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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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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:51pm MDT

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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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:50pm MDT

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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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:32pm MDT

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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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:29pm MDT

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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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:36pm MDT

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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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:33pm MDT

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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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:31pm MDT

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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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:12pm MDT

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

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:09pm MDT

The Affordable Care Act’s essence is to provide health insurance to more Americans,  and expand coverage for low-income and the elderly who either didn’t qualify or couldn’t afford expensive prescriptions.  A study released today by Families USA shows two-times as many poor people in states like New Mexico are now covered since Medicaid expansion than in states that did not expand it.  And as KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports in the final installment of her series on the ACA, there is more oversight of the insurance industry here than before passage of the health law six years ago.

Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent final enrollment event is this Saturday, beginning at 9a and running through 3’oclock in the afternoon.  Consumers can also apply online through Sunday night, at BeWellnm.com.

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There’s a proposal in the New Mexico Legislature this session that if approved by lawmakers and state voters would forever change the nature of political primary elections. Tom Trowbridge has the story.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:08pm MDT

You may know Jason Silverman as Cinematheque director at the CCA in Santa Fe. But he's also a filmmaker: he co-wrote, directed and produced a new documentary, SEMBENE! (SEM-BEN) , about the life and career of Ousmane Sembene, one of the most significant figures in Senegalese cinema and literature. 


The film, a collaboration with Sembene biographer Samba Gadjigo, was named "One of the top 18 films of Sundance" in 2014 and last year made its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. KSFR's Kate Powell spoke with Jason and brings us this story. 

Jason Silverman, co-creator of Sembene! 

Sembene Opens tomorrow night in Santa Fe with its premiere at the Lensic theatre at 7pm.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:07pm MDT

Continuing his series of reviews of nominees for Best Animated feature at the Academy awards, KSFR Correspondent Jeremy Zeilik takes a look at the Brazilian import Boy and The World.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:06pm MDT

More than 50-thousand New Mexicans have enrolled in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act that President Barak Obama signed into law in March of 2010.  The deadline to sign up for this year or face penalties, is January 31st—this Sunday.  But for people who haven’t had health insurance in years, if ever, finding the best and most affordable plan is a daunting task.  There is no cost to get one-on-one assistance with the healthcare application, whether it’s in-person, or online.  Deborah Martinez reports on New Mexico’s healthcare exchange, in part two of our series on the Affordable Care Act.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

A coalition of pro-choice advocates marshalled their forces at the state Capitol Tuesday in hopes of fending off any anti-abortion measures that may be introduced in the Legislature this session. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll has the story.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:49pm MDT

One week into this years legislative session and KSFR spoke with several Senate leaders about theiur thoughts and priorities on how this 30-day budget session was progressing. KSFR's Zelie Pollon first spoke with Democratic Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:48pm MDT

This week, in Your Money Decisions, Kate Stalter continues last week’s theme of managing your risk. It’s imperative that investors understand whether their investments are in line with their tolerance for the current roller coaster ride.

 

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 TheStreet.com. She also blogs and hosts a podcast at BetterMoneyDecisions.com.

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

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The deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage for 2016 is Sunday.  One way to enroll is through a website called BeWellNM.com.  That site also provides lists of experts who can help people pick the best plan for their situation and budget. 

KSFR’s Deborah Martinez brings us a series of reports on the healthcare law that went into effect in 2010.  She’ll look at the history of the Affordable Care Act, how it has evolved and been challenged, and how one middle-class family’s odyssey was affected by key provisions of the law.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:33pm MDT

The pain and suffering that Alzheimer's disease causes its victims is well known. But what about the financial hardship that the disease causes the victim's families? Dr. Amy Kelley of Mount Sinai Medical Center told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE about the realities of caring for an Alzheimer's patient.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:31pm MDT

In this edition of Medical Insights, Dr. Erica Elliott discusses ways to detoxify your body, particularly after airline travel.

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

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In Washington, there are efforts underway by Congress to approve steps toward election reform in hopes of increasing transparency and openness in our nation’s political system. KSFR’s Tow Trowbridge brings us this report.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:51pm MDT

As we cover voices and groups from Santa Fe’s state capitol during this year’s legislative session, we hear today from New Mexicans who gathered for Public Lands Day held on Friday.

KSFR will be following any proposed land Transfer bills along with all others during this legislative session.

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

Access to the Internet is a defining part of today's world. But not all Americans enjoy the same level of access. Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, told  KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE why America's digital divide matters and how it affects the disconnected, particularly African-Americans and Native Americans.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:47pm MDT

In this edition of The Sporting Life, host Daniel J reflects on winter storm Jonas, and the way he used to amuse himself during winter weather as a child on the East Coast. 

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

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One local political journalist was taken aback at the Roundhouse Tuesday when he learned that he might not be allowed into the Senate Print Media gallery, because his work is published on a blog.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:37pm MDT

All the relatives gone home after the holidays and you’re still longing for a booze-infused game of Risk or Pictionary? Well don’t get your Scrabble tiles all in a heap. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll stopped by the Jean Cocteau Theater’s new Wednesday Games Night, and picked up a few Clues from some of the players.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:28pm MDT

KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik brings us this review of one of the Academy Award nominees for best animated picture, Anomalisa.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:27pm MDT

SUGGESTED INTRO: For the TWENTY FIVE years it was on air, Nick News explained world events to kids. Linda Ellerbee, the host and writer of Nick News, told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE about how the show got started.

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

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Yesterday we brought you part one of a story about an undocumented immigrant worker in Farmington who has been denied her state income tax rebates for years--due to a so-called "discrepancy" in the information she provided to the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. That taxpayer is one of potentially thousands of immigrant taxpayers in New Mexico receiving menacing letters instead of rebates on their overpaid taxes. In Part Two, Kate Powell talks to immigrant advocates from MALDEF and Somos Un Pueblo Unido about the larger consequences of this TRD policy. 

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:23pm MDT

Since police agencies need a search warrant to rummage through your file cabinets in your home or office, some say it should be made clear that they should be subject to the same restrictions when it comes to your personal electronic data. A bill introduced in the state Legislature this week would require just that. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll filed this report from the Roundhouse.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:23pm MDT

Tomorrow marks the forty-third anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Case known as Roe versus Wade that legalized abortion.  Yesterday afternoon Catholics and other Christians attended a mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis in Santa Fe, before marching to the state capitol on the second day of the New Mexico State Legislature.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports on the event and this year’s efforts to impose restrictions on a woman’s right to choose.

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

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If you’ve ever overpaid your income taxes, you’ve probably received a tax rebate. That is, if you’re a US citizen. As KSFR learned, many of New Mexico’s thousands of undocumented immigrant taxpayers haven’t received state income tax rebates since 2012. Instead, they’ve received streams of letters claiming they owe New Mexico Taxation and Revenue hundreds or even thousands of dollars in back taxes. 

The issue is the subject of a pair of civil lawsuits against TRD secretary Demesia Padilla, brought by immigrant families, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. KSFR’s Kate Powell brings you the first in a two-part series on how this problem has taken root, and what’s being done to end it.  

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We’ve heard the statistics about New Mexico: last in job growth, highest unemployment rate, last in child well-being, and most recently, the state fell to 50th in the nation for child poverty.  Governor Susana Martinez’s State of the State address at the Roundhouse yesterday didn’t mention those numbers, and instead painted a rosier picture.  While her speech received rousing applause from supporters, critics shot much of it down, as we hear from KSFR’s Deborah Martinez.

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This week, in Your Money Decisions, Kate Stalter talks about how your emotions can actually help you understand whether you are taking too much risk with your money. That’s especially important at times like these, as stock markets have become more volatile!

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

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New Mexico this year ranks number one for child poverty in the nation, and is ahead of only Mississippi in overall child well-being. KSFR’s Kate Powell spoke with Dr. Veronica Garcia about the latest Kids Count report, which is released each year on the first day of the legislative session.

Dr. Veronica Garcia raises two issues KSFR News covered in 2015: child poverty and predatory lending. To hear Deborah Martinez's three-part series on child hunger, Click Here. To listen to Dave Marash's report on predatory lenders in New Mexico, Click Here. 

In light of New Mexico's dismal record on child well-being, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today called on the legislature to put a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to improve the well-being of children in the state.

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One might title this story A Tale of Two Malls. For one, some are saying, “There goes the neighborhood.”  For the other it’s more, “Happy Days are Here Again.”  KSFR’s Dennis Carroll has this report on the great merchant migration from the Sanbusco shopping center to DeVargas mall.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:57pm MDT

A week after his death many are still reeling from the loss of rock icon David Bowie. In his honor the Jean Cocteau Cinema put on a show. KSFR correspondent Jeremy Zeilik has an inside look into the movie and fundraiser celebrating the artist's life.

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In this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco discusses the approach of Superbowl 50, the first iteration of the big game without roman numerals in its name. 

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

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Local Solar company Positive Energy announced today it is partnering with global solar technology leader SunPower. By becoming a part of the larger company’s Master dealer’s network, Positive Energy now garners international audience. I asked marketing director Karen Paramanadam to explain in greater deal what this means to a popular local business.

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In late 2014, the US Congress passed legislation to ensure that recipients of Supplemental Security Income could save money for expenses related to improving their quality of life, without affecting their benefits. But each state’s legislature had to approve their own version of the measure to make that opportunity available to their residents with severe disabilities. Last year, New Mexico’s ABLE Act didn’t make the cut, but disability activists say the bill has a better chance this year. KSFR’s Kate Powell asked Disability New Mexico director Jim Jackson about the problem the ABLE act was created to address.

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Just before the New Year, a group of scientists studying river flows in the west released a new paper – and as usual, the news for New Mexico’s water source, the Rio Grande, doesn’t bode well. In fact, the river, which currently doesn’t have any intrinsic rights, could be headed for “permanent drought.” I spoke to journalist Laura Paskus who reviewed the report for New Mexico In Depth.

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

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