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When the New Mexico Philharmonic closes its 2016-2017 Classics Season on April 22 at Popejoy Hall, the concert's conductor will be under greater scrutiny than usual.  Brazilian-born Roberto Minczuk is the last of six candidates under consideration to become the orchestra's first Music Director.

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New Mexico Legislature Sues Governor In Escalating ConflictThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Legislature has sued Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over her budget vetoes that would effectively eliminate the legislative branch by cutting off its funding amid an escalating clash over how to resolve the state's financial crisis.

The Democrat-led Legislature on Friday petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court to block vetoes that would defund the legislative branch and all state institutions of higher education in the coming fiscal year.

Hannah Colton

Governor Susana Martinez this week promised that higher education will get its funding back in a special session she’ll call soon. That’s after university leaders called on her to restore nearly $750 million dollars she vetoed from next year’s proposed state budget. 

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Universities around the country are grappling with security risks and costs when student groups bring extremist speakers to town. Ever since Milo Yiannopoulos came to the University of New Mexico earlier this year, KUNM has been trying to find out how much security for the event cost. 

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New Mexico will receive $4.8 million in federal dollars for opioid treatment and prevention this year. The money comes from the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill signed by President Obama in December that gives states new funding to fight the opioid epidemic. 

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It’s been about a year since the Department of Justice released the results of its investigation into how New Mexico’s flagship university handles sexual assault cases. The federal report was heavily critical and said assault and harassment have caused students to leave the University of New Mexico. Last night, students stood in solidarity with survivors.

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In many parts of the world, including rural New Mexico, it's difficult for patients to access specialists in health care. But instead of moving more providers to those areas, what if doctors and other health professionals who already work in those communities could gain the knowledge and expertise they need to help their patients? That's the idea behind Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcome, or Project ECHO. It launched in 2003 at the University of New Mexico to respond to the growing Hepatitis C crisis around New Mexico.

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Albuquerque Community Resists Proposed School Sports CutsThe Associated Press

The Albuquerque community is making sure its school board knows people are not happy about proposed middle school sports cuts.

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Sessions Expands Program To Combat Crime On Tribal LandsThe Associated Press

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced plans to allow more tribal nations to tap into national information systems to fight crime and bolster relationships with Native America.

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All around the state, evidence from sexual assault cases sits untested. Per capita, New Mexico’s backlog of sexual assault evidence kits is the worst in the nation, according to our state auditor. Most of those kits are in Albuquerque. Even though legislators have passed measures about the backlog, and Mayor Richard Berry proposed putting $1 million toward shrinking it, advocates say it’s getting worse every month. 

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New Mexico Assets Capture Attention Of Oil And Gas Giants- Associated Press

As New Mexico's elected leaders wrangle over raising taxes to plug a budget shortfall, major multinational energy companies have quietly spent more than $13 billion in recent months on assets in the state's oil and gas hot spots.

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The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s administration last week targeting a plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The group is calling for the federal government to investigate the wall’s environmental impacts. 

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KUNM Call In Show 4/20 8a. New Mexico students will no longer be singled out if they have debt in the school cafeteria. Our state became the first in the nation recently to outlaw what's known as "lunch shaming," which can include serving students a cold sandwich instead of a hot meal, requiring that they help clean up after the meal or stamping their arm with a message to parents that they owe money in the cafeteria.

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University Presidents Want Funding Restored In New MexicoThe Associated Press

A council of university presidents from around New Mexico is asking that Gov. Susana Martinez restore some $745 million in funding to the state's public colleges and universities.

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The KUNM News Department has won four more awards for news coverage, this time from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.

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US Prosecutors Are Geared To Target Border CrossersAssociated Press

Through Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, the top federal prosecutor on California's border with Mexico has resisted going after people caught entering the United States illegally on their first try and instead targeted smugglers and serial offenders.

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It was during his time in the forests of Northern New Mexico that Aldo Leopold first formulated his pioneering ideas about the environment.  New Mexico continues its kinship with the great conservationist with a state-wide program that engages 6th to 12th graders in ecological issues.  The 2017 Aldo Leopold Writing Contest will culminate as part of a special Leopold event on April 23 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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New Mexico Budget Crisis Heads Toward CourtBy Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico lawmakers authorized plans to sue Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to block vetoes that would defund state universities and colleges along with the legislative branch of government, amid an unrelenting standoff Thursday over how to shore up state finances.

Ed Williams

Honstein Oil Company’s gasoline distribution plant is located in the middle of a low-income Albuquerque neighborhood, and just a few blocks from an elementary school. Environmental justice groups have been asking the city to revoke the plant’s permit for years. The city dismissed the group’s appeal Wednesday. 

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The Russian punk band and art collective Pussy Riot brought their Revolution tour to Albuquerque in March. One of their original members stopped by the studios at New Mexico PBS to talk about the group’s work opposing war and oppression.

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Tune in to Afternoon Freeform on Tuesday April 18th, from 2pm to 3pm for our final conversations with presenters from the interdisciplinary environmental justice forum Decolonizing Nature: Resistance, Resilience, Revitalization that takes place April 19 - 22, 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Mark Woodward

Did Gov. Susana Martinez violate the state’s sunshine law by failing to provide public records to a Santa Fe newspaper? That’s one of two questions at the heart of a lawsuit brought by the Santa Fe Reporter against the governor. We talked about the paper’s discrimination claim in our first story. Here we dig into the lawsuit’s allegations of government secrecy. 

On April 18th, the University of New Mexico Art Museum will host an all-day film screening of select feature and short films that address decolonization of nature and Indigenous nations through environmental justice activism.

The film screening is curated by Axel Christopher Gonzalez and Elspeth Iralu, interviewed here.

The event will also include Q&A with Filmmakers Nanobah Becker and Paper Rocket Productions

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New Mexico Lawmakers Consider Litigation In Budget StandoffThe Associated Press

Negotiations over a possible solution to New Mexico's state budget crisis have been set in motion as lawmakers receive legal advice on how to respond to major taxation and spending vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Mark Woodward

When she was running for office, Susana Martinez campaigned on open government and promises of transparency. But journalists here say her administration routinely blocks access to state experts and employees, and won’t respond to questions from news organizations that have published critical stories. According to a lawsuit filed by the Santa Fe Reporter against the governor, that kind of blacklisting is discrimination and censorship.

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KUNM Call In Show 4/13 8a: Governor Susana Martinez vetoed a record 51 percent of the bills state lawmakers sent to her desk this year. She vetoed the entire budget for the state Legislature, every dollar for state colleges and universities, a total of $800 million in vetoes. The governor says she plans to call lawmakers back to Santa Fe for a special session. But what will be different? Will any of the bills she vetoed be back on the table? 

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New Mexico Nursing Board Puts College On NoticeThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe Community College won't be able to accept any new students into its nursing program until its graduates' test results improve or it wins an appeal.

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Advocates around the country have been working to limit the use of solitary confinement in jails and prisons. The New Mexico Legislature passed a bill this year that would prohibit putting people who are under 18 or pregnant or who have a serious mental illness into solitary. But last week, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed it.

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One of the bills that Governor Susana Martinez vetoed last week would have set up a Medicaid-funded home visiting program for new parents. The move has disappointed some doctors and child advocates.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Ponder Next Move In Budget StandoffThe Associated Press

Leading New Mexico lawmakers will gather this week to weigh the consequences of the governor's veto of funding for the legislative branch of government in the coming fiscal year.

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