1. ABQ Business First - "Key purchases for Innovate ABQ up for regents’ vote"
The UNM Board of Regents meet today to discuss options for getting Innovate ABQ off the ground.

2. ABQ Journal - "New Mexico remembers Nelson Mandela"
Harold Bailey, former director of African American Studies at UNM, remembers Nelson Mandela.

3. Before It's News - "Curiosity Rover: Zapping Mars, One Laser Shot at a Time"
Horton Newsom, ChemCam co-investigator at UNM comments on the exciting new data.

            Story featured in numerous publications

4. Before It's News - "Leading Meteor Scientist Says Some Fireballs Are Artificial"
Under section: “Meteor Expert Says ‘Green Meteor’ Different From Normal Meteors”
Comments relevant to the current story by former UNM astronomer and world renowned meteor expert, Lincoln LaPaz who had shared his experience of seeing a “green fireball” on December 12, 1948.

5. Before It's News - "U.S. Sen. Protests Gitmo’s Fixed All-Leftist Observer Policy"
Nine groups were “randomly selected” to travel to Gitmo, UNM among them.

6.  Media Monitoring from Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

7 KOAT 10:00 PM

WOULDN'T IT? WE KNOW THE PERFECT PLACE TO BUY ONE AND HELP SICK KIDS WHO NEED YOUR HELP. NATALIE: "THIS ONE." 5 YEAR OLD NATALIE QUITANA SUFFERS FROM A DISORDER THAT EFFECTS HER ARMS AND LEGS. SEEING HER WALK AROUND THIS BALLROOM THEY'RE PRETTY IS AMAZING. UNTIL LAST YEAR... ALL SHE COULD DO WAS MOVE AROUND ON HER KNEES. WITH THESE SPECIAL BRACES THIS BEAR SHE CAN NOW BE MORE LIKE OTHER CHILDREN HER AGE. NATALIE IS JUST ONE OF MANY TINY NEW MEXICANS WHO GETS VITAL CARE AT UNM'S CARRIE TINGLEY HOSPITAL. THE HOSPITAL'S FOUNDATION PUTS ON THIS "FESTIVAL OF TREES" AT SANDIA RESORT AND CASINO. THURSDAY... A GALA WAS HOSTED BY KOAT'S OWN DOUG FERNANDEZ AND SHELLY RIBANDO. YOU CAN BUY A TREE TO SUPPORT CARRIE TINGLEY. PINK HAS IT'S OWN THEME. THIS BARBIE TREE IS NATALIE'S FAVORITE. THERE'S EVEN A KOAT TREE. ALL PROCEEDS HELP GREAT KIDS... LIKE THIS ADORABLE LITTLE GIRL. THE FESTIVAL OF TREES IS AT SANDIA RESORT AND CASINO RUNS ALL WEEKEND. YOU CAN ATTEND TOMORROW FROM 10 TO 7 ... IT'S FREE TO GET IN... AND YOU'LL FIND 50 BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED TREES AND MORE THAN 100 WREATHS TO BID ON. PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE CARRIE TINGLEY HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.

13 KRQE 5:00 AM

WE ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THIS WINTER STORM. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SCHOOL DELAYS RIGHT NOW... INCLUDING A 2 HOUR DELAY FOR UNM GALLUP CAMPUS... AND GALLUP PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THOSE DELAYS WILL BE SCROLLING AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN.

05:28:47, 6:27 AM

I'M GOING TO PLAY THE MOMMY CARD HERE AND --- PROUDLY REPORT THIS STORY... THE DUKE CITY IS RANKED AS ONE OF THE BEST CITIES FOR BABIES. IT RANKS SO HIGH BECAUSE HOSPITALS LIKE LOVELACE OFFER FREE PRENATAL CLASSES FOR MOM'S TO BE. AND.. UNM HOSPITAL BOASTS ABOUT HAVING ONE OF THE LOWEST C- SECTION RATES IN THE COUNTRY. PLUS.. THERE'S A BI-LINGUAL STAFF AT ALL COMMUNITY CLASSES. THERE ARE ALSO A HIGH NUMBER OF MID-WIVES FOR OUR POPULATION. THE STUDY WAS DONE BY "WHAT TO EXPECT DOT COM." SAN FRANCISCO TOOK THE TOP SPOT AS THE BEST PLACE TO HAVE A BABY IN THE COUNTRY.

13 KRQE 10:00 PM

LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO MESS UP WHEN THEY'RE KIDS, LATER REALIZE THEIR MISTAKES, WORK HARD AND TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND. FOR HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUTS, THE BEST WAY TO START DOING THAT IS TO PASS THE G-E-D TEST AND GET A HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA. BUT NEW RULES FOR TAKING THAT TEST ARE ABOUT TO SLAM PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST. HERE'S NEWS THIRTEEN'S KIM HOLLAND ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT: MONTAGE OF PENCILS SHARPENING VS. COMPUTER TYPING OLD SCHOOL VERSUS NEW. PENCIL AND PAPER PHASED OUT BY PROGRESS. NAT OF TYPING. BUT IS IT HURTING LOW INCOME NEW MEXICANS? CYNTHIA: A LITTLE NERVOUS CYNTHIA SALAS E NEW CHANGES COMING TO G-E-D TEST-- THE HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY EXAM . SO SHE'S ONE OF MANY TRYING TO PASS THE G-E-D TEST BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. MORE THAN 9- THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN THE TEST THIS YEAR-- UP MORE THAN 500 THAN LAST YEAR. CYNTHIA: I JUST HAD A DAUGHTER, SHE'S ONE AND 8 MONTHS AND I WANT TO GIVE HER A BETTER FUTURE. ALMOST EVERYTHING ABOUT THE TEST IS CHANGING... SO MUCH SO, PEOPLE ARE SCRAMBLING TO FIND ANY SEAT AVAILABLE AT A TESTING CENTER TO TAKE IT. THE RUSH STARTED MONTHS AGO. MASSIVE! A NEW VERSION OF THE TEST WILL ROLL OUT IN JANUARY. THE TEST WILL BE LONGER AND SOME SAY MORE DIFFICULT. PAPER AND PENCIL TESTS, GONE-- THE NEW TESTS, ON COMPUTERS. TESTING CENTERS ALREADY TRYING OUT THE COMPUTERS ARE HEARING THE CONCERNS. JOSHUA/UNM VALCO: THERE HAS BEEN SOME CONCERNS WITH WHERE TO CLICK AND QUESTIONS LIKE THAT. ADVOCATES FOR LOW INCOME PEOPLE AND THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY SAY A DIGITAL DIVIDE WILL KEEP FOLKS AWAY FROM THE G-E-D TESTS. RALPH: TO REQUIRE SOMEBODY TO BE COMPUTER SKILLS COMPETENT FOR THE FIRST TIME THEY TAKE THE GED EXAM IS ASKING A LOT.... IT'S NOT THE PURPOSE TO MEASURE THE GED EXAM AS COMPUTER SKILLS, IT'S TO MEASURE READING, WRITING, ARITHMETIC, SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS, SOCIAL STUDIES. AND THEN THERE'S THE COST OF THE EXAM-- IT'S GOING UP NEARLY 500% IN SOME CASES. CHRIS/CNM: FOR US A BIG INCREASE BECAUSE WE WERE ONE OF THE CHEAPEST IN THE STATE AT $35 FOR THE CURRENT EXAM. NEXT YEAR OUR ONLY OPTION IS $120 AS THAT'S A NATIONAL REQUIREMENT. ALL NEW MEXICO TESTING SITES WILL CHARGE $120 FOR THE NEW TEST... ANOTHER DISADVANTAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY. THAT'S WHY SALAS RUSHED TO FINISH HER TESTING BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR. SALAS: IT WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT HARDER FOR US TO GATHER THE MONEY TO DO IT. AND FOR THOSE WHO DON'T GET IN BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, THEIR PREVIOUS SCORES FOR THE PORTION OF THE TEST THEY'VE ALREADY TAKEN WILL BE WIPED OUT. JOSHUA: EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO FIND A PAPER TEST. UNFORTUNATELY AT THIS TIME THERE'S NOT MUCH LEFT. BUT THESE CHANGES AREN'T UNEXPECTED. EDUCATION EXPERTS HAVE BEEN TOUTING THE CHANGES AND WARNING PEOPLE SINCE 2010. LEIGHANN LENTI: THE LAST TIME THE CONTENT ON THE GED TEST WAS UPDATED WAS IN 2002. THIS IS A REGULAR PROCESS TO UPDATE CONTENT TO MAKE SURE IT'S A LINE TO COLLEGE AND WORK-FORCE EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS. THE PUBLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAYS THERE WILL BE GROWING PAINS AT FIRST, BUT THE NEW TEST AND USING A COMPUTER WILL BETTER PREPARE PEOPLE FOR THE WORKFORCE. EVEN ENTRY LEVEL JOBS REQUIRE COMPUTER SKILLS. ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT, KIM HOLLAND KRQE NEWS 13. THERE WILL BE VOUCHERS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR THE TEST AND ... COMPUTERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRACTICE TESTS BEFORE TAKING THE REAL THING. TO FIND A TESTING CENTER AND GET MORE DETAILS SEE OUR LINK ON KRQE.COM SNOW COVERED LANDSCAPES MADE FOR SOME AMAZING VIEWS ALL ACROSS NEW MEXICO.

22:18:26

KRQE VIEWERS HAVE BEEN CAPTURING THE BEAUTY AND SHARING THOSE PICTURES WITH US. HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT YOU SAW IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS. A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT IN TIME - CAUGHT BY VIEWER RICHARD LUJAN IN A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR JUAN TABO- SHOWCASING THE CONTRAST OF THE SNOW - THE CLOUDS AND THE BRIGHT BLUE SKY. A BEAUTIFUL SNOWY SUNSET IN EDGEWOOD. LAURA NELSON SHARED THIS. A SERENE PHOTO SENT IN BY KAREN WILL - A STATUE AND SNOW FALL AT THE UNM CANCER CENTER. HERE'S ONE WAY TO GET AROUND. THIS IS HOW THEY CLEAR-OUT THE SNOW ON THE GONZALES RANCH. A REAL LIFE SNOWCAT ON THE "PROWL" IN SOUTHEAST ALBUQUERQUE. THIS SNOW ART LEFT FOR A NEIGHBOR. TWO HORSES CHECKING OUT THE SNOWY SCENERY AT THE BACKWARDS U RANCH IN PUEBLO. MISSY SAYS THEY'VE SEEN 10 INCHES SO FAR. OUR VIEWERS "LOVE" SHOWCASING THEIR PETS. CHECK OUT LEVI - WITH HIS SALT AND PEPPER COAT - HE BLENDS INTO THE BACKGROUND. HIS FIRST SNOW EXPERIENCE IN AZTEC. AND JACKIE THE GERMAN SHEPARD STANDING IN SNOW IN SANTA FE. HAROLD MELNICK SENT US THIS SNAPSHOT. AND YOU KNOW THIS GUY WAS BORN TO PLAY IN THE SNOW! HE'S HAVING ONE GOOD TIME IN THIS WINTER BLAST. IF YOU SHARE IT - WE MAY AIR IT! WE WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE SEEING. IF YOU HAVE WEATHER VIDEO OR PICTURES JUST LOG ONTO KRQE DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE "REPORT IT" TAB.