August 14, 2015 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cuba this week to officially open the American Embassy in Havana. Debate about the relationship between the United States and Cuba is far from over, but the historic change … Continue reading Local Cubans Share Childhood Memories

August 7, 2015 – Albuquerque Public Schools has a new leader. Dr. Luis Valentino came to New Mexico from California. His previous experience includes time working in the San Francisco Unified and Los Angeles Unified school districts. He was also a principal … Continue reading APS Superintendent Talks About Priorities and Community Connections

August 7, 2015 – There’s a lot happening right now on Civic Plaza, including weekly a weekly farmer’s market and ABQ Food Fridays, which features meals from local restaurants and craft beer. The annual Downtown Summerfest will also take place this … Continue reading Revitalizing Civic Plaza

July 31, 2015 – Economic recovery following the Great Recession has been slow in New Mexico. While neighboring states added jobs, New Mexico’s economy has remained mostly stagnant. Can state initiatives turn that trend around? Mark Lautman is an economic developer, … Continue reading Mark Lautman – The Jobs New Mexico Needs Now

July 31, 2015 – Albuquerque Business First publisher Ian Anderson is leaving New Mexico. Anderson sits down this week with Gene Grant to discuss his outlook for the state and what he learned in his years living in Albuquerque.

Communities across the country are debating whether hydraulic fracturing, which is commonly known as fracking, should be allowed. The state of New York created a formal ban on fracking last month banned fracking after a 7 year moratorium on fracking. Some cities … Continue reading Should Fracking Continue in New Mexico?

The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) has proposed a new work requirement for people seeking to sign up for assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Community groups across the state have publicly criticized the proposed changes, which include increasing … Continue reading Community Groups Object to Proposed SNAP Work Requirement

National research shows that women, on average, make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. A new wage equity ordinance in Albuquerque aims to address the wage gap between men and women. Martha Burk, a political psychologist and … Continue reading Promoting Equal pay in Albuquerque

Amber Royster from Equality New Mexico sat down this week with producer Sarah Gustavus to talk about the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Royster says the ruling was a victory, but there’s still more work to be done. She talked about ongoing … Continue reading What’s Next After the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling?

This week correspondent Megan Kamerick speaks with two mothers about the challenges they faced when they tried to access childcare assistance through the Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD). We also hear from a childcare provider and organizer with the … Continue reading Some Parents say Childcare Assistance is Difficult to Access