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Former State Auditor Accused Of ID Theft, License Crime – Associated Press

A criminal complaint accuses a former senior state auditor of identity theft and altering or forging driver's licenses.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the State Auditor's Office officials went to New Mexico State Police after Terry Becenti was fired earlier this year and officials then found six altered driver's licenses and four Social Security cards.

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Dave Grusin has been an award-winning composer, producer, arranger and, of course, jazz pianist and recording artist for over 50 years.  He's the subject of a new feature-length documentary that was produced by two fellow musicians (and fellow Santa Fe residents), vocalist Barbara Bentree and pianist John Rangel.  Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time screens on July 22 at the Lensic Center in Santa Fe, as part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival.

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Authorities Say Close To $100K Found After Deadly Bus Crash- Associated Press

Authorities investigating a deadly commercial passenger bus crash along a New Mexico highway said Friday that one of the passengers was carrying a backpack filled with almost $100,000 in cash.

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New Mexico To Eliminate 4 Sports To Curb SpendingAssociated Press

Top officials at New Mexico's flagship university are recommending that the men's soccer team and the skiing and beach volleyball programs be eliminated to help the troubled athletics department get its finances under control.

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For some people, eating and planting fresh food is about more than just filling empty stomachs, it’s a way to find connection and build community. It can get expensive, but some organizers in Southeast Albuquerque are committed to making fresh local organic food available.

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We’re proud to announce that KUNM won several national awards for our 2017 coverage. We were awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow award for our series Enduring Addiction produced by Ed Williams. The Murrow awards are a prestigious honor given out by the Radio Television Digital News Association. 

KUNM also won three awards at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. annual conference in June. 

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New Mexico AG Seeks To Void Hispanic Land Grant Transfer- Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said Wednesday he is seeking to void a 2003 land transfer from an historic Hispanic land grant on grounds it was illegal.

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New Mexico Prisons Expected To Fill Up As Population Grows- Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A forecast prepared by the state sentencing commission shows New Mexico's prison system will have more inmates in the next few years than it currently has cells to hold them.

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Sometimes people who've experienced hardship are in a unique position to know what other folks in trouble need. That’s Marion Goodluck.

Every day, weekends, in the middle of the night—she thinks about and plans for the American Indian Women’s Center. It doesn’t exist yet, but she knows from her own lived experience that Albuquerque needs a domestic violence shelter made by and for indigenous people. Her organization is hoping to secure funding from the city and state for an all-nations center that’s welcoming, that feels like a home and a site for healing. 

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Lawmakers Hold Hearing On ICE Detention In New Mexico- Associated Press

State lawmakers have heard testimony about conditions inside federal facilities that house migrants in New Mexico, where the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has entered into agreements with counties and private companies to operate two detention centers.

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New Mexico Ex-Tax Secretary Delays Plea In Corruption Case

The former head of New Mexico's Taxation and Revenue Department has been arraigned in court on embezzlement and corruption charges related to her time in office without entering a plea.

Demesia Padilla appeared in court Friday to face felony counts of embezzlement, computer access with intent to defraud and engaging in an official act for personal gain, along with five misdemeanor charges linked to ethics violations.

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One hundred and fifty craftspeople from around the world will have an opportunity this month to show their work in a sort of microcosm of the global marketplace.  They've been selected from hundreds of applicants to be part of Santa Fe's annual International Folk Art Market, July 12-14 on Museum Hill.  To help ensure that this opportunity translates into ongoing success, IFAM, the non-profit behind the Market, provides the artists, many of whom live in developing countries, with training and mentorship.

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Attorney Accuses New Mexico Sheriff Of RetaliationAssociated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's office says it will review a request for an investigation into Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, who's accused of retaliating against a deputy after he testified in a wrongful death lawsuit against the department.

The opioid crisis in New Mexico has caused historically high numbers of overdose deaths and has overwhelmed law enforcement agencies.

 

But another side effect that we might not consider is the dangerous trash that builds up as a result of opioid use.

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Congress is spending billions more than it ever has to fight the opioid epidemic affecting the nation. Some of that money is going to rural areas, and there was some concern that the rural communities being targeted were almost entirely white.

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There are only 114 Mexican gray wolves in the wild in the U.S. and conservationists say inbreeeding is stifling their survival. Activist groups want the federal government to release more captive adult wolves into the wild.

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Kirtland Air Force Base and the New Mexico Environment Department will meet with the public for an upadate on efforts to clean up the decades old fuel spill on Thursday in Albuquerque. 

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Cibola Lifts Fire Restrictions As Wildfire Danger Decreases- Associated Press

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands is lifting fire restrictions because widespread precipitation from the monsoons has substantially reduced the fire danger.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Take Stock Of Pension LiabilitiesAssociated Press

Members of a legislative committee are taking stock of mounting liabilities at New Mexico's two major public pension funds in the wake of a downgrade of the state's credit rating.

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New evidence has shattered the widely believed narrative of how 10-year-old Victoria Martens was killed in Albuquerque. Right after her death in 2016, detectives interviewed her mother Michelle, and based on that, they pinned the homicide on her and two other adults. But two years later, the District Attorney says that story is false, and DNA evidence points to another killer, who’s still out there.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 7/12 8a: Adults aren’t the only ones looking for jobs in New Mexico. Many teens are seeking employment, both in the summer and during the school year. Teens not only need to gain crucial job skills and experience but they may be helping contribute to the immediate financial needs of their families. New Mexico’s youth unemployment rate has ranked among the highest in the nation in recent years.

  • Did you work as a teen? What did you learn from that experience?

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Since a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead back in February, some of the students who survived have been rallying for other young people to get involved in politics.

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New Mexico Gets New Payment Plan For Rail Runner System- Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

New Mexico has struck a deal to keep its commuter rail system on the right fiscal track.

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New Mexico Candidate For Governor Pledges Not To Raise Taxes- Associated Press

The Republican candidate for governor has signed a pledge to oppose any tax increases if elected, even as the state struggles to shore up its credit rating and address public pension liabilities.

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Newest Bones On West Mesa Not Connected To Unsolved Serial Killing– Associated Press, Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque authorities say bones discovered earlier this week in an area where 11 women were found buried nearly a decade ago aren't connected to an unsolved serial killing but rather are part of an archaeological site that dates back centuries.

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People around New Mexico have been blasting their swamp coolers for weeks. And folks with low incomes can apply through a statewide program for help with an energy bill.

Tommy Orange received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in 2016.   While there, Tommy worked on something he had conceived years earlier, what he calls "a multi-generational, multi-voiced novel about Native people living in Oakland," Tommy's hometown.  There There was published in June -- rapturous reviews and a wave of publicity followed.  It's now a national bestseller.

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OMI Determines Remains Found On Albuquerque's West Mesa ­Are Ancient 

Human remains found this week on Albuquerque’s West Mesa are ancient and not connected to a series of murders over a decade ago, according to the Office of the Medical Investigator.

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A South Valley business owner got an early wake up call from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s office this weekend. A car ran into three storefronts, and he says the repairs will cost thousands. 

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People around the state are used to seeing the flows in local rivers fluctuate. But this year, sandbars have started to widen and connect, and riverbanks are growing by yards. In some places down South, it’s completely dry for miles. KUNM caught up with journalist Laura Paskus of the New Mexico Political Report in a dry patch of the Rio Grande on Thursday morning. 

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