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Navajo Nation Council Approves Funds For Veterans Health Center

Getting health care when you’re a veteran living on the Navajo reservation can be an all-day affair, starting with hours of driving to Albuquerque. Last week, the Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved more than $2 million to fund a veterans service center on tribal land.

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Let's Talk Access To SNAP

Let's Talk New Mexico 4/26 8a: 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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Meet The New Mexico Towns Where Less Connectivity Is More

Hillsboro and Kingston, tiny mountain towns on the edge of the Gila National Forest in Southern New Mexico, have a rare quality. It comes from the night skies. The stars shine bright at this elevation. The nearest city lights are 31 miles from Hillsboro in Truth or Consequences and 41 miles away in Hatch.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/5 8a:  Internet access is expensive and often slow in rural communities across New Mexico. How might improving internet speed and access help all New Mexicans  pursue educational and economic opportunities? 

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Trump To Sign Order Sending National Guard To Mexican Border- Associated Press

President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, with some troops potentially arriving later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

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There could be more peace of mind for people in Albuquerque who don’t qualify for the state’s medical cannabis program if Mayor Tim Keller signs a measure city councilors passed on Monday. It would decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis.

 

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The U.S. Census count is two years away, but the return of a controversial citizenship question has prompted New Mexico’s attorney general to file a lawsuit. 

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Report: Solar Innovation Could Mean Jobs For New Mexico- Associated Press

New Mexico has the potential to add several thousand more jobs over the next decade if it leverages its existing capacity to create high-tech innovations for the evolving solar industry, according to a California-based public policy group.

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Albuquerque City Council To Vote On Decriminalizing Cannabis- Associated Press

A proposal to decriminalize cannabis possession in small amounts is expected to go before the Albuquerque City Council today, as a growing number of U.S. municipalities have enacted similar measures.

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US Senator To Award Medal To Navajo Code Talker's Family Associated Press

One of New Mexico's U.S. senators plans to honor a deceased Navajo Code Talker posthumously for his service during World War II.

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The Human Rights Campaign released the results of their health equity study and a couple of New Mexico's hospitals did really well.

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Albuquerque Mayor Pushes Police Officer RecruitmentThe Associated Press

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller wants to hire 100 new police officers in the coming fiscal year as New Mexico's largest city looks to curb crime.

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The National Rifle Association gave $61 million to schools and non-profit organizations in the U.S. between 2010 and 2016, according to an Associated Press analysis. Schools across the country got $7 million. 

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Enrollment Drops At NM Public Colleges, Public Meetings Set On Nuclear Fuel Storage Proposal

New Mexico Public-College Enrollment Falls Fast – Associated Press A recent decline in enrollment at New Mexico public colleges outpaced nearly every state in the nation.

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Live In Studio: Gathering Of Nations Performers

Thurs. 4/26 1:30p. Thursday April 26th marks the opening of the 35th Annual Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque. It is the largest event of its kind in North America, dedicated to celebrating and sharing indigenous culture. Join Afternoon Freeform host Brandon Kennedy as he welcomes local native performers into the KUNM studios for live performance and conversation. Guests include Colleen Gorman, DDAT , JJ Otero , Sunburnt Stone and Nizhoni Girls.

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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