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Carrying The Pain Of Centuries

UNM dance professor Eva Encinias Sandoval has spent her life with flamenco. Its fierce energy, she says, is the "cultural expression of a people who had no voice" -- the persecuted gypsies, or Romani people, of Spain. Eva and her Albuquerque-based organization, the National Institute of Flamenco, have been working for almost 30 years to promote an art form that's largely unknown to American audiences. For seven days in June, celebrated dancers, singers and musicians from Madrid and Andalusia...
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Border patrol agents are racially profiling and routinely harassing people in southern New Mexico according to an investigation by the ACLU.

The investigation revealed that border patrol agents detain people at checkpoints based on the color of their skin. It also detailed how roving agents pull over ambulances that are transporting patients.

Rita Daniels

People are going to have to wait to find out whether or not New Mexico’s largest utility will be allowed to continue investing heavily in coal power. Regulators decided to delay their decision on PNM’s power replacement plan Wednesday.

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UPDATE 12:00p: New Mexico Regulators Delay Decision On Power Plant - Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

New Mexico regulators are giving Public Service Co. of New Mexico more time to ink agreements with a mining company, delaying a decision on whether to approve a plan to close part of the San Juan Generating Station.

The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 during its meeting Wednesday.

Laura Paskus

Last month, citizens, local officials and state regulators from New Mexico and Colorado gathered in Farmington, N.M. to learn more about the methane anomaly over the Four Corners that is being studied by scientists across the nation.

Class Of 2015: Setting New Priorities

May 21, 2015
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Commentator Andrea Mays was asked to say a few words of inspiration at a university department’s commencement ceremony earlier this month. So, she did a little research about the prospects for the Class of 2015. 

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Stormwater is a major source of pollution in the Rio Grande. The U.S. Geological Survey released a nine-year study of stormwater in the Albuquerque area last week, finding high concentrations of pollutants in the city’s arroyos.

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Some of the money from the Department of Energy’s settlement with New Mexico following a radiation leak at a nuclear waste storage facility last year will go to address stormwater issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

PNM Rate Hike Rejected

May 13, 2015
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The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously to reject PNM’s application to raise rates by 16 percent for residential users.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/14 8a:  

The Albuquerque City Council passed a pay equity ordinance last week that provides incentives to companies that pay women at least 90 percent of what they pay men in comparable jobs. The ordinance is being lauded as a national model, but does it go far enough? We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

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May is Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month, and since 2000 our state has seen its teen birth rate fall nearly 50 percent for teens age 15 to 17. 

A lot of factors contribute to the drop in teenage parenthood in New Mexico, like expanded access through Medicaid and improvement in birth control.

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10 Albuquerque Officers On Leave Following Latest Shooting - The Associated Press Albuquerque police say 10 officers are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into a shooting that wounded a suspected car thief who tried to run them over. Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says investigators are trying to determine how many of the officers may have fired their weapons during Thursday night's incident. Officers open fired at Rodrigo Garcia after they said he drove directly at...
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Cost Of Energy In New Mexico

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/28 8a: We all need electricity. But what's a fair price for the energy that powers our homes and businesses? We want to hear what you think about energy prices. Could your family afford an increase in your electricity bill? Would you be willing to pay more if you knew the power was coming from alternative sources like wind and solar? Join our conversation about the cost of energy. Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments below or call in live during the show....
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Harvesting Health In The South Valley

Santiago Maestas has been growing fruits and vegetables on a small plot of land in the South Valley for over 40 years. He's standing by a centuries-old acequia near Isleta Boulevard south of Albuquerque—a modest, earthen ditch carrying slow-moving irrigation water away from the Rio Grande and into fields and gardens. This area was farmland years ago, before the city closed in around it. But for all the changes the neighborhood has gone through, the acequias have remained. Maestas says today...
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