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Neither major party presidential candidate has made public education a central theme of their campaign in this year’s election. Still, some voters in New Mexico see education as one of the most important issues in our country.

One of those voters is John Sena, a teacher at Española Valley High School. 

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Credit Agency Downgrades New Mexico Debt – The Associated Press

A major credit rating agency has downgraded New Mexico's financial standing shortly after the adoption of new budget solvency measures by the Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez.

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Many New Mexicans cast their ballot for the candidate who best represents their religious and moral beliefs. For Catholic voters, that can often mean the candidate who opposes abortion rights. One of those voters is Robert Wall, a computer technician who coaches a kids’ swim team in Albuquerque. 

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Transit Opponents Seek Halt To ConstructionAlbuquerque Journal

Crews are digging up concrete and removing medians as part of a bus rapid transit project along Central Avenue in Albuquerque, but opponents are still trying to stop construction.

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For many voters, choosing who should be commander in chief includes weighing how the United States will relate to the rest of the world. KUNM hung out in the classroom with a soldier who’s also a college student at the University of New Mexico. Joshua Ramirez is voting for the first time in 2016 because foreign affairs and national security are his top concerns.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/27 8a: Election Day is November 8th this year and it's approaching fast. Many New Mexicans are already turning out to early vote in 2016. What issues do you think were missing from candidates' campaigns this year? 

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Photo Of JFK's Visit To Los Alamos Stumps Researcher The Associated Press & The Los Alamos Monitor

Author John Bisney is trying to unravel a mystery as he writes a book about former President John F. Kennedy and his role in America's space program.

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Cash-Strapped New Mexico Takes Back Construction FundsAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a budget solvency bill that would shore up the state general fund with money from stalled construction projects.

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The Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns in southeastern New Mexico is 4,000 feet long, 600 feet wide and, at its highest point, 255 feet high; it comprises 8 acres of natural formations and is located 750 feet beneath the surface of the earth.  On November 4, and for the first time since 1933, the National Park Service will welcome the public into the Big Room for an evening of music.  A string quartet from the New Mexico Philharmonic will perform works by Haydn, Grieg, Bach and Dvorak.

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Feds To Launch Expanded Review Of Drilling In Chaco RegionBy Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The federal government is planning an expanded review of public lands management in northwestern New Mexico to address concerns about oil and gas development surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

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New Mexico Governor Signs Solvency BillsAssociated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that would help address a major state budget shortfall by closing tax loopholes and tapping into reserves from a tobacco settlement fund.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. 

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Lawmakers To Look At Expanding Broadband In New MexicoAssociated Press

Some New Mexico lawmakers are turning their focus to expanding broadband access in the state and increasing the speed of existing connections as a means to boosting competitiveness.

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UNM President Says University Committed To ReformAssociated Press

The University of New Mexico president says he's sensitive to the reality that the school didn't handle past sexual assault and harassment cases as well as it should have.

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Debate Highlights Stakes In Race For NM Secretary Of State – Associated Press

Two candidates vying to become New Mexico's top elections and campaign finance regulator used a debate on Sunday morning to present sharply different visions of how to run the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office.

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Construction On Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project BeginsThe Associated Press & KOAT 

Drivers in Albuquerque can expect lane closures and some delays as crews begin heavy construction on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.

KOAT-TV reports that the city has begun work to construct a dedicated bus lane along 9 miles of Central Ave. and work is expected to run into late 2017.

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Final Report Details Destructive New Mexico WildfireAssociated Press

Investigators say a wildfire that destroyed a dozen homes in the Manzano Mountains earlier this year started after a wood-chipping machine struck a rock and sent sparks flying into brush and forest debris.

During the murder trial of two former Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed a man with mental illness, video and audio of James Boyd ranting and threatening police officers was played by the defense. The neighbor who called the police on him took the stand to say that he was afraid of the man, who was homeless and camping nearby in the Sandia Foothills. Boyd might not have had a lot of other options.

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In 2013, Santa Fe’s alternative weekly newspaper sued Governor Susana Martinez for violating the state’s public records law. That case goes to trial next month and the outcome could have huge repercussions for government transparency and freedom of the press in New Mexico.

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The 2016 election is just around the corner, less than four weeks away. Republican Supreme Court Justice Judith Nakamura is running to keep her seat on the bench. Democrat Chief New Mexico Appeals Court Judge Michael Vigil is challenging her. The candidates sat down for a conversation as part of KUNM’s special election coverage with New Mexico PBS.

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Feds Plan To Seal Part Of Nuke Waste RepositoryAssociated Press

A top U.S. Energy Department official in southern New Mexico says the agency plans to close off part of the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository due to contamination and stability concerns.

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A diverse group of black artists will gather this weekend to celebrate black culture. The Burque Noir multimedia and entertainment event at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque on Saturday October 15, 2016, features poets, musicians, and visual and performance artists.

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

It wasn’t the biggest anti-police violence demonstration Albuquerque has seen—fluctuating between around 50 and 100 people. But tensions were high, especially when law enforcement seemed to outnumber protesters.

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Thu. 10/13 7p: Join us for a candidate conversation with Third District U.S. Representative Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and his Republican challenger, Air Force veteran and retired policeman, Michael Romero. It's part of our 2016 special election coverage with New Mexico PBS. Find out what the candidates' priorities are for northern New Mexico and hear how they plan to serve New Mexicans. 

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Demonstrators protested police violence in downtown Albuquerque on Wednesday, Oct. 12, a day after a hung jury resulted in a mistrial in the murder trial of two former APD officers who shot and killed James Boyd.  

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Albuquerque Mayor Introduces Anti-Crime ProposalsThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

The Albuquerque mayor has put forward an anti-crime agenda that focuses on keeping repeat offenders locked up longer.

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Hummingbirds can fly backwards, upside-down, and float in mid-air. The PBS series Nature explores these little creatures in the first episode of their 35th season which airs on New Mexico PBS.  

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Albuquerque Police Protest Scheduled After MistrialThe Associated Press

Activists have scheduled a protest outside the Albuquerque courthouse where the case against two former New Mexico police officers charged in the death of a homeless man ended in a mistrial.

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

Two Albuquerque police officers were charged with second-degree murder for an on-the-job shooting for the first time in at least half a century. They were facing up to 15 years in prison for killing James Boyd, who’d been camping illegally for about a month in the Foothills of the Sandia Mountains in 2014. The jury announced that it was deadlocked Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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Food co-ops today are facing big challenges that can sometimes pit management against member-owners.

 

Here in New Mexico, a group called Take Back the Co-op is organizing members of the state’s largest food cooperative to voice their concerns about recent changes at the business.

 

Co-op leadership held meetings last week to talk to members about the changes.

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