Local News
5:45 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Lawmakers seek to rekindle mining reform efforts

Congressional auditors say the U.S. government reaps billions of dollars in royalties annually from fossil fuels extracted from federal lands and waters, yet it does not collect any money from gold, uranium or other metals mined from these same places.

A Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday found the federal government doesn't know how much these hard rock mines produce from public lands in the 12 western states where most mining occurs.

There is no federal law requiring companies to disclose how much those mines produce.

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Local News
5:43 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Governor appoints Ron Griggs to Senate vacancy

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed former Alamogordo mayor Ron Griggs to a vacancy in the state Senate.

Griggs was elected to the southern New Mexico Senate seat in the general election and succeeds Republican Vernon Asbill, who did not seek re-election and resigned at the end of October.

By serving the remainder of Asbill's term through the end of the year, Griggs gains an advantage in seniority, which will help him in landing committee assignments

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Local News
5:39 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Off-highway group sues over Santa Fe travel plan

A statewide off-highway vehicle user group is suing the Santa Fe National Forest over its travel management plan.

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance filed the lawsuit in federal court Tuesday.

The group's president, Jim Tyldesley, says the complaint is being filed on behalf of all forest users. He contends the plan closes more than 70 percent of existing roads and trails on the northern New Mexico forest, significantly reduces camping options and makes it difficult for hunters to retrieve game.

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Local News
5:36 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Regulators approve PNM renewable energy plan

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State regulators have approved PNM's renewable energy procurement plan for 2013.

PNM, the largest electric utility in New Mexico, says it plans to double its amount of solar power with new and expanded arrays capable of producing 20 megawatts of electricity.

It also plans to enter into a 20-year contract to purchase 10 megawatts of geothermal power from a plant southwest of Lordsburg.

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The Two-Way
5:20 am
Wed December 12, 2012

'Global Chorus Of Condemnation' After North Korea's Rocket Launch

A North Korean military band performed today in Pyongyang to celebrate the country's rocket launch. Other nations, though, condemned the launch.
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Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 12:52 pm

  • Louisa Lim on 'Morning Edition'

"The global chorus of condemnation has been loud and clear," after North Korea's successful launch of a long-range rocket that carried a satellite into space, NPR's Louisa Lim said today on Morning Edition.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Op-Ed: in New Mexico, SuperPacs Are the New Normal

New Mexico may not have been a swing state this year in the presidential election, but someone upped the ante when it came to the legislature. SuperPacs poured almost $4 million into roundhouse races, most of it for TV ads and hate mail asking questions like… “Should we stand with the Victims… or the Child Killers?.... The Governor’s PAC, Reform New Mexico Now, spent almost $2 million to take out Senate leaders and win back the House with ads like these.

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Dede Feldman is a veteran of the NM Senate, where she represented the North Valley of Albuquerque for 16 years. The former chair of the  legislature's Health and Human Services Committee, as well as the Senate Public Affairs Committee, she passed scores of laws affecting the lives of women, children and health care consumers including a“Graduated Drivers License” system for teens, a mastectomy bill that mandates insurance companies cover a minimum 48 hr.

Around the Nation
4:05 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Is California Up Next For An Oil And Gas Boom?

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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Business
3:58 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Do Unions Still Have Clout In Michigan?

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:27 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The contentious fight over labor rights has been unfolding throughout the Midwest in the last couple of years. Michigan is only the latest example.

NPR's national political correspondent Don Gonyea joins us now to explore the broader impact of all this. Good morning, Don.

DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Good morning.

MONTAGNE: So how is what has happened in Michigan different from what we've seen over the past couple of years in Wisconsin and Ohio, where Republican governors also took on labor unions?

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Middle East
3:58 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Protests Against Egypt's Constitution Dwindle

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 4:24 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Egypt's protest movement against the controversial draft constitution appears to be losing steam. The opposition had hoped to fill the streets last night with protestors, but calls to demonstrate only generated a lackluster turnout. Voting on the new constitution begins today for Egyptians living abroad. Voters in Egypt are expected to begin casting ballots on Saturday as President Mohammed Morsi plans. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has this report from Cairo.

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