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Fidelity Hiring 250 For Albuquerque Campus – The Albuquerque Journal

Fidelity Investments said it will hire an additional 250 people for its campus at Mesa del Sol in Albuquerque.

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The Santa Fe City Council adopted an $82 million budget on Wednesday, May 25. Councilors devoted part of the city’s funds to addressing poverty and climate change in the capital.

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Bill Clinton campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Albuquerque, Wednesday. KUNM’s Anna Lande checked in with folks at the rally about why they came out to see the former president, and why they support his wife’s candidacy.

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Four Arrested Amid Protests At Trump RallyAssociated Press

Police say four people have been charged or cited following a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, where angry protests erupted into chaos outside the city's convention center.

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Thousands of Donald Trump supporters lined up outside the Albuquerque Convention Center Tuesday to hear the apparent Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, speak. Here’s a bit of what some of them had to say about why they plan to vote for him.

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Protests outside Donald Trump's Albuquerque rally became a national story after people stormed police barriers and threw rocks at officers. But before all of that went down, hundreds demonstrated peacefully for hours. 

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Donald Trump rallied supporters at the Albuquerque Convention Center Tuesday night.

The apparent Republican nominee for president’s speech included familiar themes – the U.S economy, global trade, immigration and his plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Protesters confronted Donald Trump supporters at his rally in Albuquerque Tuesday. 

Police barriers created a sort of gauntlet where lots of Trump supporters walked past a protest on their way to see the apparent Republican presidential nominee speak at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Protesters chanted and performed a traditional ceremony, and by the time Trump took the stage inside, tensions were rising at the demonstration outside. Protestors pushed past police barriers and threw objects at officers who used smoke at one point to push back the crowd.

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Police Use Smoke, Pepper Spray Against Trump Protestors – Associated Press

Albuquerque police say they used smoke grenades to disburse a crowd of angry protesters outside a Donald Trump rally after demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other debris at officers.

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Bill Clinton, Donald Trump Take Campaign Show To New Mexico - The Associated Press

New Mexico is getting dueling campaign visits from former President Bill Clinton and GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

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The New Mexico Environment Department is rewriting the state’s rules on water pollution. 

The state’s water quality rules regulate everything from groundwater pollution from abandoned wells to sewer discharge into rivers. But some of those rules are outdated.

The Environment Department kicked off a review process last week to study them, and see which ones need to be updated.

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More than 7,000 people gathered in the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speak. It was just hours after he spoke at the Santa Fe Community College. Enthusiastic supporters waited in a half-mile-long line for nearly an hour and hundreds were turned away when the venue was full.

KUNM’s Marino Spencer chatted with folks to find out why they’re ‘feelin’ the Bern.’

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Air pollution is a serious problem for some neighborhoods in Albuquerque—especially in low-income areas that border an industrial zone south of downtown.

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New Mexico Sues EPA, Mine Owners Over Gold King Spill Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico is suing the federal government and the owners of two mines over environmental and economic damages caused by the release of 3 million gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado mine.

New Mexico’s unique way of paying for public infrastructure projects has been under fire lately. Critics say lawmakers often divert money as political pork, at the expense of statewide construction projects. 

Now some  government officials are taking steps to address the problem at the local level. 

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There are many reasons why people struggle to save money and move out of poverty. One is not having any extra money around for college, a house or to start a business.

That’s where one local organization has stepped in with a potential solution. 

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New Mexico Pushes For Remedies In Wake Of Mine Waste Spill 
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New Mexico's top prosecutor says the federal government and Colorado have made little progress in remedying widespread damages from the 2015 wastewater release from a mine.

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Mine Environmental Risk Grows With Bankruptcies In Big Coal - The Associated Press

The growing number of bankruptcies in the coal industry make it increasingly likely taxpayers will get stuck with the huge environmental costs of abandoned mines.

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Hungry people in New Mexico may have been denied expedited food assistance after their applications were falsified and put on hold. That’s according to testimony from state workers in recent weeks during an ongoing hearing about whether the Human Services Department is fit to process applications.

ABCWUA Will Not Bring Back Fluoridated Water

May 18, 2016
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UPDATE 5/19: Water utility board members decided Wednesday not to add more fluoride to drinking water to promote oral health in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the board voted to cut the funding for supplemental fluoridation.

Supporters of fluoridation argue it benefits low-income people who don’t have easy access to affordable dental care. Critics of supplemental fluoridation say it creates  health risks.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Set To Make A New Mexico Swing – Associated Press

Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming to New Mexico.  Santa Fe Community College spokeswoman Janet Wise confirmed that the Democratic presidential candidate will hold a rally on that campus Friday afternoon.

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Albuquerque Woos International Air Games Event – Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque officials are meeting with members of an international air games organization with hopes of hosting the next event around the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The Battle Over Food Benefits

May 16, 2016
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A group of workers in the Human Services Department testified earlier this month that their bosses changed applications for food stamps in order to prevent people from gaining access to emergency assistance. HSD officials invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times last week when called to testify in court about the allegations. 

In the wake of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike’s death in Shiprock on the Navajo Nation, questions have surfaced about law enforcement resources, a late Amber Alert and legal jurisdiction for the crime that’s being tried in federal court. Hand-in-hand with those concerns is also the high rate of assault on Native women.

Deleana OtherBull, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, says talking about these issues is tough, but it has to happen to support health and wellness in tribal communities. 

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For decades, the New Mexico Human Services Department has faced criticism for failing to properly process applications for Medicaid and food assistance, or SNAP benefits.

Several former and current Human Service Department workers testified last month that it was department policy to alter the information on emergency SNAP applications so that people wouldn’t be eligible for benefits.

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A large fire broke out at a metal recycling plant in Albuquerque early Saturday morning. Bernalillo County issued a warning to neighbors during the fire, saying to stay inside and not breathe the potentially toxic smoke.

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Methamphetamine Overdose Rates ClimbAlbuquerque Journal

Deaths from overdoses of methamphetamine have been climbing in New Mexico since 2008 and visits to emergency rooms have spiked as well.

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Clinton Campaign Woos Women In New Mexico—Associated Press

Supporters of Hillary Clinton in New Mexico are calling attention to the Democratic presidential candidate's policies and advocacy on women's issues.

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Middle Class Shrinks In Albuquerque And Santa Fe – Albuquerque Journal

The middle class in New Mexico’s largest city is shrinking, reflecting a trend happening around the country.

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Wednesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new set of rules aimed at reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, as part of an effort by the Obama Administration to cut methane emissions 45 percent by 2025.

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