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Rural Opioid Grants Target Mostly White Counties, None In New Mexico

Congress boosted the budget for the battle against the opioid epidemic this year, and a chunk of it—$100 million—is slated for treatment and prevention in rural communities. But something about how lawmakers chose to prioritize that money caught a New Mexico health official by surprise: the funding is focused on counties that are mostly white.

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Let's Talk New Mexico

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Let's Talk Student Loan Debt

Let's Talk New Mexico 5/17 8a: Call now 277-5866. People in the U.S. owe more money on student loans than they do on credit cards. And that student loan debt can follow you around for decades. How are you or your kids deciding whether to borrow money for college? Are you a recent graduate with student loan debt? What does that mean for you right now? Have you been making payments on a student loan? How's that going? We'd like to hear from you. Email letstalk@kunm.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.

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Neighborhood History Through The Eyes Of Contemporary Artists

Sat. 5/19, 12p: Women's Focus - Carol Boss talks with artist Julianna Kirwin and Emma Moya, a long time resident, whose ancestor arrived in what is now Old Town in 1754.
Julianna's project, a series of work from various artists, is being printed on banners that will soon hang on the lamp posts along Mountain Road, a road filled with a rich and vibrant history.

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Dryness Prompts New Mexico Forests To Impose Restrictions – Associated Press

The Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico will soon be implementing fire restrictions due to increasingly dry conditions.

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New Mexico Firm Hopes To Offer Wi-Fi For Space Travelers – The Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

A small New Mexico-based firm is hoping to join NASA in offering Wi-Fi in space.

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Central American Asylum Seekers Get Legal Aid Near US Border – Associated Press

About 20 volunteer lawyers have given talks about the U.S. asylum process to members of a "caravan" of asylum seeking Central Americans at the Tijuana-San Diego border that President Donald Trump has harshly criticized.

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It might seem that opera is an art form that only grown-ups can tackle.  Surely, years of training are necessary to create an opera or even to appreciate one.  Well, the Santa Fe Opera disagrees.  This summer, for the third year in a row, the company is giving kids, third through eighth graders, the chance to write, compose, design, and perform their own opera.  The Opera Storytellers Camp is June 4 - 15.

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Gov. Martinez Visits National Guard Troops At BorderThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez visited National Guard troops deployed to the U.S-Mexico border, praising their work with the Border Patrol as bolstering security for the state.

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Santa Fe School District Reconsiders Security ApproachThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

The Santa Fe school district is backing away from a plan to place police officers on campuses among its efforts to improve school safety.

New Mexico's Delegation On The Farm Bill And SNAP

Apr 25, 2018
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For this week's Let's Talk New Mexico, we reached out to New Mexico's congressional delegation for their thoughts on the 2018 Farm Bill and SNAP funding. Here's what they sent us via email:

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D)

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New Mexico Supreme Court Rejects Governor's Vetoes - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court sided with lawmakers today in a dispute over the extent of the governor's veto powers, ordering that 10 bills vetoed by Republican Susana Martinez in 2017 go into effect because she offered no immediate explanation to the Legislature.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/26 8a: Call 277-5866. We're talking about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and whether people in our state can access it. We'll also talk about the Farm Bill proposed in Congress, which would increase work requirements for people using SNAP, along with other changes. Have you applied for SNAP? How did the process go for you? Or what do you think of work requirements for people participating in this programs? How can people in New Mexico get the food they need? Email letstalk@KUNM.org, tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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New Mexico Education Officials Pursue School Retention PlanThe Associated Press

New Mexico public schools officials are moving forward with a proposal that would require schools to administer improvement and intervention plans and in some cases hold back students who have literacy skills below grade level.

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State Lawmakers Review New Nuclear Storage Proposal, Latino Political Group Pumps In Election Cash

New Mexico Lawmakers Review New Nuclear Storage Proposal – Associated Press New Mexico state lawmakers are being briefed on a proposal to temporarily store tons of spent fuel from U.S. commercial nuclear reactors, along with concerns about safety and potentially adverse economic impacts.

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LISTEN: Courses Work To Create Welcoming And Intriguing Urban Spaces

Friday 5/18 8a: During the spring semester, professors with the School of Architecture taught two classes where students did projects around Albuquerque, and in collaboration with community members.

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Radio Board Election Ballot Info

Send Ballots To: University Secretary, MSC3340 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

Public Health New Mexico

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State Buries Official's School Gun Violence Findings

The head of the state department that oversees behavioral health services is at odds with Governor Susana Martinez’s administration over how to handle gun violence in local schools.

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ABQ's Cannabis Decriminalization Could Be Boon For Patients

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UNMH Receives Flying Colors In LGBTQ Health Equity Survey