Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[Cannabis Advice - Hearing officer advises health department to get more input before changing medical marijuana program rules]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
An independent review of New Mexico’s medical marijuana program proposed rule changes is complete and there’s not much to it.]]>
<![CDATA[Nonprofit Challenges Common Core-aligned Testing Contract - The contract to administer tests in 14 states could bring Pearson more than $1 billion]]>
By: Joey Peters
A Washington-DC nonprofit is appealing the state's decision to award a controversial and lucrative standardized testing contract to for-profit education giant Pearson.]]>
<![CDATA[Union Offers to Relinquish Pay if Hospital Staffs Up - Contract expires midnight July 31 with talks going down to the wire ]]>
By: Justin Horwath
The union that represents roughly 400 nurses and 100 technical employees at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center says it's willing to relinquish up to 5 percent in pay incentives if hospital ]]>
<![CDATA[Reality TV, We Bow To Thee - The City of Santa Fe decided to be vulnerable and offer up to $100,000 to encourage ABC's The Bachelor to film here]]>
By: Joey Peters
 The city's Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer a long-running ABC prime-time reality TV show up to $100,000 to convince the show to film an episode in Santa Fe. 

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<![CDATA[Free Farmin’ - Can urban farming flourish in the high desert?]]>
By: Conor L Sanchez
Proponents of urban farming are offering up a lot of hype, going so far as to tout its potential to rejuvenate depressed neighborhoods in cities like Detroit and Baltimore by developing unused land, addressing food insecurity and promoting healthier diets. ]]>
<![CDATA[Take that, Papi - Chicana feminism is center stage at Northern NM College conference]]>
By: Henry Lopez
Chicana feminism and scholarship is marked by its own set of unique characteristics that differentiates it from more Anglo-centric modes of feminist thought. ]]>
<![CDATA[Union Rejects Second Hospital Contract Offer - Christus St. Vincent management has the ball as contract deadline looms]]>
By: Justin Horwath

A Sunday vote represented the second time that the union representing Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center nurses and technicians rejected a contract offer by hospital management. 

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<![CDATA[Decriminalization Effort Marches On - Reducing Marijuana Penalties is still collecting signatures across Santa Fe]]>
By: Joey Peters

After falling short of required signatures in Santa Fe last week, Reducing Marijuana Penalties continues to collect canvass for ballot initiative. 

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<![CDATA[Nurses Will Withdraw Strike Notice as Union Vote Nears - But top union delegates representing Christus St. Vincent caregivers also want union members to vote down the hospital's latest contract offer]]>
By: Justin Horwath
The union representing Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center caregivers notified the hospital that it will withdraw its notice of a strike while top union delegates are encouraging members to r]]>
<![CDATA[Updated: Nurses Rally As Labor Negotiations Continue - July 31 is the deadline for the expiration of a contract that covers Christus St. Vincent nurses.]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Members of a labor union representing Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center caregivers rallied political support at a Thursday night gathering as the possibility of a strike approaches. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dead Heat? - ]]>
By: Joey Peters
 A national poll putting the race between incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic Party challenger Gary King at a dead heat is making waves this week in the state's political landscape.

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<![CDATA[What happened at WIPP? - State legislators look for answers about leak in underground facility]]>
By: Julie Ann Grimm
What do the OJ Simpson murder trial and a nuclear waste leak in southern New Mexico have in common? A single glove. ]]>
<![CDATA[Nurses Strike Threat Sneaks Up - Labor talks between Christus St. Vincent management and nurses' union were relativley silent—until now]]>
By: Justin Horwath
For months, labor negotiations between the union that represents Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center caregivers and the hospital's management have been shrouded in silence. That silence is s]]>
<![CDATA[Not criminal but not legal? - Ballot initiative on city pot rules could leave enforcement options]]>
By: Joey Peters
Marsha Garcia and three others canvassed last week for a citywide ballot initiative to lessen the city’s penalties for small possession of marijuana.]]>
<![CDATA[Speech Lockdown - Is Corrections Department policy about social media a constitutional violation?]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
The New Mexico Department of Corrections is rethinking its social media and internet access policy for thousands of inmates after being warned that it likely violates constitutional rights to free speech.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Department Eases Proposed Medical Pot Rules - The state may backtrack on controversial new medical marijuana regulations]]>
By: Joey Peters

Patients and producers appear to have made strides in their objections to rule controversial rule changes proposed for the state's Medical Cannabis Program.


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<![CDATA[Strike Possible After Nurse Union Committee Rejects Hospital Offer - Union nurses with Christus St. Vincent plan vote for Sunday]]>
By: Justin Horwath
An 11-member negotiating committee representing a nurse union voted unanimously to reject a final contract proposal from Christus St. Vincent management, possibly provoking a strike by local nurses.]]>
<![CDATA[Green Peace - ]]>
By: Joey Peters
As of press time, the Reducing Marijuana Penalties initiative was on track to submit required signatures to launch a marijuana decriminalization ballot initiative in Santa Fe this fall.
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<![CDATA[Singing in the Rain - Santa Fe teens dreams of shot at American Idol]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Gray skies and rain haven’t stopped people from chasing their rock star dreams in New Mexico today. Nearly a thousand people are braving the wet weather  and standing in long lines to audition]]>
<![CDATA[Tobacco Taboo - Councilor wants to ban smoking in Santa Fe parks]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Councilors approved a law change that makes smoking e-cigarettes unlawful in the same public establishments where smoking cigarettes is prohibited.
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