Since President Trump took office more undocumented immigrants are being held in detention centers waiting for their day in court. Those that are eligible for release on bond sometimes face large amounts up to $20,000. We learn more about an El Paso group that is working to help pay those bonds for those immigrants eligible for release.
Some organizations in Texas say rural health care needs would be better met if nurse practioners were allowed to to treat patients to the extent of their training. Also, we hear about Arizona Senator John McCain's multiple attempts at immigration reform.
A new report says there was widespread abuse of immigrant children detained by U-S Customs and Border Protection between 2009 and 2014...federal officials deny the allegations. Also, New Mexico is warning residents that dry conditions may mean more encounters with wildlife, and we hear about a month long centennial celebration at a church in Deming.
Right now...none of the federal grant money for a program designed to treat opioid addiction in rural communities will go to New Mexico. We hear how one factor is that funding distribution prioritized communities with white, non-Hispanic populations. Also, we hear about a grassroots statewide effort to get paid sick leave in Texas.
Sean Roberts, Director of State Government Affairs with Code.org talks about computer science state education policy via Skype with Anthony Moreno on KRWG-TV's In Focus. (This interview was taped on 3-12-18 prior to New Mexico's Public Education Department announcement that certain computer science courses can count as a math or science credit for students in high school starting next year).
New Mexico's Public Education Department announced that high school students can take computer science for a math or science credit towards graduation starting next year. We hear via Skype from Sean Roberts with Code.org.
Research shows mandatory retention programs often do more harm than good, but the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez is once again promoting a plan to hold back students who are not performing at grade level. Also, with early voting underway in NM, commentator Peter Goodman says that attention should be paid to the state's Public Regulation Commission.
Tough talk from the Trump administraion on immigration and a border wall have given new meaning to an annual festival on the Texas-Mexico border. Residents from both sides met in the middle of the Rio Grande to reunite with family members. Also, Texas, health officials say they are doing a better job at tracking and flagging problems with the state's effort to prevent opioid overdoses, but there are still some issues to work out.
Experts told Texas lawmakers that the state needed to do a better job of providing services to children dealing with trauma and grief. We learn about politics in schools in the President Trump era with a two-part series.
With more attention given to mental health care for kids affected by Hurricane Harvey...Texas Lawmakers are inviting recommendations on how to help children across the state facing similar issues, and an important part of American history takes the stage this week in Santa Fe.
The US is exporting more crude oil than ever before, much from the Permian Basin in New Mexico and Texas, a new report urges New Mexico CYFD to spend $20 million from a federal grant to help families teetering between qualifying for childhood assistance and getting ahead.
The trade releationship between the U.S. and China may be strained due to new tariffs, but Houston is going the opposite way. Also, we get a profile of Gavin Clarkson, Republican candidate for the Second Congressional District of New Mexico.
Doña Ana County votes not to expand transit services to Hatch, Los Alamos National Laboratory is retaining only part of an important federal contract, and commentator Peter Goodman reflects on what he's learned during his years of writing columns.
An El Paso Congressman continues to travel across Texas in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Ted Cruz, and with early voting underway for New Mexico's primary election, commentator Walt Rubel shares his thoughts on a controversy involving local races.
Nearly 100 years ago an oil well called the Santa Rita Number One hit crude in West Texas helping further establish an industry that still shapes our country today. We meet one man who is working to preserve that drilling history.
The Texas Attorney General has announced another prosecution in a case of illegal voting. We hear from an expert who says politics may be behind the move, and we hear how coffee drinks, fruit juices, and sodas may lead to health problems.
We hear how a lawsuit against the DACA program may cost Texas a major business deal, and according to Mexican census data there are a quarter of a million people living in the country who were born in the United States, but haven't been officially registered in either country. We meet one woman who was born in Phoenix but living in Mexico.
While educators around the country strike for better pay, teachers in Austin want better working conditions. Also, we hear how the Santa Fe Opera is giving students a chance to compose, design, and perform their own opera.
A new dual language public charter school is projected to open in Las Cruces next year. Commentator Peter Goodman questions the handling of a sexual harassment case in the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department.
Family Friendly New Mexico has been working to recognize businesses that adopt and implement what they describe as "family-friendly" policies. Founder and Director Giovanna Rossi speaks with Anthony Moreno about the group's mission.
Outdoor industry leaders across the West met in Las Cruces for the first New Mexico Outdoor Economics conference. As Michael Hernandez reports, public lands benefit visitors and the businesses that rely on them.
University of New Mexico researchers won two grants to study human papilloma virus, or HPV, and design new ways to measure and treat infections. May Ortega reports how discrimination and stress on pregnant women affects their babies.