PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers and Granite State advocates say they oppose the get tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: a protest against the expansion of tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - NM: Livable Wages/Working Families

Enrollment in colleges across New Mexico fell 14 percent from 2010 to 2016. (

SANTA FE, N.M. – A bill is advancing in the Legislature that would require high schools students to apply to at least one two or four-year college before they're allowed to graduate. Exceptions would be made for students who can show they've committed to military service, a vocational progra

The New Mexico Legislature has consistently rejected

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sandoval County Commission will risk what could be an expensive lawsuit after adopting a "right-to-work" ordinance last week. The ordinance prevents employees from being compelled to join a union or pay union fees. President of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-

Public comment on the Trump administration's plan to significantly raise entrance fees to some of the country's most popular national parks ends Nov. 23. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Many New Mexicans who visit national parks could be priced out next summer. The U.S. Interior Department is taking comments until Nov. 23 on its proposal to more than double entry fees at 17 of the most popular national parks during the peak season. The department says

The international border crossing at Santa Teresa, N.M., is a gateway for products that could be affected by changes to NAFTA. (Border Industrial Association)

SANTA TERESA, N.M. -- The first round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement start on August 16 in Washington, D.C., and some are worried that significant changes to NAFTA could put New Mexico's improving economy in jeopardy. President Trump had called the agreement the w

A new report ranks New Mexico 49th in the nation for children's well-being, and family advocates are working to determine how to improve that. (Pixabay/Creative Commons)

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – New Mexico is second to last among states in rankings for children's well-being just out today. The Annie E. Casey Foundation compiles 16 indicators of how kids and families are doing in terms of the economy, education, health and community conditions in its 2017 KIDS COU

A new bill aims to undo the consumer protections installed by Dodd-Frank and could expose New Mexico families to risky financial services. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Critics of a bill approved Thursday by a House panel say it could subject families in New Mexico to a resurgence in predatory lending. The bill coming out of the House Financial Services Committee would repeal significant pieces of the Dodd-Frank Act. When housing and financial m

People across New Mexico are getting ready to hit the streets for International Workers Day on May 1. (Wikimedia/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The international observance of May Day on May 1 will get a boost in participation across New Mexico from working-class families feeling the impact of the current political climate, both at the state and federal levels. Immigrants make up 10 percent of New Mexico's population and

New Mexico has made progress getting more children insured, but poverty rates remain high, according to a new report. (Kathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SANTE FE, N.M. – Children in New Mexico struggle against endemic poverty, but there are some positive signs, according to the KidsCount 2016 Databook being released today. The report says 141,000 New Mexico children live in poverty. That is 29 percent of kids statewide, a figure that has got

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