Local News
8:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

New Computer System Skews NM Unemployment Claims

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new computer system is skewing the data on unemployment claims in New Mexico.

The state's "fully integrated tax and claims system" launched Jan. 6. But because the switchover was done Jan. 1 to Jan. 6, those collecting unemployment were unable to re-certify or file new claims for unemployment from New Mexico during that time.

Because of the shutdown, the number of claims being reported to the federal government is way down.

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Local News
8:33 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Tax Break Proposed For Hiring Science Graduates

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are proposing a tax credit to encourage businesses to hire students receiving graduate degrees in science and technology from a New Mexico college.

The measure is to help stop the so-called brain drain of highly educated professionals leaving New Mexico for jobs in other states after earning a master's or doctorate degree in mathematics, engineering, technology, the sciences or a health-related field.

Employers could receive a tax credit of $5,000 for each qualified graduate that's hired for a full-time job with benefits.

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It's All Politics
8:25 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Key Player In '94 Assault Weapons Ban: 'It's Going To Be Much More Difficult' Now

President Clinton speaks to a member of the House on Aug. 11, 1994, lobbying for votes for the crime bill.
Marcy Nighswander AP

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 6:36 am

President Obama's proposed renewal of a ban on assault-style weapons is expected to be based on the legislation approved by Congress in 1994 that expired 10 years later.

But when the first assault weapons ban was approved — outlawing 19 specific weapons — it was a very different time, and Congress was a very different place.

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Te'o Spoke Of 'Girlfriend' As If She Existed After He Supposedly Learned Of Hoax

Manti Te'o, pointing skyward during Notre Dame's game against Michigan on Sept. 22. That was the day, he said then, of his girlfriend's funeral service. Now, he says he never met her and they had only an online and telephone relationship.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 8:53 am

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o "perpetuated the heartbreaking story" of a girlfriend's death after he supposedly had learned he was the victim of a hoax and that she never existed, The Associated Press writes.

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Local News
6:57 am
Fri January 18, 2013

New Chairmen For Three Senate committees

Three new chairmen will lead Senate committees, including ones dealing with education and health care.

Much of the work of the Legislature is done in committees and chairmen exert considerable influence by setting the agenda for their panels.

Sen. John Sapien, a Corrales Democrat, will serve as Education Committee chairman.

Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, an Albuquerque Democrat, will head the Public Affairs Committee. Its responsibilities include health care measures.

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Local News
6:45 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Governor Declares Emergency Due To Propane Shortage

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 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.

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Local News
6:44 am
Fri January 18, 2013

EPA Proposal Aims To Reduce Pollution, Haze At Navajo Power Plant

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.

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KUNM Call In Show
6:16 am
Fri January 18, 2013

What Does Medicaid Expansion Mean For New Mexico?

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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?

We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 


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The Two-Way
6:14 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Livestrong 'Disappointed' By Lance Armstrong, But Still Grateful To Him

Lance Armstrong, during the interview with Oprah Winfrey that was recorded Monday and began airing Thursday night.
George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 3:09 pm

After Part 1 of cyclist Lance Armstrong's confession about doping aired Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, the Livestrong cancer charity he helped found released a statement that says, in part:

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6:07 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Prospector In Australia Finds Giant Gold Nugget

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 7:11 am



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.