Local News
8:36 am
Fri March 15, 2013

NM Lawmakers Approve Crime Records Expungement

People arrested but not convicted of a crime could have court and police records removed from public view under a proposal approved by New Mexico lawmakers.

The measure heads to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who opposes it and vetoed similar legislation last year.

The proposal would allow a judge to expunge court and arrest records of victims of identity theft, people wrongly arrested for a crime and those convicted of misdemeanors if the individuals weren't charged with another crime within a certain period of time.

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Local News
8:35 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Group To Sue Over Mexican Spotted Owl In NM, Ariz.

Credit Hollingsworth, John and Karen; photo by USFS Region 5 (Pacific Southwest)

Environmentalists are accusing federal wildlife managers of failing to ensure the survival of the threatened Mexican spotted owl in New Mexico and Arizona.

The Santa Fe-based group WildEarth Guardians is targeting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with its latest legal action.

The group contends that the agency has failed to consider the effects of widespread thinning and logging in national forests and has not held the U.S. Forest Service accountable in tracking the bird's numbers.

The group says owl populations have declined recently.

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Local News
8:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Uranium Cleanup Bill Gets Nod

A bill to help to help New Mexico complete high priority uranium mine cleanup projects has cleared an initial hurdle in Washington.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say their bill was endorsed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Thursday and now heads to the full Senate.

The bill by the two New Mexico Democrats would amend federal law to give states and tribes the ability to apply existing funds for coal-related cleanup efforts to non-coal mine reclamation, including hundreds of abandoned uranium mines throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation.

Local News
8:27 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Lawmakers Pass Bill To Up Poaching Penalties

The New Mexico Legislature has passed a bill to get tough on poachers.

The House on a unanimous vote Thursday sent Gov. Susana Martinez the proposal to increase penalties on poachers who take the heads and antlers of elk, deer and other trophy animals and leave the meat behind to rot. The Senate passed the measure last month.

The bill would let the state Game Commission revoke hunting and fishing license privileges for more than the three years currently called for under state law. Backers say the ability to revoke licenses longer is needed as a stronger deterrent.

Shots - Health News
8:14 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Power Shift Under Way As Middle Class Expands In Developing World

Brookings Institution

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 7:00 am

"The meek shall inherit the earth" — that seems to be the latest message from the United Nations Development Program.

Their 2013 Human Development Report chronicles the recent, rapid expansion of the middle class in the developing world. It also predicts that over the next two decades growth in the so-called "Global South" will dramatically shift economic and political power away from Europe and North America.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Pope Praises Benedict, Asks Cardinals To Evangelize

Pope Francis as he visits the papal residence at the Vatican on Thursday.
Vatican AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 10:43 am

Pope Francis, in his first audience with the cardinals since becoming head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, and urged the evangelization of the church's message.

Francis said of Benedict, who served as pontiff for eight years before his historic resignation last month, that he "lit a flame in the depths of our hearts that will continue to burn because it is fueled by his prayers."

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Local News
8:08 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Gov. Martinez Signs Fair Pay For Women Act Into Law

Governor Susanna Martinez signed the Fair Pay for Women Act into law yesterday. The legislation is similar to the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and was designed to make it easier for women in New Mexico to file and win wage discrimination lawsuits.

Unlike civil rights laws, the Fair Pay for Women Act does not require proof of intent to
discriminate. A woman only has to show that an employer paid her less than a man in the same

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Planet Money
7:58 am
Fri March 15, 2013

A Surprisingly Uncontroversial Program That Gives Money To Poor People

William Thomas Cain Getty Images

Last year, a federal program called the Earned Income Tax Credit took about $60 billion from wealthier Americans and gave it to the working poor. And here's the surprising thing: This redistribution of wealth has been embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.

"This program worked," says Richard Burkhauser, an economist at Cornell University and the American Enterprise Institute. "And there's not a hell of a lot of these programs where you can see the tremendous change in the behavior of people in exactly the way that all of us hoped it would happen."

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Gasoline Pushed Consumer Prices Up Sharply In February

Handles on a gas pump in Brooklyn.
Jonathan Fickies Landov

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 8:05 am

Consumer prices jumped 0.7 percent in February from January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The increase was fueled by a 9.1 percent surge in gasoline prices. Gas prices alone accounted for about two-thirds of the overall rise, MarketWatch says.

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Fri March 15, 2013

More Problems Aboard Carnival Cruise Ships

The Carnival Dream docked in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, in December 2010.
Andy Newman AP

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:53 am

For the past month, management at Carnival Cruise Lines has been in a nearly constant state of damage control.

In the past week alone, three of the cruise line's giant floating playgrounds have experienced embarrassing malfunctions that have at least inconvenienced, if not angered, many passengers.

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