Wed. 2/13 10a: From Valentine's Day through February 17, in its intimate Black Box Performance Space, Albuquerque's Musical Theatre Southwest brings together a musical trio and over a dozen local performers for "Romance, a Valentine's Cabaret." Spencer Beckwith speaks with one of the two emcees for the cabaret, long-time Musical Theatre Southwest performer, Gene Corbin.
There’s been lots of talk about economic recovery lately, but there’s no good news on the jobs front in New Mexico. Again and again, the business community pushes for corporate income tax cuts and job creation credits. But there’s no evidence that either does anything but drain the treasury. So far, we’ve been kissing out tax revenue goodbye, along with the jobs that Hewlett Packard moved to Mexico and the 200 we lost when Schott Solar shut down.
The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration are at odds over the state's revenue outlook.
The Department of Finance and Administration reported Monday there's no reason to change the most recent revenue forecast calling for the state to have about $283 million available for budget increases and to offset any tax cuts in the next fiscal year.
The momentum is picking up for legislation that would tighten background checks on gun sales, and it could be brought to the floor of the House this week. The compromise bill has some Republican lawmakers' and the governor's support.
Albuquerque Representative Miguel P. Garcia is the sponsor of the bill which mandates background checks at gun shows and removes the provision to have the Department of Public Safety handle the checks. Instead the onus would be placed on the gun seller to get approval of the sale.
District 1 Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, says the impending sequestration crisis will hurt New Mexico’s economy. The Democrat was in Albuquerque today to meet with defense contractors and local business leaders.
On March 1st, the automatic cuts, known as sequestration, will take effect. Congress postponed them to March 1 as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal at the beginning of January.
Lujan Grisham says the spending cuts are across the board with no regard to what’s working and what’s not.
New Mexico lawmakers heard complaints about a litany of voting issues at a hearing that focused on election issues that arose in November's general election.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that lawmakers taking part in Saturday's meeting had heard complaints about excessively long waits, a limited number of voting machines and a lack of Spanish-speaking translators.
Some speakers at the meeting gave accounts of waiting at least three hours in lines and finding little guidance from signage or Spanish-language documents.
Navajo Nation officials say they are on their way toward managing their own federally funded Medicaid program.
The Farmington Daily Times reports that the nation began looking into creating its own Medicaid program about five years ago because of issues some members had with other health care programs available in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
Navajo officials are optimistic that the tribe can sustain its own Medicaid program, even though a feasibility study wasn't as optimistic.
The New Mexico Human Services Department has announced the selection of four, new Centennial Care Managed Care Organizations responsible for providing healthcare to nearly 600,000 New Mexicans.
Medicaid is the public health insurance program for low-income people which currently serves about 560,000 New Mexicans, and will expand to include about 170,000 more come 2014. Centennial Care is the new name for New Mexico’s Medicaid program.
An Albuquerque lawmaker proposes lessening penalties for possession of marijuana in New Mexico.
Democratic Rep. Emily Kane, who is a firefighter, introduced a measure Thursday to impose civil penalty fines on adults convicted a first time of possessing up to four ounces of marijuana. Possible jail time would be eliminated for having up to eight ounces.
It's a petty misdemeanor currently to have up to an ounce of marijuana. That's punishable by six months in jail. It's a misdemeanor — with up to a year in jail — to possess more than an ounce and up to a half pound.
It's been 4 years since the remains of 11 women were found buried on Albuquerque's West Mesa. Most were known prostitutes and no killer has been found.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque police chief Ray Schultz says the West Mesa murders investigation is still active and he is optimistic that one day the case will be solved. Schultz says the department approaches working with sex workers differently now.
Homeland Security Investigations and Albuquerque police have created a new task force aimed at finding missing and abduction children.
Kevin Abar, assistant special agent in charge of HSI in New Mexico, announced Thursday that the Sexual Predator and Exploitation Enforcement Detail, or SPEED, will work as a child abduction response team in parts of New Mexico.
New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal to make it a felony for a drunken boater to kill or seriously injure someone.
The proposal by Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Texico unanimously passed the House on Thursday with no debate.
The legislation will create crimes for intoxicated boaters similar to vehicular homicide by drunken drivers.
It's already against the law to operate a motorboat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legislation would make it a third-degree felony for a drunken boater to kill someone or cause "great bodily harm."
New Mexico's homeless programs that help people get a fresh start could get a funding boost if a legislative bill wins approval in Santa Fe.
Senate Bill 50 is sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Sander Rue. He says as a member of the Mortgage Finance Authority interim committee, he wanted to do something to help homeless people and families hit hard by the recession.
President Obama has made gun control one of his administrations top priorities in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. Here in New Mexico, a flurry of gun control laws have been introduced by lawmakers who say they want to reduce gun violence. Their legislative methods are quite different, though.
Stephen Halbrook says the climate around discussions of the Second Amendment has changed drastically since the early 1980s when UNM Press first published his book, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right.
An Albuquerque physician accused of gross negligence in handling a third-term abortion has been exonerated by the New Mexico Medical Board. The complaint against Dr. Shelly Sella wasn't filed by the patient, but by local and national abortion opponents.
According to court documents, In May of 2011 the unnamed patient was referred to Dr. Shelly Sella at Southwestern Women's Options Clinic by her doctors in New York, when she learned her nearly nine-month old fetus had severe brain and skull defects.
A dozen activists showed up at the Wal-Mart store on Carlisle today with a giant inflatable pig, protesting the store’s involvement with suppliers who they say mistreat pigs. The protest is just one of many targeting the nation’s largest employer, and comes just days after the National Labor Relations Board or NLRB settled a complaint lodged by the retail giant against a group of protesters.
Wed. 2/6 10a: For its spring season, the Albuquerque Civic Chorus will bring together 85 volunteer singers from the community for a pair of concerts in May and tour to England in June. The Chorus is now welcoming new members to its Tuesday night rehearsals at Albuquerque's First Christian Church. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Music Director of the Chorus, Dr. Gary Wayne Pyland.
New Mexico's congressional delegation has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education hoping to avoid a punitive reduction in Special Education funds to the state. Officials say that the Feds could penalize the state close to 43 million dollars unless New Mexico is granted a waiver by the USDE.
The State needs the waivers because it slashed its portion of special education spending below the amount required to receive federal supplemental funding in 2010 and '11.
A bill that would provide money for incomplete road construction projects is moving through committees at the Roundhouse. The measure is concurrent with a study showing New Mexico's roads and bridges are in poor condition.
In the wake of recent mass shootings, several cities and counties have started gun-by back programs, hoping to reduce the number of dangerous weapons on the streets. Last month Santa Fe held a successful buy-back weekend. Tuesday Bernalillo County Commissioners announced a no-questions asked Safe Surrender and Buyback program for February 9 and 23rd.