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8:36 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Presidential Candidate To Appeal, CDC Expert Talks Ebola At UNM, And More

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Navajo Presidential Candidate To Appeal Ruling In Language Case – The Associated Press

A Navajo presidential candidate says he will appeal to the tribe's high court in a case challenging his ability to speak Navajo.

A tribal hearing officer on Thursday ruled against Chris Deschene after he repeatedly refused to answer questions in Navajo.

Tribal law requires presidential hopefuls to speak fluent Navajo and understand the language said to be handed down by deities.

Deschene has 10 days to appeal to the tribe's Supreme Court.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:22 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Think Tank: Why Can't Patients Compare Prices?

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A nonpartisan think tank in New Mexico released a report on health care costs this week suggesting that providers should be more transparent about the price of procedures up front.

Fred Nathan is the founder and executive director of Think New Mexico. The group’s report says New Mexicans are spending more out of their pockets for health care than ever before, and most of that extra money is going to administrative costs—not to doctors’ salaries or improved care for patients.

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Public Health New Mexico
12:25 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

UNM Expanding Telehealth Program

Dr. Howard Yonas of the UNM School of Medicine's Neurosurgery Department is chief investigator for the ACCESS program.
Credit John Arnold, UNM Health Sciences Center

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has received more than $15 million in federal money to expand a statewide telehealth program. The program aims to provide rural hospital patients with emergency video consultations.

The funding, awarded through the Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, will pay for a network of high definition cameras and AV conferencing equipment for emergency rooms throughout the state. 

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Local News
8:12 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Headlines: Gov.'s Ex-campaign Manager Sentenced, Decision Looms In Navajo Language Case, And More

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Ex-campaign Manager Sentenced In Email Case – The Associated Press

A federal judge has sentenced a former campaign manager for Gov. Susana Martinez to nine months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for stealing the governor's email and lying about it.

U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson sentenced Jamie Estrada on Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty in June to charges of unlawful interception of electronic communication and lying to FBI agents.

Estrada's family cried when the sentence was read.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:08 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

New Farmington Detox Center To Offer Housing

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Farmington city officials voted Tuesday to continue funding the area’s only existing detox facility until a new center is up and running. 

Four Winds Recovery Center gets intoxicated people off the street by providing a bed to and a place to sober up and begin treatment programs. But the Center’s administrators say they don’t have enough money to keep housing intoxicated residents until their contract ends next June.  

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:40 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Headlines: Rains Boost NM Reservoirs, APD Criticized Over Award, Espanola Officer Justified ...

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Rains Boost Level Of New Mexico Reservoirs - The Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News

Reservoirs in southern New Mexico have gotten a much needed boost thanks to late summer rains.

The levels at Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs have climbed in recent weeks as a result of runoff from the rain making its way down arroyos and other channels that drain into the lakes.

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Local News
5:32 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Dollars And Sense: Money And The 2014 Elections

KUNM Call In Show 10/9 8a: Call 277-5866 or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. With the proliferation of political action committees (PACs) and super-PACs, candidates for office have access to increasing amounts of campaign funding.  Where is the election financing coming from in New Mexico, and who is receiving it?  Does having the most money guarantee victory for a candidate?   Join us, as we take a look at current candidate funding and explore how the burgeoning legacy of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission impacts elections in New Mexico. 

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Public Health New Mexico
5:21 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Young People Struggle To Find Jobs

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The national unemployment rate has dropped to 5.9 percent, but that doesn’t mean that there are more teens and young adults in the New Mexico workforce. In fact, that number has been dropping for decades, according to a recent report.

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:54 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Headlines: Voting Begins, Gubernatorial Debate, Obama Approves Storm Aid...

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Absentee Voting Starts Tuesday In New MexicoThe Associated Press

New Mexicans can start casting ballots in general election races although Election Day remains several weeks away.

Voters can go to their county clerk's office starting Tuesday to cast ballots. That's also the final day for New Mexicans to register to vote and clerks can begin mailing absentee ballots requested by voters.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Searching For Answers On Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The Trujillo family in front of their home in San Fidel, NM.
Credit Ed Williams-KUNM

    

Terry Trujillo’s family has been facing an ordeal that would be familiar to a surprising number of Americans. Holding back tears, she remembers the moment she had to explain to her adopted nephew that his severe learning disabilities, memory problems and behavior issues were the result of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

“The little boy would say ‘Well what’s that, what do you mean?’ And it’s hard to sit there and tell a child it means that your mother drank alcohol while you were in her stomach, and to see their face. Because they know it’s wrong,” Trujillo said.

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Local News
8:04 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

State, Congressional Candidates Hit TV Airwaves

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With Election Day less than a month away, more New Mexico candidates will hit the airwaves in coming weeks seeking your vote.

Nearly $7.7 million is being spent for almost 177 hours of political ads in the state, according to a New Mexico In Depth analysis of new ad contracts filed last week with the Federal Communications Commission. The analysis includes ads on traditional TV stations; satellite and cable-only stations aren’t required to file with the FCC.

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Monday News Roundup
8:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Headlines: Balloon Fiesta, Gubernatorial Debate, Artesia Immigrant Detention Facility...

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Day 3 Balloon FiestaThe Associated Press

Day 3 of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is underway.

Yesterday’s mass ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons was called off due to wind.  More than 100 balloons had already been inflated when officials called it.  Those balloons became part of an impromptu static display.   

About 550 pilots are taking part in this year's Balloon Fiesta, which runs until October 12th.  

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Local News
4:25 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Featured On All Things Considered: Where Activists See Gray, Albuquerque Police See Black And White

Protesters gather outside the Albuquerque Police Department following the shooting deaths of James Boyd and others on March 25. The Justice Department accused the police of engaging in a pattern of excessive force.
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The Justice Department is investigating 26 police departments across the country. Among them is Albuquerque, N.M., where police have shot dozens of people in the past few years, 25 of them fatally. KUNM's Rita Daniels and NPR's Kelly McEvers report.

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Local News
8:27 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Headlines: Candidate To Be Questioned On Navajo Proficiency, Assault At A Halfway House, And More

Candidate To Be Questioned On Navajo Proficiency - The Associated Press

A hearing officer on the Navajo Nation has put off a decision on whether a presidential candidate is fluent enough in the tribe's language to qualify for the top elected post.

Richie Nez of the Navajo Office of Hearings and Appeals says he will reconvene a hearing to answer that question after a deposition next week.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Candidates For Bernalillo County Sheriff Face Off

D- Manuel Gonzalez and R- James Scott Baird both have strong backgrounds in law enforcement.
Credit Rita Daniels

  On Thursday candidates for Bernalillo County Sheriff faced off in a public forum hosted by the non-partisan League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico.

The rules of the evening were laid out to the 40 or so members of the audience. No applauding, no booing. They were told it wasn't a debate and to be sure to frame questions in such a way that both candidates could answer.

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Entertainment
12:13 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

"Chakra," A Danced Love Story From Southern India

Indian classical dancer Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala.
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The UNM Indian Student Association hosts classical dancer Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, along with eight members of her dance company, in a musical journey through multiple layers of Indian culture.  The Ghantasala company, based in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India, presents "Chakra -- A Myriad of the Four Seasons" on October 12 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.  The Secretary of the UNM Indian Student Association, Indian classical dancer Trupthi Panickor, talks about the production.

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Friday News Update
8:47 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Headlines: NM Voter Registration Deadline, Rodella's Replacement, Navajo Language Requirement...

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  New Mexico's Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 7The Associated Press

New Mexicans have only a few more days to become eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

Tuesday is the deadline to register as a voter. That's also the first day that New Mexicans can cast ballots in person at a county clerk's office.

County clerks also can start mailing out absentee ballots to voters on Tuesday.

Early voting will expand to more locations statewide on Oct. 18.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:31 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Headlines: UNM Apologizes For 'Sex Week', Rodella is Out, PNM Negotiates Agreement, Sunland Park ...

Reid Mihalko came to UNM to give a workshop called "How to be a Gentleman and Get Laid".
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University Of New Mexico Apologizes On 'Sex Week'The Associated Press

University of New Mexico senior administrator says the Albuquerque school didn't adequately supervise topics included in a program of workshops called "Celebrate Sex Week at UNM."

Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo Torres issued an apology when campus officials received dozens of complaints about the four-day program that began Monday.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:35 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Headlines: APD Chief Says Foul Language Unacceptable, Rodella, WIPP...

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Chief: Foul Language 'Completely Unacceptable'The Associated Press

Albuquerque's police chief says it's "completely unacceptable" that an officer used foul language and called a man he later fatally shot a "lunatic."

Chief Gorden Eden told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used an expletive to describe a 38-year-old man struggling with mental illness.

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Call-In Show
2:13 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Public Education Reforms And The Election

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Thu. 10/2 8am: The New Mexico Public Education Department has recently instituted many education reforms.  Do you believe these reforms will have a positive impact? Will a candidate's stance on education-related issues influence your vote this November?  Join us on the call-in show as we talk with experts, candidates and you, about the role education issues may play in the upcoming election.

 Guests:

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:03 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Headlines: Rudolfo Anaya Honored, BCBS Says Some Customers Must Change Health Plans...

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'Bless Me, Ultima' Novelist Anaya To Be HonoredThe Associated Press

The godfather of contemporary Chicano literature has been chosen as the 2nd ever inductee into the Albuquerque Wall of Fame.

Author Rudolfo Anaya is scheduled to be honored Tuesday at the Alvarado Transportation Center.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says Anaya is receiving a Wall of Fame nod because his descriptive narratives opened up Albuquerque and New Mexico to the world.

Anaya was born in Pastura, New Mexico, and raised in nearby Santa Rosa.

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Local News
5:59 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Educators Sue Martinez Administration

Charles Bowyer is the executive director of NEA New Mexico. He says the lawsuit against Skandera is no small thing.
Credit Rita Daniels

An education labor union has filed a lawsuit in state district court against Public Education Secretary Designate Hannah Skandara.  The National Education Association of New Mexico says they are at their wits’ end over the teacher evaluation system and are asking the courts to intervene.

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Monday News Roundup
8:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Headlines: New Details On James Boyd Shooting, San Juan County Worries Over Federal Funds...

Recording Shows Officer Promising To Shoot Suspect - The Associated Press and KOB TV

Two hours before an Albuquerque police officer fatally shot a homeless camper, which sparked violent protest in the city, he was recorded saying he would shoot the suspect in the penis.

A recording broadcast by KOB-TV shows Keith Sandy telling a state police officer that James Boyd was a "lunatic" and he was going to shot the man struggling with mental illness "in the penis with a shotgun here in a second."

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Local News
9:03 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Headlines: Sheriff Convicted, EPA Approves Energy Plan, Navajo Supreme Court Weighs In On Election

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Jury Convicts NM Sheriff In Heated Traffic Stop - The Associated Press

A federal jury has found a northern New Mexico sheriff guilty of charges stemming from a heated traffic stop.

Jurors reached their decision Friday in Albuquerque after just a few hours of deliberating the case involving Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella.

The lawman was charged with deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm.

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Entertainment
6:19 am
Sat September 27, 2014

The Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival

Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers
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On October 4 and 5, Albuquerque's Indian Pueblo Cultural Center celebrates the music, art, food and dance of the American Indian.  Over fifty Native artisans will be talking about and selling their work, there will be performances by dancers from local pueblos, a Native fashion show, and a special courtyard concert by Native flutist R. Carlos Nakai and his colleagues, luthier William Eaton and percussionist Will Clipman.  Travis L. Suazo, Executive Director of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, offers a preview of the Festival.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:35 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

First Ever Sex Week At UNM

Reid Mihalko is coming to UNM to give a workshop called "How to be a Gentleman and Get Laid" on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.
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UNM is hosting its inaugural Sex Week next week, and this year’s theme is preventing sexual assault.

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Friday News Roundup
8:49 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Headlines: Exclusions To Food Stamp Changes, Navajo High Court To Rule On Language Fluency...

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Food Stamp Changes Exclude Some Counties, TribesThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

A state agency for now is exempting several New Mexico counties and about a dozen Native American tribes and pueblos from new work-related rules for participation in the food stamp nutrition-assistance program.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that counties being excluded from the rules include Luna, McKinley and Mora and that the tribes and pueblos being exempted include the Navajo Nation.

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Public Health New Mexico
1:45 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

High Bail Keeps People In Poverty In Jail

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The Legislature’s Criminal Justice Reform Committee met on Wednesday to talk about bail, among other topics. According to one speaker, the high cost of bail creates a system where people who can pay are released, while people in poverty remain behind bars. 

Arthur Pepin has a lot of work in front of him. He’s the director of the Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Review Commission, a group tasked with figuring out how to decrease the population at the county jail.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:35 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Settlement, Juntos New Mexico Petition, Rodella, Jewish Survey...

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Navajo Nation To Get $554 Million In Settlement With US  - The Associated Press

The Navajo Nation will receive more than $550 million as part of a settlement with the federal government that officials say is the largest of its kind.

The tribe agreed earlier this year to settle the case involving mismanagement of its resources, but it was awaiting signatures from federal agencies.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Window Rock on Friday to mark the largest settlement of its kind for a single American Indian tribe.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:33 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

New Mexico Babies Exposed To Tuberculosis At El Paso Hospital

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The New Mexico Health Department is screening babies for tuberculosis in Doña Ana County this week. 

Health Department officials in Texas and New Mexico say as many as 750 newborns might have been exposed to tuberculosis at Providence Memorial Hospital’s nursery unit in El Paso. Over 50 of those babies are thought to live in southern New Mexico.

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