Regional
9:27 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Martinez Appoints Deming Republican To Judgeship

Office of the Governor

 

 Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Deming lawyer Jarod Hofacket to a judgeship in southern New Mexico.

Martinez announced the appointment on Friday.

Hofacket at least temporarily fills a vacancy created by the retirement of District Judge Gary Jeffreys in the 6th Judicial District of Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties. However, the winner of the general election will end up serving on the court.

Hofacket is among two Republicans seeking their party's nomination in the primary election. Two Democrats also are running for the judgeship.

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Regional
9:24 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Hikers Rescued Near Wildfire

usda.gov

The New Mexico National Guard came to the rescue of six hikers who apparently got disoriented due to smoke from a raging wildfire in the southwestern part of the state.  A guard spokesman says the hikers were spotted Friday and one of them had an injured knee and had to be taken to safety by a ground ambulance.

The other four hikers were able to walk out of the Turkey Canyon area about 50 miles south of Silver City.

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Regional
9:23 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Martinez Urges Fire Precautions

 

Gov. Susana Martinez is urging New Mexicans to use common sense this holiday weekend to avoid sparking new wildfires.

A massive blaze is raging in the Gila National Forest, but the number of fires on state and private land is down from last year.

Martinez and other state officials on Friday reminded New Mexicans to exercise caution with camp fires, and never walk away from a fire that's smoldering. Motorists should pull over only on developed areas along roads rather than in grass, which can catch fire from a vehicle's exhaust system.

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Regional
9:22 am
Sat May 26, 2012

NM Official In Bribes Case Avoids Jail

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico jail officer who authorities said took cash from inmates to let them out has avoided jail time.

Vincent Peele was sentenced Friday to five years of probation and 500 hours of community service for taking bribes from inmate to get them out of jail and into a house arrest program.

The 50-year-old Peele, who served as the coordinator and court liaison for the community custody program at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque, pleaded guilty in December to three counts of bribery. He originally faced 49 charges.

The Salt
5:49 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Soft-Shell Lobsters So Soon? It's A Mystery In Maine

Lobster boats in Maine have been pulling up soft-shell lobsters strangely early in the season.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 8:52 am

April and May are fairly quiet times for Maine lobstermen and women, with the height of the summer season still a couple of months away. This year, strange things are happening on the ocean floor. Many of the lobsters have prematurely shed their hard shells, and lobstermen are hauling large numbers of soft-shelled lobsters much earlier than usual.

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Sports
5:49 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Sports: Ice, Hoops And Rackets

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 8:52 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. And I wait all week to say: time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIMON: The Stanley Cup finals are set - left versus right, a frequent flier bonanza. The NBA playoffs feature a thrilling matchup between Texas and Oklahoma, the Old Hands versus the Young Guns. And tennis, red, dusty and with a side of frites - the French Open opens. Here to talk about all of it, NPR Tom Goldman,

Morning, Tom.

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Europe
5:49 am
Sat May 26, 2012

At Eurovision 2012, Politics Take The Stage

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 8:52 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The annual kitsch contest known as the Eurovision Song Contest takes place later today. It's always held in the home country of the previous year's winner. This time, it's authoritarian Azerbaijan in central Asia. So it's been hard to avoid politics at what's supposed to be a nonpolitical event. Vicki Barker reports on both the contest and the context.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WATERLINE")

JEDWARD: (Singing) Oh, I am close to the waterline.

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Politics
5:49 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Harvard Diversity Stats Put Warren In Hot Seat Again

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 8:52 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate and Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren continues to be dogged by the question of if she has claimed American Indian heritage. Yesterday, in the wake of new allegations, Republican Senator Scott Brown accused Professor Warren of misleading Harvard about her Native American ethnicity. From member station WBUR in Boston, Fred Thys reports.

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Politics
5:49 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Reading Between The Polls: What Voters Should Watch

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 8:52 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

As we just heard from Ari, early polling can do much to shape political campaigns, but voters who are just trying to follow the debate, polls and surveys can seem contradictory and confusing. To help us see through some of the fog of polling, we're joined now by Michael Dimock. He's the associate director for research at the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C. Thanks for being with us.

MICHAEL DIMOCK: Thank you.

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