Local News
9:01 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Governor names Transportation Commission member

Credit John Phelan

Gov. Susana Martinez has named a businessman from southeastern New Mexico to a commission that oversees the state Department of Transportation.

Robert Wallach of Hobbs fills a vacancy on the six-member state Transportation Commission, which sets policies for the department.

The 56-year-old Wallach runs a family-owned concrete business and also owns a ranch. Wallach is a former member of the Hobbs City Commission.

His appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

The department is responsible for the state's network of highways and bridges.

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Local News
8:59 am
Mon October 29, 2012

WA campaigns bring attention to Utah license model

The races for governor and attorney general have brought renewed attention to a proposal that would create a two-tiered driver's license system in Washington to address the issue of driving by immigrants who can't provide proof of legal U.S. residency.

Washington and New Mexico remain the only two states in the country not to require proof of legal U.S. residency when applying for a driver's license.

Local News
8:58 am
Mon October 29, 2012

New Mexico traffic deaths way up this year

More people are dying on New Mexico highways this year, with state statistics showing a 25 percent jump in traffic deaths during the first nine months of 2012.

Deaths from alcohol-related crashes are also up by 20 percent this year. Alcohol played a role in about 40 percent of the state's 296 traffic deaths.

Figures compiled by the New Mexico Department of Transportation show pedestrian deaths and crashes that killed people above age 70 led the increase in fatalities.

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Afternoon Freeform
8:53 am
Mon October 29, 2012

A Halloween Freeform

Wed 10/31 1:30p: Four KUNM Freeform DJs join Carol Boss to spin some of their favorite creepy, ghoulish, wacky Halloween tunes.  Travis Parkin, Mello, Mary B, Brandon "Dead" Kennedy and Carol Boss will be mixing their spook-tacular brews just for you.

   

The Two-Way
7:19 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Consumer Spending Jumped Up In September

Hitting the mall: Spending rose in September.
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Though Hurricane Sandy is the dominant news of the day, there are other stories, including:

"Personal income increased $48.1 billion, or 0.4 percent," in September from August, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says, while "personal consumption expenditures" — consumer spending — rose 0.8 percent.

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:59 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Celebrating Autumn All Year Round ... By Becoming A Leaf

Piotr Naskrecki

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 9:04 am

It is autumn, and where I live the leaves are peaking; there is a riot of them everywhere, narrow ones, broad ones, droopy ones, crunchy ones. Leaves come in so many shapes, hues, textures — the closer you look, the more differences you see. Botanists have names for every leaf type, and clumped together, says writer Robert Dunn, they sound like free verse poetry ...

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Sandy: Latest News As The Worst Begins To Be Felt

Broken and non-functional traffic lights hang over an intersection in Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 9:18 am

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Other News: Giants Win World Series; Syrian 'Ceasefire' Ending

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San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was the World Series' most valuable player. He hit three home runs in Game 1.
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  • Mike Pesca on 'Morning Edition'

While we continue to monitor Hurricane Sandy, we wanted to pass on some of the morning's other top headlines:

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Around the Nation
4:54 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Re-Educating Coyotes To Fear Humans In Mass.

Coyotes have moved into the Boston suburb of Belmont, Mass. The Boston Globe says they've lost their fear of humans because people feed them. So, Belmont is training volunteers for coyote hazing. Their job is to harass coyotes — shouting at them, throwing objects their way, even squirting them with water hoses.

Around the Nation
3:22 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Key West, Fla., Celebrates The 'A-Conch-Alypse'

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Key West, Florida has seen its share of hurricanes. But as Sandy passed well to the east, residents of the island completed their annual Fantasy Fest. The theme was A-Conch-Alypse, you know, the apocalypse but with conch shells. A parade included floats with alien invaders and a post-apocalyptic zombie ghost town. One float featured a zombie presidential election with advocates for zombie care and a candidate named Eaton D. Brains. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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