault victims to request a protective order after their attackers' prison release without a court appearance.

An effort to shift more money toward public schools from New Mexico's largest permanent reserve fund failed to win approval in the Legislature. The proposed constitutional amendment stalled in the House of Representatives as the legislative session came to a close. Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla sponsored the initiative that would have diverted about $110 million a year from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to public and specialty state schools. Public schools, state universities and other beneficiaries currently receive a 5.5 percent annual distribution from the $14 billion fund. That drops to 5 percent starting in July. The constitutional amendment proposed raising the distribution to 5.8 percent. Had it passed, the amendment still would have required voter approval.


Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a longtime civil rights attorney to serve on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. The governor's office announced the appointment of Stephen French on Thursday. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Cynthia Fry. French has more than three decades of public and private-sector legal experience. For the past 26 years, he has focused on civil rights law through his private practice. Before that, he served as an assistant district attorney in Bernalillo County and later reviewed claims against the state during his tenure as the legal bureau chief for the state Risk Management Division.


With the legislative session wrapped up, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is now headed to Washington, D.C., for a series of meetings. Her office says she left the state Thursday afternoon for a gathering of the National Governors Association. She'll also attend a meeting scheduled by the Republican Governors Association. Martinez serves as president of the RGA. The group is paying for her travel. She is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Monday evening.

BNSF Railway says it plans to spend nearly $100 million on replacing and upgrading rails and other capital improvement projects around New Mexico this year. The company announced its spending plans Thursday, saying the focus will be on making improvements that are in line with forecasted demand for freight services. Company officials say another goal is to ensure that BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable railway network. The company's plan includes surfacing and other improves along some 900 miles of track, the replacement of about 15 miles of rail and thousands of ties as well as signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control. This year's investment is in addition to more than $325 million spent by the railroad in New Mexico over the past three years.

There are three Latinos Unidos convenience markets in Santa Fe, providing groceries as well as wire transfers and check cashing for Spanish-speaking immigrants in the City Different. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, it’s these latter financial services that have made the markets a frequent target for robbery. The flagship location of Fernando Jacobo’s small franchise, a minimarket on Siler Road, was robbed last week by a suspect with a gun. Since 2008, Jacobo has increased security at his stores, installing more security cameras and better lighting outside, and even arming himself with a gun in case he should need it. But Jacobo can’t watch over all of his stores at the same time, and his extra measures haven’t deterred some thieves. Check cashing and money wiring services like the ones Latinos Unidos offer can be essential for Spanish-speaking immigrants who may not have bank accounts here in the US. But they require stores to keep a larger amount of cash on hand, leading prospective thieves to see the stores as an easy target. Last week’s robber didn’t take much cash, just $50 dollars, but Jacobo says his family and employees feel it’s their sense of security that’s been stolen.

Management at some Albuquerque apartment complexes offer perks including free rent to keep a patrol car in their lots. KOB-TV reports that Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says officers are encouraged to park their cars in visible locations when off duty to help deter crime and that sometimes apartments will forgo the price of rent to keep the petty crime deterrent at the complex. To get free rent for parking, officers have to get the agreement approved through the chief and resubmit for approval each year. Overall, the tradeoff is allowed with the department on a case-by-case basis.

Now this national news:

A coalition of youth-oriented groups is calling on the nation's governors to reject measures it says are harmful to young transgender Americans. The group of seven organizations that includes the National Education Association and American Academy of Pediatrics released an open letter to the governors just days after South Dakota lawmakers approved a bill that would prohibit transgender students from using the bathroom of their choice. Supporters of the bill say it's meant to protect student privacy and not meant to be hurtful. But the coalition condemned such measures, saying they could increase risks of bullying and harassment. The Human Rights Campaign, which has spoken against the South Dakota legislation, solicited the groups and released the letter. South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard hasn't indicated whether he will sign the bill.

And the weather in Santa Fe: Today, Mostly cloudy and 64 degrees. Tonight, cloudy with an overnight low down to 38 degrees. Saturday, sunny and 65. 

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 John Donvan made his name by reporting, frequently on autism, for A-B-C News. Now he's known as a best-selling author after writing, with his colleague, TV producer Caren Zucker, IN A DIFFERENT KEY: THE HISTORY OF AUTISM. On HERE AND THERE, Donvan told K-S-F-R's Dave Marash about the transition from making TV to writing a book.


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An estimated 400 students from Santa Fe High Schools marched from the Capitol into the downtown area and back Wednesday in a show of sadness for those who have died at the hands of  drunk drivers, but also as an expression of hope for a continued decrease in the number of DWI deaths and injuries. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll reports from the Roundhouse.

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During the waning hours of the New Mexico State Legislature the Senate passed several bills that would enhance early learning for at-risk students and one aimed at expanding the scope of film projects that would qualify for tax credits.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez has more.


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The New Mexico Legislature is approaching the finish line of a 30-day session with major political compromises in place to revise driver's licenses for immigrants, overhaul the state's bail bond system and trim spending next year to offset plunging state revenues linked to oil revenues. The legislative session comes to a close by law at noon today. Governor Susana Martinez has embraced a plan that will bring New Mexico driver's licenses into compliance with federal REAL ID requirements. Various criminal justice measures await her signature, while bail reforms are headed to the November ballot.

New Mexico legislators agreed Wednesday to a spending plan, with an additional measure to tap into millions of unspent dollars found in state accounts by the office of State Auditor Tim Keller. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, a 6.2 billion-dollar budget is headed to Governor Susana Martinez’s desk for approval. That’s the same budget level as in 2009, the fiscal year after the Wall Street financial crisis. The budget bill came out of the House and was trimmed down by the Senate, with House lawmakers approving the changes Wednesday. Under the legislation, New Mexico will spend 2.75 billion dollars on public education in 2017, about 7 million more than in the previous fiscal year. Funding for Medicaid would rise to 928 million dollars, still not enough to fully fund services at the current level for New Mexicans enrolled in the program. Other agencies, like the courts and the Department of Corrections and Public Safety, would receive small increases under the bill.

A bill to overhaul New Mexico's online clearinghouse for political contributions and lobbying expenditures is headed to the governor's desk for consideration. The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of the bipartisan legislation. The House already approved the initiative without opposition. The proposal would standardize electronic reporting so that filings by candidates, lobbyists and political committees can be searched, cross-referenced or downloaded for analysis. It also would require lobbyists to file regular reports, as candidates already do. The Office of the Secretary of State eventually would spend as much as $985,000 to set up the database, depending on bids from vendors and available funding. Registration fees from lobbyists would be reinvested in maintaining the clearinghouse. This measure’s Senate approval comes after a House-sponsored constitutional amendment aimed at creating an independent agency to evaluate campaign finance transparency died this week in a Senate committee.

The Senate has approved legislation that would increase prison sentences for manufacturing, distributing and possessing child pornography, with a unanimous vote that sends a heavily redrafted version of the bill back to the House with hours left in the legislative session. The legislation introduced by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes and backed by Attorney General Hector Balderas originally aimed to allow prosecutors to bring individual charges against suspects in child pornography cases for each image distributed or in their possession. The Senate changed the legislation, striking language that would allow the charges for each image and instead creating a new sentencing structure that hands down stricter sentencing terms for child pornography crimes. Another Senate amendment says teens caught sexting wouldn't be prosecuted under the legislation. Attorney General Hector Balderas withdrew his support of the legislation as amended over the teen sexting exemption.

A bill aimed at welcoming and regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft in New Mexico has been approved by state Senate. The Senate passed the legislation Thursday morning. The House has until noon to send the bill to the governor. The legal status of the companies has been in limbo in the state since they began offering services in 2014. The companies say the state's Motor Carrier Act does not apply to them because they do not operate as commercial taxi businesses. Uber and Lyft use smartphone apps to connect their drivers with people seeking rides. The new regulations include background checks for drivers against criminal and sexual offender databases.

A former Albuquerque police officer accused of kneeing a law student in the groin and deleting a cellphone video will stand trial in Albuquerque. State District Judge Briana Zamora recently ruled that Pablo Padilla must stand trial in Albuquerque for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and tampering with evidence charges. His lawyers had sought to move the trial. An attorney for University of New Mexico law school student Jeremy Martin says his client was forced to undergo emergency surgery to remove a testicle after Padilla kneed him during an April 2014 traffic stop. Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden later gave Padilla a 240-hour suspension. Padilla resigned in December.

White Sands Missile Range plans an event providing public access to the southern New Mexico site where the first man-made nuclear explosion occurred. Officials at the Army installation near Alamogordo have scheduled a free open house on April 2. Visitors will be able to walk a quarter-mile to Trinity Site's ground zero -- the spot where the bomb was exploded on July 16, 1945 at 5:29 a.m. MST. There's a small obelisk at ground zero, and historical photos are mounted the fence around the area. Visitors may also ride a shuttle bus two miles from ground zero to a ranch house where scientists assembled the bomb's plutonium core. Visitors may reach the site through the range's Stallion Range Center gate, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And now this national news:

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has broken with some major Republican figures in saying President Obama should nominate Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement. According to CNN, O’Connor, who retired in 2006 and served as the Supreme Court’s swing vote since her appointment under the Reagan administration, says the appointment’s proximity to the Presidential election “creates too much talk around the thing that isn’t necessary.” O’Connor asserts that the American public deserves a fully staffed Supreme Court, and wishes the President well as he makes what she calls a difficult choice. Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last week in Texas at the age of 79.

And the weather in Santa Fe:
Today, mostly sunny, with a high near 64 degrees. Tonight, partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Tomorrow, mostly sunny, with a high near 62. 

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Last week’s announcement by Attorney General Hector Balderas clearing a majority of mental health providers of Medicaid fraud could add significant momentum to lawsuits against the state.  Several aspects of the process that halted payments to 15 of those providers and replaced most of them, have been questioned over the last several years.   KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports on a whistleblower case that was settled before details became public, but whose payout could be just a fraction of the amount paid to providers who were wrongly accused.

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The Santa Fe City Council has been trying to find ways to cover an estimated 15 million-dollar budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. Now, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican, it turns out they need to come up with another three million dollars to cover the cost of needed maintenance that’s been postponed for years. City Finance director Oscar Rodriguez says that since the City Different began racking up its deficit in 2008, Santa Fe officials have declined to raise local taxes or cut city services, in some cases even increasing services while city resources have dwindled. In addition to taking resources from the city water fund, City Councilors and other officials have sought to cope with the shortfall by using money set aside for construction to pay for everyday operations, and have converted some permanent city jobs to temporary ones to avoid spending on benefits. Rodriguez says that at the end of the day, the only way he sees to cover the deficit is to cut services—which means eliminating some city jobs. Meanwhile, all but one candidate for City Council District 1, the only contested race in the upcoming city council election, say they’d need to consider raising local income or gross receipts taxes to close the gap.

A $1 million donation from a nonprofit group is expected to triple the acres thinned along the Rio Grande Valley in northern New Mexico and help leverage more funding for restoration projects. The Nature Conservancy says the funding comes from the Wyoming-based LOR Foundation. It marks the second donation by the foundation to the Rio Grande Water Fund. The fund uses donations to increase the scale and scope of forest thinning to improve watershed conditions and minimize the risk of wildfires. Officials say the additional funding will be used in the Taos area. They also plan to create a template for restoration strategies that can be shared with other communities. Supporters of Rio Grande Water Fund have set a goal of restoring more than a half-million acres in 20 years.

The New Mexico Legislature has abandoned efforts to establish an ethics commission this year that would oversee the conduct of public officials, lobbyists and state contractors. A proposed constitutional amendment to create an independent ethics agency died in a Senate committee on Tuesday after requests were made to rein in the authority of the agency. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Republican Representative Jim Dines of Albuquerque pulled his own bill from consideration after he said the Senate committee gutted it. The plan was an ambitious component of reforms proposed in response to a campaign finance scandal last year that led the resignation and jailing of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran. The House of Representatives voted a week ago in favor of creating the ethics commission to subpoena witnesses and government records and issue civil citations and penalties under a long list of laws regarding campaign contributions, lobbying and gift giving.

A House committee has sidelined a measure aimed at shoring up New Mexico's struggling lottery scholarship program. With just days remaining until adjournment, the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday pulled the brakes on a proposal that would have revamped the funding formula for the scholarship program. The measure would have removed a requirement that the lottery authority funnel at least 30 percent of its monthly revenue to the scholarship program. Instead, it would have been required to provide at least $41 million a year for scholarships. Critics were concerned that would limit the incentive to raise more money for scholarships, but higher education officials say without a fix there's no doubt the program will be affected. Current estimates show there could be a 30 percent drop in tuition assistance at the end of the 2017 fiscal year.

The New Mexico House of Representatives announces it will begin archiving webcasts of its committee meetings during the next legislative session. Democratic Representative Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces announced via a press release Tuesday evening that his measure, House Resolution 1, was adopted to require that webcasts of committee meetings be made available to the public in an online archive for five years after the date each meeting is held. Steinborn was the sponsor of the 2010 rule that required webcasting of House committee meetings. He called the adoption of the new rule, which affects only the House of Representatives, and which he has introduced in each of the past three legislative sessions, a “huge step forward in increasing the transparency of the New Mexico House of Representatives.” This year, his House colleagues agreed, passing the resolution unanimously.

A proposal for tougher sentencing laws for possessing, distributing and manufacturing child pornography images has cleared the Senate Finance Committee — with a much-debated amendment that says teens caught sexting wouldn't be prosecuted under the legislation. The bill went before the committee Tuesday evening after clearing a House floor vote, and two other senate committees — where it was amended twice. Attorney General Hector Balderas, a Democrat, had advocated for the legislation and since the start of the session, called on lawmakers to pass it, saying current state laws for punishing child pornographers are too lax. But James Hallinan, a spokesman for Balderas, said after the vote that the attorney general's office wouldn't support the measure as amended. Sen. George Munoz of Gallup raised concern that the proposed law could unintentionally classify teens caught sexting as child pornographers.

Authorities say four people were sent to the hospital and dozens of others complained of minor injuries following a three-vehicle crash involving a bus near Albuquerque. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson says the crash occurred Tuesday night and forced the closure of Interstate 40, near 98th Street. He tells The Associated Press that 47 people complained of injuries, but just four were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Some others received aid at the scene for minor injuries and complaints. The westbound lanes of the interstate through Albuquerque were closed for several hours. Williamson says details are still sketchy but it appears all three vehicles were traveling in the same westbound direction when the crash occurred, and that the bus — from a local rescue mission — remained upright.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez won't be traveling to the city of her birth to see Pope Francis. A spokesman for Martinez said because the Legislative session was wrapping up this week the governor can't make time to travel Wednesday to El Paso, Texas for events surrounding the pope. Ciudad Juarez, on Mexico's northern border across from El Paso, is the last stop in the pope's schedule 5-day visit to Mexico. Pope Francis is slated to finish his Ciudad Juarez trip on Wednesday with the open-air Mass in a large field near Benito Juarez Stadium. The El Paso Catholic Diocese also is streaming the Papal Mass at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Martinez attended a White House event in September welcoming Pope Francis to the United States.

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

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The first weeks of 2016 have brought announcements of the passing of various global superstars. This past weekend, the KSFR family learned we’d lost one of our own superstars: Dr. Charles Maynard.

Born and raised in New Mexico, Charles received a BA in Psychology from Texas Christian University, and went on to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He was the author of two books: Thriving Through Devastating Illness, published in 2014; and Adventures of a Small Town Doctor,  published in 2015, which chronicles his experience as the only doctor in a small town in rural New Mexico.

Charles began working at KSFR as a staff reporter in 2010, under then-News Director Bill Dupuy. Thanks to his background in medicine, Charles was KSFR’s go-to guy for healthcare reporting, covering issues ranging from the state’s health insurance exchange to a New Mexico-based dating service for people living with mental illness.

Charles’ feature stories for KSFR went beyond health topics, too: he covered the Occupy Santa Fe movement, gang violence in the Santa Fe area, and even the appearance of glowing cacti in New Mexico that some believed to be of alien origin. He reported on the Las Conchas fire in 2011, even while KSFR was reduced to online streaming only, after the fire knocked out our radio tower. He was interviewed about Northern New Mexico’s largest-ever wildfire by Robin Young on NPR’s Here & Now.

Charles was known for balancing great news sense with a sweet and personal approach to feature reporting. As some New Mexicans have already begun to experience allergy symptoms over the sunny President’s Day weekend, KSFR brings you this rebroadcast of an interview Charles conducted in 2011with Santa Fe-based allergist Dr. James Susman. Take it away, Charles.

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One of the few bills heading to Governor Martinez’s desk is the much-debated bill regarding drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants. We hear from two advocates who have worked on this legislation for the past six years.

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Dozens of teachers, students and other education workers used their Presidents Day off for a noon rally Monday at the state Capitol. Much of the focus was on a proposed constitutional amendment by Senator Michael Padilla, an Albuquerque Democrat, to boost by about $100 million the funding for public education from the state's permanent fund. KSFR's Dennis Carroll reports from the Roundhouse.

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In this edition of the Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco ties up loose ends, with a Superbowl recap, some bad news about Peyton Manning's past, a reffing gaffe from a women's college basketball game, and more. 

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John Calef presents KSFR's Local News at Noon

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What better a way to spend Valentine's Day than with modern wind ensemble music. KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik caught up with some member's of High Desert Winds, a local community band, to discuss the importance of band music in the Santa Fe community.

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Violence against women remains one of the globe's most pressing health crises, and no moreso than right here in New Mexico. One organization has been fighting for awareness through the arts and will take to a global stage again this Sunday with One Billion Rising. I spoke with the New Mexico organizer Cecile Lipworth about Sunday's gathering.

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 Former Albuquerque police chief Ray Shultz has transitioned into a consulting position with TASER international since retiring from the department. But did his relationship with TASER overlap with his time as chief and did it influence the APD's $2 million purchase of Taser body cameras? Jeff Proctor of New Mexico In Depth told K-S-F-R's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE about the ties between Shultz and the company.

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With less than a week to go at the legislative session, I spoke with Matt Reichbach, editor of New Mexico Political Report on the weeks highlights, some frightening budget prospects for the state budget, and what to look out for in the week ahead.

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Three out of four candidates vying for a Santa Fe City Council District 1 seat, and two unopposed candidates in districts three and four, say they won’t rule out raising property tax in Santa Fe to close an estimated $15 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Renee Villareal, who’s running in the only contested City Council race for outgoing Councilor Patti Bushee’s District 1 seat, says raising taxes is on the table in current city council meetings, and is something incoming councilors will have to consider. Only District 1 candidate Maria Campos said “absolutely no” to raising local taxes. The current city council in their Wednesday meeting passed a budget plan that calls for 3.8 million dollars in new local tax, with an option to raise property taxes, gross receipts taxes, or both for Santa Fe residents.

A proposal to overhaul New Mexico's online clearinghouse for campaign finance information has been approved by the state House of Representatives. The House voted 65-0 on Thursday to send the bipartisan bill to the Senate. The plan would standardize electronic reporting so that filings by candidates, lobbyists and political committees can be searched, cross-referenced or downloaded for analysis. It also would require all lobbyists to file regular reports, as candidates already do. The Office of the Secretary of State eventually would spend as much as $985,000 to set up the database, depending on bids from vendors and available funding. Registration fees from lobbyists would be reinvested in maintaining the clearinghouse.

Leaders of the New Mexico Senate are urging state agencies to institute cost-saving measures and plan to rewrite a budget for next year approved by the Republican-controlled House in response to declining revenue forecasts. Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur Smith said Thursday that general fund reserves are likely to be drawn down during the current fiscal year and that revenues are no longer expected to increase next year. Falling revenue expectations are linked to low energy prices and New Mexico's dependence on oil and natural gas production to keep the government up and running. The House has approved a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending by $81 million on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.

University of New Mexico officials have announced a decision to eliminate 44 open staff positions in order to help offset a budget shortfall. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the move will shave off about half of a projected 3.3 million dollar tuition shortfall, in the face of shrinking financial support from state oil and gas revenues. UNM regents say overall, they’ve eliminated 257 open positions, 44 of which had been budgeted for the current fiscal year. UNM President Bob Frank says downsizing on this scale is “a little high for the university to succeed,” but while Frank isn’t happy with the outcome, he said UNM officials’ decision is a success in the current economic climate.

Authorities have yet to uncover any new clues to the whereabouts of a Colorado man who went missing in northern New Mexico while looking for a $2 million cache of gold, jewels and artifacts. A helicopter flight this week by New Mexico State Police and the state's search and rescue team turned up nothing, but Randy Bilyeu's relatives say they're not giving up. A father and grandfather, Bilyeu has been missing for more than a month since he set out in January in search of author Forrest Fenn's treasure. Bilyeu's dog and raft were found along the Rio Grande. There has been no sign of him. His ex-wife, Linda Bilyeu, says there are areas that can still be searched with drones. She says she's thankful for the volunteer searchers but doesn't want to put anyone in danger.

A judge has ruled a New Mexico teenager who pleaded guilty to killing five family members is psychologically treatable in a decision that clears the way for the 18-year-old to be sentenced as a juvenile and possibly be released by the time he turns 21. Nehemiah Griego was 15 when authorities say he opened fire in his family's home near Albuquerque, killing his mother as she slept and then his younger brother and two sisters. Griego's father, a former pastor, was the last to die. Sheriff's officials say the teen ambushed him when he returned home. A judge ruled on Griego's treatment Thursday after a lengthy hearing in children's court to decide whether he could be rehabilitated psychologically and sentenced as a juvenile. Griego pleaded guilty in October to two counts of second-degree murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death. The judge said Griego's sentence as a juvenile will be determined in several weeks.

Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu will represent U.S. during the pope's historical visit to Mexico. Cantu will be one of two bishops from the U.S. and will accompany Pope Francis in Mexico from Friday to Wednesday. Cantu and Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas received the appointment from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz. Cantu says he expects the pope to touch on immigration. Pope Francis is slated to finish his Mexico trip with the open-air Mass in a large field near Benito Juarez Stadium in Ciudad Juarez. That city located on Mexico's northern border across from El Paso, Texas.

And now this national news:

Officials say an Ohio police officer is being put on paid leave over a Facebook comment about a Black Lives Matter activist who killed himself on the Statehouse steps. The comment posted under Fairborn officer Lee Cyr's account reads "Love a happy ending." It was posted on the Ohio Politics Facebook page Wednesday, two days after MarShawn McCarrel II killed himself. Police say Cyr was off duty when the comment was posted. City Police Chief Terry Barlow says internal affairs investigators will try to determine if Cyr violated the department's social media policy. Cyr didn't return calls seeking comment. McCarrel shot himself near the front door of the Statehouse on Monday. The 23-year-old activist had helped organize and carry out protests after high-profile police shootings led to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Is a breakup bringing you heartache for Valentine's Day? Goodwill stores in the Sarasota and Las Vegas areas have an anti-Valentine's Day antidote. They're asking people to donate their ex's stuff with a "don't hate, donate" campaign. In a news release, Goodwill Manasota Foundation Vice President Veronica Brandon Miller says the agency is "having a little fun at the expense of Valentine's Day." But she notes that breakups are never easy and that it is important to "get rid of the items that keep exes stuck in the past." She says Valentine's Day is a good time to start fresh.

And the Weather in Santa Fe: Today and Saturday, sunny, with a high near 62 degrees. . Tonight and Saturday night, mostly clear, with a low around 35. Sunday, a bit cooler, with the daytime high near 55, and an overnight low of 34 degrees.

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

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Among the measures moving through the legislature is HJR 5, a proposal for an independent ethics commission. But even after a House a vote in favor of the resolution, there’s still some doubt that it will move forward.

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Senate Democrats this week gathered to talk-up their strategies for turning New Mexico's bleak employment situation around and improving public education. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge has more.

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Methane and methane gas leaks have become a common conversation in New Mexico, particularly since the Four Corners region showed up on a NASA map as a global hot spot due to methane leaks. New rules proposed by the Bureau of Land Management to be presented in Farmington next week are hoping to help cut back on these extra emissions. Such measures could save and oil and gas companies millions of dollars– while presumably buffering our state coffers.

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

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This week Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the results of his investigation into ten health care providers that were accused of fraud by the state’s health department in 2013. We’ve heard response from some of the health care providers that were ultimately put out of business, leaving thousands of families without critical services. Today we hear from the Attorney General about the investigation he conducted and how he came to exonerate these providers.

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Last night Mayor Javier Gonzales gave his State of the City address, which recommended a blueprint for closing the city’s budget gap, a plan some fear will include layoffs. KSFR’s Alan Dee was there and gathered some reactions to the Mayor’s speech.

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In 2015 the New Mexico film office reported a record seventy-seven productions in the state. This prompted Representatives Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep Jeff Steinborn to introduce House Memorial 79, declaring Feb 8 as Film Day in the House of Representatives. KSFR's Dennis Carroll was at the Roundhouse where movie and TV people gave their best pitches in support of New Mexico's film industry. Also on hand were many aspiring actors hoping to get in on one of the state’s booming businesses.

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This week, in Your Money Decisions, Kate Stalter explores the question of how China’s economic slowdown might affect the U.S. economy, and our stock market.

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

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Tonight Mayor Javier Gonzales will give his state of the city address. He joins us on KSFR to give a preview of tonight’s speech.

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In a recent letter to the editor by City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez, he laid out some specific ideas the city can use to close its 15 million dollar deficit. KSFR's Zelie Pollon talked to Councilor Dominguez about those strategies. 

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As we reported yesterday, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has cleared ten behavioral health providers following an investigation of Medicaid fraud charges filed in 2013. KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge has the reaction from the Roundhouse:

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The first major film of the new year comes in the form of Hail, Caesar! Does this hollywood comedy from the Coen Brothers start the cinema year off right? KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik finds out.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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Women from diverse New Mexico communities and their allies gathered Thursday night at Rio Chama Steakhouse for an event entitled "Power & Possibility: Investing In New Mexican Women And Girls." The event showcased a number of organizations and activists, including keynote speaker Theresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation, the world's oldest women's fund. Younger joined Sarah Ghiorse, program director of NewMexicoWomen.org, in conversation with Mary-Charlotte on a recent edition of the Santa Fe Radio Cafe. 

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One the Best Actress Nominees for this year's academy awards is Charlotte Rampling, for her turn in 45 Years. Is the marriage drama worth your time? KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik heads to the theater to find out.


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

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Yesterday marked the halfway point of the 2016 New Mexico legislative session. And as Tom Trowbridge reports, press conferences by the Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House painted very different pictures of the work that's been done at the Roundhouse so far. 

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Yesterday marked the deadline for when bills could be introduced in the New Mexico legislature. I spoke with Think New Mexico's Fred Nathan, and League of Women Voters President Meredith Machen, about which bills they’re watching as they make their way through committees.

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On a recent edition of the Santa Fe Radio Café, New Mexico Health Department Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward told Mary-Charlotte that during the 20th century, the most major improvements in healthcare involved treatment and prevention for infectious diseases like Polio and HIV. But Ward says that in the 21st century, we’re fighting a different battle.

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

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Anticipated revenue for the state has fallen immensely due to falling oil prices. New Mexico Legislative analyst Linda Seagle joined Mary-Charlotte on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe to discuss the difficulty in organizing a budgetary session when the amount of available state revenue for the coming year is unknown. This week, lawmakers know how much they have to work with: just 30 million dollars. 

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While New Mexico's dependence on oil investments has shrunk our legislature’s available revenue by nearly 90% from Summer 2015 projections, the situation may not be as dire in another place heavily invested in oil: Saudi Arabia. Foreign Policy senior energy reporter Keith Johnson told K-S-F-R's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE about what's behind the fluctuations in price and what they mean for governments around the world.


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In this week's edition of Your Money Decisions, Kate Stalter talks about how the financial media stokes fear by focusing on events that are unlikely to happen - but ignoring the real financial dangers that Americans face.

Kate is the personal-finance columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican, and an investing columnist at U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Morningstar and The Street.com.She also blogs and hosts a podcast at BetterMoneyDecisions.com.

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The first film from distributed by Amazon Studios, Chi-Raq,  is the latest by provocateur Spike Lee. KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik checks in to see if the streaming service's first theatrical film sinks or swims.

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

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Today is Voting Day. On the ballot is an initiative to continue funding for technology in Santa Fe’s public schools.

I spoke with Superintendent Dr. Joel Boyd about the bond, called Education Technology Note, which will allot $11 million this year to improve teacher training and increase computer access for some of Santa Fe’s most underprivileged students.

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Just over a month after PNM's plan to replace electricity from San Juan Generating Station received regulators' approval, the state's largest utility is back in hot water with local climate activists New Energy Economy. Mariel Nanasi, New Energy Economy's executive director, told KSFR her organization is filing a motion to dismiss part of PNM's proposed rate increase. Nanasi explained what that rate increase could mean for residential PNM customers. 

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On today’s Medical Insights, Dr. Erica Elliott talks about what leads to long term happiness--and by extension, long life and good health. 

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

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Dozens of students, parent and teachers from charter schools in New Mexico held signs and huddled together outside the state capitol last week to voice support for a movement that is growing across the U.S. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports the “Schools Choice Week” event featured education secretary Hanna Skandera and performances from several performing arts charter schools.

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Friday marked Renewable Energy Day at the Roundhouse. Elementary school students involved in the local climate change prevention group Global Warming Express headed to the legislature, where they asked their peers, some grownups, and even a state lawmaker to respond to the same question: what can legislators do to prevent climate change today? 

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Decades of uranium mining have left a legacy of contaminated water across the Navajo reservation. VICE News reporter Neha Shastry told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE & THERE about what is, and is not, being done to deal with the contamination.

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In this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco reflects on the only thing he likes about the Dodgers: their longtime announcer, Vin Scully. 

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