I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, you might've been following the long debate over whether this country locks up too many people for too little reason and for too long. It turns out something else interesting is happening that you might not heard about - the racial breakdown of the prison population is changing. More white people, especially more white women, are getting locked up. And we'll find out more about that in a few minutes.
What can you find underneath a British railroad or parking lot? These days it could be skeletons, and probably a lot of them. Last month, researchers announced the bones of a man discovered underneath a British parking lot were actually King Richard III. Today, a British rail project says some of its staff stumbled upon skeletons of people who may have died of the Black Death nearly 700 years ago, during an outbreak of bubonic plague.
Fri. 3/15 10a: The period instrument ensemble, the Albuquerque Baroque Players, present "Le Parnasse," a program of music by French Baroque composers, played at A=392, a whole step below modern pitch. The concerts are March 16 at Albuquerque's Fellowship Christian Reformed Church and March 17 at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Players' special guest for the concerts, baroque violinst Stephen Redfield.
Jurors in Albuquerque resume deliberations Friday in a civil case stemming from a police officer's fatal shooting of an Iraq War veteran who was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
The Bernalillo County jury began deliberating Thursday in the case stemming from Officer Brett Lampiris-Tremba's 2010 shooting of Kenneth Ellis as Ellis held a gun to his head during a standoff with police.
A judge has already ruled the shooting was unlawful, so the jury will decide other questions, including deciding damages owed by the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.