KUNM Call In Show
12:03 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

We're NASA and we know it!: What has Curiosity found on the Red Planet?

An artist's rendition of the Mars Rover Curiousity on Mars.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/23 8a: The Mars Rover Curiosity is exploring the Martian landscape as we speak! What has the ChemCam laser discovered so far about the planet?  What surprises are in store?  We'll speak with Roger Wiens and Horton Newsom from the Mars Science Laboratory mission's ChemCam team.  We'll also hear from Robert Edmonds, a graduate student in Las Cruces who recently received funding to study dust storms on Mars.  We'd like to hear from you!

The Salt
12:00 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

White House Dinner Rewards Kids Who Eat (And Cook) Their Veggies

First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Illana Gonzales-Evans from Washington at the first Kids State Dinner.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:02 am

No one said it would be easy to sell kids on quinoa and kale, but an invitation to the White House's first Kids State Dinner today, complete with fresh fruit topiaries and balloon animals, turned out to be just the ticket for some.

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Business
11:45 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Aetna To Buy Coventry Health Care

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:50 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Changes in the health insurance industry are at the top of NPR's business news.

The giant insurance company Aetna plans to get a little bigger. It's buying Coventry Health Care for more than $5.5 billion. Now, if you want to know why, consider the changing landscape in which Aetna does business. Medicaid is expanding under President Obama's health care law, Medicare is expanding as Americans grow older, and those government-run plans include many opportunities for private insurance companies.

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The Two-Way
11:42 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There'

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 7:20 pm

Saying that the comments "don't make sense to the American people" and were "way out there," President Obama just weighed in on the controversial remarks made over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who said in a television interview that "if it's a legitimate rape," it's rare for a woman to get pregnant and therefore want an abortion.

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The Two-Way
11:40 am
Mon August 20, 2012

After Serving 12 Years On Death Row, Virginia Man Is Vindicated, Free

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 12:50 pm

Michael Wayne Hash served 12 years in prison, after he was convicted of capital murder.

In March, a court found deep problems with how prosecutors achieved that conviction, so he threw it out and told the state it needed to make a decision on whether it would take Hash to trial again.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Mon August 20, 2012

On Chinese Beaches, The Face-Kini Is In Fashion

Chinese beachgoers wear face-kinis in Qingdao, northeast China's Shandong province. The face masks allow people to enjoy the water and sand — but not the effects of the sun.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:14 pm

In China, it's the height of the tourist season for Qingdao's famed beaches. But while many of the town's visitors want to enjoy the sand and water, they're not so wild about sunbathing. So they often resort to a local tradition: the face-kini, a sort of light cloth version of a ski mask.

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Local News
10:47 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Lack of funding prevents canyon from becoming park

New Mexico State Parks Division director Tommy Mutz says there currently isn't enough money to make Pecos Canyon a state park.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that state officials won't consider raising park fees that haven't seen an increase since 1998 and won't ask lawmakers for money out of the state's budget.

Two years ago, lawmakers and then-Gov. Bill Richardson signed off on a proposal to create the park.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Walking Into Syria: A Reporter's Visit To Where Rebels Are 'Running The Show'

Syrians fleeing increased violence arriving last week at the border between the Syrian town of Azaz and the neighboring Turkish town of Kilis.
Phil Moore AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:02 am

Getting into Syria has been a journalistic obsession since anti-regime protests began there in March 2011. The choices have been risky or next to impossible. The Syrian regime has given out few journalists' visas (full disclosure, I got a legal visa to Syria in June).

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Local News
10:36 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Santa Fe merchants sue city over rules at plaza

blmurch via Flickr

A downtown Santa Fe merchants group that feels city officials have ignored their concerns about events on the Santa Fe Plaza has filed a lawsuit contending that the city hasn't been following its own laws.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the lawsuit filed earlier this month by Santa Fe Downtown Merchants Inc. refers to public safety, access for existing businesses and the expansion of some events beyond the boundaries set in ordinance.

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Local News
10:34 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Owls put a stop to Las Cruces trail project

Alan Vernon via Flickr

The discovery of a nest of protected burrowing owls has brought work on a trail extension in Las Cruces to a screeching halt.

The 4.5 mile extension of the pedestrian and bike path bike was expected to be done by this month but the discovery forced city officials to stop work immediately.

Burrowing owns are considered a protected species in New Mexico and are listed as endangered in Canada.

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