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9:09 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Few Public Family Planning Centers Accept Insurance, Yet

Health plans are required to pay for contraceptives, but the clinics that are common sources of family planning services aren't used to dealing with insurers.
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Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:44 pm

Most women can expect to get contraceptives without paying out of pocket for them thanks to the federal Affordable Care Act.

Women who are young or those who are poor and rely on publicly funded family planning centers for reproductive health services are covered, too.

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Obama Pushes Congress To Avoid Automatic Cuts; GOP Says It's Not The Problem

As he pressed Congress for action Tuesday, President Obama stood before a group of first responders. He made the case that their departments will be hurt if automatic budget cuts go into effect March 1.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 9:54 am

Standing in front of first responders who he says could lose their jobs, President Obama pushed Tuesday for Congress to act now to avoid $85 billion in "automatic, severe budget cuts" set to kick in starting on March 1.

The cuts due because of the so-called sequestration "are not smart, they are not fair [and] they will hurt our economy," the president said.

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The Salt
8:58 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Pictures Don't Lie: Corn And Soybeans Are Conquering U.S. Grasslands

A corn field is shrouded in mist at sunrise in rural Springfield, Neb.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 11:56 am

For years, I've been hearing stories about the changing agricultural landscape of the northern plains. Grasslands are disappearing, farmers told me. They're being replaced by fields of corn and soybeans.

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Local News
8:46 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Sen. Heinrich On Immigration And Gun Safety

  New Mexico's congressional delegation is on a two-week break, and KUNM's Deborah Martinez recently sat down with US Senator Martin Heinrich to discuss hot topics in Washington.  Here is part two of her interview with Senator Heinrich, on immigration reform and gun safety.

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Local News
8:17 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Senate Confirms Finance Authority Board Members

The Senate has confirmed two board members of the New Mexico Finance Authority, which was entangled in a scandal last year over a fake audit.

Clovis businessman Blake Curtis was unanimously confirmed and Albuquerque lawyer Nann Winter won confirmation on a 34-3 vote in the Senate on Monday.

Curtis is a former state legislator. Winter serves as the authority's board chairwoman.

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Local News
8:15 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Pregnant Women Told To Take Whooping Cough Vaccine

Health officials in New Mexico are recommending that all pregnant women get a vaccine to guard against the spread of whooping cough.

The recommendation on Monday by the New Mexico Department of Health is intended to prevent the spread of the disease to children who are vulnerable to whooping cough.

Eight hundred seventy-four whooping cough cases were reported to health officials in New Mexico in 2012.

That's three times more cases than were reported in 2011.

New Mexico had two whooping cough-related deaths in 2012.

Local News
8:13 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Slew Of Animal Protection Bills Pending

New Mexico lawmakers this session are considering more than two dozen animal protection bills that propose everything from raising money for starving horses to increasing penalties for neglecting pets and continuing oversight of government-run shelters.

Animal rights advocates say the number of bills aimed at helping animals is higher than usual this year.

They say one reason is the increased awareness of the connection between cruelty to animals and abuse of people.

The Two-Way
7:38 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Clues Connect Global Hacking To Chinese Government, Security Firm Says

Cyberattack headquarters? The 12-story building in a Shanghai suburb that American investigators say houses an operation responsible for hundreds of cyberattacks on companies around the world.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:41 pm

  • Frank Langfitt on 'Morning Edition'

"Hundreds of investigations convince us" that the Chinese government is at least aware of, and likely sponsoring, cyber thieves who have stolen massive amounts of information from companies around the world, including American defense contractors, a U.S. security firm reported Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Quite A Haul: $50 Million Worth Of Diamonds Stolen In Lightning-Fast Heist

Yves Herman Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 12:50 pm

In a heist right out of movies such as The Italian Job, eight masked gunman drove on to the tarmac at Brussels' international airport Monday night, sped to a plane being loaded with diamonds and made off with about $50 million worth of the precious stones, authorities say.

It was all over in just a few minutes.

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