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1:43 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

New Mexico Duck Tests Positive For Bird Flu

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A duck at a national wildlife refuge in southern New Mexico has tested positive for a bird flu strain that's deadly to waterfowl and poultry.

The case is the latest in a growing outbreak of bird flu, especially the highly contagious H5N2 strain affecting poultry in multiple states. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people to be low.

New Mexico wildlife officials said Tuesday this marks the first time the highly virulent strain has been confirmed in the state.

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Public Health New Mexico
1:15 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Another Arizona Mental Health Provider To Leave N.M.

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Another Arizona-based nonprofit has confirmed it plans to cease providing Medicaid-funded mental health services in southern New Mexico.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Tucson-based La Frontera plans a staggered transition to phase out its operations in Doña Ana County and several counties in southwestern New Mexico.

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Tuesday News Roundup
4:46 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Headlines: Fire Managers Hope For Calm Season...

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Wetter Weather Tames Wildfire Fears In New Mexico Somewhat - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

An expected wetter-than-normal spring and possible more active summer monsoons have some fire managers hoping for a calm fire season in New Mexico this year.

The Albuquerque Journal report the predictions of less wind than usual also have fire managers hopeful that the state can avoid large wildfires but they say those conditions can change rapidly.

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Monday News Roundup
4:46 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Headlines: New APS Superintendent Announced, Payday Loan Reform Quashed...

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Albuquerque Schools Names California Educator As New Leader - The Associated Press

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has named a California educator as superintendent.

The board picked Luis Valentino for the superintendent's job on Saturday from three finalists for the job. The district has nearly 88,000 students

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Local News
6:37 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Headlines: Gov Signs Bills, Judge Blocks Coal Mine Expansion...

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Martinez Approves Majority Of Bills Passed In Legislature The Associated Press

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has wrapped up action on about 190 bills passed during the recent legislative session.

Martinez approved nearly 160 bills by a Friday noon deadline, signing several of them during public appearances in Albuquerque. She vetoed about a dozen bills outright and did not take action on about 20 others, resulting in pocket vetoes.

Martinez signed the key $6.2 billion budget Thursday.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:20 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Governor Signs Health Care Price Comparison Bill

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Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill today that makes it so people seeking health care can find out what different routine procedures cost at hospitals around the state. Fourteen other states have these websites.

Patients will be able to shop around and find the best deal on medical procedures—and see which hospitals perform them best—when a new public website goes up. Prices of vary drastically from hospital to hospital, according to Think New Mexico’s Fred Nathan, and unveiling the price tags actually drives costs down.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:11 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

VA Director Talks Lengthy Wait Times

New Mexico's VA Health Care Director Andrew Welch
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The Associated Press looked at data from medical facilities for veterans around the U.S. and reported that four in New Mexico were among the worst when it comes to long waits for appointments. 

Veterans using VA clinics in Farmington, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho, and the hospital in Albuquerque, might be waiting a long time for health care. Those facilities were near the top of the AP’s list, with Farmington coming in No. 6—out of 940. 

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Public Health New Mexico
5:12 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Nurse Union: Education Bills A Good First Step

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This week Governor Susana Martinez signed a pair of bills aimed at addressing New Mexico’s nurse shortage by making more financial aid available for educators. 

Registered nurses who will become medical instructors can now use the Nurse Educators Fund to get a higher degree.

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Friday News Roundup
4:43 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Headlines: Judge Removes DA From APD Murder Case, Finalists For APS Superintendent

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Court Takes Albuquerque Prosecutor Off Police Shooting Case - The Associated Press

A judge has removed the prosecutor from the case of two Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting death of a homeless man last year.

Defense lawyers wanted prosecutor Kari Brandenburg disqualified because they believe she has a conflict of interest.

Second Judicial District Court Judge Alisa Hadfield agreed in a ruling Thursday. A special prosecutor will be appointed to handle the case of officers Dominque Perez and Keith Sandy.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:17 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

No Fines For Sewage Overflow

Water being treated at the Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant
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The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority announced Wednesday that it’s building more backup safety systems at the wastewater treatment plant following a massive spill of partially treated sewage into the Rio Grande.

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Local News
9:49 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Policing For Profit: Critics Say Civil Asset Forfeiture Is Unfair

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In March the New Mexico state Legislature unanimously passed a bill that would basically eliminate what critics call “policing for profit,” the ability of law enforcement agencies to seize cars, cash and other property police say were used in committing a crime. The practice originated in the 1980s as a tool to fight back against big drug dealers, but civil liberties groups on the right and left of the political spectrum say the lure of big money has now corrupted government agencies, who use the law to pad their coffers.

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Thursday News Roundup
4:50 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Headlines: E-Cigarette Sales To Minors Banned, NM Water Forecast...

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New Mexico Gov Signs Bill To Ban E-Cigarette Sales To MinorsThe Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation banning the sales of e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers to minors in New Mexico.

Sen. John Ryan's bill also requires those containers to be sold in child resistant packaging and prohibits online sales to minors.

The Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Republican says the products are dangerous.

He says nicotine is "addictive and harmful" and can be the "gateway to a lifelong addiction."

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Local News
5:47 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Hearing Examiner Rejects PNM's Plan For Coal

A PRC hearing examiner recommended against PNM's proposal for 132 megawatts of coal-generated energy from Unit 4 at the San Juan Generating Station.
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On Wednesday, a Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended against part of PNM’s energy replacement plan for 132 megawatts of coal-generated electricity.

PNM has been looking for a way to replace the energy that will be lost when two coal burning stacks at the San Juan Generating Station are shut down in 2017.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:20 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

CDC Backs Long-Term Birth Control For Teens

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New Mexico still had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. last year, but the good news is that it’s declining—here and in the rest of the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a recommendation this week for how to drop the rate even further.

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Wednesday News Roundup
4:46 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Headlines: Efforts To Rename Hobbs Street After MLK, AG Weighs In On PNM Plan...

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Efforts To Rename Hobbs Street After MLK Hits SnagThe Associated Press and Hobbs News-Sun

Despite vocal support a Hobbs official says the southeastern New Mexico city has not received any formal request to rename a portion of a busy street in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Hobbs development director Kevin Robinson made the announcement this week at a city commissioners meeting, putting the future of the renaming in doubt.

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Tuesday News Roundup
4:56 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Headlines: ABQ City Council Withdraws Support For PNM Plan, Reduced Speed Limit On County Roads...

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Albuquerque Withdrawing Support For San Juan Plan - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque City Council has withdrawn its support for a plan to replace part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

The resolution passed last night states the city supports an agreement reached by federal officials, Gov. Susana Martinez's administration and Public Service Co. of New Mexico to shut down part of the San Juan Generating Station in an effort to reduce haze-causing pollution.

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Monday News Roundup
4:43 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Headlines: Thousands Mark Anniversary At Trinity Site, Oil & Gas Industry PR Campaign...

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Thousands Visit Trinity On Anniversary Of Bomb Explosion - The Associated Press and Alamogordo Daily News

Thousands of visitors converged Saturday on the New Mexico site where the first nuclear bomb was detonated nearly 70 years ago.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports White Sands Missile Range officials say more than 5,500 people attended the first of two tours being offered at the Trinity Site this year.

Visitors came from all over the U.S. and included several documentary crews.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Headlines: Another APD Excessive Force Accusation, 2 UNM Regents Appointed...

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Fired Albuquerque Officer Faces Excessive Force Lawsuit - The Associated Press

A former Albuquerque police officer, who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman last year and was fired for insubordination, is being sued for excessive force in another case.

Lawyers for Dennis Shoemaker filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque last week against Jeremy Dear stemming from a 2013 arrest.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:00 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Mora Commissioners Repeal Fracking Ban

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Mora County was the first county in the United States to ban the practice of fracking. But, last week, commissioners there unanimously voted to overturn the ban.

Last week’s vote repealed a 2013 ordinance passed by the county commission that said fracking was a violation of the community’s right to clean air and water.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:54 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Asphalt Company Applies For Permit Near Wildlife Refuge

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The public comment period ends Saturday, April 4, about an asphalt plant that could go in near a wildlife reserve in the South Valley. Albuquerque Asphalt applied for a permit to build at hot-mix asphalt plant, and neighbors are concerned that the site for the plant is too close to the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge. It’s a little more than half a mile away.

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Entertainment
8:30 am
Fri April 3, 2015

2015 Fiestas: Albuquerque Celebrates Its 309th Birthday

Dancers performing in the 2014 Albuquerque Fiestas
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Every spring, the City of Albuquerque commemorates its founding in 1706 with live performances representing the City's cultural heritage.  Musician and historian Chuy Martinez, Events Supervisor for the Cultural Services Department, discusses how he has organized the musical performances for this year's Fiestas de Albuquerque, which will be offered free to the community on Saturday afternoon, April 18, in Histori

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Friday News Roundup
5:46 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Headlines: Hearings Focus On Dairies, Corrections Worker Files Suit

Hearings will focus on pollution and dairies
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New Mexico Regulators To Hold Dairy Hearing – Associated Press

The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission is planning a public hearing to consider changes to the state's dairy regulations.

The hearing will start Monday afternoon in Roswell. Officials say it's possible the proceeding could last all week and more meetings could be scheduled in other parts of the state.

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Local News
5:40 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Thousands of Kids' Books Collected For City Buses

Boxes of books lined the floor of an ABQ Ride bus Thursday morning during a book drive.
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People dropped off children’s books by the carload Thursday at a bus stop on Albuquerque’s west side.

The goal was to literally stuff a city bus with tens of thousands of kids’ books as part of the Discover a Book program. They will be used to resupply the cubby of free books found on all of Albuquerque’s buses.

Nick Manole works with ABQ Ride and says since they started putting kids’ books on the buses almost 10 years ago they realized that many adults were reading them, too.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:01 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Getting Healthcare Online, To Rural Patients

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KUNM Call In Show 4/2 8a:

With high rates of illnesses like diabetes or addiction, rural New Mexicans have some of the most pressing medical needs in the state. But those same residents have the most trouble getting the health care they need. We'll dig into the health needs in rural New Mexico and explore how the Internet is being used to fill some gaps.

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

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Thursday News Roundup
5:33 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Headlines: DA Wants Police Shootings Information, AG Sues Nursing Homes

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DA: Albuquerque Police Sitting On Shooting Investigations – Associated Press

Albuquerque’s district attorney, who recently sought murder charges against two police officers, says police aren't sending her information on other shootings to review.

Kari Brandenburg sent Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden a letter this week asking about 13 investigations into police shootings her office is waiting to review. She says some of the investigations are 17 months old.

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Local News
5:21 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Watering Restrictions Crimp Daytime Sprinklers

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority hopes that by restricting sprinkler use in the heat of the day the utility will meet conservation goals.
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Watering restrictions are officially in effect for many New Mexicans.

Starting Wednesday, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority customers are prohibited from using sprinklers between 11a and 7p. 

Katherine Yuhas, Water Conservation Officer at the utility, said predictions for a moist spring and summer mean they could bank water in the aquifer by leaving it in the ground instead of pumping it.

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Public Health New Mexico
12:07 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Round Two For Flu In New Mexico

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The weather’s warming up, but flu season’s not quite over. Even if you already had the flu this season, if you feel ill, you could have it again. A second virus is making its way around New Mexico. 

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Wednesday News Roundup
5:29 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Headlines: Trinity Protests Planned, Junk Food Tax Begins

Trinity Test Mushroom Cloud
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Trinity Test Site Opening To Face Protest From Residents – by Russell Contreras, Associated Press

Seven decades after an atomic bomb helped end World War II, families in New Mexico's Tularosa Basin want tourists to know nearby residents later suffered from health problems.

Protesters are planning a demonstration this weekend as the Trinity Test site opens to visitors.

Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders, says a bomb tested at the site later caused rare forms of cancer for many residents in the area.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:17 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

State Works To Fill The Void Left By Turquoise

District Court judges in Chaves County have expressed concern that they won't be able to order people into treatment if behavioral health capacity in the area is diminished.
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An Arizona nonprofit that came to New Mexico after the 2013 behavioral health shakeup called it quits on March 31 after less than two years. 

Turquoise Health and Wellness was the main provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment to several cities in Southeast New Mexico. Not anymore. Human Services Department spokesperson Matt Kennicott said since the company gave its 90-day closure notice, the state has been working with communities to find replacements.

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Local News
4:47 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Train Service To Northeastern NM To Continue

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Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train route through northeastern New Mexico will not be altered. The train is the economic lifeline for many people in the affected service area.

Raton Mayor Sandy Mantz says Amtrak’s decision not to stop service is wonderful news, because every summer thousands of passengers arrive in town by train and are responsible for almost half the yearly sales at local shops.

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