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Udall returning from Senate trip to Afghanistan(Podcast)
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-- April 9, 1 p.m. -- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico says he'll be returning to the United States this weekend after a congressional fact-finding trip to Afghanistan. Even after his visit, Udall says he's still unsure about U.S. involvement in that country. He says he that he and other members of the delegation met with Afghan Pres. Hamed Karzai. They told Karzai he should clean up the corruption in his country if the Taleban is to be defeated. ***

-- 10 a.m. -- A climatologist for the state of Oklahoma says global warming could have a catastrophic effect on areas of the southwest that were part of the Dust Bowl during the 1930s. That includes northeastern New Mexico. Gary McManus tells USA Today that droughts could become longer and more acute as weather patterns shift. He says the region's climate is so dry, even in the best of times, that just a small increase in average temperatures could quickly cause critical amounts of moisture in the soil to evaporate.

-- 7 a.m. -- Top Democratic leaders are calling for State Public Regulation Commissioner Carol Sloan to resign. She was found guilty yesterday of two felonies; aggravated battery and aggravated burglary. She could face up to 12 years in prison when sentenced on May 20th. Prosecutors say Sloan attacked a woman with a rock after accusing her of having an affair with her husband. Sloan was seeking re-election to the PRC in the June primary, but state law says no one convicted of a felony can be elected to public office. Sloan can serve out her current term unless she is impeached. Top democratic and republican figures are calling for her to resign.

The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against PNM and the San Juan Coal Company over alleged pollution of groundwater in the Four Corners Area. The online New Mexico Independent says the suit alleges that the companies dumped ash and sludge from a PNM power station into unlined pits at the San Juan mine. The suit says the dumping is responsible for unsafe levels of arsenic, lead and other toxins. State officials say they're aware of the groundwater pollution, but they're not sure of its cause.

Federal stimulus funds wil be used to erect four cell phone towers on the San Ildefonso Pueblo. The plan calls for the towers to range in height from 60 to 500 feet. The New Mexican reports that the more than $1 million federal grant will also allow the pueblo to buy networking equipment to serve an additional 2,400 homes with broadband, cell and other wireless services. Services will be available to residents both on and off the pueblo.
San Ildefonso Pueblo has received more than $1 million in stimulus money to expand.

How to get a job in the film industry in New Mexico will be the subject of a town hall meeting in Albuquerque tomorrow. The Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries is organizing the session, where New Mexicans can find out about training and job opportunities. Council Chairman Michael Kaye tells KSFR that film crews organized in the state already employ some 1,500 residents. That town hall Saturday will be at the Central New Mexico Workforce Training Center.

Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has proposed a $2,500-a--job tax credit as an incentive for small businesses to make hires. That and other proposals were unveiled Thursday as part of Denish's unopposed campaign for the democratic nomination for governor in the June primary. The Lt. Govenor also said she supports giving a preference to New Mexico-based small businesses seeking governmental contracts.

New Mexico's Office of the Attorney General has a new executive officer on its staff. AG Gary King has appointed Elizabeth Glenn as Deputy Attorney General. Glenn is an 18 year employee with the office and has served as its Civil Division Director.

A new Youth Transition Facility bearing the name of New Mexico's First Lady will be unveiled later today in Santa Fe. The Barbara Richardson Transitional Living Facility, located on Airport Road, will be dedicated at 5PM. The first lady and Governor Bill Richardson will be in attendance.

Violence along border regions in New Mexico and neighboring states has been long attributed to drug cartels in Mexico. The Associated Press is reporting that US Intelligence officials now say that Cuidad Juarez, across our border south of Las Cruces, has seen one drug kingpin emerge victorious over his rivals. Joaquin Guzman and his "Sinaloa" cartel are believed to be in full charge of drug trafficking routes infiltrating southern New Mexico and Texas. The drug cartel is the world's largest and Guzman has been listed by Forbes magazine as one of the world's top billionaires.

Weather for Santa Fe...sunny skies with highs in the upper 60s today and through the weekend. Overnight lows in the low-to-mid 30s.

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