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Environmentalists Seek To Block Border Wall Work, NM Educators Focus On School Safety

Environmentalists Seek To Block New Mexico Border Wall Work – The Associated Press A coalition of environment groups is seeking to stop work to replace existing vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico.

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LISTEN: N.M. Students Talk Mass Shootings

Let’s Talk New Mexico 3/15 8a: All around the country, students are walking out of classrooms to call for gun control after a decades of deadly shootings in schools. Young folks are saying they can’t keep waiting, and there is widespread support around the country for some gun control, but lawmakers have made little progress. We’ll hear from students around the state about w hat it's like to go to school in an era of mass shootings.

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Students At Tierra Adentro Organize Schoolwide Walkout

All around the United States, students filed out of their classrooms on Wednesday, March 14, to stand for school safety. It’s been a month since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. In New Mexico, school administrations had mixed reactions to the planned walkouts. Over the last couple of weeks, KUNM followed the students at an arts charter school in Albuquerque, as they organized with the support of school staff.

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La Mesa Elementary Students

The Children's Hour, 3/24 Sat 9a: We'll learn about a unique class at La Mesa Elementary which is the only Navajo dual language elementary program in Albuquerque Public Schools. Plus, we go down the hall to hear Mrs. Charles' fifth grade Spanish - English bilingual class on why studying science is essential in this warming world.

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Soon after graduating from college in 2008, Francisco Cantú joined the United States Border Patrol.  He spent the next four years as an agent, mostly in the field along the U.S./Mexico borders of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  His very personal memoir of that time, and its aftermath, is The Line Becomes A River, Dispatches From The Border, just published by Penguin's Riverhead Books.

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Zinke Stops Oil And Gas Sale Near Chaco Canyon Albuquerque Journal

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has halted a controversial oil and gas lease sale planned near a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northwestern New Mexico.

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Over the years, New Mexico’s resources for human trafficking victims have begun to reach more and more people. But the state still has a long way to go to help survivors.

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Garnett Stokes is the University of New Mexico’s new president. She took some time out of her first day in office Thursday to shake hands and meet people on campus.

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Judge Asks Whether Welfare, Health Programs Are Meeting Needs - The Associated Press

New Mexico’s ability to provide emergency food benefits and health coverage under Medicaid is under scrutiny by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales heard testimony today in an ongoing legal battle over the state Human Services Department progress in meeting a 1998 court decree related to a backlog of food and medical assistance claims.

Courtesy of Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz is a nationally syndicated cartoonist and author of “La Cucaracha,” a daily comic strip that appears in the Santa Fe New Mexican. He was also a cultural consultant for the new Pixar-Disney movie Coco, and he'll give a talk at the University of New Mexico's Woodward Hall, Thursday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m. 

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Bernalillo County commissioners voted on Tuesday to wait 30 days before deciding whether to hire an outside company to scrutinize the sheriff’s department after a spike in shootings by officers.

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The State Land Office has been working with a private company on a wind energy project in Torrance County for years. But more than half of the wind farm can’t be built because the Air Force uses the area for low-altitude flight training.

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New Mexico Governor Says Schools Could Use Retired OfficersThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says schools could utilize retired police officers for campus security as a cost-effective approach to make schools safer.

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UPDATE 2/28: Bernalillo County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday night to defer a vote on the measure for 30 days. 


Bernalillo County commissioners will consider whether to hire an outside company to scrutinize the sheriff’s department after a spike in officer-involved shootings last year. Deputies shot at 10 people in less than five months, injuring three and killing five.


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After Escape, A Long Road To Recovery

Over the years, New Mexico’s resources for human trafficking victims have begun to reach more and more people. But the state still has a long way to go to help survivors.

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