Local News
8:44 am
Tue March 12, 2013

NM Gets Federal Grant For Mine Cleanup Work

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is getting a $4.8 million federal grant to clean up abandoned mines.

The Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources say some of the money will pay for safeguarding sites near Silver City, Grants, Raton and Albuquerque.

Sites where the grant will be used to study and plan future work include ones near Madrid, Gallup and Silver City.

Local News
8:43 am
Tue March 12, 2013

House Passes Bill To Strengthen Hispanic Center

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House has passed a bill aimed at strengthening the National Hispanic Cultural Center by improving communication between its governing and fundraising boards.

The bill, passed unanimously on Monday, would allow cross membership on both the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation board and the National Hispanic Cultural Center governing board. The legislation also calls for the creation of a memorandum of understanding between the two boards.

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Local News
8:41 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Health insurance exchange bill clears NM Senate

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  A proposal to establish a state-run health insurance exchange has passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

A federal health care law calls for exchanges to serve as a marketplace for the uninsured to shop for medical coverage.

The legislation creates an exchange governed by a 13-member board and operated by the New Mexico Health Insurance Alliance, a nonprofit corporation established in 1994.

The Senate approved the proposal on a 36-5 vote Monday, sending it to the House.

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Local News
8:40 am
Tue March 12, 2013

NM Senate Approves Film Incentive Sweetener

A proposal to sweeten New Mexico's incentives for television and film projects is close to clearing the Legislature.

The Senate approved the House-passed proposal on a 32-8 vote Monday.

New Mexico offers a 25 percent tax refund for certain film and TV production expenses.

Under the legislation, the incentive would increase to 30 percent for a TV show producing at least six episodes in New Mexico. The extra 5 percent would be offered for film and TV projects spending an extended time in New Mexico doing their main photography at one of the state's film studios

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Ahmadinejad Touched And Consoled Chávez's Mother, To Clerics' Dismay

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered his condolences to Elena Frias, mother of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chávez, last week. This image was provided to news services by the Miraflores Palace — the office of the Venezuelan president.
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A photo of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holding the hand of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's mother and appearing to brush his face against her cheek as they consoled each other last week has him "mired in a fresh controversy" in Iran, as the BBC writes:

"Conservative critics, already irked by Mr Ahmadinejad's effusive eulogy for the leftist leader, reminded him that he has not only committed a sin, but also behaved in a way inappropriate for the president of an Islamic state."

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Senate Committee Takes Up Expanded Gun Measures

Gun show in Chantilly, Va., last December.
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Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 11:14 am

Update at 11:15 a.m. ET: Senate Passes Measure:

The Associated Press reports that the committee cast a 10-8 party-line vote, with all Republicans opposed, on the measure to expand a requirement of background checks for gun sales between private parties.

The Associated Press reports:

"The bill's sponsor, New York Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer, said the measure will reduce gun crimes, and said he hopes he can strike a compromise on the measure with Republicans, which would enhance the measure's chances of passing in the full Senate.

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The Two-Way
6:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Ryan Says His Budget Would Balance In 10 Years

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., when he was campaigning as the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee.
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Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 9:32 am

(Note at 11:20 a.m. ET: Scroll down to see the GOP plan, which has now been released; new comments from Rep. Ryan; and White House reaction.)

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, unveiled his latest budget plan Tuesday morning — and as NPR's Tamara Keith told our Newscast Desk, he says it would bring the federal budget in balance by 2023.

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The Two-Way
5:39 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Smoke Is Black: No Pope After Cardinals' First Vote

As the black smoke rose from the Vatican chimney Tuesday, some of the nuns and others gathered in St. Peter's Square were singing.
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Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 1:25 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': Sylvia Poggioli on the latest from Rome
  • Philip Reeves on the princes of the church

Update at 2:43 p.m. ET. No Pope Today:

Black smoke just poured from the chimney above the Vatican. That means, as was expected, the cardinals did not choose a pope on the first vote of their conclave to name a successor to the now-retired Pope Benedict XVI. As the cardinals' ballots are burned, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli says, chemicals are added to a fire in a second stove to turn the smoke black if there's no pope elected and white if there is.

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The Two-Way
5:38 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Book News: Hippies Were Dirty And Liked Music By Satanists, Louisiana Textbook Claims

Paintings adorn the "Magic Bus" on display at a museum built on the site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
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Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 8:00 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Around the Nation
4:30 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Arizona State's Mascot Gets A Makeover, And Backlash



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Arizona State never had much luck with sports mascots. When it was a normal, or a teacher's school, they were the Normals. Later they became the Arizona State Sun Devils. This mascot is Sparky the Sun Devil in a red costume with horns and a pitchfork. Now Disney has helped update Sparky, but some students find his big eyes and bulging muscles creepy. Students may vote on Sparky's future after the campus paper warned he'll scare kids. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.