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Restaurant Dynamics, Covering PFAS Contamination & Drunk Driving Liability

A rustic restaurant floor filled with empty tables and chairs.

This week on New Mexico in Focus, The Line opinion roundtable offers reactions and insight on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s recent decision that gas stations have a duty to refuse to sell fuel to drunk drivers. Under the ruling, businesses could be held liable if a drunk driver then injures someone.

The Line panel also explores the ethics complaint filed against Attorney General Hector Balderas over his handling of a proposed merger for the Public Service Company of New Mexico. The group also discusses the challenges around public financing of political campaigns, as demonstrated in the current Albuquerque mayor’s race, where challenger Manny Gonzales has been denied public money due to forged signatures and other documents.

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with UNM professor and author Eli Revelle Yano Wilson about his newest book “Front of the House, Back of the House.” The book examines how the restaurant industry often reinforces discrimination and societal class systems.

Our Land Correspondent Laura Paskus sits down with a pair of journalists in Michigan and New Jersey who are covering PFAS contamination in their communities. PFAS chemicals have also

been found near a handful of New Mexico military installations and are tied to myriad serious health risks. Paskus has covered the issue for the last several years as part of our Groundwater War investigation.

Host: Gene Grant

The Line opinion panel:
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican
Serge Martinez, UNM Law School
Diane Snyder, former state senator

Front of the House, Back of the House
Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland
Guest: Eli Revelle Yano Wilson, UNM Dept. Of Sociology

PFAS Reporter Roundtable
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guests: Garret Ellison, Michigan Live reporter
Michael Sol Warren, NJ Advance Media reporter

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