Friday News Roundup
8:38 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Headlines: UNM Grant Helps Student Journalists, Bernco: No More Immigration Holds And More...

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UNM To Use Grant To Help Student JournalistsThe Associated Press and Daily Lobo

University of New Mexico will use a $35,000 grant to help student journalists get their work published and read throughout the state.

The Daily Lobo reports the school's Communication and Journalism Department recently received the Online News Association grant and have used it to build an online news portal called New Mexico News Port.

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Local News
7:19 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Documentary On Photographer Dorthea Lange Premiers On NMPBS

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The photograph "Migrant Mother" is one of the most recognized and captivating images in the world. The image has represented the suffering of America's Great Depression. Yet few know the story, struggles and impressive body of work of the woman behind the camera: Dorothea Lange.  

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Local News
5:08 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

HSD To Hold Hearing On Work Requirements For Food Stamps

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The state Human Services Department will hear public testimony Friday on proposed changes to SNAP, the state’s food assistance program.  

The changes HSD has proposed are twofold.  First, more people, including pregnant women, would be required to participate in a rigorous job search program. Second, adults who don’t have kids would have to work at least 20 hours a week in order to receive food stamps.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Shifting Gears On Bike Safety

Experts say both cyclists and drivers have to work on paying attention to one another in order to reduce the number of collisions.
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Every year in New Mexico there are hundreds of accidents involving people riding bicycles, some of them fatal. But efforts are underway to make the roads safer in Albuquerque by helping cyclists and drivers become more aware of one another.

Eight years ago on the corner of Comanche and Pennsylvania in northeast Albuquerque, avid cyclist Paula Higgins was riding her bike when she was struck by a car in the middle of the intersection. The collision proved fatal for Higgins who died a few hours later. Jennifer Buntz was her one of her long time cycling buddies.

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Public Health New Mexico
9:36 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mothers Fight Stigma Of Drug Addiction

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The number of babies born addicted to drugs has risen sharply over the last decade or so in New Mexico. KUNM’s Public Health reporter Marisa Demarco brings us this story of how stigma surrounding addiction and pregnancy is contributing to the increase.

Mia just gave birth to a healthy baby boy even though she was addicted to methamphetamine until about a month and a half before he was born. Her name has been changed in this story to protect her identity. "My number one fear when I was using while pregnant was to lose him or him being born with something wrong," she said

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Thursday News Roundup
8:47 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Headlines: Santa Fe Decriminalizes Pot, Police Shooting Contest Opposed...

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Santa Fe City Council Votes To Decriminalize PotThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

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Public Health New Mexico
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Immigrant Detention Center Not Approved By State For Childcare

Women and their children line up at the Artesia immigrant detention center, as protesters gathered outside the facility
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As Immigration lawyers prepare to battle the federal government over possible due process violations against immigrant women and children detained in Artesia, records obtained by KUNM raise another legal question about the facility—whether the detention center is in compliance with state child welfare laws.

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Local News
8:41 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Medical Cannabis Board Rejects Rule Changes

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The board that oversees New Mexico's medical marijuana program this week unanimously rejected rule changes proposed by the state Department of Health. 

Dr. William Johnson chairs the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board which is made up of doctors.  He says many of the changes proposed by the Department of Health would hurt patient access to medical marijuana. 


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Public Health New Mexico
4:13 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Infant Mortality Rate Evens Out

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New Mexico’s infant mortality rate fell 22 percent between 2012 and 2013, from 6.9 infant deaths per 1000 births to 5.4 in 2013, according to the state Department of Health

That might sound like a big drop, but that’s because the numbers for 2012 were abnormally high.

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KUNM Call In Show
9:05 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Race And Police Militarization Part II

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/28 8a: 

Images from protests in Ferguson, Missouri have outlined the reality of racial inequality and police militarization throughout the United States. We'll continue last week's conversation and ask law enforcement officials, does this create an "us v. them" mindset for police? What about in communities?

We'd like to hear from you - email, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 


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Wednesday News Roundup
8:52 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Headlines: Santa Fe To Consider Pot Measure, Navajo Primary Election Results...

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Santa Fe City Council To Consider Pot MeasureThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

The Santa Fe City Council is considering a proposal that would put a measure decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on the November ballot.

The New Mexican reports that officials will hold a public hearing Wednesday, a day after the Santa Fe County Commission unanimously approved a similar resolution.

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Local News
6:51 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Positive Growth, Overall Decline In NM Piñon And Juniper Forests

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The most abundant types of forest in New Mexico are made up of piñon and juniper trees.

A five-year inventory of the state's forested lands shows the popular trees cover more than 13.6 million acres.

The inventory also shows piñon woodlands that are old enough to produce harvest-worthy quantities of pine nuts occupy about 8 million acres in New Mexico.

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Local News
10:09 am
Tue August 26, 2014

EPA Takes Comment On Permit For Four Corners Plant

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on a proposed permit for a northwestern New Mexico power plant.

The operator of the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington plans to upgrade two units at the coal-fired plant to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. The EPA says the installation of what's known as selective catalytic reduction technology will result in an increase in sulfuric acid emissions.

That increase means the power plant is required to get a permit from the EPA that requires the plant operator to minimize the emissions.

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Local News
10:03 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Court Eyes Tossing Charges In NM Van Shooting

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A proposed state appeals court order would dismiss charges against a Tennessee woman whose van was chased and shot at by a New Mexico State Police officer during a chaotic October traffic stop.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a New Mexico Court of Appeals judge proposed Monday tossing the criminal case against Oriana Farrell.

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Local News
9:55 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Central, Western New Mexico In Flash Flood Watch

Dark green areas are where a Flash Flood Watch is in affect today through late tonight according to the National Weather Service.
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Parts of central and western New Mexico are under a flash flood watch as heavy rains are expected through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says scattered storms may strike throughout the region Tuesday, bring potential flooding.

Forecasters say parts of the state could see up to two inches of rains. Drier weather is expected later Wednesday.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Headlines: NM Agencies Have $10M In Military Gear, FBI Wanted Sheriff Rodella's Badge And More...

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Audit: NM Agencies Have $10M In Military GearThe Associated Press

Records show a U.S. Defense Department program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent over 10-million dollars worth of weapons, helicopters and armored vehicles to New Mexico.

Documents show the Defense Department's "1033 program" has sent Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to small agencies like Clovis police and New Mexico State University Police.

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-KUNM Studio Sessions
3:34 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Wildewood Acoustic

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Wildewood Unplugged in Studio C.

Today's feature is a preview of an upcoming Studio A session with the Albuquerque trio Wildewood.  Since their self-titled debut release last spring the group has been rolling out new material live before local audiences.  As their second release approaches, the band stopped by our Studio C to offer an unplugged take on the newer material & to talk about the last year.

Wildewood are:
Greg Williams: harmonica, snare drum
Alex McMahon: vocals, guitar
Meredith Wilder: vocals, guitar

Matthew Finch was the audio engineer.

Keep up with Wildewood at

Local News
10:26 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Lawsuit Argues Medicaid Evaluations Hurt Disabled

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Family members of developmentally disabled New Mexicans suing the state say a Medicaid assessment system puts recipients of services at risk.

The Albuquerque Journal reports attorneys for eight families asked a judge Wednesday to halt a new method for evaluating recipients to determine their level of services, which can include 24-hour residential care as well as occupational and speech therapy.

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Local News
9:58 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Survey Finds Little Gain From Exchange Campaign

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A survey commissioned by New Mexico's health insurance exchange has found that a campaign to publicize the online marketplace for buying coverage is having little success so far.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the survey of uninsured New Mexicans found that three of five don't even know what an insurance exchange is.

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Local News
9:39 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Snake Sightings On The Rise In Southern New Mexico

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Officials in southeastern New Mexico say sightings of one of the most lethal rattlesnakes appear to be on the rise.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported Saturday that the Eddy County Sheriff's Department says more snakes have been spotted in yards this year, including the Mojave rattler.

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says the snake is a type of pit viper that has fangs infused with a neurotoxin that is more potent than some other rattlesnakes.

Treatment for a bite from a Mojave rattler requires different anti-venom.

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Local News
9:33 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Heavy Rain Expected In Central, Western New Mexico

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More heavy rain is expected to strike New Mexico this week.

The National Weather Service says up to two inches of rain could hit the central and western parts of the state through Wednesday. Southwestern New Mexico is expected to get the heaviest amount of rain and is an area still struggling with extreme and severe drought.

Last month, heavy rains brought flooding to towns in eastern New Mexico and Albuquerque. The National Weather Service says last month was the fourth wettest July on record for New Mexico.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Revenue Forecast: $285 Million Available Next Year

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A new financial forecast estimates about $285 million will be available in the next budget year for spending increases on state government programs, public education and to offset potential tax cuts.

Officials in Gov. Susana Martinez's administration outlined the revenue projections Monday to the Legislative Finance Committee during a meeting in Las Vegas.

If the Legislature and governor agree to put all $285 million into programs and services, that would allow a 4.6 percent increase in spending in the 2016 fiscal year, which begins next July.

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Monday News Roundup
8:43 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Headlines: Ballot May Not Fit ABQ Proposals, No Injuries From Gunfire Near UNM Campus And More...

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Election Ballot May Not Fit Albuquerque ProposalsThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

All of Albuquerque's proposed questions for voters may not fit onto Bernalillo County's general election ballot.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that county election workers are testing different ballot combinations of questions submitted by the city.

The City Council wants to add five items to the general-election ballot, which includes state and county races.

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Weekend News Roundup
7:54 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Headlines: Lobos Soccer Coach Suspended, Dead Airman Identified, And A New Judge For Bern. Co.

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UNM Soccer Coach Suspended For 1 Week Over Hazing ​ - The Associated Press

University of New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela has been suspended for a week without pay and 22 players will be suspended for one game over a hazing incident.

Athletic director Paul Krebs told the Albuquerque Journal he expects Vela's suspension to begin immediately, but university policy dictates she has 10 days to appeal.

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Friday News Roundup
9:03 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Headlines: New Sex Abuse Suits Vs. NM Catholic Diocese, APS To Name Interim Chief And More...


4 New Sex Abuse Suits Name NM Catholic DioceseThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Four new lawsuits have been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men who say they were molested by priests in New Mexico decades ago.

The four suits filed this week by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall bring the number of lawsuits he's filed on behalf of alleged victims to 25 and 11 have been settled.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:53 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Headlines: NM Signs Off On KAFB Jet Fuel Clean Up Plan, UNM Confirms Hazing And More...

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New Mexico Signs Off On Air Force Clean-Up Plan - The Associated Press

State environmental regulators have signed off on a preliminary proposal by the U.S. Air Force to clean up a huge plume of jet fuel before the contamination reaches Albuquerque's drinking water wells.

The Air Force submitted its plan earlier this month. The New Mexico Environment Department announced its approval in a letter sent yesterday to officials at Kirtland Air Force Base.

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Wednesday News Rounup
8:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Mayor May Veto Marijuana Vote, Governor Opposes Pot Advocacy And More...

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Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot MeasureThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.

Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:06 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Marijuana Ballot Measure, Hazing Allegations At UNM And More...

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Albuquerque Ballot Measure On Marijuana Advances - The Associated Press

A sharply divided Albuquerque City Council has voted to put a marijuana decriminalization proposal on the November ballot.

The council voted 5-4 Monday night to put the proposal on the ballot after activists failed to collect enough voter signatures.

However, the measure is subject to a possible veto by Mayor Richard Berry. Also, Bernolillo County Commission has a say on what goes on the crowded ballot.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Albuquerque City Council Dissolves Police Oversight Commission

Demonstrators at Albuquerque's City Council meeting on April 7, 2014.
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UPDATE 11:30p - The Albuquerque City Council voted overwhelmingly Monday night to dissolve the Police Oversight Commission while the police oversight process is overhauled.

The Albuquerque Journal reports eight councilors voted to halt the operations of the commission. The U.S. Department of Justice found the POC was ineffective and contributed to a pattern of unreasonable use of force by APD officers. 


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Public Health New Mexico
4:26 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

UNMH Patient Tested For Ebola

A technician sets up an assay for Ebola within a containment laboratory.
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The Department of Health sent clinical samples to the CDC today to make sure a New Mexico patient doesn’t have the Ebola virus. 

A 30-year-old woman in Albuquerque went to the hospital this weekend with a sore throat, headache, muscle aches and a fever after returning from a trip to West Africa, where an Ebola epidemic this year has killed more than 1,000 people.

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