Thurs. 6/14 10a: Two late 19th Century musical melodramas by Richard Strauss, "The Castle By the Sea" and "Enoch Arden," will be given a rare performance on June 24 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center. Host Spencer Beckwith talks with pianist Douglas Riva, who will be performing the works with performance artist Patricio Tlacaelel Trujillo y Fuentes.
It's the end of the school year, and teachers and students are enjoying some downtime. But some kids won't be going back to school next fall because about a million students drop out every year. Host Michel Martin discusses the dropout crisis with teachers from three cities with high dropout rates: Las Vegas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
Miami's Republican Mayor Tomas Regalado moves against his party and his governor. He tells host Michel Martin that Florida's controversial voter eligibility program, that is intended to purge non-citizens from its rosters, isn't necessary.
Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 11:50 am
Scientists don't debate the old nature vs. nurture question much these days. The consensus is that there is no winner: Both your genes and your environment shape your development and your health. What's still up in the air is how they combine to put you at risk for diseases or social problems. And that matters for people trying to solve them.
New Mexico's investment funds grew by more than $2 billion during the first three months of the year because of strong investment returns.
The Legislative Finance Committee reports state permanent funds and the pension funds of the Public Employees Retirement Association and the Educational Retirement Board had combined asset values of nearly $36.6 billion at the end of March. That's up about $279 million from a year ago.
The PERA had a quarterly return of 8 percent and assets of $12 billion.
The ERB had a return of 7 percent and assets of nearly $9.6 billion.
Portales police have arrest two people involved in what authorities call a sophisticated ring that specialized in helping illegal immigrants obtain fraudulent New Mexico driver's licenses.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced Wednesday that Veronica Diaz and Jose-Luis Tirado were arrested this weekend for their roles in the scheme. Both are being held on $10,000 cash only bond.
Authorities believe hundreds of licenses have been fraudulently obtained through the ring over the last couple of years for illegal immigrants living outside of New Mexico.
As firefighters continue to battle massive blazes in New Mexico and Colorado, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell is renewing his call to restore forests to a more natural state.
He says a combination of decades of vigorous fire suppression and the waning of the timber industry over environmental concerns has left many forests subject to the kind of super-fires that are now regularly consuming hundreds of homes and millions of acres.