It's All Politics
10:15 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Obama's Political Moneyball Could Be The Shape Of Campaigns To Come

Democratic party volunteer Matt Lattanzi worked door to door for the Obama campaign while canvassing in a Youngstown, Ohio, apartment building on Oct. 28.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 12:36 pm

A good deal of credit for President Obama's re-election has gone to his campaign's sophistication at interpreting data about potential voters and its use of behavioral research to get supporters to actually vote.

And because success in politics spawns imitators, the approach could well shape how future campaigns are run.

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The Two-Way
10:12 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Most Afghans Now Optimistic, Survey Signals; How Real Is That Result?

Are better days ahead in Afghanistan? A new survey signals that just more than half of Afghans think their country is headed in the right direction. Here: Mohamed, who makes a living by working as a day laborer in construction, makes his way home after work in Kabul.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:36 pm

According to a new survey by the Asia Foundation, 52 percent of the 6,300 Afghans it surveyed in June feel the country is heading in the right direction. It's the first time in eight years of conducting this survey that the foundation found a majority of Afghans held a positive view.

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Around the Nation
9:16 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Pressure Building To Turn Lights On In New York



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up in the program, our panel of women journalists weighs in on, what else, the events surrounding former CIA chief David Patraeus' resignation from the agency. It's our Beauty Shop conversation and it's coming up in a few minutes.

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9:07 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe's Holiday Concerts

Wed. 11/14 10a:   Santa Fe's vocal ensemble specializing in early music, the Schola Cantorum, celebrates the holidays with performances at the Loretto Chapel, the San Miguel Mission, the New Mexico History Museum and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Fe, and in Albuquerque at the Kimo Theatre.  Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Director and Founder of the Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe, Dr. Billy Turney.

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Local News
8:39 am
Wed November 14, 2012

State Engineer Makes Agency's Budget Request to Legislative Finance Committee

Credit Office of the State Engineer

New Mexico's State Engineer made his agency's budget request to the Legislative Finance Committee on Tuesday.  The requested money would help reduce the state's backlog of water rights adjudication, and deal with current and future droughts.

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Local News
8:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Bernalillo Co. to Post Workers' Names and Pay

The Bernalillo County Commission has voted to post the names and salaries of all its workers online as a transparency measure.

The commission voted 3-2 Tuesday evening to adopt the online postings as part of an openness and transparency measure.

Bernalillo County has been posting public salaries but not along with the workers' names.

Measure sponsor Commissioner Wayne Johnson says in a statement that transparency in government is the foundation for good government and allows citizens to hold public workers and elected officials accountable.

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Local News
8:29 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Opposition to Coyote Hunting Contest Grows

Credit Adam Krajewski / Online Producer at The Albuquerque Journal

Opposition to end a coyote hunting contest being held by a Los Lunas gun shop is growing.

According to a report from The Albuquerque Journal, more than 28,000 people have signed a petition to end the competition being held by Gunhawk Firearms. Those against it say killing animals for the purpose of a body count is cruel and that it’s a risk to public safety.

But supporters of the program disagree, saying it’s their right to hold the contest, and that it will help control the predatory coyote population.

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Local News
8:24 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Lowe's to Add 300 Jobs at Albuquerque Call Center

Credit Ildar Sagdejev

Lowe's plans to expand its New Mexico call center and add 300 jobs in the next year.

The home improvement giant says it will expand its current operations in Albuquerque by taking over an adjacent 32,000-square-foot building.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that the customer support center will employ 900 people after the jobs announced on Tuesday are added. The call center opened last December.

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Local News
8:20 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Judges in Santa Fe to Seek More Funding

Some of New Mexico's top judges are trying to make a case for more court funding.

Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports ( that judges came from across New Mexico on Tuesday to testify before the Legislative Finance Committee in Santa Fe.

The downturn in the economy has meant leaner government budgets and the courts are among affected. The judges are pushing for about a 3 percent increase in funding for the next budget year.

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The Salt
8:19 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Raise A Toast To Building Better Beer Bubbles Through Chemistry

You'll be seeing more of this white foamy stuff on top of the beers of the future, thanks to a recent genetic discovery.
Enrico Boscariol iStockphoto

Scientists may have finally solved a problem that has plagued beer drinkers for ages: Insufficient foam resiliency.

As any beer drinker can tell you, a tall glass of lager without a white, foamy head on top just doesn't look right. And even if you start out with one, it can dissipate fast. And that's just sad.

Now, microbiologists have identified the specific gene in yeast responsible for a beer's head and they say this discovery can lead to stronger, longer lasting, more aesthetically pleasing foam on your favorite brews.

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