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Senate Passes Budget Resolution Seen As Key To Trump's Tax Overhaul

Senate Republicans passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint late Thursday by a narrow 51-49 vote, with Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul joining Democrats in opposing the measure considered a key step in forward on President Trump's promises of a tax overhaul. The White House praised the bill, saying it "creates a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy through tax reform and tax cuts." Politico writes: "The budget resolution does include a decade of proposed spending cuts and...

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New Mexico Senators Advocate For Nuclear Oversight Board

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Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing to ensure a federal oversight panel will have the resources it needs to continue monitoring operations at national laboratories and other nuclear sites around the country.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have proposed as part of a major defense spending bill that the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board report to Congress each year on what additional resources are needed to ensure that operations at Sandia and Los Alamos labs are safe.

Man In Killing Of Navajo Nation Girl Set To Be Sentenced

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault in the death of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation is set to be sentenced.

Tom Begaye is scheduled Friday to receive life in prison for the May 2016 killing on the Navajo Nation that prompted calls to expand the Amber Alert system and the death penalty to U.S. tribal communities.

State of Change: Building A Resilient New Mexico

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Dr. Chris Erickson

As part of our series "State of Change: Building A Resilient New Mexico," we spoke with New Mexico State University economist Dr. Chris Erickson.

Topics include New Mexico's "closing fund" used to attract new businesses and help existing ones expand, the state's film and television production subsidy, Spaceport America, New Mexico's tax system, and the importance of education in advancing economic development efforts.

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Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall is defending public lands – in particular, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – from provisions in the Republicans’ proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would open these special places to development. A provision snuck in the budget proposal, which is being debated on the Senate floor now, would allow 1.5 million acres of the Arctic refuge’s pristine coastal plain to be auctioned off to the highest bidder to sell oil and pay for a tax cut for millionaires and billionaires. 

Leora Zeitlin

Concert season is in full swing this week at NMSU, and swinging is just what will happen when the Jazz Ensembles, directed by Dr. Frank “Pancho” Romero, perform on Friday night. The concert is called “Big Phat Band: The Music of Gordon Goodwin” and will feature the music and arrangements of the acclaimed composer, conductor, and leader of the “Big Phat Band.” Romero came to KRWG to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about Goodwin, the upcoming concert, and jazz activities at NMSU. The concert is part of the ‘Autumn Overture” series this month that showcases top NMSU student ensembles.

Heinrich Introduces Budget Amendment To Stop Republican Effort To Sell Off Public Lands

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Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced an amendment to strip language (Title II Section 2001) in the Fiscal Year 2018 Republican budget resolution that provides fast-track authority to sell off America’s public lands. The budget resolution is currently being considered on the Senate floor.

Day Care Workers In Toddlers' Hot-Car Death Get Travel Grant

14 hours ago

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge will allow two former New Mexico daycare owners charged with leaving two children in a hot car to travel out of state.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports State District Judge Donna Mowrer granted the travel request for 31-year-old Sandi Taylor and 62-year-old Mary Taylor for a doctor's appointment and a Christmas vacation.

Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims To Prevent Western Wildfires

15 hours ago
usda.gov

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires rage across California and the West, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires.

A bill sponsored by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize hundreds of millions in new spending to help at-risk communities prevent wildfires and create a pilot program to cut down trees in the most fire-prone areas.

Body Discovered Near Valley Drive In Las Cruces

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Las Cruces police are investigating the discovery of a body found Thursday morning near the 300 block of north Valley Drive.

Sometime before 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, a person working in the area discovered the body in an undeveloped lot near Fire Station 3 and Branigan Park. Investigators are trying to determine the identity, cause of death and how long the body has been there.

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  Commentary: Las Cruces, N.M. - Today, over a dozen courageous and fearless immigrant leaders from the NM Dream Team were supposed to meet with  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (NM - District 2) to demand he support the Dream Act 2017 –Congress’ best permanent solution to protect immigrant youth and families.

Stephanie Ly-AFT NM President / aft photo

Commentary: Santa Fe – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

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Commentary: In late July, some Doña Ana County Sheriff's Deputies played in a basketball tournament in Las Vegas, which you and I helped pay for.

All Natural, Award Winning, and striving for Zero Waste

Oct 15, 2017

Commentary: She is a poster child for Zero Waste; Dr. joni newcomer [sic], is a big fan and promoter of “PeopleTowels” - teeny little cloth towels you carry to wipe your hands, instead of using disposable paper towels. In restaurants, she always carries in PeopleTowels to avoid using disposable paper napkins provided by restaurants; and she carries in her own carryout box, so she does not use styrofoam or any other disposable product provided for takeaway foods.

Commentary: As a boy, I was fascinated and horrified by news on the television about tornadoes in the Midwest, typhoons in Asia, flooding in India, and especially earthquakes around the world. I remember being glued to the set when the 1985 earthquake hit Mexico City killing thousands of people, and feeling deep sorrow for the victims. Having grown up in northern New Mexico at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the only natural disasters I ever witnessed were blizzards and a little flooding. I always wondered what an earthquake experience would be like. In 1993, I finally found out.

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