The Two-Way
9:43 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The Message On Ebola: Don't Panic

Dr. Edward Goodman, epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where the unnamed Ebola patient was first admitted, at a news conference on Tuesday.
LM Otero AP

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Following the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control, major news organizations have weighed in. While the development is a concern, the basic message seems to be this: don't panic.

NPR's Richard Harris on Morning Edition:

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Regional
9:16 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Prosecutor Wants Sheriff's Office Declared Vacant

A court is being asked to declare that the office of a northern New Mexico sheriff is vacant because he was convicted of abusing a driver during a traffic stop.

Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella was convicted Friday of pulling his gun on a driver and violating the driver's civil rights.

Rodella's attorney has said Rodella won't resign, and District Attorney Angela "Spence" Pacheco on Tuesday asked the state District Court to declare that Rodella's position automatically became vacant upon his conviction.

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Regional
9:07 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New Mexico Hopes 'Singing Road' Curbs Speeding

New Mexico transportation officials are hoping an experiment along historic Route 66 will curb speeding.

Tigress Productions is creating a 'singing road' between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed Crowd Control. The show will debut in November.

The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed.

There are only a few such 'singing roads' in the world.

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Regional
9:04 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Ranchers Ask Court To Block Fencing To Aid Mouse

New Mexico ranchers are asking a federal judge to block the Forest Service from fencing off riparian areas in two national forests to protect the habitat of a tiny mouse.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the requested temporary restraining order would apply to fencing in the Lincoln and Santa Fe national forests.

The request was filed by the same individual ranchers and groups which previously filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

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Shots - Health News
9:03 am
Wed October 1, 2014

5 Things We Learned From New Database Of Payments To Doctors

ProPublica

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 9:07 am

The federal government unveiled data Tuesday detailing 4.4 million payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

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Regional
9:01 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Governor Wins Challenge Over Green Building Codes

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal challenge over her administration's repeal of "green" building standards implemented when Democrat Bill Richardson was governor.

The state Court of Appeals last week upheld a decision by the state Construction Industries Commission to revamp building codes.

The court had set aside a commission attempt in 2011 to overhaul the Richardson administration's building requirements for energy efficiency.

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Regional
8:56 am
Wed October 1, 2014

A Unique Partnership In Doña Ana County Helps Students Complete Their Education

In Southern New Mexico, a unique partnership between a local public school district and a District Attorney’s Office is taking on truancy.   It’s preparing students to not only complete the GED test, but also giving them the resources to prepare for life afterwards. 

On a weekday morning, a few high school students are waiting for their teacher to arrive.  But there are no school bells sounding outside of this classroom. These students are attending a truancy school in the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.   

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Regional
8:32 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Burglaries Spike In Central Dona Ana County Neighborhoods

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say they have seen a growing trend in the number of reported burglaries since July in certain Doña Ana County communities, and are warning residents to take precautions that could prevent them from becoming a victim of a crime.  According to the reports, the number of burglaries has nearly tripled in Districts 2 and 4, compared to other districts patrolled by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office.  District 2 includes North Valley communities such as Doña Ana, Fairacres, Shalem Colony and Picacho Hills, which are located west of Interstate 25 between R

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Regional
8:27 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sexual Assault Victims File Suit Against New Mexico Halfway House, Super 8 Motel Owner

Three former residents of an Alamogordo halfway house have filed suit against the owners and managers of New Life Recovery House for Women and the Alamogordo Super 8 Motel, on the grounds that Super 8 franchisee Vimal Chevdawala and New Life “house mother” Cindy Hannan conspired to force the women to endure sexual assault in order to stay out of prison.

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Book News: Roxane Gay's Got A Brand-New Bag — The Butter

Roxane Gay has said that she'll be making a "concerted effort" to publish people of color and queer writers.
Jay Grabiec

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 8:12 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Come Oct. 15, author Roxane Gay will be adding a bit of flavor to The Toast. The website, co-founded by Nicole Cliffe and Mallory Ortberg, announced Tuesday that it has brought Gay on board to head up a sister site called, naturally, The Butter.

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