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The current teacher shortage across the nation is the worst since the 1990’s. The shortage could continue in New Mexico due to a drop in the number of students enrolled in teacher training programs.

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New Mexico Congresswoman Announces Bid For Governor – Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she is running for governor of New Mexico in 2018.

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New Mexico has one of the worst sexual assault rates in the nation. And thousands of envelopes of DNA evidence that could help identify repeat sexual offenders are sitting untested. We're taking a look at what it takes for survivors to provide that evidence in the first place.

Rita Daniels

Congress has passed a measure that will speed up the Environmental Protection Agency’s payouts to states recovering from pollution caused by the Gold King Mine Spill, as well as make the EPA address claims filed by local farmers.

Sarah Gustavus

KUNM Call In Show 12/15 8a: State lawmakers learned this month the projected state budget will be $69 million short in the current fiscal year and revenue projections are down for the next fiscal year. New Mexico’s economy is highly dependent on oil and gas revenues. Could a recreational cannabis industry, similar to neighboring Colorado, change the economic outlook for the state?

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AG Wants Procedure For Police Use-Of-Force CasesThe Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of district attorneys plan to develop a procedure for handling the prosecution of police officers who are involved in shootings.

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Vote Recounts Uphold Original Results In New MexicoAssociated Press

Recounts in three New Mexico legislative races have been completed without overturning the original results.

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If you're feeling stress over the holidays, you might want to make a change in that bowl of nuts on your dining room table.  By increasing its percentage of walnuts, you can make a big difference in your state of mind.   That's the finding of a recent study by Dr. Peter Pribis, UNM Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics.

According to Dr. Pribis, walnuts are "nutrient-dense, literally loaded with nutrients," and, for men, a half cup every day can significantly boost mood and reduce stress.

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New Mexico Looks To Public Schools To Fix Budget DeficitsAssociated Press

The chairman of an influential legislative budget committee says state funding for public education in New Mexico is almost certain to be reduced further to offset plunging state revenues.

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Rio Arriba County has the country’s highest rate of opioid overdose. That’s partly because a severe shortage of funding for detox and recovery programs has made it almost impossible for people to get life-saving help with their addictions.

Now Congress has passed a broad health measure that includes $1 billion for addiction treatment and prevention services.

KUNM spoke with Senator Martin Heinrich, who voted for the 21st Century Cures Act this week. 

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Suit Alleges Massive Real Estate Contract, Mortgage Scheme – The Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is accusing an Albuquerque-area businessman of engaging in a massive real estate contract and mortgage scheme.

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Frank Threatens Lawsuit As UNM Regents Meet To Discuss His Future – Albuquerque Journal, KRQE-TV, Associated Press

University of New Mexico President Bob Frank is threatening to sue over what his attorneys say was an unlawful disclosure of records regarding his job.

Sarah Trujillo

It’s been almost a year since the New Mexico state auditor’s office announced a special audit of untested sexual assault kits, but law enforcement agencies across the state have made little progress. 

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Albuquerque To Add Anti-Overdose Drug To City First-Aid KitsThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

First-aid kits in Albuquerque's libraries, community centers and other public buildings will now contain the anti-overdose drug naloxone.

Ed Williams

 

KUNM Call In Show 12/8 8a: The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the violent backlash by law enforcement have galvanized many American Indian activists. Thousands have joined the effort, arguing the pipeline would threaten the water supply and destroy Native American ancestral lands. Many celebrated an announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers this week that it would deny a permit for construction on a key part of the pipeline. But it's not clear what will happen regarding the project under the Trump Administration.

How will this impact energy development on tribal lands and sacred places in New Mexico?

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UNM Regents To Consider President’s Future – Albuquerque Journal

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents will hold a special meeting this week to discuss suspending or firing President Bob Frank.

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ABQ Council Member To Introduce Soccer, Rape Kit ResolutionsAssociated Press

Expect some moves by Albuquerque City Council member Dan Lewis on Monday. The Republican says he wants to introduce a resolution to study the best location in the downtown area for a 10,000-seat soccer stadium.

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Saturday nights this month, Albuquerque's Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will recreate a wintertime tradition of New Mexico's pueblo communities.  Visitors of all ages will gather around a bonfire outside in the Center's courtyard to hear tales from pueblo storytellers.

Bettina Sandoval from the Center's Education Department has organized Stories by the Fireside.  She describes how her experiences growing up at Taos Pueblo inspired the series.

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New Mexico Senators Seek Millions More For Nuke Dump, LabAssociated Press

New Mexico's senators are asking for millions of dollars more to help with recovery efforts at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.

Ed Williams

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that could bring new money to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic. It’s a measure that could have big impacts in New Mexico.

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Santa Fe Community College Declared Sanctuary CampusSanta Fe New Mexican

The governing board of the Santa Fe Community College has declared the school to be a sanctuary campus, joining a movement around the country in anticipation of harsher immigration enforcement under President-elect Donald Trump.

Ed Williams

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday to give rural patients better access to high-quality medical care using a program developed at UNM.

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New Mexico Ed Secretary Praises Trump's Ed Secretary Pick Associated Press

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says Donald Trump's choice for education secretary is an advocate for strong children and will help the nation's most Hispanic state.

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A student group at the University of New Mexico has invited an incendiary figure to speak on campus. Milo Yiannopoulos is a columnist from the U.K., who writes for the far-right website Breitbart News. He’s associated with the so-called “alt-right,” a term the Associated Press says white supremacists have embraced to describe their ideology. He was banned from Twitter after his followers attacked actor Leslie Jones with racist abuse.

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Federal Authorities Charge Man In Old Navy FireAssociated Press

Federal authorities have charged a man with using an explosive device to damage an Old Navy store in Albuquerque, where a string of fires and vandalism over the holiday weekend damaged three Starbucks shops, a Barnes & Noble, and other establishments.

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It’s been an unseasonably warm November in New Mexico. Albuquerque could see a couple of inches of snow Monday night. There could be up to six inches in northern parts of the state.

As all the folks who wanted to ski or snowboard earlier this month know, it took a long time to get cold enough for even manufactured snow to stick.

Megan Kamerick

Murder Charge Dismissed Against 1 of 2 Albuquerque OfficersThe Associated Press

A special prosecutor has dismissed a second-degree murder charge against one of two former Albuquerque police officers who fatally shot a homeless man during an hourslong standoff.

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New Mexico Farmers Brace For Another Dry YearLas Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

Farmers in southern New Mexico are bracing for what could be another dry year.

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Among the Spanish traditions brought north from Mexico along the Camino Real was Las Pastorelas, musical plays of the Nativity.  Told from the shepherds' point of view, the plays have been performed in the New Mexico Territory since the 17th Century.  One popular version, La Gran Pastorela, continues to tour local communities during the holidays.

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Congressman Calls On Trump To Abolish National MonumentsAlbuquerque Journal

A Republican congressman from Utah is urging President-elect Donald Trump to abolish national monuments created by President Barack Obama, including two in New Mexico.

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