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Bioethical questions around the use of fetal tissue in research have been central to a House panel’s investigation, but opponents say it’s all political theater aimed at restricting abortion. The debate is unfolding in New Mexico, as both an Albuquerque abortion clinic and researchers here respond to that panel’s queries.

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  In order to help babies that are born too early, you’ve got to experiment on fetal tissue. At least that’s what scientists say. A House panel investigation of this kind of research has raised its profile. We went to the University of New Mexico Hospital to find out how fetal tissue is used.

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New Mexico Unemployment Rate Declines Slightly In February—Associated Press

New Mexico's unemployment rate is down slightly even as the decline in global oil prices continues to take a toll on the state's economy.

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How do we bring Native American composers into the conversation about new music?  The University of New Mexico's 45th annual John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, being held on the UNM Albuquerque campus from March 28 to April 1, will look at indigenous contributions to contemporary art music.  All events are free and open to the public.

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Judges Step Aside As Santa Fe Powerbroker Called To Court – Associated Press

A criminal case against an influential former state senator is shining a light on awkwardly close ties among judges and politicians in the New Mexico state capital, even before the defendant can be arraigned.

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Doña Ana County's Treasurer Is Indicted, Facing A Jury TrialThe Associated Press

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has been indicted on charges related to public corruption and faces a jury trial to determine if he should be removed from office.

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Regents Approve Tuition Hike For UNM Students – Associated Press

Some University of New Mexico students will have to pay more per semester now that regents have approved a 2.5 percent tuition hike and a 10 percent increase in student fees.

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City Council Approves Transit Funding – The Associated Press & Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque City Council voted to accept nearly $70 million in federal grant funds for a bus rapid transit project Monday night after four hours of noisy debate where opponents substantially outnumbered supporters.

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State Drawing Down Reserves To Fund Government Operations Associated Press

State budget analysts say New Mexico is withdrawing more money from reserves this year than it has in at least two decades.

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KUNM Call In Show 3/24 8a: 

  

New Mexico's creative sector employs thousands of people and generates tens of millions of dollars for state and local governments. We'll talk to people who are working to leverage this dynamic sector to boost our economy and we'd like to hear from you! 

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New Mexico Health Officials Confirm First Case Of Zika Virus—Associated Press

New Mexico health officials say they have confirmed the state's first case of the Zika virus.

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New Mexico Still Plans Lawsuit Over Mine SpillAssociated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is acknowledging the concerns of officials in New Mexico and elsewhere that spring runoff could stir up contaminants left behind by the Gold King Mine spill in southern Colorado.

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President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced a joint effort to cut down on methane leaks from oil and gas wells. The agreement was part of the Paris climate accord and will have impacts here in New Mexico.

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Bond Set For Woman Accused Of Harboring ConvictThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

A judge has set a $5,000 bond for one of the women accused of helping two convicts after they escaped from a prison transport van last week.

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The number of people being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border has risen drastically over the last couple of decades. And the penalty can include lengthy stays behind bars. But where do all these inmates go? 

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New Mexico Governor Who Campaigned For Rubio Now UndecidedThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is not ready to endorse another Republican candidate for president after campaigning for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio only to watch him drop out of the race.

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In some parts of Bernalillo County’s South Valley, parks sit adjacent to idling trains, schools lie across the street from waste disposal businesses, and entire neighborhoods are bordered by polluting industries. People living there are what’s known as environmental justice communities—neighborhoods that bear a disproportionate burden of pollution.

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All New Mexico Prisons On Lockdown After Inmates' Escape - Associated Press

The state's top Corrections Department official says all of New Mexico's prisons are on lockdown and no prisoners are being transported between correctional facilities as state police investigate what led to the escape of two inmates last week from a transport van.

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This week is Sunshine Week, when reporters and editors across the country celebrate government transparency and access to public information. 

KUNM has been using public documents to investigate a plume of poisonous chemicals that has been moving in the groundwater underneath two neighborhoods in Albuquerque for at least several decades.

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University of New Mexico regents voted Monday, March 14, to put themselves in charge of the Health Sciences Center despite public objections to the sudden shift.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/17 8a: There are 36,000 New Mexicans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Often they're cared for by family members who sacrifice financially and emotionally to look after their loved ones. 

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KUNM’s Public Health New Mexico project has been reporting on a plume of toxic chemicals in Albuquerque’s groundwater for over six months.

We obtained public documents from the New Mexico Environment Department that show the groundwater plume has been spreading underneath a mile-and-a-half-long swath of Albuquerque’s Sawmill and Wells Park neighborhoods. Our investigation shows the contamination has the potential to reach people on the surface and could pose a serious health risk to people living and working in the area.

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Records: New Mexico Lawmakers Rarely Use Work EmailAssociated Press

A records request by The Associated Press finds that New Mexico legislative leaders rarely if ever communicate by work email and keep private details of breakfast and dinner appointments with industry and special interest groups.

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Trump Of Concern As Democrats Gather In New MexicoAssociated Press

The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association is pushing Governor Susana Martinez to say whether or not she would vote for Donald Trump if he is nominated as the GOP's presidential candidate.

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NMSU Officials Propose Tuition Increase, Budget Cuts – Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico State University officials are proposing tuition increases and budget cuts to cope with a smaller budget in the upcoming fiscal year.

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The Albuquerque Police Department is in the middle of a reform process after the U.S. Department of Justice found a pattern of excessive use of force by officers. An independent monitor tasked with overseeing the process presented the second of a series of reports earlier this month.

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A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association says New Mexico is the state with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in America.

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Governor Calls For Balanced Reforms To Save Scholarships - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed legislation that would have allowed for unclaimed prize money to be transferred to New Mexico's lottery tuition fund.

Arianna Sena

Polls show New Mexicans believe their government is corrupt. State lawmakers say that while there may be a few bad apples, the system we have is working.

But the facts show just the opposite: New Mexico has the widest gap in the country between the laws on the books and the way those laws are actually enforced, according to a 2015 report from the Center for Public Integrity.

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How quickly criminal cases work their way through the system has a big impact on defendants’ lives. And it’s been a little over a year since the state Supreme Court first set deadlines to speed things up and clear thousands of backlogged cases in Bernalillo County, the state’s busiest judicial district. The criminal justice system is still adjusting.

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