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First News: State Lawmakers are looking at balancing the economic benefits of expanding Medicaid in its first years against a possible higher state cost possibly arriving in 2020. (listen)
(KSFR) - A committee of state lawmakers is studying whether expanding Medicaid would be affordable in a few years. An analysis of the proposed federal expansion shows that it would cost the state nothing in the initial years of providing service to an additional 170,000 New Mexicans. The expansion would also generate more tax revenue. But the analysis also says that when the 100 percent federal ends in 2020, the cost to New Mexico could rise by an extra $20 million. Gov. Martinez still has not decided whether to participate in the new program.

New Mexico Gas Company says it's much better prepared this year to handle a deep-freeze cold snap like the state had in 2011. That was when thousands of New Mexicans went without heat after gas lines froze and demand outpaced supply. The company has told the Public Regulation Commission it has fixed one of the big problems of 2011 -- getting gas from other states when local supplies are disrupted.;

A nonprofit group from Missouri says it may longer be interested in buying the old St. Catherine's Indian School in Santa Fe. Agents for the group named Hope 4 Today tell the Journal North that existing liens against the property led them to take a step back. The property is owned by developer Max Tofoya who faces a bank note and liens from a real estate agent.

Our state's lottery scholarship program is facing a serious funding shortfall and could run dry by fiscal year 2014. Using money from lottery ticket sales, the program has provided funds for eligible New Mexico students to attend the state's universities and community colleges. Since inception in 1996, an increasing number of students have sought the scholarship monies while, in recent years, overall lottery sales have declined. Some $60 million went out this year and lottery projections now forecast only $40 million being available for next year. The matter is likely to be a focus of the 2013 60-day session of the state legislature.

Tomorrow, various collection sites around Santa Fe will accept expired or unused prescription drugs with no questions asked. It's part of the DEA's Drug Take Back Day at thousands of sites across America. The federal agency says prescription drug abuse outpaces abuse with illicit street drugs such as heroin and cocaine. A number of recent studies have shown the problem is particularly acute here in New Mexico. Santa Fe police will oversee collection tomorrow at WalMart from 10AM to 2PM. New Mexico State police will do likewise at their office on Cerrillos Road. The third location is at the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office.

Next Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, Santa Fe Community College and KSFR will host a presidential debate-watching event on a big screen with post-debate discussion moderated by KSFR News Director Bill Dupuy. The free, open-to-the-public event begins at 7 p.m and will take place in the college's Jemez Room.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny skies today and for the weekend. Daytime highs in the low 70s with overnight lows in the mid 40s. A 20% chance for isolated showers today and Saturday, decreasing to just 10% Sunday.
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