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Advocate: Systemic Racism Behind Poor Early Ed Funding

Funding for public early childhood programs is tight around New Mexico, and it’s disproportionately students of color who miss out. Allen Sanchez of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops sparked debate last week when he told an Associated Press reporter that systemic racism is a factor in why legislation that could have fixed the problem didn’t get a fair shake.

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Drought A Risk Despite Recent Snowfall

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Disappointment For Early Childhood Education Advocates

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Weather, Roads, School Delays

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After The Legislature, The Work Continues

This year’s 30-day legislative session wrapped up last week. It was a budget year, but lawmakers also considered legislation to address issues like education and public safety. We'll take a look at what happened this year at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, then we'll step back and spend the rest of the hour looking at programs and organizations around the state that are addressing some of the most persistent problems in our communities – from poverty to a lack of access to health care.

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Kids Making History

The Children's Hour Sat 2/24 9a: History is being made every day, and kids are part of the story. 14 year old Donovan Smith, an unsung hero of black history himself, will tell us about his latest efforts in making Albuquerque a better place to live. Plus, we’re hearing about kids leading the way in Florida and around the world to make schools safer, but this isn’t the first time kids have been on the front lines for their rights.

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The Changing Faces Of Education

Sat. 2/24 12p: Join host Pamelya Herndon for a special tribute to Black History Month. Our guests will be Dr. Cynthia Warrick , President of Stillman College and Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College, the first African American women to serve as President of these Historically Black Colleges. We'll also be joined on the show by Melisande Short-Colomb, one of the descendants of the 272 slaves that Georgetown Priests sold in 1838 to help pay off Georgetown University's debt....

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Drought Forces Choice For NM Ranchers, Las Cruces Student Arrested After School Shooting Threat

Drought Forces Painful Choices For New Mexico Ranchers - The Associated Press Some stretches of New Mexico have gone months without meaningful moisture, leaving farmers and ranchers to make difficult decisions as long-term forecasts call for drought to intensify across the already arid state.

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KUNM News Is Hiring A Public Health Reporter!

KUNM at the University of New Mexico is hiring one full-time Technical Journalist to report for the Public Health New Mexico project.

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Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week's business news from around the state.

New Mexico – The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that the federal government will move to impose stricter standards for smog pollution. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus has more on how those changes could affect New Mexico.

Santa Fe, NM – Is this a critical point in time for the U.S. and its political systems?

Santa Fe writer and KUNM Commentator Craig Barnes thinks so.

KUNM's Jim Williams sat down with him in our Santa Fe newsroom, and had Barnes begin by reading from his new book, "Democracy at the Crossroads."

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Albuquerque, New Mexico – Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the online New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

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New Mexico – Next fall, talented students from across New Mexico will have the opportunity to study at a new, state-sponsored charter high school. The New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe will offer pre-professional training in dance, music, theater and visual arts.

The school is now accepting applications for the Fall 2010 semester.

KUNM's Spencer Beckwith spoke with the head of the school, James Ledyard. He asked what kind of students the school is looking for.

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Commentator Craig Barnes on Critiques of President Obama

Santa Fe, NM – Commentator Craig Barnes says some criticism of the country's current leader, President Barack Obama, simplifies the complexity of modern challenges.

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Health Care Bill Close to Passing in the Senate

Albuquerque, NM – Elaine Baumgartel spoke with New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman about the mood on Capitol Hill and some of the details of the bill. Bingaman says passage in the Senate is pretty much a done deal...

Mesilla Valley, New Mexico – Pecan growers in southern New Mexico are finally gathering this year's crop after wet weather delayed harvesting.

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture estimates that the state's pecan industry is now valued at about $180 million annually.

KUNM's Kent Paterson recently visited a pair of pecan growers south of Las Cruces and has this profile of some of the highs and lows of pecan farming in New Mexico.

Un Rinconito en el Cielo: Stories from Northern New Mexico - Part 3

Chellis Glendinning and Grace Berge

New Mexico – On Mondays in December, we're presenting a special series spotlighting four Northern New Mexicans whose lives offer an intriguing look at the diversity of the people of that region of our state. Chellis Glendinning reports along with producer Grace Berge.

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