Good Morning New Mexico, I'm Frank Haley with news on KKIM New Mexico's Christian Heritage Station on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013.
Not as cold today, but still "below normal" for this time of the year.
Albuquerque High 41
Santa Fe High 36
Edgewood/Moriarity High 31
Belen/Los Lunas High 41
and now the news:
>>Pope Francis Is "Time" Magazine's Person Of The Year
(Undated) -- Pope Francis is "Time" magazine's Person of the Year. .... NSA leaker and international fugitive Edward Snowden earned the runner up spot. The magazine credited the Pope for changing the tone and perception of the Catholic Church.
>>Obama Disapproval rating At All-Time High,
(Undated) -- A new poll says more Americans than ever are unhappy with how President Obama is doing his job. .... Today's "Wall Street Journal" Poll shows 54-percent of people surveyed disapprove of the President's job performance. Half the people polled call Obamacare a bad idea. That's also an all-time high.
>>Less Snow But More Cold For Much Of the U.S.
(Undated) -- The stormy weather that clobbered the U.S. is letting up for most of the country today. .... Temperatures will be colder than average just about everywhere except Florida, where daytime highs will be in the 70s and 80s.
>>Bipartisan, Two-Year Budget Deal Unveiled in Washington
(Washington, DC) -- More than two-dozen members of Congress have taken a big step toward avoiding another federal government shutdown. ..... The 29 members of a bipartisan House-Senate committee have worked out a two-year budget. Negotiators managed to compromise and break through gridlock and partisanship.
>>More Money Available In New state Budget
(Albuquerque, NM) -- The Legislative Finance Committee in S. F. is creating a new budget. .... New Mexico will have nearly six-billion dollars to spend. Lawmakers will have an extra 84-million dollars for their projects.
>>Las Cruces Surgeon drowns in Elephant Butte
LAS CRUCES – A 57-year-old Las Cruces orthopedic surgeon has died during a hunting trip in southern New Mexico.....
The death of Dr. Donald Watson is being called an apparent drowning. His body was found Sunday in Elephant Butte Lake.
Authorities don’t suspect foul play. Authorities began a search after Watson was reported missing Saturday night.
>>Rio Rancho Plans To Move Students
(Rio Rancho, NM) -- Rio Rancho parents are not pleased with plans to send their kids to new schools. Overcrowding is forcing the district to move 486 students. Some would go to Puesta Del Sol while others attend Colinas Del Norte and Enchanted Hills.
>>Sandia Peak to open for ski season Friday...
ALBUQUERQUE - Another New Mexico ski area, Sandia Peak, is planning to open this Friday thanks to the latest blast of winter weather.
Sandia Peak Ski Area officials said the ski area will open with what's being called the best skiing conditions in a decade.
The recent snowfall helped build a base of about 2 feet.
>>Health Improving Across America
(Albuquerque, NM) -- The status of health is improving across the nation. .... America's Health Rankings reports Hawaii is rated first while Mississippi is last. More people are eating healthy foods and not smoking. New Mexico ranks 32nd on the list provided by the United Health Foundation.
>>6 Year Old Suspended For Kissing little Girl's hand
(Cañon City, CO) -- A six-year-old Colorado boy will be back at school today, after he was suspended for kissing a girl's hand. .... First-grader Hunter Yelton says he has a crush on the girl, and that she likes him back. The superintendent at the School in Cañon [[ CAN-yon ]] City calls it sexual harassment, but Yelton's mom says she's going to fight the mark on his school record.
>>Thousands Apply To Live On Mars
(Undated) -- A lot of people apparently have a strong urge to visit Mars. ... A Dutch company says it's moving forward with its plan to send four people to colonize the Red Planet. According to Mars One officials, more than 200-thousand people have signed up for the chance to be astronauts. The chosen few will have to like their new home, because technology for a return flight doesn't exist yet. The company also says a one-way trip greatly reduces costs.
>>New Mexico Has Lowest Student Debt
(Albuquerque, NM) -- Graduates are finding it more difficult to pay off student loans. The Institute for College Access & Success reports new degree holders in New Mexico have the lowest debt in the nation. The study shows students in Delaware have the highest financial obligation.
>>Heroes To Highways Program
(Albuquerque, NM) -- A Heroes to Highways Program is helping veterans. Governor Susana Martinez will launch the endeavor today that lets returning vets get a commercial driver's license. Martinez said, quote, "Our military veterans receive the best training in the world. We need to recognize these skills by removing unnecessary requirements that deny our veterans job opportunities."
>>Bernalillo County Treasurer Accused Of Mismanagement
(Albuquerque, NM) -- The Bernalillo County treasurer is accused of violating state law. Auditor Hector Balderas ended a month-long probe and found substantial misconduct. Balderas said, quote, "This is not just an opportunity for us to nitpick, these are rules, regulations, and laws in place to protect taxpayers."
>>Gingerbread Houses Aid Medical Research
(Albuquerque, NM) -- A plan to raise money is underway at Black Mesa Coffee at Sunport. Gingerbread houses are on public display and will be auctioned today at the airport. All proceeds go to medical research for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
>>Baby Jesus Stolen From Nativity Scene In California
(San Diego, CA) -- Someone stole baby Jesus from a nativity scene in the front yard of a Point Loma, CA. home. The nativity decorations are simple, but they hold special meaning for the family that lives there. The couple brought the nativity scene from Panama 18 years ago and both of them are Catholics. The family will file a police report.
December 11, 2013
>>Obama Compares Mandela To Gandhi, MLK
(Soweto) -- President Obama is comparing Nelson Mandela to other champions of human rights in a speech at Mandela's memorial service in South Africa. Speaking to a crowd of tens of thousands at a soccer stadium in Johannesburg, Obama said that like Mahatma Gandhi, Mandela started a movement in the face of overwhelming odds. Obama also compared Mandela to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior in that he gave voice to the oppressed, and to Lincoln for holding a country together that threatened to fall apart. Obama praised Mandela for being full of good humor despite the heavy burdens he carried in the overthrow of apartheid.
>>Bangladesh Islamist Gets Stay Of Execution
(Dhaka) -- A Bangladesh Islamist leader is being a stay of execution. The country's highest court ruled yesterday Abdul Quader Molla, the so-called "Butcher of Mirpur," would not be put to death by hanging. Molla was convicted of war crimes earlier this year for killing 344 civilians during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. There is going to be a hearing on the matter later today.
>>India's Supreme Court To Decide On Gay Sex Decriminalization
(New Delhi) -- The Supreme Court of India is going to decide today on whether to decriminalize gay sex. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the Utkal Christian Council had challenged a 2009 ruling by the court, which said consenting adults could have gay sex in private. They believe it should stay outlawed, saying it's immoral and goes against Indian culture. Supporters of decriminalization say Indian society is more tolerant.
>>LDS Explains Black Priesthood Ban
(Salt Lake City, UT) -- The LDS Church is explaining why it banned blacks from its all-male priesthood. An article posted on the church's website says the ban began in 1852 after an announcement by then church president Brigham Young. The article says the Mormon Church was established in 1830, "during an era of great racial division in the United States" but the ban did not exist under Mormon founder Joseph Smith, who opposed slavery. The ban on black priests was lifted in 1978.
>>Today In Religious History
1520 - Martin Luther says no one can be saved unless they renounce pope's rule.
1524 - Catholic authorities burn Dutch Protestant Henry Van Zutphen at the stake.
1640 - Puritans ask the English Parliament to abolish the bishop as the chief authority of a local Christian church. The House of Lords rejects it.
1792 - Joseph Mohr writes "Silent Night."
1918 - Russian dissident and Christian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [[ al-lex-ZAN-der ZOHL-jih-NIT-sin ]] is born.
>>Today In History
On this day:
In 1719, the first recorded sighting of the "Aurora Borealis," also known as the Northern Lights, took place in New England.
In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.
In 1872, America's first black governor took office. Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor of Louisiana.
In 1882, Boston's Bijou Theater became the first American playhouse to be lit exclusively by electricity.
In 1901, the first transatlantic radio signal was sent by Guglielmo Marconi in Cornwall to Percy Wright Paget in Newfoundland.
In 1939, singer Betty Grable and her famous legs were featured on the cover of "Life" magazine.
In 1941, Italy and Germany declared war on the United States. In turn, the U.S. declared war on both.
In 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.
In 1946, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., offered up a six-block area of land for use as the world headquarters of the United Nations.
In 1951, New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement.
In 1961, the first American military forces arrived in Saigon to support South Vietnam's fight against Communist guerillas.
In 1964, Hall-of-Fame soul singer Sam Cooke died at the age of 29.
In 1974, "The Godfather, Part Two" premiered in New York City.
In 1980, "Magnum P.I." debuted on CBS. The show starred Tom Selleck.
In 1982, Toni Basil topped the pop singles chart with "Mickey."
In 1985, the General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 Billion. The deal included NBC Radio and Television.
In 1990, Donald and Ivana Trump divorced.
In 1991, William Kennedy Smith was acquitted of sexual assault and battery in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In 1992, "A Few Good Men" opened in theaters across the U.S.
In 1999, record-setting Wisconsin tailback Ron Dayne was awarded the Heisman Trophy.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments from lawyers representing George W. Bush and Al Gore concerning the Florida presidential vote recount.
In 2000, baseball shortstop Alex Rodriguez agreed to a $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers. It is one of the most lucrative contract with any sports team.
In 2004, University of Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart was named the winner of the 70th Heisman Trophy. He became the sixth Trojan to win the prestigious college football award.
In 2009, golf superstar Tiger Woods announced that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the professional golf circuit in the wake of the scandal involving his extramarital affairs. Woods admitted to infidelity and said he was working on repairing the damage he had done to his family and his supporters as a result of his actions.
In 2012, Indian sitar music legend Ravi Shankar died on this date at the age of 92. Shankar is credited with introducing the Beatles and other musicians to Eastern music. He was also the father of Grammy winning jazz and pop vocalist Norah Jones.
That's the news on KKIM, New Mexico's Christian Heritage station.
I'm Frank Haley cjf, for God's Glory Alone!!
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