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The Albuquerque Police Department has been involved in a reform process for years after federal investigators pointed to a pattern of officers using excessive force. The monitor charged with overseeing progress released the sixth report on Wednesday, and has been critical of the department’s willingness to make real changes. 

Tech Giants Testify On Russian Disinformation

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Tech giants are testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday about Russian efforts to spread disinformation in the U.S. Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with two national security analysts, will speak with lawmakers about ways that Russia has used the social media platforms.

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Study Finds New Mexico Not Prepared For Another RecessionThe Associated Press

A study says that New Mexico is not prepared to withstand another recession, should it come, given its depleted financial reserves.

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The state Supreme Court created a commission to look at how adult guardianship works in New Mexico, and to figure out how to improve the system. After a series of public meetings, the group released 17 recommendations, mostly aimed at accountability. 

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New Mexico AG, Insurance Firm Reach $18.5M SettlementThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office has reached an $18.5 million settlement agreement with the state's largest health insurance provider over unpaid premium taxes.

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It’s about time for open enrollment on the state health insurance exchange. The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is partnering with Catholic Charities to offer residents free one-on-one appointments with insurance agents and brokers starting November 4th.

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His iridescent shapes float in 3-dimensional space, an exploration of the mysteries of light.  "Some people, it puts them in a state of almost infancy," says August Muth of his holographic art.  "They can't resist the temptation to touch the light."  The Santa Fe artist's latest works are on view through November 9 at the Canyon Road gallery, OTA Contemporary

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New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas weighed in this week against a proposed concealed carry bill that’s before Congress. But some local gun owners said the bill would make it easier for them to defend themselves while traveling.

The Congressional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would have states recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits as they do drivers licenses. A person with a concealed carry license traveling to another state would have to obey that state’s gun laws.

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Think New Mexico has released their latest report along with a new initiative to improve the state’s public schools by moving over $100 million from school district administrative offices to the classrooms.  Founder and Executive Director, Fred Nathan, spoke with KUNM’s Chris Boros.

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When the oil and gas industry takes a dive, or when extractive industries tank, so do economies in rural areas, where a lot of the jobs come from drilling, or mining, or power plants. A business incubator is helping entrepreneurs on the Navajo Nation with the idea that local skills and talents—and cash flowing in and out of local businesses—are key to independence from environmentally damaging corporations. 

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Oil and gas drilling and mining companies come to rural areas offering jobs and cash, but they also dig into the land, pull resources out of it and create pollution. There are some folks in these regions who say the trade off isn’t fair in the long run. One organization is working on the Navajo Nation to stabilize the boom-and-bust economy of extraction by boosting local entrepreneurs and small business.

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The Indian Health Service—the federal agency tasked with providing health services to Native American communities—has long been the go-to health care provider for tribes in New Mexico and across the country.

But in recent years, that has started to change, and a growing number of tribes are deciding that managing their own clinics and behavioral health programs will help build healthier, more resilient communities.

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New Mexico Political Corruption Case Heads To Trial – The Associated Press

A former New Mexico state senator goes on trial next week on corruption charges in a high-stakes showdown with state prosecutors. The case comes to a head as voters consider creating an independent state ethics commission to shore up oversight of elected officials.

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Comprehensive sex education helps address and prevent sexual assault. The University of New Mexico is hosting lectures, workshops, and discussions as part of the annual Sex Week. 

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 10/26 8a: In New Mexico and across the West, economies are changing. From agriculture to tech startups, health care and business on tribal lands, communities in New Mexico are working to adapt. 

This week on Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’re looking at communities who are coming up with solutions to the economic changes our state is facing as part of our collaboration with the Solutions Journalism Network's State of Change project. 

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3 Council Members Criticize Albuquerque Police Monitor- The Associated Press & The Albuquerque Journal

Three members of the Albuquerque City Council want the city auditor to review the performance of the independent monitor charged with making sure Albuquerque police are implementing reforms.

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Al Hurricane, 'Godfather Of New Mexico Music,' Dies- The Associated Press

Al Hurricane, known as the "Godfather of New Mexico music" for developing a distinct sound bridging the state's unique Hispanic traditions with country and rock, died Sunday.

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The World Gay Rodeo Finals will be hosted this Saturday and Sunday at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque.

With the event, the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association aims to provide a safe space for people who identify as LGBTQ to compete and share their experiences.

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Killer of Navajo Nation Girl Gets Life Prison SentenceRussell Conteras, Associated Press

A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation was sentenced Friday to life in prison in a case that drew national attention over abducted Native American children.

Tom Begaye was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the May 2016 killing of Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation.

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A New Mexico shelter is one step closer to its goal of ending youth homelessness. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Youth Shelter and Family Services center in Santa Fe $2 million just in time.

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Democrats in New Mexico’s congressional delegation say the Trump Administration isn’t doing enough to help Puerto Rico. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Sandia and Los Alamos National labs are more than capable of aiding the territory as it continues to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. 

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Governor Susana Martinez called this week for lawmakers to repeal a bail bond amendment during next year’s legislative session and bail bondsmen are on board with her effort.

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New Mexico Judge Orders Release Of Clergy Sex Abuse RecordsThe Associated Press

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has released hundreds of pages of court records related to sexual abuse allegations against clergy members in response to an order from a New Mexico judge.

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New Mexico Governor Seeks Repeal Of Bail ReformsAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is calling for the repeal and replacement of a constitutional amendment approved last year to overhaul the state's bail system.

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New Mexico voters overwhelmingly support public financing as a way to counter big money in elections, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 10/19 8a: Recently, the Trump Administration has relaxed rules on health insurance plans and contraception coverage, and cancelled subsidies that help get health coverage to low income people. What do these developments mean for the future of health care in New Mexico? 

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Miners To Make More Room For Nuclear Waste At US RepositoryThe Associated Press

Federal contract workers are expected to begin mining operations at the nation's nuclear waste dump in New Mexico for the first time in three years following a radiation release that contaminated part of the underground repository.

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The Public Education Department is proposing to make language on climate change and evolution less specific in New Mexico’s classrooms.

The state held its only public hearing on the controversial changes to science standards Monday morning.

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US Supreme Court Backs Push To Remove Ten Commandments Monument In NMThe Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall.

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Forest Officials Advise Visitors To Watch For Mountain Lion Associated Press

Gila National Forest officials say visitors to the Mogollon Box day-user area northwest of Silver City should be on the lookout for a mountain lion.

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