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Court proceedings were paused in a hearing about the slow processing of food stamps applications last week when it seemed like a former state employee could incriminate herself.  A supervisor was set to answer questions about falsified applications when the judge asked if she wanted an attorney of her own.

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The Latest: Navajo Authorities Say Abducted Girl Found Dead – The Associated Press

Federal authorities are trying to find the man suspected of killing an 11-year-old girl after abducting her and her younger brother from the Navajo Nation.

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A chemical company has been testing the air inside homes for toxins near Downtown Albuquerque years after spilling dry-cleaning chemicals into the groundwater. So far, results show residents are not being exposed to chemicals.

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New Mexico Launching New Anti-Child Abuse Campaign, Website - Russell Contreras, Associated Press

The state agency tasked with protecting New Mexico children is launching a new campaign aimed at getting more parents involved in fighting child abuse.

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DEA Sets Up 103 Sites In New Mexico For Disposing Pills— Associated Press

The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to set up 103 sites across the state where people can dispose of their unwanted and expired prescription drugs on Saturday.

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KUNM Call In Show 5/5 8 a: New Mexico has one of the oldest and most vibrant farming traditions in the country. Centuries-old acequia watering systems and ancient farming techniques are still used to grow crops that feed people from Taos to Las Cruces. 

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This month, the Jazz Journalists Association named Tom Guralnick one of its 2016 Jazz Heroes, individuals of positive influence on their musical communities.  Since he arrived here in 1976, Tom has created, or helped to create, three thriving local organizations, the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, the New Mexico Jazz Festival, and Albuquerque's Outpost Performance Space.

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New Mexico Sues Texas Oil Company For Lease PaymentsAssociated Press

The New Mexico State Land Office is suing a Texas-based oil company for years of overdue fees and recent environmental cleanup costs at a waste-water injection well used by various oil producers.

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Wildlife Agency Agrees To Deadline For Wolf Recovery PlanAssociated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to a deadline to craft a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

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Child abuse and neglect is highly preventable—according to a report the CDC just released. It also says stopping child maltreatment altogether should be a public health priority. There are plenty of people who’ve been working in New Mexico on this issue for decades who agree, like the folks at the Nurse-Family Partnership in Albuquerque.

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Bernalillo County Commissioners are declaring an emergency over the county’s high level of opioid overdoses. 

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NM Supreme Court To Hear Workers Comp Case – Albuquerque Journal

The New Mexico Supreme Court will begin hearing a case today on whether farm and ranch workers should be covered by workers compensation benefits.

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Gov. Martinez Welcomes Election Attention For New Mexico – The Associated Press

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she welcomes the attention New Mexico will get when the GOP presidential candidates begin campaigning in the state.

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Independent journalist Amy Goodman is in New Mexico this week to share stories from her new book Democracy Now: Twenty Years covering the Movements Changing America. We caught up with Goodman to talk about the connections she sees between social movements and the current election season. 

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Children who experience abuse and neglect can face lifelong challenges. In New Mexico, reports of child maltreatment have increased over the last several years. We'll discuss how local groups are working to provide families with resources to prevent these issues. 

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Hundreds Of Teens Register To Vote In New Mexico Primary – The Associated Press

Hundreds of New Mexico teenagers are capitalizing on a new state law that allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 the day of the election in November to vote in the June primary.

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New Mexico Judge Extends Pay-To-Play InquiryAssociated Press

A judge is extending an inquiry into conflict-of-interest allegations against a contract law firm that is helping New Mexico settle claims in a pay-to-play scandal during the administration of former Gov. Bill Richards.

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On Friday the U.S. Department of Justice released the findings of its investigation into how the University of New Mexico handles sexual assault and harassment.

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KUNM received fabulous news on Thursday April 21! We won 11 awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies regional competition. 

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San Juan County Residents Meeting On Gold King Mine Cleanup – The Associated Press

Residents of northern New Mexico will be able to learn about the long-term monitoring plan in response to the Gold King Mine spill that affected several communities.

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The company that handles medical services for prisoners in the state—Corizon Health—is facing hundreds of lawsuits filed by inmates who say care is inadequate. A series in the Santa Fe New Mexican investigates whether state officials have been ignoring warning signs or have done an inadequate job overseeing Corizon. 

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Lawsuit Against Natural Cigarette Maker Moved To New Mexico – The Associated Press

A class-action lawsuit targeting a company behind a line of cigarettes touted as natural has moved to U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

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Five health clinics housed in public schools are set to lose their state funding this summer. Now the state health department is trying to decide where they’ll send students who use the school-based health centers.

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New Mexico Governor Rebukes Trump On Border-Fence Plan – The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez is expressing fundamental differences with presidential candidate Donald Trump on his proposal to build a bigger wall along the southern U.S. border and make Mexico pay for it.

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Judge Slams Police Over Wiped Cellphone In Casaus CaseAlbuquerque Journal

A federal judge criticized the city of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Department for not retaining a cellphone used by a former officer, who ran a red light in his police SUV and killed a woman.

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Man’s Death In Police Custody Ruled A Homicide – Albuquerque Journal

The Office of the Medical Investigator has ruled the death of a man held by Bernalillo Police a homicide.

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KUNM Call In Show 4/21 8a: 

You probably noticed that this February and March were much warmer and drier than normal. In fact, this year New Mexico got only 12 percent of the rainfall it usually gets in March. The unusually warm weather prompted mountain snow to melt faster and earlier than usual, while winds whipped up wild fires, stripping land that then becomes vulnerable to flooding.

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Storms Raised Some Pollutants From Mine Spill, Not Others – The Associated Press

Researchers who studied a river in Colorado after a massive mine spill say runoff from fall storms kicked up the levels of some contaminants in the water but not others.

Courtesy Janire Najera and Embassy of Spain

In 2014, Spanish artist Janire Nájera set out on a journey from New Mexico to California, following the 19th Century trade route known as the Old Spanish Trail.  Traveling in an SUV through six states, Najera documented the descendants of the Trail's first Spanish settlers.  The result is Moving Forward, Looking Back, an exhibition that has been seen around the world and is on view now through September at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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