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This week on New Mexico in Focus, senior producer Matt Grubs catches up with Congresswoman Deb Haaland. The freshman congresswoman has been outspoken on the need for greater investigation into missing and murdered Native women and speaks frankly about how she feels law enforcement needs to prioritize such cases. She also addresses the need for more robust broadband access throughout New Mexico.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel take on the announcement, made shortly after the congresswoman was in the NMiF studio for the above interview, that Rep. Haaland was named as co-chair for presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. The Line opinion panelists also discuss how charter schools, especially in New Mexico’s larger cities, are adjusting to the reduction of funds that came with the state legislature’s adjustment of a 40-year-old funding formula for small schools. For the final topic, The Line looks at new numbers from the Albuquerque Police Department that show crime statistics have not decreased nearly as much as originally reported.

Gene Grant

Matt Grubs

Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Congressional District 1

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Michael Barrio, executive director, Prosperity Works
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies and The Well Woman Show (KUNM)