Local News
10:34 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Regents meeting may reveal NMSU president's fate


Monday's meeting of the New Mexico Board of Regents may end a week of speculation as to why the president of one of the state's major universities is on leave.

New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture has been on leave since early last week. Couture's unexpected absence and the silence it has brought from the Regents stoked speculation on the Las Cruces campus and criticism about an apparent lack of transparency.

Board members have told the media that they will discuss Couture at a public meeting on Monday.

Local News
10:32 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Group raises $283K to promote NM bond issue

The private fundraising foundations of colleges and universities are bankrolling a general election campaign for voter approval of bond financing for $120 million in higher education construction projects.

Campaign finance reports show a political committee backing the bonds has raised about $283,000. Most of the money comes from foundations for the colleges, universities and other schools with projects to be funded by the general obligation bonds.

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Local News
10:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

UNM sees rise in students taking online courses

University of New Mexico has seen a nearly 50-percent increase over last year in the number of credit hours that its students are taking in online courses.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/PFGQsH) that university leaders say the spike is a sign that the school is becoming more accessible.

Students at the university this fall are taking 30,728 credit hours of online courses.

Online course registrations have more than quintupled in the past decade, and the university expects they will keep growing.

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Local News
10:28 am
Mon October 1, 2012

NM Health Secretary Catherine Torres resigning

Catherine Torres is resigning as secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health after serving in the position for the last 18 months.

Her resignation was announced Monday and is effective Oct. 15.

Gov. Susana Martinez named the Las Cruces pediatrician as secretary of the Health Department in January 2011.

Torres says in a written statement that she is proud of her work with the health department but decided it was time to move on after the death of her mother.

She says also she wants to spend more time with her family.

The Two-Way
10:21 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Iran's President Goes Home, His Cameraman Stays Behind

The Iranian cameraman who was part of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's delegation to the U.N. last week is now seeking asylum, a lawyer says.
John Moore Getty Images

When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to speak in New York at the U.N. last week, he brought some 140 Iranians in his entourage.

It seems he went home with just 139.

Ahmadinenjad's cameraman, Hassan Gol Khaban, apparently stayed behind and is seeking asylum in the U.S., the Associated Press reports, citing New York lawyer Paul O'Dwyer.

There was no immediate word on the cameraman's whereabouts, the AP adds.

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Report: If Congress Ignores 'Fiscal Cliff,' Most Americans Will Pay More Taxes

In this Nov. 19, 2011 fie photo the U.S. Capitol building is seen in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Unless Congress passes legislation in a lame-duck session, taxes will be higher by a half-trillion dollars next year, costing the average household nearly $3,500 a year, according to a just-released report by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.

After studying details of the tax changes now set to take effect for 2013, the researchers were struck by "how big the tax increase is," said Eric Toder, one of those researchers. "It's a huge, huge number."

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9:57 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Affirmative Action Back On Supreme Court Docket



This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, Hispaniola may be a popular vacation destination, but the nations that share that island have a complicated and sometimes violent history. We'll look back 75 years to a massacre that caused a rift between Dominicans and Haitians. That's in a moment.

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9:57 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Dominicans, Haitians Remember Parsley Massacre

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 10:05 am

October marks 75 years since a dark period in the Dominican Republic's history. In 1937, President Rafael Leonidas Trujillo ordered the execution of thousands of ethnic Haitians. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the "Parsley Massacre" with two noted authors, one Dominican and one Haitian: Julia Alvarez and Edwidge Danticat.

Corazón Tanguero
9:56 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Tango and Healing

Mon. 10/1, 9:30p:  We shall talk with Argentinian psychotherapist, and tango dancer, Cecilia Biglieri about the healing power of tango. A "milongueras" show to share the benefits of tango music with you!

Local News
9:37 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Feds rounding up 3,500 horses, burros

"Healthy Horses on Healthy Ranges." http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/herd_management.html
U.S. Dept. of Interior-BLM

Federal officials say they will round up thousands of wild horses and burros across six Western states starting Monday.

The roundups will take place through February on drought-stricken range lands in Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

Contractors for the Bureau of Land Management will use helicopters plus bait- and water-trapping methods to corral a total of 3,500 wild horses and burros.

Other horses will be given birth control injections and returned to the range lands.

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