PED's Hanna Skandera on News New Mexico

New Mexico Secretary designee for Education, Hanna Skandera will be in studio Thursday, January 31, 2013. The interview will last an hour and listeners are invited to send questions to ask Skandera. There is much to talk about including the success of the graduation programs which have changed the dropout rate which went from 63% to 70 percent.
If you would like to ask a question written: Join Hanna Skandera Thursday and be sure to capture the questions using email. Here is the link  to ask a question:

Police stop kidnapping attempt in Roswell

From KOAT-TV.comROSWELL, N.M. —Roswell police said they foiled an attempted kidnapping on Monday afternoon. Police said Lorenzo Castillo, 35, pointed a gun at the victim and tried to get that person into his car. The victim was able to escape.
Officers said they found Castillo sitting on the hood of his car holding a gun. They asked him multiple times to put the gun down and shot him with a beanbag round when he didn’t, according to police. After he was detained, police discovered that the gun was a pellet gun.
Castillo was arrested and charged with aggravated assault against a household member, attempting to commit a violent felony by kidnapping and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Read more

Newsbreak New Mexico 5 p.m. Webcast 1/29/13

Newsbreak New Mexico 5 p.m. Newscast with Vanessa Dabovich

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Gov. announces job creation plan

Governor Susana Martinez outlined her plan to help New Mexico small businesses hire and train new workers Monday in a speech to local builders and business owners. 

Governor Martinez detailed her plans for a new, $1000 tax credit to businesses for each job created, as well as a $4.75 million increase to the state’s existing Job Training Incentive Program, which covers part of an employee’s salary while they are receiving training from their employer. 
The tax credit would be available to businesses that employ fewer than 100 workers and hire a new employee between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. The job must be maintained for at least two years in order for the business to qualify for the credit.


Lawmakers pass Amber Alert expansion

New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to broaden a state warning system for finding abducted children.

 The House approved a measure on Monday to expand the Amber Alert system to include children abducted by a parent or other family member. 
The system provides for emergency distribution of notices of a child's abduction. 
The bill passed the House on a 61-2 vote and goes to the Senate for consideration.
Martinez said in a statement that with House approval of the legislation "we are now a step closer to protecting the well-being of New Mexico children who are taken by those who are supposed to care for them the most."


Virgin Galactic to start paying rent on Spaceport

Virgin Galactic says it will start paying New Mexico rent on the nearly quarter-billion dollar Spaceport the state built for Richard Branson's space tourism business, but the company is doing so under protest and without waiving its right to walk away from the project. 
According to letters obtained by The Associated Press, Virgin Galactic says the state has not finished the work necessary to trigger activation of its $1 million-a-year rent. And it says if the work is not complete by March 31, it may stop paying or give notice to terminate its lease. 
New Mexico Spaceport Authority Executive Director Christine Anderson says the state's obligations have been met. She has requested a meeting with the company. 
The dispute comes after Virgin expressed concerns about the state's inability to attract more business to the project.


Newsbreak New Mexico 12 p.m. Webcast 1/29/13

Newsbreak New Mexico 12 pm.m Newscast with Vanessa Dabovich

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