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Bidding Big For Corporate Development

Let's Talk New Mexico 11/16 8a: Call now 1-505-277-5866. New Mexico is one of dozens of states and communities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters. Many places are promising hefty incentives to land the deal, just as we did unsuccessfully several years ago for a Tesla facility. Should New Mexico offer incentives to lure big companies that could jumpstart our economy? Email letstalk@kunm.org, use the hashtag #letstalkNM on Twitter or call in live during the show.

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Tim Keller Wins Big In ABQ Mayoral Race

After an extra long campaign season in Albuquerque, voters gave Democrat Tim Keller a big win in last night’s runoff mayoral election against Republican Dan Lewis. Keller said the high voter turnout and decisive victory constitutes a mandate.

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Democrats in New Mexico’s congressional delegation say the Trump Administration isn’t doing enough to help Puerto Rico. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Sandia and Los Alamos National labs are more than capable of aiding the territory as it continues to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. 

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Governor Susana Martinez called this week for lawmakers to repeal a bail bond amendment during next year’s legislative session and bail bondsmen are on board with her effort.

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New Mexico Judge Orders Release Of Clergy Sex Abuse RecordsThe Associated Press

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has released hundreds of pages of court records related to sexual abuse allegations against clergy members in response to an order from a New Mexico judge.

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New Mexico Governor Seeks Repeal Of Bail ReformsAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is calling for the repeal and replacement of a constitutional amendment approved last year to overhaul the state's bail system.

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New Mexico voters overwhelmingly support public financing as a way to counter big money in elections, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 10/19 8a: Recently, the Trump Administration has relaxed rules on health insurance plans and contraception coverage, and cancelled subsidies that help get health coverage to low income people. What do these developments mean for the future of health care in New Mexico? 

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Miners To Make More Room For Nuclear Waste At US RepositoryThe Associated Press

Federal contract workers are expected to begin mining operations at the nation's nuclear waste dump in New Mexico for the first time in three years following a radiation release that contaminated part of the underground repository.

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The Public Education Department is proposing to make language on climate change and evolution less specific in New Mexico’s classrooms.

The state held its only public hearing on the controversial changes to science standards Monday morning.

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US Supreme Court Backs Push To Remove Ten Commandments Monument In NMThe Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall.

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Forest Officials Advise Visitors To Watch For Mountain Lion Associated Press

Gila National Forest officials say visitors to the Mogollon Box day-user area northwest of Silver City should be on the lookout for a mountain lion.

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Arguments In TX-NM Water Right, Lawsuit Says Silver City Hired Cop Who Killed Ex

Oral Arguments Scheduled In Texas-New Mexico Water Right – Associated Press The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a lengthy battle between New Mexico and Texas over management of one of North America's longest rivers.

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The Awakened Woman: A Conversation With Dr. Tererai Trent

Sat. 11/18, 12p: Carol Boss welcomes Dr. Tererai Trent who grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe and is now one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment.

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Public Health New Mexico

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To Grow Health and Economies, Some Tribes Look Away From IHS

The Indian Health Service—the federal agency tasked with providing health services to Native American communities—has long been the go-to health care provider for tribes in New Mexico and across the country. But in recent years, that has started to change, and a growing number of tribes are deciding that managing their own clinics and behavioral health programs will help build healthier, more resilient communities.

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Free Help With Health Insurance Enrollment

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West Nile Virus Cases Spike In New Mexico