The Two-Way
11:02 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Drought's Still Deep In Nation's Midsection

The week of Aug. 21.
National Drought Mitigation Center

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 1:04 pm

Though there were "a few notable improvements" in places such as Indiana, where beneficial rains fell, the deep drought that has dug in across much of the nation's midsection continued in the past week, according to the statisticians at the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Their maps from the past three weeks tell the story.

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Thu August 23, 2012

One Poll Finds Zero Percent Of Blacks Support Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the NAACP annual convention in Houston, Texas in July.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Over at The Washington Post, Jonathan Capehart writes that few poll numbers "make me gasp."

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Local News
9:45 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Weather Service warns of storms headed to New Mexico

Credit Jared via Flickr

The National Weather Service says a strong weather system is expected to bring heavy thunderstorms to western New Mexico and flash flooding is possible.

The system is moving into the state after hammering much of Arizona early Thursday. It is expected to reach the state Thursday afternoon and bring the heaviest rain to western parts of the state. Up to 3 inches of rain could fall per hour from some of the heaviest storm cells.

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Local News
9:43 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Oil production boosts state revenue

State officials say oil production in New Mexico rose by 13 percent last year, but natural gas production declined.

Top budget and tax officials in Gov. Susana Martinez's administration told the Legislative Finance Committee on Wednesday in Angel Fire that oil production reached 78 million barrels in the fiscal year ending in June. Economists expect production to gradually grow to about 86 million barrels in the next few years.

Higher oil prices have spurred production and are providing a revenue boost to the state.

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Local News
9:42 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Dispute lingers over potential US Senate candidate

 The state Supreme Court is asking the secretary of state's office to try to resolve a dispute over whether an Albuquerque man should be on the general election ballot as the Independent American Party's U.S. Senate candidate.

The secretary of state's office determined that Jon Ross Barrie didn't submit enough voter signatures in nominating petitions to become a candidate, but Barrie contends that elections officials wrongly invalidated some signatures.

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Local News
9:33 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Grand jury probe urged in Albuquerque shootings

Two families of men shot by Albuquerque police officers want a grand jury to look into police shootings.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the families and their lawyers have started a citizens' petition drive to empanel a grand jury and want a special prosecutor appointed.

Attorney Joe Kennedy, who is representing the family of Iraq war veteran Kenneth Ellis in a wrongful death lawsuit against Albuquerque police, said the families plan to ask a judge to disqualify Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg from the cases.

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Africa
9:28 am
Thu August 23, 2012

South Africa Mine Shooting Hints At Deep Divisions

Memorial services are being held for miners shot dead recently by police at a South African mine. The violent images were compared to the darkest days of apartheid. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with prominent Johannesburg radio host John Robbie to gauge the mood in the country.

Around the Nation
9:28 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Cop Car Death Ruled Suicide, But Doubts Remain

Questions are swirling around the death of a 21-year-old Arkansas man who died in police custody in July. An autopsy report lists Chavis Carter's death as a suicide. But his family is asking how he could have shot himself in the head while handcuffed in a police car. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with Associated Press reporter Jeannie Nuss.

Election 2012
9:28 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Is Tampa Ready For 2 Oncoming Storms?

The Republican National Convention is being held in Tampa, Florida, and it's expected to bring the city tens of millions of dollars. But many are wondering if Tampa is ready for two oncoming storms — the whirlwind of people descending on the city, and brewing tropical storm Isaac. Guest host Viviana Hurtado talks with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Entertainment
9:09 am
Thu August 23, 2012

The 2012-2013 Los Alamos Concert Association Season

Thurs. 8/23 10a:  Ever since its first season in 1946, when it presented the Trapp Family Singers and violist William Primrose, the Los Alamos Concert Association has brought all sorts of world-class performers to New Mexico.   Spencer Beckwith talks about the Concert Association's upcoming season with its Artistic Director, Ann McLaughlin.

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