Local News
9:36 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Departing NMSU president to get salary, $454,000

AllenS

Departing New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture will be paid nearly $454,000 when she leaves her post in January.

That's on top of the salary she'll earn while on paid administrative from now until she officially leaves at the end of the year. At an annual salary of $392,700, she'll earn about $100,000 for the next three months leave.

The state Board of Regents accepted Couture's resignation in what board Chairman Mike Cheney described as a mutually agreeable separation on Monday.

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Local News
9:33 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Woman killed when struck by Rail Runner train

A woman walking along the railroad tracks south of Santa Fe has been struck and killed by a Rail Runner Express train.

Rail Runner spokeswoman Augusta Meyers says the woman was walking along the tracks about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and apparently decided to cross the tracks just ahead of the train.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the woman was then struck by a southbound train. She has not been identified.

Rail traffic has resumed but the incident stalled trains in both directions for a couple of hours.

Krulwich Wonders...
9:20 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Are Those Spidery Black Things On Mars Dangerous? (Maybe)

Michael Benson NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/Kinetikon Pictures

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 2:43 pm

You are 200 miles directly above the Martian surface — looking down. This image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010. (The color was added later.) What do we see? Well, sand, mostly. As you scroll down, there's a ridge crossing through the image, then a plain, then dunes, but keep looking. You will notice, when you get to the dunes, there are little black flecks dotting the ridges, mostly on the sunny side, like sunbathing spiders sitting in rows. Can you see them?

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Wed October 3, 2012

'Explosive' Or 'Yawn': Obama Video Touted By Fox Sparks Race Debate

A screenshot of a video published by the Daily Caller.
Daily Caller

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:42 am

Last night, Drudge Report trotted out its siren. Fox News, it reported, would be airing "Obama's other race speech."

Sean Hannity, who aired the video on his show, said it was a "bombshell... that could dramatically impact the race for the White House."

At one point in the video, Obama says he's going off script. He goes on to imply that the government's slow response to Hurricane Katrina was partly due to the fact that many in the city were black.

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Entertainment
9:01 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Hélène Grimaud: Wild Harmonies

Wed. 10/3 10a:   French pianist Hélène Grimaud makes her New Mexico debut on October 23 with a solo concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.  In addition to her international career as a musician, Hélène Grimaud is an advocate for wolf conservation, and proceeds from her October 23 concert, titled "Wild Harmonies," will benefit the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the Wolf Conservation Center.   Spencer Beckwith talks with the Santa Fe Director of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Demis Foster.

Local News
8:35 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Ranchers see increase in grass thefts amid drought

Some ranchers have started cutting neighbors' fences or leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures amid an extreme drought that has caused a spike in hay prices.

Ranchers from Missouri to Texas and west into New Mexico have sold off huge portions of their herds this year because the worst drought in decades dried up their pastures and they couldn't afford to buy food for their animals.

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Shots - Health Blog
7:57 am
Wed October 3, 2012

How Sunlight Weakens Your Skin

Stefano Amabili walks under the sun in Miami Beach, Florida, in May. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more people are using sunscreen and protecting themselves from the sun's rays.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:53 am

A sunny day at the beach has plusses and minuses for your health.

A little bit of sun can help your body produce vitamin D, but the sun's ultraviolet radiation raises your risk for skin cancer. And, it turns out, UV radiation poses another threat — it physically weakens your skin.

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It's All Politics
7:56 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Should TV Stations Refuse To Air Political Ads That Make False Claims?

If a television or radio station determines that a political ad is false, should it refuse to run the ad?

That's exactly what the nonpartisan group Free Press is calling on stations to do.

"They certainly could reject some of them," said Matt Wood, the group's policy director.

At the very least, they could do more fact checking, he said.

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Local News
7:30 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Officials Struggle to Curb Tribal Violence

Rebekah Apachito at her home

The rate of violent crime among Native Americans is more than twice the national average, according to federal crime reports.  KUNM’s Colleen Keane looked into how this law is fairing two years after it was passed and found that violence is often close to home and that most tribes don’t have the funding to implement the law. 

You can read more on this story in this week's edition of the Santa Fe Reporter.

The Two-Way
7:23 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Second Chance: Adam Greenberg Strikes Out, Gets A Standing Ovation

Adam Greenberg of the Miami Marlins hugs manager Ozzie Guillen after striking out against the New York Mets.
Marc Serota Getty Images

It's rare that a batter receives a standing ovation for a three-pitch strikeout. But that's exactly what happened last night in Miami.

Adam Greenberg came to the plate in a big-league uniform seven years after his only major-league at bat. As Mark told us last week, Greenberg was a Chicago Cub in 2005 making his major league debut against the Marlins.

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