The Two-Way
7:51 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Before Obama's Plan Is Out, NRA Calls Him An 'Elitist Hypocrite'

National Rifle Association

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:50 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro reports

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Cmmentary
7:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Op Ed: Raising Minimum Wage Could Cause Maximum Pain For Teens

It’s time to stop the minimum wage madness in New Mexico! Setting price floors for human labor is both bad economics and unfair to the very workers it is supposed to help. Already, Santa Fe has among the highest mandated wages in the nation at $10.29 an hour. Only wealth San Francisco currently has a higher wage.

Albuquerque recently enacted a wage of $8.50 an hour. Now, Bernalillo County may get into the act by adopting legislation that would match Albuquerque’s rate.

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Local News
6:55 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Senate OKs Webcasting Of Committee Hearings

The Senate is offering New Mexicans expanded online access to its proceedings through webcasts of committee hearings.

Senators approved a rules change on Tuesday to permit people from around the state to watch or listen to committee meetings through webcasts available from a link on the Legislature's web site.

Legislative webcasting has happened incrementally.

The Senate began streaming audio and video of its floor sessions in 2009. That same year the House started audio webcasting floor sessions and added video in 2010.

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Local News
6:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Seeks To End Immigrant Driver's Licenses

Republican lawmakers gave Gov. Susana Martinez a standing ovation as she renewed her push to stop New Mexico from issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

Martinez used her state of the state address on Tuesday to ask lawmakers to repeal a 2003 law allowing driver's licenses for illegal immigrants and others without a Social Security number.

GOP lawmakers cheered when the governor outlined the proposal.

Democrats have blocked the measure during the past two years.

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The Two-Way
6:51 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Inflation Rate Slowed Sharply In 2012; Prices Were Flat In December

The cost of a gallon of gas kept rising last year, but not at the torrid pace of 2010 and 2011. That helped keep inflation in check.
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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:21 am

Consumer prices rose just 1.7 percent in 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. That's about half the pace of 2011 — when prices went up 3 percent.

In December, BLS says, prices were unchanged.

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Local News
6:47 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Proposes Tougher Child Abuse Penalties

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez wants the Legislature to increase penalties for child abuse, including when drunken drivers kill children.

The governor proposed the measures Tuesday during her state of the state speech to a joint session of the House and Senate.

Martinez was a former prosecutor before winning election as governor in 2010.

Local News
6:46 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Proposes School Improvement Initiatives

Gov. Susana Martinez has proposed a package of measures to improve public schools and better prepare New Mexico students for the workforce.

The governor asked the Legislature on Tuesday to finance a pilot project patterned after a successful program in Las Cruces that partners public schools, businesses and colleges to help students prepare for colleges or jobs. Martinez wants to make similar programs available in other communities.

Martinez offered the proposal during her state of the state speech to a joint session of the Legislature.

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Local News
6:45 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Homeland Security To Honor Four Corners Gang, Drug Units

Members of Four Corners gang and drug law enforcement units are earning praise from Homeland Security Investigations.

The investigative arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scheduled Wednesday to recognize agents with the Region II Task Force Gang Unit and Narcotics Unit for their work in helping out with two massive arrest sweeps last year.

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Local News
6:44 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Proposes Tax Cuts To Boost Economy

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is asking the Legislature to reduce New Mexico's corporate income tax as an economic development incentive to make the state more competitive in recruiting businesses.

Martinez outlined the proposal Tuesday in her state of the state speech to a joint session of the Legislature.

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Interior Sec. Salazar Is Latest Member Of Cabinet To Announce Departure

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 7:58 am

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar intends to step down at the end of March, his office confirms to NPR's Jeff Brady.

Word of Salazar's plan broke over night. According to The Denver Post, the former senator from Colorado intends to "return to Colorado to spend time with his family."

As the Post writes:

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