Rashad Mahmood-Public Health New Mexico

Big, Toxic and Still Not Cleaned Up

A plume of toxic dry cleaning chemicals has been moving through Albuquerque's groundwater for at least two decades. At 35 feet deep and at least a mile and a half long, it's closer to the surface and possibly covers more distance than the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill. And the chemicals in the groundwater, called TCE and PCE, cause cancer, birth defects and neurological problems.
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Judge Hears Testimony In Teacher Evaluation Case


Environmental Justice And Health Equity

Sun. 10/11 7p: Join us as we discuss health equity and what it truly looks like in New Mexico - from the climate crisis, to just being able to access healthcare resources locally. On this program, we are joined by Juntos, a climate justice organization, to discuss their upcoming screening of Frontera!, and how they are collaborating with the People’s Climate Movement for a National Day of Action. We are also featuring Anicia Roybal, a youth leader from Española, to discuss her important work around health equity.
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Low Turnout for Municipal Election

Oct 7, 2015
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Albuquerque voters went to the polls Tuesday to elect two city councilors for the Northeast Heights and Southeast Heights, and decide several bond issues to fund public transportation, the zoo and BioPark and and modernizing city water facilities.

UNM To House Population Health College

Oct 3, 2015
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New Mexico will be home to the nation's first population health doctoral program. The new program was inspired by the Affordable Care Act to help grow the workforce for our healthcare system. The college will feature a multi-disciplinary degree program that aims to train the students who will provide healthcare services. 


In his most recent book, Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air, biographer Richard Holmes tells the stories of the "first aeronauts," the men and women in Europe and America who pioneered the science and art of ballooning in the 18th and 19th centuries.  The paperback edition of his "unconventional history of ballooning" was published last year by Vintage Books.

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The volume of reported spills from the oil industry in New Mexico jumped by 61 percent in one year. The increase was disproportionate to the increase in what was actually pumped out of the ground. That data is raising questions for environmental groups.

The state Oil Conservation Division said that producers are using new technology that brings more oil and waste to the surface, which could explain the surge in the number of spills.

Rita Daniels

Ranchers and farmers gathered in Albuquerque this week, in part to raise awareness about claims that the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to discriminate against them.

In the past the USDA has settled discrimination claims with women, blacks, Latinos and Native Americans, in some cases for denying grazing permits.

Local Division Over Planned Parenthood Funding

Sep 30, 2015
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Planned Parenthood hosted a Pink Out Day event at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque Tuesday. Much like lawmakers in Congress, attendees at Albuquerque’s Pink Out Day rally were also divided on whether to fund the healthcare provider.

Rita Daniels

The future of the endangered Mexican gray wolf remains precarious in New Mexico. The state game commission denied a federal appeal to release wolves in New Mexico on Tuesday.

Ed Williams

Finding employment can be a challenge for anyone entering the job market. For people with disabilities, those challenges can be even greater—the unemployment rate for that group is twice that of the overall population.

Judge Teachers Honorably

Sep 29, 2015
Olympia School District, State of Washington

Teachers unions filed a lawsuit earlier this year saying that the state Public Education Department’s evaluation of teachers using student standardized test scores is punitive. 

PED recently decided to de-emphasize test scores in teacher evaluations and to make allowances for instructors whose subjects are not evaluated on standardized tests—like music and art.

Commentator Andrea Mays says this is a good first step toward assessing the difficult work teachers do.

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Antiques Roadshow rolled through Albuquerque in July last year for PBS.   Three episodes filmed in the Duke City air on September 28 and October 5 and 12 on New Mexico PBS/KNME Channel 5.   The show features antique experts who appraise items for people who are hoping to hit the jackpot.  

Marsha Bemko is the executive producer of the program.  She spoke with KUNM's Chris Boros about the episodes filmed in New Mexico. 



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ABQ Voters Appropve Police, Fire Hires, Enrollment Up at Dine College

Albuquerque Voters Approve Proposal For Police Chief Hires – The Associated Press Albuquerque voters have strongly supported having future mayoral picks for police and fire chief positions submitted to the City Council for approval.
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KUNM Call In Show

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Supporting Teen Parents

KUNM Call In Show 10/1 8a: Teen pregnancy rates have gone down across the country in recent years, but New Mexico continues to have one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation.
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Public Health New Mexico

Ed Williams

Health Risks Of Decades-Old Chemical Plume Remain Unstudied

When state environment workers were taking groundwater samples in downtown Albuquerque back in the 1990s, they discovered a large plume of a solvent called trichloroethylene, or TCE—a toxic chemical that causes cancer and birth defects—just 35 feet below the ground.
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