Local News
8:11 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Former hospital executive lawsuit to continue

A federal judge has denied a motion by a former St. Vincent Hospital executive facing fraud charges to dismiss a civil suit against him.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that U.S. District Court Judge James Browning recently denied that a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against Richard Crabtree on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired.

A jury trial in the civil case is scheduled to take place in May 2013.

Local News
8:09 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Photo of man shot by state police draws fire

Authorities say a New Mexico state police officer is under investigation for taking a cell phone photo of a man shot and killed by state police.

KOB-TV reports that New Mexico State Police Chief Robert Shilling apologized Tuesday for the actions of the unnamed officer.

A picture depicting the body of Sam Pauly who was fatally shot by state police in October his Glorieta home was recently sent to KOB-TV. State police shot Pauly after reports of a road rage complaint earlier in the evening.

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Local News
8:07 am
Wed September 5, 2012

NM to host summit on state's black population

The New Mexico State Office of African American Affairs is convening a summit on black residents living in the state.

The office announced Tuesday that the summit will be held in Albuquerque on Sept. 21.

Yvette Kaufman-Bell, the office's executive director, said the event will be used to develop solutions of poverty and unemployment in the state's black community.

Blacks make up less than 3 percent of the state's population.

Local News
7:46 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Prosecutors accused of bad faith in Ponzi plea

An Albuquerque real estate executive is set to be sentenced after admitting to a Ponzi scheme that bilked 600 investors of $75 million.

A federal judge is expected to sentence Doug Vaughan on Wednesday to no more than 12 years under a plea agreement reached in December. The sentencing would wrap up a criminal case that ruined lives across eight states.

It is unclear whether the 65-year-old would be sent to a minimum-security federal prison camp for white-collar criminals or a traditional lockup with more hardened convicts.

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Local News
7:45 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Lawyer: Governor's Chief of Staff recorded on state email use

An Albuquerque attorney says he has a recording of Governor Susana Martinez's chief of staff, Keith Gardner, telling one of his clients that he never uses state email to conduct business because he didn’t want to "go to court (or) jail."

Defense attorney Sam Bregman released the audio Tuesday. He represents fired Department of Corrections worker Larry Flynn in a wrongful termination case.  It was in that case that the Martinez administration's use of private email accounts was first revealed. 

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Nearly 18 Million U.S. Households Had Trouble Getting Food Last Year

In Oswego, N.Y., this summer, a child waited at a food distribution site.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

An estimated 14.9 percent of U.S. households — 17.9 million in total — "had difficulty" at some point last year getting food because they just didn't have enough money or other resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported this morning.

In 2010, 14.5 percent of households were similarly "food insecure" at some point, USDA says.

Even worse:

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Slaughtering Of Elephants Is Soaring Because Of China's Demand For Ivory

Elephants in Kenya's Tsavo-east National Park earlier this year.
Tony Karumba AFP/Getty Images
  • Jeffrey Gettleman talks with Steve Inskeep

"For the first time in history," hundreds of millions of people in China are now wealthy enough to buy jewelry, combs and trinkets made of ivory and that's led to a huge spike in the illegal slaughtering of elephants in Africa, The New York Times' Jeffrey Gettleman said earlier today on Morning Edition.

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:39 am
Wed September 5, 2012

What's With Frosty? Why Isn't He Showing Up On Time?

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 6:57 am

Check out this graph of America's "Growing Season" — it measures the number of continuous days and nights when it never gets below 32 degrees. You could call this our "frost-free" time of year. In many places, the frost-free season begins in the spring and ends somewhere in October.

As you can see, over the 20th century, it's been staying frost-free longer...and longer...and longer...

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It's All Politics
6:14 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Bill Clinton, Politics' Comeback Kid, Rides Again At The DNC

It may be in former President Bill Clinton's (and his wife's) interest to help keep the Democratic party together for the next convention.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:19 pm

Bill Clinton will add yet another chapter to his storied career tonight when the former president places in nomination the name of the current president, Barack Obama.

It will be the focal point of the evening and for some, perhaps, the most newsworthy moment of the entire convention. The old Clinton-Obama feud remains an endless source of political gossip, and the convention planners are happy to have the former president's supposedly unedited and unvetted remarks as a rare source of suspense. Maybe it will help the ratings.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Wow! NASA Video Shows 'Mind-Bogglingly Gorgeous' Solar Eruption

That's quite an eruption.
nasa.gov

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 6:23 am

Before we run through the news of the day, let's pause for something spectactular: a new video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. It shows a "massive filament" eruption on the sun that occurred last Friday. As Britain's The Register says, it is "mind-bogglingly gorgeous."

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