Shots - Health News
8:16 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Payment Can Be Elusive For Medicare Beneficiaries In Personal Injury Cases

If you're covered by Medicare and win or settle a personal injury case, the battle for compensation isn't over.
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Medicare beneficiaries who win a settlement in a personal injury liability case sometimes find their efforts are for naught because the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ends up getting the money they thought would be theirs.

A new law is expected to fix problems with the system so seniors can get what's coming to them.

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Local News
8:09 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Bernalillo Judges Say No To Return Of Special Grand Juries To Investigate APD

Bernalillo County District Court judges are barring District Attorney Kari Brandenberg's office from using investigative grand juries to probe shootings involving police officers.

Chief Judge Ted Baca and another judge say in a letter to Brandenberg that there's an appearance of a lack of impartiality.

The judges' letter says that's because the investigative grand juries are used only in officer-involved shootings and only after there's been a determination that there's no probable cause for criminal charges against the officers.

The Two-Way
7:46 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Reports: Dozens Of Bodies Found In Syria; Young Men Apparently Executed

CIA World Factbook

Activists and rebels in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are reporting today that "the bodies of dozens of young men, all apparently summarily executed" have been found in and around the Quwaiq River, the BBC writes.

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It's All Politics
7:32 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Immigration Opponents Remain Adamant, Despite Political Risk

A woman takes the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the district office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Newark, N.J.
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After years of inaction, immigration policy changes suddenly have notable momentum in Washington.

President Obama will address the issue in a speech Tuesday in Las Vegas — a day after a bipartisan group of senators outlined their ideas for a bill that could move through the chamber as early as this spring.

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Local News
7:16 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Democrats Propose Lifting Film Subsidy Cap

Democratic lawmakers say they want to lift a cap on film production tax subsidies to help create jobs in New Mexico.

House and Senate Democratic legislative leaders said Monday they're working on measures to boost the economy and one proposal is to help attract more film production.

New Mexico provides a 25 percent refund on certain expenditures on film and television projects.

The state hands out only $50 million in tax credits each year under a 2011 law, and a proposal by Sen. Phil Griego, a San Jose Democrat, would eliminate the cap.

Local News
7:14 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Gun restrictions stall in NM legislative panel

A proposal requiring criminal background checks of people buying firearms from private sellers has stalled in the Legislature.

The measure failed Monday on a tie vote in the House Judiciary Committee, with one Democrat joining Republicans in opposing it.

Democratic Rep. Miguel Garcia of Albuquerque said supporters will try to revamp the bill and bring it up for another vote later.

Garcia said his proposal would help prevent sales of firearms to felons and others prohibited from buying firearms.

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Local News
7:12 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Judge Halts Investigative Grand Juries For Police Shootings

A judge has ordered the District Attorney of Bernalillo County not to reinstate a controversial process of presenting police officer involved shooting cases to an investigative grand jury.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Bernalillo County District Court Judge Ted Baca sent a letter to DA Kari Brandenberg saying she had failed to cite the legal authority that supports the use of the special grand juries in officer involved shooting cases.  

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Around the Nation
6:36 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Two Is A Coincidence, Three Is A Trend

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

Two is a coincidence. Three is a trend. That's why an Oklahoma City house has been dubbed The Twin House, after a third consecutive couple living there had twins - a boy and a girl each. Current tenants, Brady and Chelsea Smith, said they didn't believe in the twin mojo when they moved in. Then an ultrasound showed she was expecting twins. New father Brady Smith told the Oklahoman, now his friends won't even drive down the block.

Around the Nation
6:36 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Virginia To Repeal 'Living In Sin' Law

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Two-Way
6:26 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Obama Says He Enjoys Skeet Shooting; Doubtful Lawmaker Challenges Him

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who thinks she's a better shot than the president.
Roger L. Wollenberg UPI /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 10:09 am

One short exchange in a long New Republic interview of President Obama has gotten much attention:

New Republic: "Have you ever fired a gun?

Obama: "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time."

The president went on to say he has "a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations."

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