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Preventing School Violence, PFAS Contamination in New Mexico & Interstate Highway Proposal

This week on New Mexico in Focus, The Line Opinion Panel offers ideas for action after another deadly school shooting in the United States. The Panel debates suggestions on making schools safer, and what could be done to make it harder for would-be shooters to get hold of deadly assault weapons. Plus, the economic implications of a potential new interstate that would cut through New Mexico. And the troubling news that both the Hermit’s Peak and Calf Canyon fires began as prescribed burns conducted by the U.S. Forest Service.  

Producer Lou DiVizio sits down with an education expert to discuss solutions put forward in his latest book, “Preventing School Violence: A User’s Guide.” Author Franklin Schargel explains how his research on bullying and American gun culture illuminates a unique issue in this country. 

Environment Reporter Laura Paskus speaks with New Mexico Environment Department Secretary James Kenney about the latest developments in the case of a dairy farmer, forced to euthanize his herd because of PFAS contamination.  

Host: Gene Grant

The Line opinion panel: 
Algernon D’Ammassa, reporter, Las Cruces Sun-News 
Sophie Martin, attorney  
Diane Snyder, former NM State Senator  


Preventing School Violence 
Correspondent: Lou DiVizio 
Guest: Franklin Schargel, author, “Preventing School Violence: A User’s Guide” 

PFAs Contamination in NM 
Correspondent: Laura Paskus 
Guest: James Kenney, secretary, New Mexico Environment Department