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Albuquerque Police Conduct Internal Probe Of Abuse CaseThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police have launched an internal investigation into the department's handling of a November 2017 encounter with the family of a 7-year-old girl now identified by authorities as a victim of abuse and sexual exploitation.

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Albuquerque City Council Oppose Waste Storage ProjectThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

The Albuquerque City Council is opposing the transportation of radioactive waste by railway through the city for temporary storage in southeastern New Mexico.

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Misaligned Drum Prompts Brief Evacuation At Nuke Repository– Associated Press, Carlsbad Current Argus

The U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository was briefly evacuated after a drum of waste was found to be misaligned inside it’s packaging.

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Writer Dan Darling grew up in Albuquerque, a city that he says is "part desert, part floodplains, part mountains and all contradiction."  Those contradictions, which he observed first as a boy and later when he returned to his hometown for an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico, inform his fiction.  Albuquerque is the setting for his first novel, Archaeopteryx, a page-turning blend of detective story, science fiction and homage to what Dan calls the "sacred dry places."

How does Dan describe his novel?  "I introduce my main character:  His name is John Stick, he's a zookeeper.  He's also a giant, he has giantism, he's eight feet tall.  And one day 10,000 birds fall dead from the New Mexico sky, and John is sucked into the mystery of what caused these birds' death."

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US Air Force Thunderbirds To Perform At Clovis-Area Air ShowThe Associated Press & The Eastern New Mexico News

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have landed in the Clovis area ahead of a biennial air show on the eastern New Mexico air force base.

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A Florida-based energy company faced heavy opposition Tuesday night from Albuquerque locals who are against a proposal to store spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power plants at a facility near Carlsbad.

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Summertime gives kids the chance to go outside and have some fun, but many don’t always have a way to get around town. A local Albuquerque group is raising awareness about free bus passes for kids.

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Rio Arriba County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday, May 24, protesting federal public health grants that are supposed to focus on white rural counties in the U.S.

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Democratic Candidate For Governor Wants Pay For LawmakersThe Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca says he wants New Mexico lawmakers to become paid politicians to help eliminate financial conflicts of interest between their legislative duties and outside careers.

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Nursing home inspections have found dozens of safety violations and mistreatment of elderly New Mexico residents over the years. Albuquerque Journal reporter Marie Baca examined some of the reports about these incidents. She sat down with Public Health New Mexico’s May Ortega to talk about what she found.

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New Mexico Files Counterclaims In Water Fight With TexasThe Associated Press

New Mexico is accusing Texas of mismanaging its share of water from the Rio Grande and failing to plan for drought.

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New Mexico Senators Want Buffer Around World Heritage SiteThe Associated Press

Drilling across a swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be prohibited under legislation drafted by the state's two U.S. senators.

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The search committee for Albuquerque's new police chief drew criticism this weekend when community members questioned the search process. APD Forward hosted the event at the Albuquerque Convention Center to give the public an opportunity to speak to the committee about the city's hunt for a new police chief. 

Let's Talk About How We Define Poverty

May 21, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/24 8a: Poverty is a persistent topic in New Mexico, from news coverage of the latest statistics to legislative hearings on proposals to address high poverty rates in our communities. Nearly 20 percent of New Mexicans are considered to be living in poverty according to the U.S. Census. Are these numbers accurately capturing the real experiences of people across the state? How can we talk about poverty differently, in a way that doesn't define people by their income? What do you think makes someone poor? Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM, or call in live during the show. 

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Analysis: New Mexico Nursing Homes Worst In NationThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

A recent analysis says New Mexico nursing homes are the worst in the nation.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Review New Nuclear Storage ProposalAssociated Press

New Mexico state lawmakers are being briefed on a proposal to temporarily store tons of spent fuel from U.S. commercial nuclear reactors, along with concerns about safety and potentially adverse economic impacts.

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Abortion rights advocates in New Mexico are reacting to reports that the Trump Administration will end federal funding for family planning clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to other abortion providers.

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A new concert series taking place at Dialogue Brewing in Albuquerque features contemporary classical music selections that become increasingly dense as the weeks go by.  Likewise, the surrounding artwork escalates week by week in visual complexity.  The Discourse series, which evolves over three consecutive Tuesday nights beginning May 22, is a collaboration between artists from Santa Fe's Meow Wolf and musicians of Albuquerque's Chatter.

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More Than 60 Percent Of New Mexico In 'Extreme Drought'The Associated Press

More than 60 percent of New Mexico now is experiencing extreme drought or worse conditions.

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Congress boosted the budget for the battle against the opioid epidemic this year, and a chunk of it—$100 million—is slated for treatment and prevention in rural communities. But something about how lawmakers chose to prioritize that money caught a New Mexico health official by surprise: the funding is focused on counties that are mostly white.

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New Mexico Governor To Meet With White House OfficialsThe Associated Press

Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling on a state-funded trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with officials from the White House.

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Plaques To Honor Woman Killed By Albuquerque OfficerThe Associated Press

Ten memorial plaques will be placed at police stations throughout Albuquerque in honor of a woman who was killed five years ago in a crash with an off-duty police sergeant.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/17 8a: Call now 277-5866. People in the U.S. owe more money on student loans than they do on credit cards. And that student loan debt can follow you around for decades. How are you or your kids deciding whether to borrow money for college? Are you a recent graduate with student loan debt? What does that mean for you right now? Have you been making payments on a student loan? How's that going? We'd like to hear from you. Email letstalk@kunm.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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CYFD Internal Review Leads To ReformsAlbuquerque Journal

The case of a 7-year-old girl who was allegedly sex trafficked by relatives has prompted a review that found problems in the Children, Youth and Families Department.

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The federal government is distributing grant money to counties to fight opioid addiction. But Española and the surrounding area might not get any of it, even though communities there have struggled for years with some of the highest overdose death rates in the country.

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UNM Regents Approve Nearly $3B Budget For Fiscal Year 2019Albuquerque Journal & Associated Press

University of New Mexico regents have approved a budget for fiscal year 2019 that climbs to $2.96 billion when including the main campus, Health Sciences Center and UNM's four branch campuses.

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When patients are faced with bias and racism, they can end up receiving poor treatment or get a wrong diagnosis. But over the years, more and more medical schools have introduced cultural competency training to try to address these issues. At the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, students have been learning how to treat diverse patients for more than a decade.

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Earlier this week, President Donald Trump asked Congress to claw back $7 billion in federal funding for children’s health insurance coverage. But Washington, D.C.,’s decisions probably won’t have an immediate impact here.

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Congressional Candidate Says 'F--- The NRA' In TV Ad – KRQE-TV, Association Press

A Democratic candidate for Congress in New Mexico is using an expletive in television ads to condemn the National Rifle Association and inaction by U.S. lawmakers on gun control.

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In 1838, the U.S. Government relocated thousands of Cherokee people from their homeland in the southeastern U.S. west to the newly designated Indian Territory.  During this brutal removal to present-day Oklahoma one-third of the evacuees died.  Cherokee actress DeLanna Studi has retraced this journey along the infamous Trail of Tears and documented it in her one-person show, And So We Walked, which she brings to the Lensic Center in Santa Fe on May 23.

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