Native America Calling
11:39 am
Mon October 1, 2012

October Current Events

Tue. 10/2 11a: October marks the end of harvest time but, it's just the beginning of a busy month for many tribal leaders, teachers, elders, and students. 

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Shots - Health Blog
11:11 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Medicare Rolls Out Carrots And Sticks For Hospital Quality

Medicare to hospitals: Take your pick of carrot or stick.
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Starting today, America's hospitals will find that their checks from Medicare are a little bit lighter.

As part of the government's biggest effort yet at paying for performance, Medicare is withholding 1 percent of its regular hospital payments and putting that money into a fund to reward hospitals that score well on 20 different quality measures.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Mon October 1, 2012

White House Confirms Cyber Attack On One Of Its Computer Networks

The White House today admitted that one of its computer networks had been targeted by a cyber attack, but it downplayed a report that sensitive nuclear networks were targeted.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:56 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Do You Know Where Your Children Are? Is That Always A Good Thing?

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Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 11:32 am

There was a time — and it wasn't that long ago — when kids would leave home on a summer morning and roam free. "I knew kids who were pushed out the door at eight in the morning," writes Bill Bryson of his childhood in the 1950s, "and not allowed back until five unless they were on fire or actively bleeding." That's what kids did. They went out. Parents let them, and everybody did it. "If you stood on any corner with a bike — any corner anywhere — more than a hundred children, many of whom you had never seen before, would appear and ask you where you were going," Bryson writes.

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Local News
10:38 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Lab's $425M in design spending falls short

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has spent about $425 million on designs for its proposed new plutonium facility without reaching the level of confidence needed to prepare a reliable budget or begin building.

The proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear has been delayed at least five years under President Barack Obama's budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins Monday. The budget cut funding for the program.

Local News
10:36 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Santa Fe group mulling plastic grocery bag ban

Amanda Wills, Earth911.com

An emerging push to ban plastic grocery bags in Santa Fe will get its first public airing this week.

A city advisory committee is considering an ordinance calling for a prohibition on plastic carryout bags at stores in the city. The new law also would impose a fee stores must collect if they provide paper bags.

The idea is already facing lobbying against it from the plastics industry representatives and large-scale retail operators.

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Local News
10:34 am
Mon October 1, 2012

NM school district gets funds for counseling

A northern New Mexico public school district has been awarded a federal grant to bolster guidance and counseling programs for students.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Education will go toward addressing high rates of behavioral referrals, violence, suspension and drops outs at El Rito and Ojo Caliente elementary schools.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan announced the funding. The New Mexico Democrat says getting students on the right track at a young age is critical to helping them avoid negative conduct in school.

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Local News
10:34 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Regents meeting may reveal NMSU president's fate

AllenS

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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