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10:27 am
Wed April 21, 2010

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) says financial reform worth the fight

Albuquerque, NM – The House has already approved legislation and New Mexico Senator Tom Udall says he is hoping for a speedy approval of it in his chamber as well.

KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with Senator Udall about financial reform legislation.

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KUNM Local
8:46 am
Tue April 20, 2010

Commentary: Gaza reporters need support from the mainstream media

Albuquerque, NM – Reporters who dive into the story at the Gaza Strip often do so at a risk. Commentator Iris Kletz says when those reporters come forward with information, they should be embraced. Iris Keltz is a writer, teacher, and human rights activist. She divides her time between Albuquerque and Taos.

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KUNM Local
5:34 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

Review: Eileen Garvin's "How to be a sister: A love story with a twist of autism"

Albuquerque, NM – More and more parents are facing the challenges and joys of raising children with autism. What about the sisters and brothers of autistic kids?

Katie Stone has this book review.

Stone does advocacy work for people with disabilities and has a family member with autism. She lives in Albuquerque.

Eileen Garvin will be reading from and signing her new book "How To Be A Sister: A Love Story With a Twist of Autism" April 20th at 7pm at Bookworks in Albuquerque.

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KUNM Local
2:44 pm
Mon April 19, 2010

U.S. Sen. Bingaman (D-NM): Proposed legislation could prevent teacher layoffs

Albuquerque, NM – School boards in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are saying that teacher layoffs and school closures may be necessary.

New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman has co-sponsored legislation that he says could relieve some financial pressure the economic downturn has placed on school officials.

He said, "I don't think education is something that you want to fund just when the economy is strong you want to fund it all the time."

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KUNM Local
10:58 am
Mon April 19, 2010

State Medicaid money may be cut

Santa Fe, NM – The federal government has, for many years, spent $4 to every $1 the state spends on Medicaid programs. But that may be about to change dramatically.

From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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KUNM Local
7:49 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

Review: KNME celebrates Earth Days with retrospective documentary

Santa Fe, NM – Next Thursday is the 40th Annual Earth Day. KNME Channel 5 on Monday will take a look back at the history of the day and the future of its mission. The feature includes the late Santa Fean Stewart Udall, former Interior Secretary under the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.

Reviewer Jim Terr got an early look.

Jim Terr is a satirist, actor, and videographer. He lives in Santa Fe.

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KUNM Local
4:29 pm
Fri April 16, 2010

Santa Fe Public School board considers salary cuts, school closure propsals

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe New Mexican reports more than 150 people attended the meeting to voice their concerns. Several of the more contentious options on the table include proposals to consolidate smaller schools and to cut salaries for teachers.

Some of last night's speakers spoke out against closing smaller schools like Acequia Madre Elementary School. Others called for teachers' pay to be preserved and for the board to look for savings by cutting administrative staff salaries.

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KUNM Local
10:59 am
Fri April 16, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Senior Reporter Megan Kamerick about business news from around the state.

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KUNM Local
5:12 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Source: Secretary of State lost voter registration cards

Albuquerque, NM – Over one hundred cards were sent to several counties in recent days, after they surfaced in the Secretary of State's office. One of the results of the cards not being delivered when they should have been, in 2008, was that some qualified voters' ballots didn't count in that year's election.

The Secretary of State's office has denied knowledge of who sent the cards out earlier this week, and has said they were mailed inadvertently.

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KUNM Local
4:45 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

New Mexico Independent - 04/15/10

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with editor Gwyneth Doland about news from around the state.

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KUNM Local
7:36 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Nancy King compares real like to her new novel

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico author Nancy King has a new book out. It's called the Stones Speak and it's actually a set of three stories woven together.

King is also a storyteller and teacher. She sat down with KUNM's Sarah Gustavus recently to talk about the book and how real life compares to fiction.

King will present a workshop this Saturday the 17th with the New Mexico Book Association. More information is available at her website.

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KUNM Local
3:02 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Legislative Update for Tuesday with the New Mexico Independent 02/16/10

Santa Fe, NM – KUNM is getting updates from the New Mexico Roundhouse every afternoon during the state legislative session.

Sarah Gustavus spoke with Gwyneth Doland, editor of the New Mexico Independent about budget negotiations

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KUNM Local
7:01 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

U.S. Sen. Bingaman (D-NM): Elections will affect battle over Supreme Court nominee

Albuquerque, NM – Last week's announcement by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens that he will retire this year gives President Obama another opportunity to select a nominee for a lifetime position on the highest U.S. court.

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman says Obama made a good choice in his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor last year, but Bingaman says, this year the situation is different.

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KUNM Local
6:58 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly Report

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Dennis Domrzalski.

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KUNM Local
6:56 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Film documents efforts to rebuild school in Afghanistan

Albuquerque, NM – A new documentary film premieres in Albuquerque Friday night. It's the story of a Mohammed Khan Kharoti and his struggle to rebuild a school in his home town in Helmand Province Afghanistan.

Kharoti's Green Village Schools was created in 2001. It was destroyed in 2008 by militants, but hundreds of children still gather for classes.

The new documentary film "Stealing the Light" premiers tonight at 7:00 P.M. at the KIMO theater.

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2:47 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

In Studio: Liz Melendez

Liz Melendez

Wed. 4/14: "Mercy" me! Putnay will have the sensational Albuquerque-native guitarist and vocalist Liz Melendez as his guest on the Blues Show.

For all you fans, Liz will also be playing in Albuquerque at the El Rey Theater on Saturday, April 17th.

photo source: LizMelendezBand.com

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KUNM Local
6:54 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

Review: Murder mystery in Santa Fe leaves viewer feeling "transported"

Santa Fe, NM – A unique murder mystery with a bit of a Hannibal Lecter feel continues in Santa Fe this weekend. Reviewer Jim Terr says the movie has a transcendent quality that sticks with him to this day.

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KUNM Local
4:46 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

New Mexico Independent - 04/08/10

Albuquerque, NM – This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Matthew Reichbach.

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KUNM Local
4:28 pm
Thu April 8, 2010

Santa Fe Public Schools faces tough decision on budget cuts

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Public School officials face a tough decision in the next few weeks as they consider ways to fill a possible budget shortfall of over $7 million next year. To discuss options and hear from the public, the board of education is hosting a series of meetings this week.

KUNM's Scott Ki was at Wednesday's meeting and files this report.

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KUNM Local
4:47 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Health department cuts substance abuse programs, community health councils

Albuquerque, NM – The Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health yesterday announced cuts to services and facilities as a result of an over $24 million reduction in state funding. Secretary Alfredo Vigil says all programs are important but that there isn't enough money to fully fund all programs.

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KUNM Local
6:47 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

APS superintendent Winston Brooks announces layoffs, furloughs

Albuquerque, NM – Superintendent Winston Brooks last night offered a budget proposal to the Albuquerque Public School Board that would layoff 664 district employees, require two furlough days from non-school employees, and cut non-school budgets by 6.5 percent. The Albuquerque Journal reports the proposal would cut operating budgets at schools by 1.5 percent.

Layoffs would focus specifically on double dippers, retirees who have returned to work and are earning both a pension and a salary.

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KUNM Local
6:44 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly Report - 04/02/10

Albuquerque, NM – Each week we hear from reporters at the New Mexico Business Weekly about business news from around the state. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Dennis Domrzalski.

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KUNM Local
6:42 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Grandmother wants military recruiters out of APS

Albuquerque, NM – Mitzi Kraft says she got involved because of the impacts war had on her family. Her father was a pilot during World War II and flew in the bombing raids over Dresden Germany. He committed suicide 50 years ago on Good Friday.

Kraft's grandson did a tour in Iraq and is now having a hard time adjusting to civilian life and suffering from PTSD. He joined a JROTC program when he was a freshman in high school and Kraft says she never thought his participation would eventually lead to his enlistment in the military.

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4:08 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

The Johnsons, the James Gang, and the Kings

Robert Johnson, circa 1935
?1989 Delta Haze Corporation

Wed. 4/7: Mary Oishi plays all blues artists whose names are Johnson, James or King: some well known and some more obscure.

Plus a tribute to Marva Wright.

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3:01 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

The Alex Maryol Band - Part 2

Sat. 4/3: On this editon of "Ear to the Ground" we feature Part Two of a new recording of The Alex Maryol Band live from Studio A.

Host: Matthew Finch

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BackRoads
1:37 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Overcoming Angst

Fri. 4/16: Representing the humorous, the traditional, the irresolvable, and the practical, five writers tell stories of quelling and confronting fear and angst.

Responding to the undercurrent of angst and fear, we feature different scenarios depicting discomfort and the desire to overcome it. Representing the humorous, the traditional, the irresolvable and the practical, our featured writers and tellers include: Lucy Moore, Nasario Garcia, Harriet Greene, Charles Hume and Wes McKinley.

Back Roads Radio is a Viewpoint Production, hosted and produced by Judy Goldberg.

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12:45 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Freeform DJ "Luciano" Celebrates 19 Years with KUNM

Lucio Urbano at the board

Sun 4/12 & 4/26, Tues.4/20: Almost twenty years, and he's still on a roll! Fabulous Freeform host Lucio Urbano serenades you with worldbeat, electronica, reggae, Urban Native American, hiphop, y mucho m?s.

Afternoon Freeform:

Tuesdays from 1:30-4:00 pm on March 23rd, April 6th, and April 20th

Overnight Freeform:

Sundays from 1:00-5:00am on March 29th, April 12th, and April 26th

Happy Anniversary, Luciano!

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Music
12:28 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Jazz Conversations Continued, with David Parlato

David Parlato

Thurs. 4/1: We continue our discussion of the 1970s Los Angeles jazz scene with New Mexican David Parlato, who has played bass with everyone from Buddy Rich to Frank Zappa.

David is in the midst of exploring just how much public transportation he can use instead of his car -- this day he'll ride the train down from Santa Fe using connecting buses on both ends -- to be live in-studio with us!

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KUNM Local
4:46 pm
Thu April 1, 2010

New Mexico Independent - 04/01/10

Albuquerque, NM – Every Thursday we hear from reporters and editors at the New Mexico Independent.

KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with senior reporter Trip Jennings about this week's top stories.

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KUNM Local
7:57 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Incoming elections director Trujillo says Herrera "may have" asked for employee signatures

Albuquerque, NM – As we reported two weeks ago, former Elections Bureau employees have backed up claims made by former Elections Director A.J. Salazar that the office is being mismanaged. Salazar has said that Don Francisco Trujillo, who has been Deputy Secretary of State, and is now Elections Director, interfered with the running of the Bureau. Other former employees confirm this, and maintain that was the reason for their departure.

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