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Feeling Unified, New Mexico Delegates Head HomeAssociated Press

New Mexico's Republican delegates are heading home from Cleveland with a sense that their party is united behind Donald Trump.

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KUNM Call In Show 7/28 8a: New Mexico is known for its incredible outdoor beauty. Are you taking advantage of opportunities to hike, bike, paddle or camp in state and national parks this summer? What does time in the outdoors mean to you? What keeps you from spending more time in nature? 

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 The Bernalillo County approval process for a huge housing development on Albuquerque’s west side stalled on Thursday.

The county planning commission chair blamed the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority for not working with Santolina developers to get a water contract in place that would spell out water availability for the 38,000-unit housing development.

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Her head is over six feet tall, made up of 104 bead-like ceramic objects.  Her hair is woven fabric, long enough to attach to the surrounding walls.  And she speaks.  She is entitled Everything Anywhere and she is installed this summer at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.  Her creator is the busy young New Mexico-based ceramic artist Cannupa Hanska Luger.

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New Mexico Governor Disputes Claim Trump Reached Out On VPAssociated Press

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is disputing a claim that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tried to contact her to be vetted for vice president.

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New Mexico Treasurer Shares Budget ConcernsThe Associated Press

New Mexico State Treasure Tim Eichenberg says data through the end of May show that revenue collections aren't keeping up with projections.

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New Mexico Newspapers Want Settlement Details From CorizonAssociated Press   

Two newspapers and an advocacy group have asked a New Mexico district court to publicly release some settlement documents between Corizon Health and inmates in the state's prison system.

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Taos Jail Inmate Apparently Kills Himself With A Bedsheet — Associated Press

Authorities say an inmate at the Taos jail is dead and he apparently killed himself with a bedsheet.

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In an ongoing, decades-long conflict about whether public assistance in New Mexico is available to people who need it most, a federal judge has recommended that the Human Services Department secretary be found in contempt of court.

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Albuquerque Police Department Goes To Buddy System – Albuquerque Journal

For the second time this month following shootings of police officers, the Albuquerque Police Department told officers to respond to calls in pairs.

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The Latest On A Southern New Mexico WildfireAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency in response to a wildfire in Otero County. Friday afternoon's declaration will enable the county to order and pay for additional resources needed to fight the wildfire in the southern New Mexico mountain village of Timberon.

On view this summer at the Albuquerque Museum is Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches and Models of Antoine Predock.  Included are almost 300 works on paper, along with clay architectural models, representing, in a small way, the 50-year career of the internationally-known New Mexico-based architect.

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Mexican Gray Wolf Management Measure Passes US House – Associated Press

Two Western Republican congressmen have succeeded in getting legislation through the U.S. House that would shift management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf from the federal government to states.

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A Rio Arriba County detox center is getting $45,000 from a state-funded grant. The county’s Community Health Council voted to award the funds Wednesday.

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Rio Arriba County’s Health and Human Services Department is helping law enforcement there stock the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.

Rio Arriba County has the highest rate of opioid overdoses in New Mexico, but police and sheriff’s departments haven’t been able to get a reliable supply of naloxone—also known as Narcan—to use on the streets.

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Police violence against people of color has been at the forefront of national debate in recent months. And in New Mexico, a group advocating for indigenous concerns called the Red Nation has been active on this issue since the killing of James Boyd two years ago.

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Otero County Fire Prompts Evacuation Of TownKOB-TV, KRQE-TV

A fast moving fire in Timberon southeast of Alamogordo has grown to 200 acres and destroyed two fire trucks and at least 10 structures, including homes.

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KUNM Call In Show 7/14 8a: This week, we want to hear your response to recent police shootings of African Americans—and the killing of five Dallas police officers. How do you think the shootings of officers in Dallas have affected the national conversation on race and policing? What are the ripple effects of these deaths right here at home in New Mexico? How has the widespread anger and fear affected police officers and their ability to do their jobs? How are activists taking care of themselves in the face of a problem that's hard to gain ground with? 

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NMSU To Announce Details Of Budget, Job Cuts Associated Press

New Mexico State University president Garrey Carruthers says he will unveil details about the school's budget problems, which will include jobs cuts.

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All around the country, states are trying to address a mounting number of untested sexual assault evidence kits. And even though New Mexico’s budget is tight, the Legislature found $1.6 million to work through the backlog here. At a meeting in Albuquerque on Monday, stakeholders gathered to talk about what’s next.

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Oil Rig Fire Burning In San Juan CountyKOB-TV, KOAT-TV

A massive oil fire near Nageezi in northwestern New Mexico has prompted some evacuations and a road closure.

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The first report from a state investigation into whether state employees falsify food stamps applications revealed evidence of the practice, but so far, no written orders from higher-ups. The report was released Friday after a judge ruled that it had to be made public.

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UNM Launching $180 Million In Construction ProjectsAlbuquerque Journal

A new astronomy and physics building is among a number of construction and renovation projects totaling $180 million planned for the University of New Mexico.

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Deaths Of 3 Mexican Gray Wolves Under InvestigationAssociated Press  

Three Mexican gray wolves have been found dead in Arizona and New Mexico and wildlife managers say they're investigating.

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Congress is considering legislation that will make it easier to treat people for opioid addiction. And doctors in Rio Arriba County—an area hard-hit by drug addiction—are hoping the new laws will provide relief to patients there.

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For the folks beating back flames during New Mexico’s dry season, knowing the science behind fire behavior can save lives and property. Members of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) are collecting information on fuel loads, which are the amount of wood on a forest floor that could sustain a fire. The hope is that the data will help firefighters predict the direction and intensity of a blaze.

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Albuquerque Launches Plan To Tackle Rape Kit BacklogAssociated Press

Albuquerque police have launched a new effort to address the city's backlog of untested evidence kits from sexual assaults and rapes.

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For the first time since allegations surfaced that state employees falsify food stamps applications, New Mexicans heard testimony from public officials Thursday.

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Albuquerque Crime Spiked In 2015Associated Press

Albuquerque saw spikes in violent crimes as well as property crimes in 2015, defying national trends in cities of similar size.

Ed Williams

When toxic chemicals are released into the environment, figuring out whether they’re making people sick can be a major challenge. It’s a problem the state is trying to solve now in the Sawmill and Wells Park neighborhoods near downtown Albuquerque, where an underground plume of dangerous dry cleaning solvents is flowing just beneath people’s homes and businesses. 

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