Regional
12:01 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Balderas To Ask for Arrest Of Fraudulent Auto Shop Owner

Credit Hector Balderas

  Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released an update in the Office of the Attorney General’s lawsuit against A Reliable Engine Rebuilder. Earlier this month, Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash ordered the business closed after the owner, Robert “Bobby” Mitchell, failed to appear at a hearing where he was set to explain how he would comply with a 2013 court order requiring Mr.

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Regional
11:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Free Speech Lawsuit: Farmington Man Arrested For Using Offensive Word

A New Mexico man is suing Farmington police after he says officers arrested him for using an offensive word at an IHOP.

Lawyers for Tye Trujillo filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque last month and say the June 2013 arrest violated the 32-year-old's free speech rights.

According to lawsuit, Trujillo was having lunch with three men near a table of three officers. Court documents say when the officers heard the men repeatedly use an expletive, an officer went over to the table and warned them not to use it again.

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Regional
11:56 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Santa Fe Man Arrested After Throwing Banana Peel At Comedian Dave Chappelle On Stage

Santa Fe police say a man tossed a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a show, hitting in the comedian in the leg.

Police Lt. Andrea Dobyns says 30-year-old Christian Englander of Santa Fe was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and battery after the fruit throw Monday night at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in the northern New Mexico city.

Dobyns says Englander acknowledged throwing a peel from a banana he had eaten earlier because he took offense to jokes Chappelle made about his companion.

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Regional
11:53 am
Tue March 31, 2015

What?! Texan Impersonated Police Officer To Cut In The Drive-Thru Line

A West Texas man has been charged with impersonating an officer by using sirens and flashing lights to skip to the head of the drive-thru line at a fast-food restaurant.

Odessa police say Michael Chico was arrested after an off-duty officer spotted the suspect's truck outfitted with law-enforcement trappings.

Cpl. Steve LeSueur (luh-SWEER') says Chico's vehicle looked like an unmarked police unit.

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Regional
11:52 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Groups Oppose Higher PNM Electric Rates

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A proposal by New Mexico's largest electric provider to raise its rates is running into opposition.

The water utility that serves Albuquerque and parts of Bernalillo County and an environmental group say Public Service Co. of New Mexico's application for a rate increase is incomplete and should be rejected by state regulators.

In filings this month with the Public Regulation Commission, the groups say PNM fails to offer any explanation for some of the expenses the utility is expecting in future years.

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Regional
11:50 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Grand Jury: UT Regent Wallace Hall Used His Power "To The Point Of Abuse"

Credit utsystem.edu

A grand jury has declined to indict a University of Texas regent for releasing confidential student information, instead issuing a blistering report decrying his "unaccountable and abusive behavior."

Prosecutors in Travis County, which includes Austin, asked grand jurors to consider whether Wallace Hall disseminated confidential student information during his relentless pursuit of Austin campus records.

State lawmakers already have censured Hall over his actions during a years-long personal investigation of the campus administration, including President Bill Powers.

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Local Viewpoints
11:38 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Martinez Signs Legislation Aimed At Protecting Families

Credit Office of the Governor

  Today, Governor Susana Martinez signed a series of bills to help protect New Mexico’s families. Among other things, the legislation cracks down on child prostitution, provides additional funding to help victims of violent crimes, and requires all cell phone and pager companies to issue Amber Alerts via text to their customers.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Staff At Britain's Windsor Castle May Strike Over Low Wages

Windsor Castle, home to the British monarchy for hundreds of years, was built by William the Conqueror in the 1070s, according to the monarchy's official website.
W. Buss De Agostini/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 3:36 pm

Staff at Windsor Castle, one of Britain's most popular tourists sites, begin voting Tuesday on whether to go on strike over low wages. It is the first time Queen Elizabeth is facing such an action by members of the royal household.

The union representing 120 employees at Windsor Castle — everything from wardens to ticket office personnel — will ask members to decide whether to take action.

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Music
11:15 am
Tue March 31, 2015

No Hits, No Problem: Captain Beefheart's Major Label Run

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 12:27 pm

In 1970, Warner Bros. Records had an unusual philosophy: they'd sign artists and, instead of wanting a hit single immediately, they'd develop them over several albums. This way, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Little Feat, and Randy Newman got big career boosts. They also took a chance on Captain Beefheart, and although neither a hit single nor a hit album resulted, some very interesting music did. Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has the story.

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Politics
11:15 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Alabama Judge Says Raising Money To Be Elected Is 'Tawdry'

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 12:27 pm

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. We're used to lots of political ads on TV in election season, but more and more these days, we're also seeing ads for judicial candidates.

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