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This week, New Mexico in Focus examines renewed efforts to tap the state's $14 billion land grant permanent fund to support early childhood programs. Advocates say that despite steady increases in early childhood funding each year, New Mexico needs a much larger infusion to address the state’s poor rankings in child well-being. Critics argue existing federal law would block the use of those funds on early childhood programs, and that existing infrastructure could not absorb such a large influx of money.

The program airs Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMIF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1 and again on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

Also scheduled, a behind the scenes look at the Roundhouse preparing for the 2015 legislative session. Former New Mexico Senator Dede Feldman discusses the insights from her new book "Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens."

The panel discuss the announcement this week that Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg filed charges against two Albuquerque Police Department officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of James Boyd in the foothills of Albuquerque last year. The case has received national and international media coverage.

Guests:
* Dede Feldman, former N.M. Senator and author
* Larry Langley, president and CEO, New Mexico Business Roundtable
* State Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Albuquerque)

Line panelists:
* Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
* Viki Harrison, executive director, Common Cause New Mexico
* Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
* Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions

Correspondents:
* Gwyneth Doland
* Megan Kamerick

Host/Commentator:
* Gene Grant

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Co-producers of New Mexico in Focus are Megan Kamerick and Floyd E. Vasquez Jr. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Media Contact: Evy Todd (505) 277- 1218, email: etodd@newmexicopbs.org.