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Bands Rock For Albuquerque Indian Center

When Native American people move to Albuquerque from more rural parts of the state, some say the transition can be tough. And a community center that provides basic resources is in danger of shutting its doors.
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Cristina Ortega

Wild Things

Sat. 2/6, 9a: The wild things of New Mexico are sometimes visitors and sometimes lifelong residents. We'll be joined by wildlife biologist Wendy Brown and learn about a few of our feathered, furry and rooted wild things living in the neighborhood. With excellent music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more; The Children's Hour is a great start to any Saturday.
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Rita Daniels

New Mexico REAL ID Compromise Passes 2nd Test-Associated Press

A second Senate committee has passed a bipartisan proposal aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

Commentary: When Will We Get An Ethics Commission?

Feb 5, 2016
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New Mexico is one of only 8 states that doesn’t have an ethics commission and lawmakers are considering a proposal to create one during the legislative session this year.

Viki Harrison of Common Cause New Mexico wants to know how big the scandal has to be before our state has one here? She asks, "What are we waiting for?"

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You can read Harrison's full length op-ed published by New Mexico In Depth here

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Lawsuit: Sheriffs Used Pepper Balls And K-9 On Elderly ManAlbuquerque Journal

Family members of an elderly man who was shot with pepper balls and taken down by a K-9 dog have filed suit against the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

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Many people complain that big public works projects aren’t getting done in New Mexico because the system we use to fund them is dominated by politics. But that could change as two proposed reforms of the capital outlay system gain momentum this legislative session.

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When Native American people move to Albuquerque from more rural parts of the state, some say the transition can be tough. And a community center that provides basic resources is in danger of shutting its doors. 

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The issue of transportation and capital outlay reform has been “front and center” during this year's 30-day legislative session in Santa Fe. Many say New Mexico’s capital outlay process is broken.

But as Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation says, it’s not just that. If New Mexicans are going to get the most ‘bang’ for their infrastructure buck, he says we must reform the way workers are paid on public works projects.   

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Study Critiques APD Lapel Camera Policy – Albuquerque Journal

A new report finds policies on using lapel cameras in the Albuquerque Police Department are confusing and impact officers’ actions interacting with people on their beats.

Ed Williams

Decades ago, a chemical business called Laun-Dry Supply Company leaked poisonous dry cleaning solvents into Albuquerque’s groundwater.

In the years since, nobody has investigated possible health impacts to people living near the contamination.

But that changed this week. On Wednesday, the New Mexico Environment Department started the process of testing houses for chemicals from the Laun-Dry spill.

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Finger Print Provision Scuttles Deal On Immigrant LicensesThe Associated Press

Leading Republicans in the New Mexico Legislature are insisting that immigrants who are in the country illegally provide finger prints when applying for a special driver identification card, under amended legislation designed to make state driver's licenses compliant under federal regulations for identification.

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There were 5,406 untested sexual assault evidence kits in the state at the end of last year, according to the state auditor. A pair of bills to tackle the problem cleared their first hurdles on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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Rita Daniels

REAL ID Compromise Passes Second Test, Mine Spill Dumped 880,000 Pounds of Metals In River

New Mexico REAL ID Compromise Passes 2nd Test-Associated Press A second Senate committee has passed a bipartisan proposal aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.
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LISTEN: A Conversation On Restoring Public Trust

Mistrust of government is at an all-time high. As part of our People, Power and Democracy project, Gwyneth Doland is moderating conversations between state lawmakers, policy experts, and New Mexicans to answer questions like: What can elected officials, media, and the public do to restore trust in our democracy?
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KUNM Call In Show

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Is 'Crony Capitalism' Stalling NM's Economy?

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/4 8a: A new report says New Mexico’s economy isn’t growing because it’s based on “crony capitalism,” meaning our government responds to the needs interests of a few powerful, wealthy interests—leaving the rest of us pay the price.
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Local Bands: NPR Wants To Help You Get Your Big Break

The NPR Music Tiny Desk contest is back! Unknown bands and musicians from all over the country are invited to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. The band with the winning video will play NPR's famous Tiny Desk in Washington, D.C., before embarking on a U.S. tour that includes appearances at a taping of NPR's Ask Me Another and at events hosted by NPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Company throughout the country. Click here to find out more.
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Public Health New Mexico

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Reuniting Fathers And Families After Incarceration

The number of people who are behind bars in America is much bigger than it was 40 years ago. In fact, it’s five times higher. That means a lot more parents are doing time, and having a record can limit people’s ability to get a job, find a place to live and provide for their kids. A local program is trying to help dads get around the obstacles and back on track with their families.
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