PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - NM: Budget Policy & Priorities

Payday lending drains tens of millions of dollars from low-income families every year. (Steve Rhodes/Flickr)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Three Senate Democrats want to know why the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to weaken protections that guard against payday lender wrongdoing. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have se

New Mexico has received $37.8 million from the now-threatened Land and Water Conservation Fund since it was established in 1965. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 54-year-old conservation program that has helped provide outdoor recreation access across New Mexico and the nation would be all but eliminated in the 2019 budget President Donald Trump has sent to Congress. The Land and Water Conservation Fund gets its money from offsh

New Mexico children's advocates say expanding the state's home-visiting program could reduce the high number of children suffering from adverse experiences. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The biannual Child Trends report shows New Mexico children suffer traumatic events at a higher rate than kids in almost any other state in the nation. Those events, known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), include abuse and neglect, living with someone who has an unt

Nearly 70,000 homeless dogs and cats die in New Mexico animal shelters each year. (

SANTA FE, N.M. — Animal rights advocates want New Mexico to join three other states that use pet food registration fees to fund animal spay and neuter services. A bill now before senators would charge pet food companies $100, rather than the current $2, to register their dog or cat food prod

Dreamer Ivonne Orozco-Acosta and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., listened to President Donald Trump's remarks on immigrants while attending the State of the Union address. (<br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A leading advocate for Dreamers in New Mexico, and a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, accompanied U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich to Tuesday night's State of the Union speech. Ivonne Orozco-Acosta graduated from the University of New Mexic

A new report says New Mexico lawmakers need to strengthen air and water quality regulations. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new report says New Mexico's political leaders need to fill the void left by the federal government's retreat on public health protections. Produced by the Environmental Defense Fund,"Enchantment at Risk" outlines how environmental pollutants negatively impact state res

Two units have been shut down at New Mexico's coal-fired San Juan Generating Station as of Dec. 31, 2017.  (

SANTA FE, N.M. — A bill that would allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to issue bonds to pay for the shutdown of its coal-fired plants in the Four Corners region goes to the Conservation Committee at the Roundhouse tomorrow. Critics say Senate Bill 47 allows PNM to pass-on the $350 mi

Prototypes of President Trump's proposed border wall were exhibited last October outside San Diego. (

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it will waive more than three dozen laws and regulations – most of them requiring environmental review – to move forward with the first phase of construction of an enhanced border wall west of Santa Teresa. The Cent

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