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June 14, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the Albuquerque Public Schools response to elevated lead levels found in many elementary schools’ sinks and faucets. The district volunteered almost 70 schools for testing, but did not immediately … Continue reading The Line: Some APS Schools Have Elevated Lead Levels

June 14, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel examine a lawsuit filed this week by the State of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque against the Trump Administration, seeking reinstatement of its “safe release” policy for … Continue reading The Line: Trump Administration Immigration Policy Prompts Lawsuit

June 14, 2019 – The state recently added six conditions to the approved-usage list for its medical marijuana initiative. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel discuss the expanded list of qualifying conditions–including opioid use disorder–for the medical cannabis program. … Continue reading The Line: Opioid Use Disorder One of Six OK’d for Medical Cannabis

June 7, 2019 – In the waning days of the Martinez administration, 1.7 million dollars in confidential settlements were made with a half dozen state employees. After a TV news exposé, the state auditor has announced his office will conduct … Continue reading The Line: “Secret” Settlements to Be Investigated

June 7, 2019 – Last week, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he would start imposing a 5 percent tariff on goods from Mexico and would increase the tariff each month (with a cap at 25 percent in … Continue reading The Line: Tariffs on Mexican Goods

June 7, 2019 – Crime is a problem around Albuquerque. It’s a problem around the University of New Mexico campus, too.  But is putting a fence around UNM the answer? Initial reactions, at least in the court of popular opinion, … Continue reading The Line: Security Fence Proposed for UNM

May 31, 2019 – Governor Lujan Grisham went to Washington, D.C. hat in hand this month, looking for federal money to reimburse counties grappling with a record number of asylum seekers. Meanwhile, two more counties passed resolutions to oppose the … Continue reading The Line: Responding to the Border Crisis

May 31, 2019 – A recent decision regarding how felony court cases begin in and around Albuquerque has ignited a heated standoff, with defense attorneys, judges, District Attorney Raúl Torrez and Mayor Tim Keller weighing in. The Court wants to … Continue reading The Line: Grand Juries Vs. Preliminary Hearings

May 24, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the rapid rollout of new education programs, as school districts scramble to try to take advantage of new money from the state.   Line Panelists: Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR Sophie … Continue reading The Line: Extended School Year and the Education Rollout

May 24, 2019 – Diversifying New Mexico’s economy has been a goal for many years. But with the recent announcement that ExxonMobil anticipates pumping $64 billion dollars in economic benefits to the state over the next 40 years, it’s a hard to think … Continue reading The Line: State of the State’s Economy