The Two-Way
8:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Wildfires Destroy Homes, Force Evacuations In Calif.

A photo from Sunday sows a wildfire as it approaches the shore of Bass Lake, Calif. Several blazes are being fueled by record-drought conditions.
Darvin Atkeson AP

The largest of several wildfires in California, the so-called King Fire in the Sierra Nevada forest northeast of San Francisco, is threatening 1,600 homes as it continues to spread almost unchecked.

According to the latest information, the King Fire, one of several that California firefighters are battling, has engulfed nearly 13,000 acres – or about 20 square miles — and is only 5 percent contained.

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Regional
7:55 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tropical Storm Brings More Rain To The Area

 

Flash flood watches are in effect for most of New Mexico as remnants from Tropical Storm Odile move through the state and are expected to bring heavy rain throughout the week.

Weather radar shows large storm clusters over the state Wednesday morning, generally moving the southwest toward the northeast.

Five-day National Weather Service forecasts call for 2 to 5 inches in southern New Mexico, with up to 8 inches in the southwestern and south-central mountain regions.

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Regional
7:51 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Hobbs Lab Now Capable Of Firearms Forensic Testing

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety says its laboratory in Hobbs is now capable of doing forensic analysis on firearms.

The lab can also test cartridge cases, make bullet comparisons, restore serial numbers and do other examinations related to firearms.

Agency officials say the lab's new capabilities will mirror those offered in Santa Fe and will help expedite cases around the state that involve firearms.

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Regional
7:44 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NMSU Fall Enrollment Down

New Mexico State University says fall enrollment is down more than 5 percent from the previous year.

The university released the numbers Tuesday. They show nearly 26,700 students enrolled throughout the NMSU system as of Sept. 5.

At the Las Cruces campus, more than 15,800 students were enrolled for the fall. That represents a 5.6 percent decrease from 2013.

The vice president for student affairs and enrollment, Bernadette Montoya, says the university had several large classes early during the economic downturn and those students are now leaving with degrees.

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NPR Ed
7:14 am
Wed September 17, 2014

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:56 am

It was an ordinary Friday. Courtney Brown, 24, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was busy looking for a job. "I've applied all kinds of places," she says. "Wal-Mart, Target, Verizon Wireless."

Then she got a strange letter in the mail. "'We are writing you with good news,'" she reads to me over the phone. "'We got rid of some of your Everest College debt ... no one should be forced to mortgage their future for an education.'"

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The Two-Way
6:38 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

U.S. cartoonist Alison Bechdel works in her studio at the castle of Civitella Ranieri in central Italy on Sept. 2.
Riccardo De Luca Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The winners of the MacArthur "Genius Grant" awards were announced Wednesday morning, and include poet Terrance Hayes, playwright Samuel D. Hunter, poet and Arabic translator Khaled Mattawa and cartoonist and memoirist Alison Bechdel. Bechdel is the creator of the cartoon strip Dykes to Watch Out For and author of the graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother? Bechdel spoke with NPR by email on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Two-Way
6:32 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Police Hunt For Armed 'Survivalist' In Pa. Trooper Shooting

Authorities have identified a suspect in last week's shooting death of a state trooper and the critical wounding of another officer at a police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, warning the public to be on the lookout for a heavily armed man described as a "survivalist."

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect, Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

House Could Vote On $500 Million To Arm, Train Syrian Rebels

House Speaker John Boehner has expressed cautious support for the White House plan. He and other House GOP leaders are backing a measure to authorize the arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:50 am

Updated at 8:35 a.m. ET

President Obama will meet today with military officials at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., to discuss the fight against the militants calling themselves the Islamic State, as House lawmakers prepare for a vote to authorize training for moderate rebels to oppose the extremist group.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NMSU Researchers Study Coyotes And Kit Foxes At White Sands National Monument

A curious coyote discovers one of the cameras used in NMSU’s study to determine whether kit foxes are in harm’s way. (NMSU photo provided by Gary Roemer)

  Take a stroll through the unique gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument and you might come across paw prints belonging to a kit fox or coyote.

These two predators coexist in an extreme form of competition called intraguild predation. When two predators compete for the same prey, the larger often kills and may even consume the smaller predator. This is a phenomenon familiar with sharks, spiders, hyenas and many other animals. In this case, the coyote is the predator of the kit fox.

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World
5:19 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Royal Canadian Air Force Tries To Keep Aging Fleet Flying

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 5:46 am

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