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Guns in Schools, ‘Rust’ Charge Dropped & Turning Climate Concern into Action

This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and The Line Opinion Panel unpack the recent arrest of an Albuquerque teenager police say brought two firearms onto school property. Gene asks why the teen is still being held in jail and the growing number of firearm-related incidents at schools in Albuquerque. Then, the panel discusses a new report alleging dozens of instances of abuse and neglect by developmental disability caretakers. Gene asks if the state’s system for investigating those claims stands up. Finally, The Line reacts to a decision from prosecutors in the ‘Rust’ filmset shooting dropping the involuntary manslaughter charge against Alec Baldwin. The charge was dismissed without prejudice meaning prosecutors could refile it. Gene asks the panel if that’s a realistic possibility.   

This year was grim in the New Mexico Legislature for action on climate change. Lawmakers passed very few bills and those that did get through fell under Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s veto pen. This week, Our Land Senior Producer Laura Paskus got together with the leaders of three nonprofits for a conversation about what went wrong and why. 

Host: Gene Grant

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Cathryn McGill, founder, director, NM Black Leadership Council 
Sophie Martin, attorney 
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal 

Climate Change and Politics 
Correspondent: Laura Paskus 
Guests: Julia Bernal, executive director, Pueblo Action Alliance  
Camilla Feibelman, director, Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club  
Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, executive director, Western Environmental Law Center