1. ABQ Business First - "UNM wins award for aiding development"
STC.UNM, the university’s technology transfer arm and economic development agency, was presented a Rainforest Recognition Award at the Global Innovation Summit,  an annual meeting of developers and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.

2. Daily Lobo - "Scholarship safe for 2 more years”
SB 347 passes both houses allowing for a one-time appropriation of $11 million from the general fund for the Scholarship for fiscal year 2015.

3. Yahoo News (Canada) - "Bolivia under water: Why no national emergency declared amid floods?"
Matthew Schwartz, a UNM anthropology student in Bolivia on a research project, describes the difficulty of navigating high rivers to reach isolated communities and calls the loss of crops especially severe.

4. Media monitoring from Thursday, Feb. 20

The following is provided by a media monitoring service, verbatim and unedited

2 KASA          7:00 AM, 9:00 AM

HUNGER IS STILL A BIG PROBLEM IN NEW MEXICO AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT---SOME OF THOSE WHO DON'T GET ENOUGH FOOD ON THE TABLE ARE UNM STUDENTS. NOW ROADRUNNER FOOD BANK IS STEPPING IN THE NON-PROFIT SAYS IT RECENTLY LEARNED OF A GREAT NEED IN THE COLLEGE COMMUNITY. TODAY ROAD RUNNER IS SETTING UP A MOBILE FOOD PANTRY TO HELP ABOUT 100 FAMILIES NEEDING HELP. ROADRUNNER PLANS TO HAND OUT ABOUT 5-THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD. MOST PEOPLE DON'T RECOGNIZING IT BUT THAT WE'RE ABLE TO BUILD THIS PARTNERSHIP SO WE CAN HELP HUNGRY STUDENTS GET WHAT THEY NEED SO THEY CAN A SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE STSTUDENT. UNM WORKED ALONG WITH ROADRUNNER FOOD BANK TO IDENTIFY FAMILIES IN NEED. AND - THERE COULD BE MORE PROGRAMS LIKE THIS IF THERE IS A CONTINUING NEED.

2 KASA          9:00 PM

A GREEN CHILE CRISIS HAS BEEN AVERTED AT THE PIT. A MAJOR RECALL BY BUENO FOODS NEARLY MADE NEW MEXICO'S STAPLE SIT OUT THE REST OF THE BASKETBALL SEASON. HOWEVER, UNM SAYS IT'S NOW EXPECTED TO RECEIVE ANOTHER SHIPMENT OF GREEN CHILE THAT IS NOT AFFECTED BY THE RECALL. SO FANS OF THE LOBOS AND GREEN CHILE CAN STILL GET SERVED WHEN UNM TAKES ON SAN DIEGO STATE THIS SATURDAY.

KOB-4            5:00 AM, 6:04 AM, 7:00 AM, 18:55

GOOD NEWS FOR LOBOS FANS WHO LIKE THEIR GREEN CHILE. UNM SAYS THE PIT WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP SERVING IT AFTER ALL. YESTERDAY WE TOLD YOU THE PIT WOULD RUN OUT OF GREEN CHILE BECAUSE OF A RECALL BY BUENO FOODS. BUT THE ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SAID STADIUM OFFICIALS WERE ABLE TO RECEIVE ANOTHER SHIPMENT OF GREEN CHILE THAT'S NOT AFFECTED BY THE RECALL.

06:00:33

THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR STATE LAWMAKERS. THEY HAVE UNTIL THIS AFTERNOON TO DECIDE THE FUTURE OF SOME LAWS. YESTERDAY -- THEY DID OVERCOME DIFFERENCES AND PASSED A BUDGET OF AROUND 6 BILLION DOLLARS. NIKKI IBARRA IS LIVE IN OUR NEWSROOM WITH A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER BILLS ON THE LINE TODAY. A BAN ON TEXTING AND DRIVING IS NOW ON ITS WAY TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK .... BUT SOMETHING THAT DIDN'T PASS -- A BILL THAT WOULD PROTECT OFFICERS HURT ON THE JOB. IT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED AGENCIES TO PAY ENOUGH ADMINISTRATIVE TIME -- 32 HOURS PER WEEK -- TO COVER WHAT THE INJURED EMPLOYEE LOSES TOWARDS RETIREMENT. THIS COMES AFTER BERNALILLO COUNTY DEPUTY ROBIN HOPKINS WAS SHOT LAST OCTOBER. THE UNION REALIZED THAT HER HEALTH PREMIUMS AND RETIREMENT WEREN'T COVERED WHILE SHE WAS OFF THE JOB ... THIS BILL WOULD HAVE PROTECTED HER FROM THAT. ANOTHER BILL HEADING TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK... HUMAN TRAFFICKING. IT WILL REQUIRE CERTAIN BUSINESSES, HEALTH FACILITIES AND STATE AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WOULD HAVE TO POST A HOTLINE NUMBER ... FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. AS FOR THE LOTTERY THAT HELPS THOUSANDS OF NEW MEXICO COLLEGE STUDENTS GO TO SCHOOL IS STILL UNRESOLVED.

KOB-4            5:00 PM, 6:00 PM

STUDENTS AND STAFF AT UNM WERE WARNED TO STAY AWAY FROM PART OF THE CAMPUS THIS MORNING. THERE WAS A GAS LEAK IN THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING. THE BUILDING WAS EVACUATED, ALONG WITH THE ENTIRE AREA NEAR UNIVERSITY AND CESAR CHAVEZ. IT TOOK OVER AN HOUR FOR CREWS TO MAKE SURE IT WAS SAFE FOR PEOPLE TO GO BACK.

KOAT-7          5:00 AM, 6:01 AM

IT'S FEBRUARY 20TH, THE END OF NEW MEXICO'S LEGISLATIVE SESSION, AND WHILE THE BUDGET GOT PASSED NOT MANY OTHER MEASURES WENT THROUGH. LAST NIGHT, THE SENATE REJECTED THE BILL THAT WOULD HAVE CREATED OMAREE'S LAW, THE BILL THAT WAS WRITTEN UP AFTER A 9-YEAR OLD ALBUQUERQUE BOY WAS KILLED IN DECEMBER, ALLEGEDLY AT THE HANDS OF HIS OWN MOTHER. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER ANGELA BRAUER IS IN THE STUDIO THIS MORNING TO EXPLAIN. ONE OF THE BILLS THAT EVERYONE WAS WAITING TO HEAR ABOUT, TODD AND MARISA, WAS OMAREE'S LAW...THE BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES DEPARTMENT TO REMOVE CHILDREN WITH VISIBLE SIGNS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE FROM THEIR HOMES. BUT THAT...LIKE YOU SAID - WITH A LOT OF OTHER BILLS... DIDN'T GO ANYWHERE. YESTERDAY, THE PROPOSAL CALLED "OMAREE'S LAW" FAILED TO GET THROUGH A SENATE COMMITTEE. NAT OF SESSION WE'RE STRIDES AWAY FROM THE FINISH LINE AND THIS MORNING, NEW MEXICO'S LEGISLATORS ARE FIGHTING TO GET THINGS DONE. HUNDREDS OF BILLS WERE INTRODUCED THIS SESSION, MOST OF WHICH DIDN'T MOVE AN INCH, INCLUDING THAT BILL WE ALREADY MENTIONED - OMAREE'S LAW. "CIGAR BURNS, BROKEN BONES...BRUISES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY APPEARED OVER A PERIOD OF TIME." SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE KEN MARTINEZ HELPED DRAFT THAT BILL, BUT ONCE THE MEASURE HIT THE SENATE, THAT'S WHERE IT STALLED. "BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN SOMETHING EGREGIOUS IN THE NEWS DOES NOT NECESSARIIY MEAN IT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE LEGISLATURE." SOME REPRESENTATIVES SAYING EARLY ON THAT THE EFFORT TO CHANGE THE LAW WAS TOO RUSHED, OTHERS ARGUING THERE ARE ALREADY ENOUGH STEPS IN PLACE TO PROTECT CHILDREN.... LIKE OMAREE VARELA. LAWMAKERS TELL ACTION 7 NEWS THEY WOULD LIKE TO BRING THIS BILL UP AGAIN NEXT YEAR. ANOTHER ITEM THAT DIDN'T SURVIVE THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION... A HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE. LAWMAKERS DEBATED FOR HOURS. BUT THE MEASURE THAT WOULD HAVE ADJUSTED THE STATE MINIMUM WAGE WITH THE RATE OF INFLATION DIED IN THE HOUSE. SOME SAY THE INCREASE WOULD HAVE KILLED BUSINESSES. HAD IT PASSED, THE BILL WOULD HAVE PUT THE ISSUE ON THE BALLOT AS A CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ADJUST THE WAGE EVERY YEAR WITH INFLATION. I THINK IT'S EXTREMELY DANGEROUS FOR A STATE LIKE NEW MEXICO. IT'S TOO VOLATILE, IT'S TOO RISKY. WHETHER YOU'RE IN NM OR WASHINGTON OR ANYWHERE IN BETWEEN, THE ISSUE OF WAGES MAKES A BIG, BIG DIFFERENCE. IF YOU WERE TO ADJUST THE CURRENT MINIMUM WAGE BY THE RATE OF INFLATION.. THE NEW LAW WOULD HAVE INCREASED THE WAGE TO 8-40 NEXT YEAR. LEGISLATORS WAITED UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO GET A BUNCH OF BILLS THROUGH. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ON THE AGENDA...WAS THE STATE'S BUDGET. LATE LAST NIGHT, LAWMAKERS AGREED ON A SIX BILLION DOLLAR PACKAGE....58 TO 8. THE BUDGET ALLOWS FOR SCHOOL FUNDING TO INCREASE IN BOTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND HIGHER EDUCATION. THE PACKAGE STILL LEAVES A HALF BILLION DOLLAR RESERVE IN THE GENERAL FUND. ":00 IM SURPRISED WE CAME OUT AFTERWARDS STILL FRIENDS. BUT THAT WAS SORT OF A CHALLENGING PORTION OF THIS COMPROMISE 08" THE BUDGET DEAL ALSO INCLUDES MONEY TO HELP DEAL WITH THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP SHORTFALL, TOURISM, JOB TRAINING AND RECRUITMENT AND MEDICAID PROGRAMS.

KOAT-7          5:00 AM

AS A BILL AIMED AT FUNDING THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP MOVES THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE ... SOME ARE ASKING IF THE SCHOLARSHIP REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE. OUR PARTNERS AT THE JOURNAL REPORT IT DOES -- ESPECIALLY AT UNM. 62 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS WHO STARTED AS FRESHMAN IN 2007 WITH THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP - HAVE GRADUATED. ONLY 10 PERCENT OF STUDENTS WITHOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP HAVE GRADUATED. TO READ MORE, PICK UP A COPY OF TODAY'S JOURNAL.

KOAT-7          10:00 PM

MANY U.N.M STUDENTS DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY TO SPEND ON FOOD, BUT NOW--THEY WON'T HAVE TO RELY ON RAMEN. THE CAMPUS IS NOW HOME TO A FOOD BANK. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER LAURA THOREN SPOKE TO STUDENTS WHO TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT TODAY. WHEN YOU'RE A COLLEGE STUDENT WITH BILLS TO PAY... I THINK EVERYONE KNOWS THE MYTH 'THE STARVING STUDENT', BUT IT'S ACTUALLY THE REALITY OF OUR STUDENTS. SPENDING MONEY ON GOOD, FRESH FOOD ISN'T ALWAYS AN OPTION. TYPICALLY I LIKE EATING BEANS. IT'S HEALTHY, IT'S CHEAP BUT NOW - FOR THE FIRST TIME - THIS STUDENT AND OTHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO... WILL GET TO TAKE HOME SOMETHING OTHER THAN BEANS OR RAMEN. RUNNER FOOD BANK IS PARTNERING WITH THE SCHOOL TO DISH OUT LETTUCE, AVOCADOS AND MORE--EVERY 3 WEEKS. WE HAD 75 TURKEYS FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE HOME TODAY. FROZEN BLUEBERRIES. LOTS OF GREAT FOOD. ANY UNM STUDENT CAN COME TO THE MOBILE FOOD PANTRY. AS LONG AS THEY HAVE THEIR STUDENT ID AND FILL OUT THIS FORM, THEY CAN LEAVE WITH ABOUT 50 POUNDS OF FOOD. HAVING A RESOURCE WHERE THEY CAN GET FRESH, HEALTHY FOOD IS A REALLY GREAT RESOURCE. STUDENTS TELL US POVERTY ISN'T SOMETHING YOU CAN ALWAYS SEE ON CAMPUS ... IT'S DEFINITELY HIDDEN. YOU DON'T KNOW WHO HAS MONEY AND WHO DOESN'T. BUT JUDGING BY THE FOOD BANK'S FIRST DAY, THERE'S UNDOUBTEDLY A NEED. MORE THAN 100 STUDENTS SHOWED UP TO GET FOOD. IN ALBUQUERQUE LAURA THOREN KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS. THE FOOD BANK IS OPEN FOR ABOUT 3 HOURS EVERY THIRD THURSDAY ... IN THE FOOTBALL STADIUM PARKING LOT.

KOAT-7          10:00 PM

THOUSANDS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS WEREN'T SURE IF THEY'D BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO KEEP GOING TO CLASS. THE STATE'S LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP FUND WAS IN GRAVE DANGER--UNTIL A LAST MINUTE VOTE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE TODAY. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER ALANA GRIMSTAD EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPENED. NEW MEXICO COLLEGE STUDENTS HIT THE JACKPOT. THERE'S SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL FOR THEM. IN THE FINAL FEW MINUTES OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION, LAWMAKERS PASSED A BILL TO PUMP MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP FUND. HAD WE NOT DONE THIS TODAY, THEN POTENTIALLY KIDS WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF MONEY. ANYONE WHO GRADUATES FROM HIGH SCHOOL HERE IN NEW MEXICO CAN GO TO COLLEGE BASICALLY FOR FREE ANYWHERE IN THE STATE. I KNOW NUMEROUS STUDENTS WHO WOULD HAVE LEFT THE STATE OR NOT GONE TO COLLEGE AT ALL AND BECAUSE OF THIS SCHOLARSHIP, THEY'VE REMAINED HERE. BUT, HERE'S THE PROBLEM-- COLLEGE COSTS ARE GOING UP MUCH FASTER THAN LOTTERY SALES. AND THE WHOLE PROGRAM WAS AT GREAT RISK. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE TO KEEP OUR PROMISES TO THE KIDS WHO ARE IN SCHOOL. RIGHT NOW, THE SCHOLARSHIP PAYS 100-PERCENT OF TUITION. LAWMAKERS EXPECT THAT WILL GO DOWN SLIGHTLY. THEY AREN'T SURE WHEN OR HOW MUCH. BUT THEY SAY IT WILL BE THE SAME ACROSS THE BOARD FOR ALL STUDENTS. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT FULLY SUPPORTED, AS A TAXPAYER. I WOULD PERSONALLY PUT MORE MONEY INTO THAT TO SEE THAT SUPPORT MORE STUDENTS. RIGHT NOW, 14,000 STUDENTS IN NM RELY ON THIS SCHOLARSHIP FUND. OVER THE YEARS, ALMOST 90,000 STUDENTS, INCLUDING THE FAMILY OF THE LAWMAKER WHO PUSHED THIS BILL THROUGH. MY WIFE HAD THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP. IT'S SUCH A BLESSING TO THESE STUDENTS TO HAVE THIS SCHOLARSHIP. LAWMAKERS SAY THIS BILL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THEY DID... GIVING KIDS AN EDUCATION... AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THAT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE BILL DOES NOT CHANGE G-P-A REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS. IT DOES REQUIRE STUDENTS AT FOUR YEAR COLLEGES TO TAKE 15 CREDITS A SEMESTER INSTEAD OF 12...TO HELP THEM GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS. AND, THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS WILL NOW BE AVAILABLE FOR SEVEN SEMESTERS, NOT EIGHT. THE GOVERNOR IS EXPECTED TO SIGN THE BILL INTO LAW.

22:56:54

ALL UNM STUDENTS NOW HAVE A CHANCE TO GET THEIR HANDS ON FRESH FOOD. THE UNIVERSITY IS PARTNERING WITH ROADRUNNER FOOD BANK TO BRING FRESH FRUIT, VEGETABLES, MEAT AND OTHER FOOD TO THE SCHOOL EVERY 3 WEEKS. STUDENTS SAY THIS IS HUGE, BECAUSE MANY ON CAMPUS JUST DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO GOOD, HEALTHY FOOD

KRQE-13       5:00 AM, 6:37 AM

HUNGER IS STILL A BIG PROBLEM IN NEW MEXICO AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, SOME OF THOSE WHO DON'T GET ENOUGH FOOD ON THE TABLE ARE UNM STUDENTS. NOW ROADRUNNER FOOD BANK IS STEPPING IN. THE NON-PROFIT SAYS IT RECENTLY LEARNED OF A GREAT NEED IN THE COLLEGE COMMUNITY. SO TODAY, ROAD RUNNER IS SETTING UP A MOBILE FOOD PANTRY TO HELP ABOUT 100 FAMILIES NEEDING HELP. ROADRUNNER PLANS TO HAND OUT ABOUT 5-THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD. MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT STUDENTS ARE EXPERIENCING HUNGER I THINK THAT IS UNIQUE AS FAR AS NOT STUDENTS GET WHAT THEY NEED SO THEY CAN A SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE STUDENT. UNM WORKED ALONG WITH ROADRUNNER FOOD BANK TO IDENTIFY FAMILIES IN NEED. AND - THERE COULD BE MORE PROGRAMS LIKE THIS IF THERE IS A CONTINUING NEED.

KRQE-13       5:30 PM

A GREEN CHILE CRISIS HAS BEEN AVERTED AT THE PIT. A MAJOR RECALL BY BUENO FOODS NEARLY MADE NEW MEXICO'S STAPLE SIT OUT THE REST OF THE BASKETBALL SEASON. HOWEVER, UNM SAYS IT'S NOW EXPECTED TO RECEIVE ANOTHER SHIPMENT OF GREEN CHILE THAT IS NOT PART OF THE RECALL. SO FANS OF THE LOBOS AND GREEN CHILE CAN BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF FOR SATURDAY'S BIG GAME AGAINST SAN DIEGO AT THE PIT.