Fri. 5/18 10a: The 2011-2012 season of the Santa Fe Symphony comes to a conclusion with music of Lalo, Stravinsky, Copland and New Mexico composer Daniel Davis, May 20 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Music Director of the Santa Fe Symphony, Steven Smith.
Update at 1:17 p.m. ET. Support Afghanistan In 'Different Way':
During their meeting in the White House, President Francois Hollande, the new socialist leader of France, said he told President Obama that he was committed to withdrawing French troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
But, the AP reports, Hollande said he was committed to supporting Afghanistan in a "different way."
This was Obama's first meeting with Hollande.
The two leaders also said they wanted Greece to remain a part the European monetary union.
Senator Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat, is pushing a national clean energy standard for utilities. He spoke at a hearing this week of the Senate Energy and Natural Resouces Committee, which he chairs.
Participants generally praised HSD’s plans to help Medicaid recipients get better care through better patient education and programs to coordinate care among several providers. State officials were not able to provide many of the implementation details audience members were seeking.
Among the key things to know about what's in the hundreds of pages of evidence and other materials related to the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, which were released Thursday:
Smoke from wildfires in New Mexico and Arizona is expected to be noticeable across both states until at least this afternoon. The National Weather Service says windy and dry climate conditions will shift smoke from large wildfires burning in northern and central Arizona and southwest New Mexico. The winds will likely push smoke into central and northern New Mexico today and southward on Saturday.
A watchdog group says New Mexico lacks enough inspectors to adequately oversee the tens of thousands of oil and natural gas wells across the state.
Earthworks' Oil and Gas Accountability Project released a new report Thursday that shows the number of inspections conducted by the Oil Conservation Division increased in 2011 but that more than half of producing wells went unchecked. The group questions whether the state can ensure responsible oil and gas development without adequate inspections and enforcement of existing rules.
On Sunday, Albuquerque residents and visitors will be treated to the rare sight of an annular solar eclipse. The eclipse starts at 6:28 PM and continues until the sun sets. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard spoke with Barry Spletzer with the Albuquerque Astronomical Society to learn more.