Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Dead Heat? - ]]>
By: Joey Peters
 A national poll putting the race between incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic Party challenger Gary King at a dead heat is making waves this week in the state's political landscape.

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<![CDATA[What happened at WIPP? - State legislators look for answers about leak in underground facility]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
What do the OJ Simpson murder trial and a nuclear waste leak in southern New Mexico have in common? A single glove. ]]>
<![CDATA[Nurses Strike Threat Sneaks Up - Labor talks between Christus St. Vincent management and nurses' union were relativley silent—until now]]>
By: Justin Horwath
For months, labor negotiations between the union that represents Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center caregivers and the hospital's management have been shrouded in silence. That silence is s]]>
<![CDATA[Not criminal but not legal? - Ballot initiative on city pot rules could leave enforcement options]]>
By: Joey Peters
Marsha Garcia and three others canvassed last week for a citywide ballot initiative to lessen the city’s penalties for small possession of marijuana.]]>
<![CDATA[Speech Lockdown - Is Corrections Department policy about social media a constitutional violation?]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
The New Mexico Department of Corrections is rethinking its social media and internet access policy for thousands of inmates after being warned that it likely violates constitutional rights to free speech.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Department Eases Proposed Medical Pot Rules - The state may backtrack on controversial new medical marijuana regulations]]>
By: Joey Peters

Patients and producers appear to have made strides in their objections to rule controversial rule changes proposed for the state's Medical Cannabis Program.


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<![CDATA[Strike Possible After Nurse Union Committee Rejects Hospital Offer - Union nurses with Christus St. Vincent plan vote for Sunday]]>
By: Justin Horwath
An 11-member negotiating committee representing a nurse union voted unanimously to reject a final contract proposal from Christus St. Vincent management, possibly provoking a strike by local nurses.]]>
<![CDATA[Green Peace - ]]>
By: Joey Peters
As of press time, the Reducing Marijuana Penalties initiative was on track to submit required signatures to launch a marijuana decriminalization ballot initiative in Santa Fe this fall.
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<![CDATA[Singing in the Rain - Santa Fe teens dreams of shot at American Idol]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Gray skies and rain haven’t stopped people from chasing their rock star dreams in New Mexico today. Nearly a thousand people are braving the wet weather  and standing in long lines to audition]]>
<![CDATA[Tobacco Taboo - Councilor wants to ban smoking in Santa Fe parks]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Councilors approved a law change that makes smoking e-cigarettes unlawful in the same public establishments where smoking cigarettes is prohibited.
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<![CDATA[LEAD Off - Alternative incarceration program aims to help opiate addicts kick the habit and stop stealing stuff]]>
By: Joey Peters
If numbers are telling, then Santa Fe’s program to give drug addicts a second chance is off to a slow start. One year after its green light from City Council, just five clients are enrolled in the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program (LEAD). ]]>
<![CDATA[Unpublished City Memo Outlines Security Camera Woes - The June 16 memo never went public ]]>
By: Justin Horwath

 The city's top Information Technology and Telecommunications official told a council committee almost a month ago that "unforeseen flaws" and "problems" were cropping up in a lucrative bid to install security cameras at parks and parking lots across Santa Fe.

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<![CDATA[Javier's First 100 Days - Mayor Gonzales reflects on first three months in office]]>
By: Joey Peters
Mayor Javier Gonzales delivers the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office in a letter to the city today. ]]>
<![CDATA[Crunch-Time For Marijuana Decriminalization Effort - ]]>
By: Joey Peters
Two advocacy organizations are in the midst of a crunch-time push to get a marijuana decriminalization effort on the Santa Fe city ballot this November. ]]>
<![CDATA[US Attorney: Cannabis Patients Won't Face Checkpoint Drama - Drugged driving is still risky]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
New Mexico medical marijuana patients won't face prosecution for traveling through U.S. Customs and Border Patrol checkpoints according to New Mexico United States Attorney Damon Martinez.]]>
<![CDATA[Big Brother is NOT watching - More than a year later, surveillance project remains incomplete]]>
By: Justin Horwath
It’s been over a year since Santa Fe entered into a $253,000 contract with a private company to provide video surveillance at 15 sites across the city.]]>
<![CDATA[Lopsided - Gary King’s path to governor is long and rocky]]>
By: Joey Peters
Gary King needs to raise half the amount of what his opponent has in her treasure chest to have a chance of knocking her out of office this fall. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hating It - Public comments on proposed medical cannabis program changes flood Department of Health]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Hundreds of New Mexico medical marijuana patients, producers and program advocates continue to voice dissent to what could be the state's most sweeping rule changes since 2010. ]]>
<![CDATA[State Denies Protest Of Common Core-aligned Testing Contract - Pearson will keep its contract with PARCC for now]]>
By: Joey Peters
New Mexico's purchasing agent has not found any problems with the way the state Public Education Department awarded a lucrative contract for a Common Core standardized test.]]>
<![CDATA[Verbal Judo - SFR’s inaugural interview with Santa Fe’s new police chief Eric Garcia]]>
By: Justin Horwath
All it takes is a brief conversation to sense personality differences between the Santa Fe Police Department’s new chief and his predecessor.
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