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Could Unspent Funds Shorten Wait List For Disability Services?

New Mexico’s auditor identified more than $4.5 billion in unspent state funds earlier this year. Now a national agency wants to see some of that money go to a program for people with disabilities. It’s known as the DD Waiver, and it’s a program that helps folks with developmental disabilities get services. But the waiting list is up to 10 years long.
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Wildewood Plugged and Unplugged

This week's feature brings together two 2014 sessions with the Albuquerque trio Wildewood.
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Dick Thomas Johnson

UPDATE 6:05 pm - NEA New Mexico's Charles Goodmacher was in the courtroom late this afternoon and said the judge ruled in favor of the union. We will be following this story as it unfolds. Check back for updates.

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You can let the fireworks fly in Bernalillo County this Fourth of July, as long as they don’t fly too far. Abundant rain this year kept Bernalillo County from banning fireworks and other fires.

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Key players in New Mexico’s energy economy came together Wednesday in Albuquerque to talk about some of the challenges they face.

Laura Paskus

There used to be big talk about a big boom coming to the San Juan Basin. Industry thought they’d sink 20,000 new oil wells. Companies wanted to take advantage of oil deposits squeezed into tiny fissures in tight shale deep underground.

An Elegy For The American Character

Jul 1, 2015
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As we approach the 4th of July holiday, commentator Andrea Mays says we need to reflect on how racism is a central part of the ‘American character.’

Andrea Mays is an American Studies scholar who lives in Santa Fe. Her bi-weekly column, Here’s The Thing, is published by the Santa Fe Reporter. Find the full piece online here.

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A Harvard University report released last week shows that for renters making less money, Albuquerque is among the toughest U.S. cities for affordable housing.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week on a law limiting mercury and other emissions from power plants will not affect a coal-fired plant in northwestern New Mexico.

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Mental health care and substance abuse treatment here has been in flux since Medicaid payments to providers were frozen in 2013. And two counselors are striking out on their own in a rural part of the state.

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U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced Monday that he will propose legislation to address poverty across multiple generations. 

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If you are a member of the Navajo Nation with respiratory problems and you live near the Four Corners Power Plant, you may have more access to health care soon.

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Tracking APD Ammunition, Drone Laws Discussion...

Albuquerque Police To Update Ammunition Policies - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal The Albuquerque Police Department says it's making changes to better track its ammunition.
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Public Health New Mexico

County OKs Santolina Agreement

Bernalillo County Commissioners voted to approve the Santolina development agreement in a contentious meeting Wednesday. The plan could bring about 40,000 new homes to a privately owned development on the West Mesa outside of Albuquerque. The 3-to-2 vote to approve Santolina came after hours of debate over the language in the agreement. Protesters and acequia farmers sat through the hearing with tape over their mouths—a symbolic objection to the commission’s decision not to allow public...
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