Local News
8:58 am
Mon March 11, 2013

San Juan County Voters To Decide Tuesday EMS Tax

San Juan County voters will decide Tuesday whether to continue a gross receipts tax that pays for emergency medical services and communications.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/VX9ImW) that officials are concerned the tax might not be as well received on Tuesday as it was in 2003 when it won overwhelming support from voters.

Officials say they're already considering ways to replace the tax.

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Local News
8:54 am
Mon March 11, 2013

UNM's Rio Rancho Campus Seeks New Direction

The University of New Mexico's $13.5 million campus in Rio Rancho is seeking a new direction for its role in the future.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/XzHApS) that the "live in Rio Rancho, graduate in Rio Rancho" philosophy that helped convince voters in 2008 to approve a quarter-cent gross-receipts tax for the new UNM West campus isn't yet working out.

Students there still must attend the main campus to get all the courses required for most degrees.

Local News
8:54 am
Mon March 11, 2013

UNM's Rio Rancho Campus Seeks New Direction

The University of New Mexico's $13.5 million campus in Rio Rancho is seeking a new direction for its role in the future.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/XzHApS) that the "live in Rio Rancho, graduate in Rio Rancho" philosophy that helped convince voters in 2008 to approve a quarter-cent gross-receipts tax for the new UNM West campus isn't yet working out.

Students there still must attend the main campus to get all the courses required for most degrees.

Local News
8:54 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Skandera Sharply Questioned As Confirmation Hearing Drags On

The confirmation hearing for secretary-designate of education Hanna Skandera entered its third day this weekend. The governor’s pick for the state’s top education job faced tough questions from lawmakers. Members of the Senate Rules Committee focused on allegations that Skandera has connections to private companies and political operatives.

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Local News
8:51 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Skandera Sharply Questioned As Confirmation Hearing Drags On

Credit NM Public Education Dept

The confirmation hearing for secretary-designate of education Hanna Skandera entered its third day this weekend.  As KUNM'S Sara Van Note reports, the governor’s pick for the state’s top education job faced tough questions from lawmakers.

Members of the Senate Rules Committee focused on allegations that Skandera has connections to private companies and political operatives.  Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, a democrat from Albuquerque, charged that she violated state law when she overturned the Public Education Commission’s decision on virtual charter schools.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Add Its Own Demise To Intrade's List Of Blown Calls

Intrade

Who could have predicted this?

Well, apparently not "the world's most famous predictions market."

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Local News
8:48 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Higher Minimum Wage Pending In House

Credit N salazar

A proposal to increase New Mexico's minimum wage by $1 an hour is moving ahead in the Legislature.

A Senate-passed bill to raise the hourly wage rate to $8.50 is pending in the House.

The measure cleared the House Labor and Human Resources Committee on a 5-3 vote Saturday, which sent it to the 70-member House for consideration.

The minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Mon March 11, 2013

While U.S And South Korea Militaries Drill, 'Bombast Continues' From The North

In this image released by North Korea's Central News Agency, leader Kim Jong Un is said to be using a pair of binoculars to look south during an inspection of a front-line army unit.
Xinhua /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': Louisa Lim reports

As NPR's Louisa Lim reported Monday on Morning Edition, a week of inflamed rhetoric from North Korea — including talk of a preemptive nuclear strike on the U.S. — is being followed by word that the North has carried through on its threat to annul the 1953 armistice that ended open warfare on the peninsula and has stopped answering calls on the telephone hotline to the South.

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The Two-Way
8:01 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Pakistan Begins Construction of Pipeline Link With Iran

Iranians work on a section of the pipeline on Monday.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 11:57 am

Iran and Pakistan are moving closer to completion of a nearly 1,000-mile natural gas pipeline linking the two countries, despite U.S. objections that it could become a source of hard currency for Tehran in defiance of international sanctions.

Monday marks the beginning of construction on Pakistan's part of the pipeline, which will consist of a 485-mile run. Iran has already completed most of its 760 miles of the link, which will stretch from Assaluyeh along Iran's Persian Gulf coast to Nawabshah in Pakistan's Sindh province.

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