PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 

A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Voters in Albuquerque will choose the city's next mayor today after the Republican incumbent opted not to seek reelection. (

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia targeted 21 state voting systems in last year's national election, but New Mexico wasn't one of them. Paper is hard to hack. New Mexico uses paper ballots for all its elections, and a growing number of states are following suit becaus

The public is invited to a roundtable discussion on campaign finance reform with Sen. Tom Udall in Santa Fe tonight.(cohdra/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- In this, the final month before the election, television airwaves are crowded with half a billion dollars' worth of political ads - many of them funded by super-PACs using funds from undisclosed donors. That's the topic of a roundtable discussion on campaign finance reform schedule

A watchdog group says natural gas that leaks or burns off is costing New Mexico taxpayers millions of dollars in lost revenue. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Venting and flaring at oil and natural gas wells on public lands in the Four Corners area costs the public millions in lost royalty revenue, and much more to corporations doing the extraction - not to mention releasing a major climate change contributor into the environment. Tax

PHOTO: What could become the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and reform political campaign spending limits, is being debated in the United States Senate. Photo credit: Library of Congress.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The U.S. Senate is involved in an historic debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending limits. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 19, which could become the 28th Amendment to

PHOTO: The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee met Tuesday to discuss New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall's proposed constitutional amendment, giving control of campaign spending to Congress and the states. Photo courtesy Sen. Udall's office.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee met Tuesday to discuss a constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., that would give control of political campaign spending to Congress and the states. Udall spokeswoman Jennifer Talhelm said the goal of the amendment, Senate Joi

PHOTO: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has started a program that will help military veterans get commercial drivers licenses. Photo courtesy of the U-S Army.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has started a program that will help military veterans get a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Martinez says the Heroes to Highways program will recognize military transportation credentials to help veterans, as well as active-duty, National G

PHOTO: Paul Hommert is both director of Sandia National Laboratories and president of the executive board of Sandia Corporation, a for-profit LLC that runs the lab. Courtesy: National Nuclear Security Administration.<br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has assessed a $6 million penalty against Sandia National Laboratories for Sandia's handling of an incident in Alaska in which two lab employees were seriously injured. However, that is not the only concern for Jay Coghlan, dire

Common Cause poster about clean elections<br />Credit: Common Cause.<br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Three citizens advocacy groups contend that public financing of political campaigns and campaign disclosure provisions are out of date in New Mexico. In an effort to address both issues, Common Cause New Mexico, the SouthWest Organizing Project and the Native American Vo

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