World
9:40 am
Wed June 20, 2012

State Department Calls For End To Modern Slavery

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:03 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, immigration is back in the news right now, in part because of a new move by the Obama administration to stop deporting young people who came here illegally as children. And now there's also new information about just who is coming here and why.

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Entertainment
9:12 am
Wed June 20, 2012

SFNM2, The Southwest Festival of New Music

Wed. 6/20 10a:  "Music as Environmental Consciousness," Santa Fe New Music's festival paying homage to composer John Cage, features performances of works by a variety of contemporary composers, June 21-23 at The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.  Host Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Artistic Director of Santa Fe New Music, composer John Kennedy.

The Two-Way
8:28 am
Wed June 20, 2012

White House Exerts Executive Privilege Over 'Fast And Furious' Documents

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 1:24 pm

The battle between the Obama administration and the House Oversight and Government over the Fast and Furious operation just ratcheted up another notch. There's word that the White House is exerting executive privilege over documents that the committee's Republican majority has subpoenaed.

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Greece Has New Prime Minister

New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras has been sworn in as Greek prime minister, correspondent Joanna Kakissis and Sky News report.

As Joanna reported earlier for our Newscast Desk, Samaras' conservative New Democracy party came in first during Sunday national elections, but didn't get enough support to govern on its own. So it will share power with the Socialist PASOK and a small pro-European party — The Democratic Left.

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The Two-Way
7:27 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Two Major East Coast Bridges Will Close Today For 'Delicate Maritime Ballet'

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 1:37 pm

We don't do too many traffic reports, but this news has the potential to be both fascinating and frustrating — depending on whether you're watching from afar or stuck inside a gridlocked car:

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge that carries U.S. Route 50 traffic back-and-forth between Washington, D.C., and mid-Atlantic beaches will be closed for about 40 minutes today, starting around 1:15 p.m. ET, so that a cargo ship carrying four huge cranes can pass (safely, we hope) beneath the span.

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Local News
7:14 am
Wed June 20, 2012

PNM Customers Could See Renewable Energy Charges

Customers of New Mexico's largest utility could see the itemized costs of solar and wind energy if regulators approve the request from Public Service Company of New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports PNM supports singling out the cost of renewable energy because state regulations require PNM to produce 20 percent of electricity with those methods by 2020.

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Local News
7:14 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Group concerned about NM bear management

Conservationists are accusing state wildlife managers of trying to eliminate the black bear population in the mountains that border Albuquerque.

Sandia Mountain BearWatch contends state Game and Fish Department logs show the agency has trapped and either removed or killed 49 bears between 2010 and 2011.

The group accuses the agency of trying to remove the animals to reduce the number of nuisance calls.

The agency disputes the accusations, saying the number of bears removed or killed by vehicles stands at less than 20 for the two years.

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Local News
6:58 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Feds: 5 New Mexico residents part of license ring

Homeland Security Investigations agents have raided the homes of a Rio Rancho man and four Albuquerque residents in connection with a South Carolina-based scheme aimed at illegally obtaining New Mexico driver's licenses.

The five New Mexico residents were among 30 individuals named in federal indictments unsealed Tuesday.

According to the indictments, defendants used fake utility bills to get New Mexico driver's licenses. The state is one of two that allows illegal immigrants to obtain a driver's license.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Wed June 20, 2012

If WikiLeaks' Assange Steps Out, He's Due To Be Arrested

A British police officer stood outside the Ecuadorian consulate in London earlier today, as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remained inside.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:32 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': Philip Reeves reports

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is reportedly still inside Ecuador's embassy in London, where he showed up Tuesday and asked for political asylum.

The chances of his being able to leave there and not immediately be arrested by British authorities seem to be somewhere between slim and none.

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Europe
6:08 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Assange Seeks Asylum At Ecuador's London Embassy

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, spent the night at the embassy of Ecuador in London. Yesterday, he unexpectedly walked into the embassy and requested political asylum. Assange is seeking to avoid being extradited from Britain to Sweden, where he's wanted for questioning about allegations of sex crimes, including rape. We're joined by NPR's Phil Reeves in London. Phil, why do this now?

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