The federal government has opened a tent court on the border in Laredo, TX to hear asylum cases. Also, a new report from a watchdog group says that the U.S. government is having a difficult time meting mental health needs of migrant children who were separated from their parents.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is declining to join a tentative settlement agreement over the role OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis. The Centers for Disease Control is urging people not to use e-cigarettes, we hear from a state health official to learn more about efforts to curb vaping. Also, we get a commentary that calls for a time to re-evaluate after this recent September 11th.
New Mexico State Legislative Democratic leaders say they will wait until Senator Richard Martinez's drunken driving case is resolved to see if he will keep the chair of the judiciary committee. The next presidential debate is important for two Texans running in the Democratic primary. Also, we get a commentary on important issues facing elected officials in Doña Ana County.
The Trump Administration saw a 30 percent drop in the number of people apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border. Asylum seekers at an El Paso center have been on a hunger strike for over two months, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick says he wants to close a gun sale loophole. Also, we hear from people in London who share thoughts on Boris Johnson's actions to suspend Parliament.
Millions of dollars for projects at New Mexico military bases will be diverted to build President Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democratic state lawmakers held joint news conferences across Texas Wednesday urging Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session to address gun violence after recent deadly mass shootings. Also, a commentary on challenges and opportunities with municipal elections this year.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott hosted his second Safety Commission roundtable talk Thursday in El Paso. The EPA recently announced a major rollback of rules aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure. Also, we get a commentary on President Trump's latest international controversy.
Only 17 percent of U.S. workers have paid family leave benefits through their employers and child advocates in Texas say that is a major problem. After a recent debate by local officials on the best ways to coexist with our desert environment, commentator Walt Rubel says he is considering a truce with a long-rooted nemesis in his backyard.
A legislative report says that low take-home pay may impact the hiring and retaining of qualified state workers in New Mexico. The Texas Tribune is reporting that the alleged gunman in the El Paso mass shooting bought his weapon from Romania and had it shipped to a Texas gun store. Also, undocumented immigrants who survived the El Paso mass shooting may be eligible for a special visa designed to protect crime victims.
The federal government is ramping up its policy of having asylum seekers wait out their cases in Mexico. Also, experts say that after a mass shooting immediate mental care is needed for survivors and the broader community, especially when specific people are targeted.
A new study finds vaping can damage blood vessels. Also, a commentary on the news of Las Cruces Public Schools getting a new leader next month after Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing resigned and appears to be poised to sue the district.
Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar says the number migrants crossings at the border are dropping. New Mexico launches a campaign to encourage people to take part in the U.S. Census. Also, an art exhibit in Santa Fe aims to heal some deep cultural wounds in New Mexico.
New Mexico State Senator Richard Martinez says he will not resign and plans to run after being charged with an aggravated DWI, and we learn more about a spinal disorder that over 3 million people are diagnosed with every year.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began a series of public safety discussions on how to prevent mass shootings. Also, we learn more about Dr. Ryan Stewart, new leader of the New Mexico Public Education Department. KUNM's Hannah Colton has more on Dr. Stewart's meeting with educators this month. Support for KUNM's Public Health New Mexico project comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The McCune Charitable Foundation, and from KUNM listeners.