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State Auditor Joins Race To Become Albuquerque's Next MayorThe Associated Press 

State Auditor Tim Keller has entered the race to become Albuquerque's next mayor.

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KUNM Call in Show 1/12 8a: State lawmakers return to Santa Fe next week for a 60-day session during which they'll have to make some tough decisions about the budget, education, criminal justice, government accountability and more. 

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET/6pm ET. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

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Remembering Dr. King

Jan 10, 2017
Christina Rodriguez

Sun. 1/08 7p: We honor Martin Luther King Jr., and take a listen to some of his most prolific speeches, that hold fast today. Join us in hope and resiliency for this new year.

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Supreme Court Rules For NM Officer in Fatal 2011 Shooting - The Albuquerque Journal

The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with a New Mexico State Police officer in a wrongful death lawsuit from 2011.

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A neighborhood association and an environmental justice group say a gasoline distribution plant is polluting the air in a low-income area of Albuquerque. The city will hold a hearing on the plant Wednesday.

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After last year’s fatiguing election cycle, candidates in Albuquerque are gearing up for another one: The 2017 race for mayor. 

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US Energy Boss Lauds Opening of Nuke Repository – The Associated Press

The head of the U.S. Energy Department says it was the determination of workers and pure ingenuity that allowed the nation's only underground repository for nuclear waste to recover from a radiation release.

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EPA: 540 Tons Of Metals Entered River In Colorado Mine SpillAssociated Press

Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated Colorado's Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an abandoned gold mine in 2015.

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The nation’s only underground nuclear waste dump is back in operation again. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad stored low level nuclear waste deep in the earth Wednesday for the first time since the facility was closed following a fire and a radiation leak in early 2014.

The New Mexico Environment Department enforces hazardous waste regulations at WIPP. Secretary Butch Tongate says they’ve reviewed procedures, equipment, safety protocols and permit compliance at the facility.

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Feds Issue Decision on Operating Plan for Rio GrandeThe Associated Press

Federal officials have signed off on a plan that spells out how the Rio Grande will be allocated and delivered to users in southern New Mexico and Texas over the next three decades.

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Nuke Dump Disposes of First Drums Of Waste in Three YearsThe Associated Press, The Carlsbad Current-Argus

Employees at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository have resumed disposal work after a nearly three-year hiatus that was prompted by a radiation release.

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Ex-School Chief Sues Troubled Northern New Mexico DistrictThe Associated Press

A northern New Mexico school district whose superintendent resigned in disgrace over allegations of faking credentials is facing a lawsuit from another former superintendent.

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Public Education Gets Boost From New Mexico Permanent Funds Associated Press

Funding for public education will get a boost this year from New Mexico's two major sovereign wealth funds thanks to strong investment results.

New Top Prosecutor Sworn In For Bernalillo County Associated Press

A new top prosecutor has taken over as district attorney in Bernalillo County for the first time in 16 years.

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Arizona Advocates Buoyed By Obama Monument Action – Associated Press

Advocates for the creation of a new national monument covering areas around Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park say they are hopeful after President Barack Obama created two new monuments this week in Utah and Nevada. But Arizona's governor is threatening legal action if Obama acts.

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The Santa Fe Symphony will welcome a new Principal Conductor in 2017, and filling the position will be one of the best known musicians in the area.  Conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa was for twelve seasons the popular Music Director of the now-departed New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.  His new role in Santa Fe begins with a concert on January 22 at the Lensic Center.

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New Mexico Highlights Progress On Overdose DeathsAssociated Press

New Mexico officials are highlighting the state's progress in reducing drug overdose deaths as a new law goes into effect to increase monitoring of prescriptions for opioid pain medication.

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District Attorney Clears Albuquerque Officer In Shooting – The Associated Press 

Prosecutors have cleared an Albuquerque police officer in the 2014 shooting death of an Air Force veteran during a standoff at the man's home.

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Lawmakers Could Push For Higher Minimum Wage – Santa Fe New Mexican

A push to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage is likely in the upcoming legislative session, with two bills already filed by lawmakers.

Energy Companies Plan To Boost Wind Generation In New MexicoAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Energy companies plan to double the generating capacity of wind farms in eastern New Mexico over the next few years thanks in part to federal subsidies and improvements in technology.

State officials say more than a gigawatt of wind capacity is now under construction or planned in New Mexico.

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New Mexico Budget Woes Threaten Pay For JurorsSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

As New Mexico continues to struggle with a budget shortfall, officials say the state is running out of funds to pay jurors.

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Fourth behavioral health provider leaving New Mexico – Associated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican

A fourth Arizona-based provider of substance abuse and mental health services is leaving New Mexico.

The New Mexican reports that Valle del Sol is one of five Arizona nonprofits that began contracting with the New Mexico Human Services Department in 2013 to provide treatment for low-income New Mexicans.

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Magnitude 4.5 Quake Hits In Northeastern New MexicoThe Associated Press

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 4.5 earthquake in a remote area just south of the New Mexico-Colorado border.

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Lawsuit: Priest Sexually Abused Boy In New MexicoAssociated Press

Another man has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a former New Mexico priest who until recently was on the lam.

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Sandia Labs Project Aims To Improve Farmers' CropsThe Associated Press

Sandia National Laboratories is getting $2.4 million to help identify crops that are more environmentally friendly.

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KUNM Year-End Show 12/22 8a: There were so many big stories in New Mexico this year that it was hard to pare down a list. Instead, our panel of journalists is going to be talking about four themes: child abuse and wellbeing, N.M. law enforcement, politics and SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

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Roman Catholic Church Denounces New Mexico 'Food Tax' Idea  - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

The Roman Catholic church is calling on New Mexico residents to reject a proposal to reinstate a food tax.

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In a historic trial earlier this year, a jury weighed the fates of two former Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed James Boyd. Three jurors could not be swayed from a guilty verdict.

The deadlock resulted in a mistrial, and days after it was announced, KUNM’s Marisa Demarco met with one of those jurors—Robby Heckman—in the Foothills of the Sandia Mountains. There, a small white cross marks the spot James Boyd stood before he was killed.

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New Mexico Firmly Backs Hillary Clinton As Electors VoteAssociated Press

All five of New Mexico's electors have cast their votes for Hillary Clinton while expressing disappointment about the outcome of the presidential election.

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