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Luis Valentino resignation, Charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran, Heroin addiction in NM

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Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Luis Valentino resigned this week. On the next New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists debate the latest news in the APS administration scandal this summer that received both local and national attention.

The Line will also discuss the announcement late last week that New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a criminal complaint with 64 charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Duran is accused of tapping campaign funds for personal use at casinos around the state. The charges against Duran include fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. She has vowed to fight the charges in court and Democratic leaders in the New Mexico House are already talking about a potential impeachment.

Heroin addiction is a rising concern across the United States, including here in New Mexico. In part two of our series on heroin addiction and treatment, correspondent Stan Wilson looks at new partnerships between law enforcement and the medical community that aim to address heroin and opiate addiction in our state.

GUESTS:
Joey Peters, senior reporter at NM Political Report
Damon Martinez, US District Attorney for the District of New Mexico
Paul Roth, MD, UNM Health Sciences Center

LINE PANELISTS:
Dan Foley, former NM House Minority Whip
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
Laura Sanchez-Rivet, Sanchez Legal Solutions

CORRESPONDENTS:
Sarah Gustavus
Stan Wilson

HOST:
Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 910 airs September 4, 2015

APS Administration Scandal, Antonia Gonzales on Animas River Spill, Heroin Addiction in NM

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On the next New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the many sides of a scandal in the administration of Albuquerque Public Schools. We now know that deputy superintendent Jason Martinez, who resigned late last week, is facing felony charges in two cases in Colorado. One count against Martinez involves children under the age of 13. Martinez had not completed a background check and fingerprinting before he started working for the district. APS superintendent Dr. Luis Valentino, who has only been on the job a few months, says he did not know about the charges against Martinez but Karen Rudys, the interim assistant superintendent for HR, says she notified Dr. Valentino multiple times that Martinez had not completed a background check.

We will also learn how the Navajo Nation has responded in recent weeks to the toxic wastewater spill in the Animas River. Antonia Gonzales, anchor and producer of National Native News, joins us in studio to share the insights from her recent reporting on the impact of the spill.

Heroin addiction is a rising concern across the United States, including here in New Mexico. Our newest NMIF correspondent Stan Wilson sits down with two local advocates to talk about how heroin and opiate addiction has impacted their lives and what steps can be taken to provide more intervention and treatment options for New Mexicans who are addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers.

GUESTS:
Antonia Gonzales, National Native News
Demian Rubalcaba – Center for Family and Adolescent Research
Harris Silver, MD – retired from UNMH, drug policy analyst and advocate

LINE PANELISTS:
Dede Feldman, former New Mexico state senator
Dan Foley, former New Mexico House Minority Whip
Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
Laura Sanchez-Riv├ęt, attorney – Sanchez Legal Solutions

CORRESPONDENTS:
Sarah Gustavus
Stan Wilson

HOST:
Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 909 airs August 28, 2015