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Lobbyists Urged To Seek Anti-Harassment TrainingAssociated Press

The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office is encouraging political lobbyists to undergo voluntary training to prevent sexual harassment or misconduct in the Legislature.

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Judge Dismisses Charges Against Entrada ProtestorsSanta Fe Ne Mexican

A judge dismissed charges against three men who took part in protests against the annual Santa Fe event celebrating the reconquest of the city by the Spanish after a 17th century Indian revolt.

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Tribal Leaders Take Aim At Oil And Gas Development Associated Press

Tribal leaders from throughout New Mexico are taking aim at oil and gas development — this time spurred by a proposed ordinance that would regulate drilling across hundreds of square miles of one sparsely-populated county.

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New Mexico State Finances Shows Signs Of ImprovementAssociated Press

New Mexico is rapidly rebuilding financial reserves that may help state government withstand future economic downturns.

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New Mexico Supreme Court Debates Textbooks Again – Associated Press

New Mexico's highest court will again debate whether the state should use public funds to pay for textbooks at private schools.

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Methadone Program For Inmates To Begin At New Mexico JailAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Bernalillo County is joining only a handful of jails around the country that allow inmates with opioid addictions to start a methadone program while behind bars.

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Attorneys general across the country are claiming that a 2016 law is preventing the Drug Enforcement Agency from stopping the overprescribing of opioid painkillers. This week New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas signed on to a letter with 44 other AG’s calling on Congress to repeal the “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act,” saying the law has handcuffed law enforcement from addressing the epidemic. 

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Oral Arguments Scheduled In Texas-New Mexico Water RightAssociated 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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Last summer, during an internship with a Silicon Valley-based startup, a University of New Mexico undergrad developed an app that allows users to visualize atoms in 3D using their smartphones.  "AR Atom Visualizer" is also the first app to use Google’s new augmented reality technology, ARCore.  The app is available for download on Google Play from the startup, Signal Garden.

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Lujan Grisham Tells Senate Leader To Leave Race- The Associated Press

New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla should end his bid for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women as a city of Albuquerque supervisor.

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Ex-New Mexico State Senator Is Convicted In Corruption TrialThe Associated Press

A former New Mexico state senator has been found guilty on five counts in a corruption trial over accusations he used his position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building.

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New Mexico Prosecutors Urge Jurors To Convict – The Associated Press

New Mexico state prosecutors are urging a jury to convict a former New Mexico state senator on charges of fraud, bribery and violating ethical principles.

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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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Republican Dan Lewis gathered in a Downtown ballroom with his supporters to make sense of what happened. “This has always been about a cause, that is, to make the city better, to make Albuquerque thrive, to make it safer, and you believe in that,” he said. “I know you believed in it, you still do, and I do also.”

Lewis congratulated Democrat Tim Keller on his win but said he’s not done trying to change the city.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 11/16 8a: 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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New Mexico State Senator Testifies In Own DefenseThe Associated Press

An attorney says former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego plans to testify at his own trial, as a jury considers corruption charges including fraud and bribery.

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Board: Dem Broke Campaign Rules In Albuquerque Mayor's RaceThe Associated Press

An ethics board says Democratic Albuquerque mayoral candidate Tim Keller broke campaign finance rules when his publicly financed campaign accepted "in-kind" cash donations.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the city's Board of Ethics and Campaign Practices issued its ruling Monday — a day before the city's runoff election. But the board did not impose any penalties against Keller.

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State: Most New Mexico Parents Don't Get Literacy Notices The Associated Press

Most New Mexico parents of students in first to third grade aren't getting required letters notifying them of students' lack of reading skills, according to numbers released Friday by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

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The great issue facing the film industry these days is inclusion.  How to increase the involvement in the industry of underrepresented communities:  African-Americans, women, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans.  The question of inclusion is also central to Albuquerque's Pueblo Film Fest.  The fourth annual event takes place November 17-19 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

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Sabinoso Wilderness In New Mexico Is Now Publicly AccessibleThe Associated Press

For the first time, the Sabinoso Wilderness in northeastern New Mexico is accessible to the general public for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.

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New Mexico Considers Limiting Access To Police Lapel VideoThe Associated Press

New Mexico lawmakers are drafting legislation that would restrict public access to video recordings from police lapel cameras of people with mental illnesses.

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New Mexico Political Corruption Trial Details Private TalkThe Associated Press

The former top-ranked lawmaker in the New Mexico House of Representatives says he was confronted in his state Capitol office in 2014 by a senator for interfering with the sale of a state-owned building.

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Tiny homes are being praised around the country as an affordable solution to homelessness. Voters in Bernalillo County approved 2 million dollars a year ago to launch a tiny home village project for people experiencing homelessness in the Albuquerque area.

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The Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is looking to attract new riders. That means cameras: on buses, at ART stops, and at intersections.

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Texas Church Gunman Once Escaped From Mental Health CenterThe Associated Press

The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church was treated at a mental health center in New Mexico and briefly escaped in 2012, according to a police report.

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Tiny Bug Posing Threat To New Mexico's $180M Pecan IndustryThe Associated Press

A tiny bug is posing a threat to one of New Mexico's biggest cash crops.

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Bandelier Officials: Years Of Fires Can Cause Falling Trees Associated Press

Multiple fires have weakened many trees at Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico, prompting officials to warn hikers about the dangers of suddenly falling trees.

Since last spring, Santa Fe Community College has had access to a stockpile of decommissioned firearms.  Using the college's forging and welding facilities, students and faculty in the Art Department have transformed these metal parts into sculpture and jewelry, works of art that will be displayed this month and then auctioned off to benefit New Mexicans To Prevent Gun Violence and SFCC scholarships. 

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Western Governors Want Federal Help In Invasive Mussel FightThe Associated Press

Governors of 19 Western states are pressing the federal government to do more to prevent the spread of damage-causing invasive mussels from infected federally managed waterways.

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The University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents announced Thursday, Nov. 2, the University’s first female president in its 128-year history. Groups around campus said they want to work with her to improve student success.

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