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Public Health New Mexico
5:03 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

State Backs Away From SNAP Work Requirements

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The Human Services Department announced it would not begin demanding more New Mexicans on food stamps meet work requirements. The rule change was slated to go into effect at the beginning of this month, but a lawsuit filed by two nonprofits threw a wrench in the works. 

The lawsuit charged HSD with not following proper procedure in alerting people to the rule change—or posting the full and correct version of the work requirement—before it was adopted.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:37 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Headlines: Judge On Mora Fracking Ban, NM To "Start Over" On SNAP Changes...

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Judge: Parts Of County Ordinance UnconstitutionalThe Associated Press and Las Vegas Optic

A federal judge says portions of a Mora County ordinance that bans oil and gas drilling in the rural northern New Mexico county are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge James Browning says some of the ordinance's provisions are "pretty wild" and inconsistent with federal law.

His comments came during a motions hearing this week in Albuquerque as one oil company seeks to strike down the ordinance.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:29 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Santa Fe And Bernalillo Counties Say Yes To Marijuana

Decriminalization watch party at Tractor Brewery
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Bernalillo County voters overwhelmingly called for reduced criminal penalties for marijuana possession Tuesday night.

The marijuana decriminalization question is non-binding and won’t change the law. But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd gathered to watch the election results last night.

Progress Now Director Pat Davis, who spearheaded initiatives in both Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties, says this is a first step towards big changes in New Mexico’s drug policy.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:28 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Bernalillo County Voters Ask For More Mental Health Support

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Bernalillo County voters overwhelmingly came out on Tuesday in favor of a tax increase to pay for more mental health services. 

Bernalillo County residents with addictions or mental health problems may be closer to having more access to treatment, now that voters here have showed their support for a one-eight percent tax increase to fund more behavioral health services.

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Local News
4:27 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP Congressional Challengers Face Defeat

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Two New Mexico Republicans hoping to oust incumbents in Congress were handed big defeats on election night despite their efforts. 

When we spoke Tuesday night in his campaign headquarters, Allen Weh was still hoping to overtake Sen. Tom Udall and win his Senate seat. Instead, the retired Marine colonel ended up trailing in the polls. He said he’ll be happy to get back to work as the head of CSI Aviation after the election, and he mused, briefly, on the political system in America. 

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Local News
4:26 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Gov. Martinez Highlights Bipartisanship

Gov. Susana Martinez' campaign staff awaits her arrival on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
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Republican Gov. Susana Martinez secured a second term last night, beating her Democratic challenger Gary King handily. Martinez emphasized bipartisanship during her acceptance speech at the Marriott in Albuquerque, which was packed with Republicans from around the state.

As Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela introduced Gov. Martinez late Tuesday night, he focused on her heart—perhaps a nod to opponent Gary King’s maligned comment about the governor’s not being Latino enough. 

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Local News
4:26 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Udall Wins Second Senate Term

Republican challenger Allan Weh closed the margin in the days leading up to the election but Udall managed to retain his seat.
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Democrat Tom Udall was re-elected to serve another 6 years as New Mexico’s senior Senator in Washington D.C. Tuesday night.

The crowd cheered emphatically when Udall took the stage as Tom Petty’s Won't Back Down blasted through the sound system.

Pointing to what he considers a recent victory, Udall highlighted expanded health care coverage and the Affordable Care Act, and described how they benefit people here.

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Local News
4:25 am
Wed November 5, 2014

King Loses Bid For Governor

Although King lost to incumbent Martinez he said he still believes there is a lot of work to do in New Mexico.
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Despite the loss, Democrat Gary King was upbeat Tuesday night. 

He said education and the economy are two of the biggest issues facing New Mexicans and though he has no plans to hold public office come the new year, King said both he and his running mate, Deb Haaland, are dedicated to carrying on the fight.

“She is a ground breaker, she is the highest ranking Native American woman to be running across the country," King said of his running mate. "I’m really glad that I’ve been hanging around with Deb Halland for the last while.”

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Local News
4:25 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Lujan Grisham Keeps First District House Seat

Lujan Grisham gave her victory speech Tuesday night with her mother at her side.
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First District Representative Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham celebrated her re-election Tuesday night for a second term in Washington.  

In her victory speech at Democratic headquarters in Albuquerque, Lujan Grisham spoke of ending hunger in New Mexico and ensuring that everyone has access to healthy organic locally grown food. She also touched on protecting the native chile seed.

 

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Local News
12:04 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Keller Wins New Mexico State Auditor Race

Democrat state Sen. Timothy Keller has been elected New Mexico state auditor.

Keller defeated Republican lawyer Robert Aragon on Tuesday in a race that centered on how the auditor's office should monitor government waste.

The Harvard Business School-educated Keller, currently the Senate majority whip, said he would work to uncover an estimated $900 million of unspent public money and redirect it to state programs. The 36-year-old also vowed to "shine the light" on billions of dollars lost in various tax breaks.

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Local News
10:23 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

State Auditor Balderas Wins Attorney General Race

State auditor Hector Balderas, considered a rising star in the state Democratic Party, rolled to a win over Republican Susan Riedel in the contest for attorney general Tuesday after a race in which he touted his rise from poverty to the top levels of government and built a huge advantage in campaign cash.

Balderas had stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidate — except Gov. Susana Martinez — early on and had a more than 8-to-1 cash advantage with three weeks to go.

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Local News
8:53 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

New Mexico U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Wins Re-Election

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has won a fourth term with a victory over Republican Jeff Byrd.

Lujan, vice chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has said making New Mexico more competitive will be at the top of his list when he returns to Washington.

The congressman has also called for the National Nuclear Security Administration to be restructured to better balance defense programs with other research. His district includes Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Local News
6:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NM Voters Report Problems In Sandoval County

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The Associated Press reported today that a state judge has ordered a New Mexico county to issue provisional ballots after lawyers for Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign complained voters were being turned away due to software problems.

Judge George Eichwald told Sandoval County election officials Tuesday they must give voters provisional ballots if problems continued.

Voters in at least two precincts reported that election officials turned them away after ballots weren't printing properly. About a dozen voters were affected and ended up voting later.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Find A Polling Location With No Wait

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Polls are open today until 7 p.m., and registered voters in Bernalillo County can cast their ballots in any of the polling locations around the city. There's a great map and an app [Google Play or iTunes] that can show you where all the vote centers are and how long the wait is at each.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:04 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Headlines: Election Day 2014, October '14 Among Warmest In ABQ History

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US Senate Seat, 3 House Seats Up For GrabsThe Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Udall is seeking his second term.  Republican challenger Allen Weh is a businessman and retired Marine colonel.

New Mexico's three congressional seats are also up for grabs.

In southern New Mexico, Republican incumbent Steve Pearce is running against Democratic challenger Roxanne Lara.

In the 1st District, Democratic incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham is facing Republican Mike Frese, a scientist and small business owner.

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Local News
7:02 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

The Dept. Of Justice Plan For Albuquerque Police

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/6 8a:

The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque have announced a plan to reform the Albuquerque Police Department. What are the details of the plan and how are the initiatives intended to change APD's use of force practices and interactions with people with mental illnesses?

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show! 

Guests:

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Local News
5:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Super PAC Takes Last Minute Aim At Udall

Another super PAC took aim at Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on the final weekend before Tuesday’s general election as New Mexico's political advertising neared $12.2 million in the final full week of the election season.

Meanwhile, an analysis of gubernatorial elections across the nation ranks New Mexico's contest for governor as among the most negative. Republican Incumbent Susana Martinez has dominated political TV ad buys, running seven times the number of Democratic challenger, Attorney General Gary King.

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Monday News Roundup
8:31 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Headlines: APD Reassignments Scrutinized, Last Full Day Of Campaigning...

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Albuquerque Police Still Face Heat On StaffingThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police have agreed to enter into a reform agreement with the U.S. Justice Department but the agency still faces scrutiny for keeping some leaders.

That's because Albuquerque police is reassigning command staff who oversaw troubled units to new positions.

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Local News
7:44 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Headlines: Court Blocks Food Stamp Changes, NM Candidates Talk Domestic Violence, Early Voting...

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Court Blocks New Mexico Food Stamp Changes - The Associated Press

A state court has temporarily stopped Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from imposing work-related requirements on about 80,000 low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.

District Judge Sarah Singleton's ruling on Friday blocks the Human Services Department from implementing the food stamp changes on Saturday.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Dept. Of Justice Announces Plan For Albuquerque Police Reform

Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden joined Mayor Richard Berry and members of the U.S. Department of Justice to announce a settlement they have reached on police reform.
Credit Rita Daniels

After months of negotiations with the City of Albuquerque, the U.S. Department of Justice released a binding agreement today that spells out exactly what court-enforced reform of Albuquerque’s police department will look like.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:16 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips

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Tonight before you send the kids out trick-or-treating, here are a few things to keep in mind for a safe Halloween.

Children should avoid going out trick-or-treating alone, according to the CDC. Loose-fitting clothing or masks can be dangerous as they can cause tripping and vision obstruction.

Kids who wear bright clothing or reflective tape are more visible in the dark.  Carry flashlights and walk on the sidewalk.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:15 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Researchers Highlight Gaps In Mental Health Services

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University of New Mexico researchers are estimating one-third of Bernalillo County residents with mental health problems didn’t get the care they needed last year.

Researchers at UNM say over 150,000 people in Bernalillo county had mental health issues that needed treatment in 2013, but only 98,000 of those people received care from local providers.

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Local News
5:13 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Voters' Guides Galore

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is criticizing New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran for a voter guide that her agency published on ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments that appear on this year’s ballot.

It’s just one of many voter guides that are available for voters to use as they make decisions on who to vote for. KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Gwyneth Doland, political reporter for New Mexico PBS.  

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Friday News Roundup
8:36 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Headlines: Latest Gila River Lawsuit, Election 2014...

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Judge Orders Fast Track For NM Water Panel Dispute - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A judge yesterday ordered a fast-track process for determining whether a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission subcommittee violated the state Open Meetings Act regarding the future of the Gila River.

A week ago, state District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the commission from taking any action on the Gila River projects.

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Public Health New Mexico
6:48 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Veteran Concerned With PTSD

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Amber Royster is a sixth-generation New Mexican and Navy veteran who served in the Iraq War and was deployed twice overseas. She said Bernalillo County’s advisory mental health ballot question and the secretary of state’s race are her main interests this year.

She’s a registered Green Party member, and said she generally prefers to vote on issues instead of candidates. She’s voting for Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver for secretary of state because that office can allow direct issues-based questions onto the polls.

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Local News
6:33 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Voices Behind The Vote: Energy Worker Watches Minimum Wage Issue

Rodrigo Aguilera opposed Susana Martinez in 2010, but he thinks she'll be re-elected this year because of her support from the oil and gas industry.
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Rodrigo Aguilera of Carlsbad spent decades working as a lab technician, first in the potash mines and then at a natural gas plant. A registered Democrat, he prides himself on not voting the party line.

One of the issues in this year's gubernatorial campaign is how much to raise the state minimum wage. Republican Governor Susana Martinez doesn’t want as big of an increase as her democratic challenger Gary King.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:44 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Doctors See Higher Patient Loads Under Affordable Care Act

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A new analysis of insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act shows New Mexico has one of the highest rates of newly-insured people in the country. That’s good news for the residents here who now have access to health care, but the higher number of new patients is posing some challenges to doctors in the state.

    

New Mexico has seen a drastic reduction in uninsured residents since last year. Data shows the rate of people covered by health insurance has more than doubled in many counties.

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Local News
5:26 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

LISTEN: U.S. Senate Debate Between Udall And Weh

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Thu. 10/30 7p: The last in a series of 4 debates among candidates for state-wide New Mexico office in 2014. 

Democratic incumbent Senator Tom Udall faces off against his Republican challenger Allen Weh. The debate was taped Thursday at the studio at New Mexico PBS in Albuquerque. 

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Public Health New Mexico
11:26 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Behavioral Health Audit Firm Didn’t Follow Normal Practice

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A Massachusetts firm that audited 15 health organizations in New Mexico last year normally gives companies it’s scrutinizing a chance to respond before issuing official findings.

It is a common practice for auditors. Running the findings by staff gives organizations the opportunity to refute findings or address misunderstandings. It’s a way of ensuring the accuracy of an audit, among other things.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Headlines: Accused Deputy Pleads Not Guilty, Former Athletic Director Cleared...

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New Mexico Deputy In Shooting Pleads Not Guilty  - The Associated Press

A New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of fatally shooting a fellow deputy following an argument at a hotel has pleaded not guilty.

Tai Chan entered his plea to the murder charge at his first court appearance in Las Cruces on Wednesday.

Police say Chan shot Deputy Jeremy Martin at the Hotel Encanto after the two drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument. They were staying there after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

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