The widow of slain Civil Rights organizer Medgar Evers will deliver the invocation at President Obama's inauguration. Myrlie Evers-Williams will become the first woman, and someone other than clergy, to say the prayer that precedes the ceremonial oath of office, as The Washington Post reports.
The inaugural ceremony will take place on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
It's been two years since the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. To learn what has and hasn't changed since then, host Michel Martin talks with Daniel Hernandez Jr., Giffords' former intern who was credited with saving her life, and Carolyn Lukensmeyer of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.
New Mexico lost one of its musical standard bearers last week. Roberto Martinez Sr. died Thursday at the age of 83.
Martinez co-founded the long-running ensemble known as Los Reyes de Albuquerque in 1962, and continued fronting the group until recent years. He penned many songs, notably many well known corridos that told stories about the land and the history of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Court of Appeals has dismissed a complaint filed by a statewide ranchers group that sought to stay a sweeping water protection measure.
The "outstanding waters" designation guarantees special protection for hundreds of miles of rivers and streams, dozens of lakes and acres of wetlands in federal wilderness areas across the state. The designation prohibits any activities that would degrade water quality.