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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side-by-side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A Senate committee looks at the latest attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Polls show nearly 85 percent of the U.S. population, including Republicans, Democrats and Independents, believe money has too much influence in politics. (dukeengage.duke.edu)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Some very diverse groups will be getting together in Santa Fe on Saturday, determined to find common ground and goals. The event is part of a series of national conversations to encourage civil discussion instead of polarizing debates. The "Achieving a Fair Political System"

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

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

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