High demand for propane across much of the West has prompted New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to declare an emergency.
Governors in Nevada and Arizona did the same Tuesday in an effort to speed up deliveries of liquefied petroleum by lifting some regulations.
Martinez says her order will also allow suppliers to move propane through the state faster as New Mexico deals with frigid temperatures. Specifically, the executive order suspends regulations on the number of hours that suppliers may drive.
Martinez's order will be in effect for the next 14 days.
The federal government is proposing new limits for pollution from a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation, but the plant's owners say it will be costly.
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal released Friday aims to improve visibility at places like the Grand Canyon. The EPA says upgrades at the Navajo Generating Station in Page would reduce haze-causing nitrogen oxide emissions by 84 percent, or 28,500 tons per year.
KUNM Call In Show 1/17 8a: Now that Governor Susana Martinez has agreed to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 170,000 low income adults, what does that mean for the state? Are there enough health care providers to provide the health care? How will the expansion be implemented?
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. An amateur prospector in Australia thought he'd stumbled on a car hood. It turned out to be a giant gold nugget shaped like a goldfish. The owner of the local gold shop told the Herald newspaper that if the anonymous prospector was silly enough to melt it down it would be worth nearly $300,000.
Unlikely, since its size and shape make it so rare. The gold will be worth far more to a museum or collector. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.
Good morning, I'm David Greene with news of a fast food chain that's coming up short. Earlier this week, a customer in Australia ordered a Subway Foot-Long sub only to find it measured a mere 11 inches. He posted a photo alongside a tape measure on the company's Facebook page, sparking outrage from customers and an investigation by the New York Post. They bought seven Subway Foot-Longs in New York City and four of them measured less than 12 inches. Subway is looking into this sizable matter.
Now that voters have approved constitutional changes to the state's Public Regulation Commission, lawmakers have introduced bills that will spell out exactly how PRC reform will take place.
Senator Tim Keller and Representative Tom Taylor have introduced bills in each chamber to set qualifications for future Public Regulation Commission members. Both bills require a background in fields regulated by the PRC such as engineering, economics or consumer protection.
As President Obama prepares to start a second term, MORNING EDITION has asked NPR's foreign correspondents to gauge worldwide expectations for the next four years. We turn, this morning, to Kenya. Pride still runs deep there for the president, with roots in Kenya. But expectations of America's role have shifted from donor aid to partner in trade. NPR's Gregory Warner has the story.