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7:34 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Report: LANL may have contaminated nearby lands, warrants federal investigation

Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque Journal reports the investigation will determine if tribal, forest service, and national monument lands should receive damages from LANL to clean up the contamination.

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry says LANL must be held accountable for its activities in the state. He says the public will have an opportunity to comment.

According to the report, existing air, soil, surface water and groundwater contamination will be analyzed to see if levels justify damages under federal law.

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KUNM Local
7:00 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly Report

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week in business news around the state.

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KUNM Local
6:58 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

Review: "The Hurt Locker" has ties to Santa Fe and Taos

Santa Fe, NM – An Oscar-winning film with ties to Santa Fe continues this weekend in the City Different. Reviewer Jim Terr had a chance earlier this week to talk with the movie's producer.

Jim Terr is a satirist, writer, and video producer. He lives in Santa Fe. Many of his full interviews, including this one, are available on Youtube. "The Hurt Locker" continues at the UA North Theater in Santa Fe this weekend.

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KUNM Local
2:46 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) reflects on health care overhaul

Albuquerque, NM – Proponents of the health care overhaul are talking up the changes that will take place over the next six months.

Among them, tax relief for small businesses for providing insurance, a band on insurers dropping coverage when patients get sick, wellness and prevention benefits extended to seniors without cost-sharing or deductibles, and the removal of lifetime limits on benefits.

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KUNM Local
4:47 pm
Thu March 25, 2010

New Mexico Independent - 03/25/10

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

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KUNM Local
6:53 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Tuberculosis activist talks about challenges

Albuquerque, NM – Following Roxanne Allen's commentary about the need for more attention in New Mexico for Tuberculosis around the world, we played a clip from an interview with Albertina Nyatsi. She's from Swaziland and has become an activist around issues related to TB, Women and HIV/AIDs.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus spoke with Nyatsi when she recently visited the US.

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KUNM Local
6:51 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Richardson vetoes Food Tax; Some legislators wish they had known in advance

Santa Fe, NM – The proposal, passed by lawmakers in a a special session earlier this month, would have raised about $45 million toward a $600 million budget shortfall.

Richardson said he'd promised in 2004 that the food tax exemption would be permanent, and said he wasn't willing to "put this burden on working families."

The move met with surprise from the Senate Majority Leader, Belen Democrat Michael Sanchez, who said that, as far as he knew, Richardson had not opposed the food tax idea until today.

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KUNM Local
6:48 pm
Wed March 24, 2010

Commentary: Roxanne Allen on tuberculosis at home and abroad

Albuquerque, NM – In the United States, it's often considered a disease of the past, but last year TB was the leading killer of people with AIDS around the world. It's also especially dangerous for young women.

Roxanne Allen is a local volunteer with RESULTS, an organization which works to end poverty.

She says tuberculosis is curable and there are ways to stop the spread of the disease, but more political will is needed to save lives and protect people both in New Mexico and around the world.

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KUNM Local
6:46 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

Secretary of State's office says it's changing its approach to asking for money

Santa Fe, NM – Deputy Secretary of State Don Francisco Trujillo tells KUNM his office is changing its approach to soliciting donations as a result of concerns from the Attorney General's office.

As we first reported Tuesday, KUNM found, in a document request this week, e-mails that seem to back up contentions by a now-former Elections Director that Herrera has been engaging in political activity in her office.

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KUNM Local
6:43 pm
Tue March 23, 2010

NM Attorney General's office apparently concerned over SOS seeking donations from contractors

Santa Fe, NM – KUNM has learned the state attorney general's office has concerns over what the Secretary of State may be doing with regard to seeking donations from contractors.

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

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KUNM Local
2:48 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

U.S. Rep. Harry Teague (D-NM) votes no on health care overhaul

Washington, D.C. – New Mexico Democrat Harry Teague broke with his party Sunday and voted against the health care bill.

KUNM Capitol Reporter Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

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KUNM Local
2:47 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

U.S. Sen. Bingaman (D-NM): Health care reconciliation bill will likely pass senate

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman says he is confident this reconciliation bill will pass, even if some Senators opposed to the health care legislation offer amendments.

BINGAMAN: "Those who are offering amendments will be doing so with full knowledge that their amendments are unlikely to prevail they may wish to make some kind of a statement... or cause their colleagues to cast an uncomfortable vote."

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KUNM Local
6:04 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Conservative New Mexican speaks out for health care reform

Albuquerque, NM – The US House expected to vote soon on health care overhaul legislation. It's been a contentious issue across the country, and many debates have been divided along party lines.

One New Mexican says it doesn't have to be that way.

Jim Spiri is a combat photographer and resident of Albuquerque. He's also a long time conservative who volunteered for John McCain during his run for president.

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KUNM Local
6:02 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly - 03/19/10

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week's business headlines.

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KUNM Local
5:57 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Pre-Primary Convention updates with the New Mexico Independent - 03/18/10

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus gets updates on the Democratic and Republican Pre-Primary conventions with Gwyneth Doland, editor of the New Mexico Independent.

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KUNM Local
5:55 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Santa Fe play will make your face hurt from laughter

Santa Fe, NM – A classic play about the reluctant reunion of a comedy twosome continues this weekend in Santa Fe.

KUNM Reviewer Jim Terr says he had a smile plastered on his face throughout the performance.

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

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BackRoads
3:47 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Pivotal Moments

Fri. 3/19: When we're in the trenches of our daily lives we often forget why we do what we do and what is most important for us. When you look back at your own experiences which ones bubble up as pivotal moments?

From writers and storytellers on the next Back Roads Radio; a Viewpoint Production, hosted and produced by Judy Goldberg.

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KUNM Local
2:57 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Rep. Lujan (D-NM) says republicans focusing on process to distract from substance debate

Albuquerque, NM – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House will likely use something called "Deem and Pass" to make changes to a measure already passed by the Senate without having to actually vote on the bill itself.

Lujan says he thinks Republicans have been criticizing the process instead of focusing on what the public wants.

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KUNM Local
2:53 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Rep. Ben Lujan (D-NM) defends new house procedural plan to pass health care overhaul

Albuquerque, NM – With the vote on a health care overhaul package looming in Washington and the margin expected to be razor-thin, House Democratic leaders are now pushing to pass the package using an infrequent process that essentially avoids a vote on one element of it.

Known as "deem and pass", the procedure allows lawmakers to vote on changes to a bill first, which then deems the bill itself already passed.

KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with one of New Mexico's House members about it, and has this report.

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KUNM Local
5:49 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Secretary of State Herrera: Former employees critical of her office were "not competent"

Albuquerque, NM – Secretary of State Mary Herrera is firing back over allegations that her office is poorly managed.

As KUNM reported last week, several former Elections division employees have echoed the contentions of a former Elections Director that Deputy Secretary Francisco Trujillo is interfering with how the division is run. Herrera, in defending Trujillo, is now saying the former employees were incompetent.

KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

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KUNM Local
5:44 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

Colon secures top lt. governor position

Tesuque, NM – At the Democratic state convention this weekend, former state Democratic party chairman Brian Colon won the top spot on the primary ballot for Lt. Governor. With over 34% of convention votes, Colon established a significant lead over Lawrence Rael, former director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, who trailed with 22%.

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KUNM Local
2:53 pm
Mon March 15, 2010

New Mexico congressional delegation on Health Care Bill likely to see votes in House this week

Albuquerque, NM – This week could bring a final Congressional vote on a proposed overhaul of the nation's health care system.

Late this week, the House of Representatives is likely to vote on the Senate version of the legislation.

The House may then immediately try to make changes to it using the budget reconciliation process.

One holdup has been that some House members, like New Mexico First District Representative Martin Heinrich, have some issues with the Senate bill.

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KUNM Local
5:27 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

Fomer elections employees confirm contentions that office is mismanaged

Santa Fe, NM – It's becoming clearer that there are personnel problems within the New Mexico Secretary of State's office that may be creating high turnover in the Elections division.

On February 26, Bureau of Elections Director A.J. Salazar resigned from the position, the latest in a string of resignations from the post that has once again left Secretary of State Mary Herrera without an elections chief just months before an election.

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KUNM Local
5:23 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

New Mexico Business Weekly Report - 03/12/10

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week's business headlines.

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KUNM Local
4:21 pm
Fri March 12, 2010

Fundraising and international genocide awareness project starts in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico may seem very away from places where genocide has taken place in recent years.

If you listen to the news though, you've heard about it: Rwanda, Sudan, the Congo and more.

One New Mexico artist wants to not only bring attention to genocide but also raise money to support organizations that work to prevent it.

The One Million Bones project will let anyone submit an artist created bone, along with a five dollar donation. It's launching this weekend in Albuquerque.

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KUNM Local
5:18 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

New Mexico Independet 3/11/10

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

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KUNM Local
5:11 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Santa Fe council postpones decision on telecom ordinance

Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe wireless technology opponents will have more time to develop their arguments against a proposed new telecommunications ordinance in the City Different.

The Santa Fe City Council decided last night to once again postpone consideration of the proposal.

The move allows city staff until May 12th to further evaluate what has been a contentious issue.

KUNM's Scott Ki has this report from Santa Fe.

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KUNM Local
5:07 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Santa Fe city council postpones telecommunications ordinance

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to delay a proposed telecommunications ordinance. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Councilor Patti Bushee said the ordinance has been significantly changed and should be considered in a new public hearing.

Some opponents of the ordinance are concerned about possible health impacts from increased wireless technology and say the ordinance does not provide enough regulation of the telecommunications industry.

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KUNM Local
2:54 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

New Mexico health care representatives lobby Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. – KUNM Capitol reporter Matt Laslo reports on why government watchdog groups say that raises red flags.

Many New Mexico health care organizations are hiring lobbyists to get their voices heard in Washington.

 

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KUNM Local
5:06 pm
Wed March 10, 2010

Suspect in murder of UNM professor and grad student had history of stalking

Albuquerque, NM – The suspect in the murders of a University of New Mexico English professor and a Bernalillo High School teacher had a history of stalking his ex-girlfriends according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Police say Ralph Montoya shot Hector Torres and Stefania Grey, who was his ex-girlfriend, on Sunday. Grey had filed for a restraining order against Montoya after an incident in January when Montoya allegedly attacked her at Torres' house.

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