Santa Fe, NM – Action at the state legislature is really heating up this week. That's why we've decided to start bringing you updates every afternoon with reporters from the online news source, the New Mexico Independent.
KUNM's Sarah Gustavus spoke with independent blogger and New Mexico Independent Reporter Heath Haussamen from our capitol studio in Santa Fe.
Albuquerque, NM – Over the weekend, President Obama announced he would hold a televised health care summit with members of Congress later this month. Obama said he hopes it gets Republicans to "put their ideas on the table."
For the most part, Republicans have been steadfastly opposed to the president's and congressional democrat's ideas for health care overhaul.
KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman about the president's proposal.
Santa Fe, NM – The state Senate has overridden one of Governor Bill Richardson's 2009 vetoes.
In last year's legislative session, both House and Senate unanimously passed a measure that would require state agencies to disclose to each other and the legislature information about certain contracts.
Richardson pocket vetoed the measure. From our capitol studio, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Albuquerque, NM – University of New Mexico President David Schmidly has announced he's putting together a "President's Strategic Advisory Team" to look at ways to streamline UNM's structures and activities.
KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with him Monday afternoon.
Washington, D.C. – New Mexico's democratic lawmakers say President Obama's plan to create more energy jobs would help unemployed New Mexicans. They got details during the State of the Union address. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington D.C.
Santa Fe, NM – On the sixth day of the 30-day budget legislative session in Santa Fe, discussions of what to do about an estimated $500 million state budget deficit are taking place all over the Roundhouse.
The major options can be boiled down to basically two categories: increases in income and sales taxes, and cuts to education, Medicaid, and state government departments and programs.
As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom though, it's the state Senate that likely holds the cards in this debate.
Albuquerque, NM – A global movement in support of Palestinian refugees achieved a small victory this past week, but KUNM commentator Iris Keltz says more needs to be done to protect Palestinian civilians.
Iris Keltz is an activist and writer. She lives in Albuquerque. KUNM welcomes your commentaries. You can email email@example.com or call 505-277-9980.
New Mexico – The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that the federal government will move to impose stricter standards for smog pollution. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus has more on how those changes could affect New Mexico.
New Mexico – Next fall, talented students from across New Mexico will have the opportunity to study at a new, state-sponsored charter high school. The New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe will offer pre-professional training in dance, music, theater and visual arts.
The school is now accepting applications for the Fall 2010 semester.
KUNM's Spencer Beckwith spoke with the head of the school, James Ledyard. He asked what kind of students the school is looking for.