Earlier this year the Washington Post reported a series of stories on mortality in America, "Unnatural Causes." One of those unnatural causes is the epidemic of opioid abuse that often leads to heroin addiction. Washington Post investigative reporter Lenny Bernstein spoke to Dave Marash on Here and There yesterday about how the opioid epidemic got started, with practices in the pharmaceutical industry segueing into a new focus on pain management in medicine.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:11pm MDT

In reporting from Khapo Community School on Santa Clara Pueblo as part of our Solutions Journalism Network collaboration, Ellen Berkovitch spoke with teachers, administrators and students. She also reached out to a national education leader at the University of Minnesota, James Bequette, whose field is what is called “culturally responsive education.” It marks an effort to discover how teachers who tend to be white women can be responsive to multicultural classrooms. And how speaking to those students in ways that privilege their cultural understandings can help keep those kids in school.



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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:59pm MDT

The Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting tonight in Hernandez, NM to take public input on an application by a Texas power company to construct a new 33- mile electrical transmission line. The proposed line would traverse rural Jacona, Jaconita, and pueblo lands of northern New Mexico. Verde Transmission and its parent company Hunt Power want to construct the 345-volt line to interconnect two PNM substations, one in Rio Arriba county to one in Santa Fe county

A newly organized group opposing the project is Stop Verde Project NM. KSFR’s Jenna Marshall speaks with Dan Valdez, a Pojoaque resident and member of Stop Verde Project.

Ellen Berkovitch speaks to Santa Clara governor Michael Chavarria, who speaks for the pueblo government of Santa Clara in favor of the transmission line. The pueblo governments of Ohkay Owingeh and Pojoaque are also in favor. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, San Ildefonso Pueblo does not want the line to impact its sacred site at Black Mesa, or neighboring El Rancho.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:49pm MDT