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EPA Proposes Adding Colorado Mines To Superfund List Associated Press

Nearly 50 mining sites in southwestern Colorado, including one that spilled a torrent of wastewater into New Mexico and Utah last summer, are a bit closer to getting funding for a comprehensive cleanup.

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School-based health centers are clinics housed in public schools that offer primary care, counseling, family planning and other services and the New Mexico Department of Health is closing several of them in the Albuquerque area.

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Complaint: US Agents Looting Immigrants Before DeportationsThe Associated Press

A new complaint says U.S. Border Patrol agents are looting immigrants of possessions before deporting them to Mexico without their IDs or money.

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New Mexico’s attorney general announced on Tuesday that his office cleared the final two behavioral health providers accused of fraud. Those allegations against more than a dozen providers shuttered services that the state is still scrambling to restore.   

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Ads raising awareness about the overdose-reversing drug naloxone will be appearing on the sides of buses around Albuquerque. It’s available over-the-counter now—but only at pharmacies willing to carry the medication.

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Attorney General Clears Last 2 Mental Health Providers Of FraudAssociated Press

The last two of 15 mental health nonprofit providers under investigation for possible Medicaid fraud have been cleared by New Mexico's top prosecutor.

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University Of New Mexico Denies Buying, Selling Fetal TissueKOB-TV, Associated Press

The University of New Mexico is denying a claim by Lt. Gov. John Sanchez that it bought or sold fetal tissue.

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Another Arizona Mental Health Provider To Leave New MexicoAssociated Press

Another Arizona behavioral health company brought in to replace New Mexico nonprofits accused of Medicaid overbilling and fraud has announced it will stop providing services in New Mexico at the end of June.

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The University of New Mexico Board of Regents recently made changes to how UNM’s Health Sciences Center is governed. UNM Hospital, UNM Medical School, UNM College of Nursing – these are all part of the Health Sciences Center.

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KUNM Call In Show 4/7 8a: The level of crime in our cities makes many New Mexicans feel unsafe. And disturbing violent crimes have dominated our attention recently. Is our system working to make New Mexico safer?

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The U.S. Department of Energy is hoping to send tons of weapons-grade plutonium waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, near Carlsbad.

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Bernalillo County is facing a $19 million dollar budget shortfall next year, and jobs and grants to nonprofits could take a hit.

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Kids, probably from the start of civilization, have been plagued by that irritating question. And so is Samuel, a young boy who takes a day off from school to find the answer. Samuel's Story is a new multimedia book for kids by New Mexico performance poet Hakim Bellamy.

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New Mexico Senator Seeks Opinion On Student TestingAssociated Press

A state senator from southwest New Mexico wants Attorney General Hector Balderas to weigh in on whether parents can legally opt out their children from taking an upcoming standardized test.

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Settlement In Lawsuit By Police Officer Shot By SupervisorAssociated Press

An Albuquerque undercover officer who was shot multiple times at point blank range by his supervisor has reached a settlement in a suit against the city and the since-retired supervisor.

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When an industrial business like a concrete plant or a hazardous waste processor sets up shop in a residential neighborhood, arguments for economic growth and public health often clash.

Those tensions are especially high in the neighborhood of Mountain View, south of Albuquerque, where dozens of polluting businesses border neighborhoods, community centers and schools.

Tribal College Students Simulate Mars

Mar 30, 2016
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A small battery operated rover rolls back and forth across a tiled floor. It slowly jerks past foam boulders and a green Martian cutout. A few feet away a student types on a computer, controlling the vehicle. The mini-Mars yard room is in full swing at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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ACLU, Teachers And Parent Sue Public Education Department – KOB-TV

The American Civil Liberties Union along with teachers and a parent are suing the New Mexico Public Education Department over a rule they say discourages criticism of standardized tests.

Flu Season Lingers

Mar 29, 2016
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After getting off to a late start this year, flu season is dragging on in New Mexico. The state Department of Health is urging people to get vaccinated.

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KUNM Call In Show 3/31 8a:

The winds have picked up, pollen counts are high, and people around the state are coping with stuffed sinuses, respiratory troubles, and puffy eyes. We’ll talk to experts who help people find both natural and pharmaceutical solutions to these daily woes. Plus, we’ll learn about why plants have such a devastating effect on us.

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Rapid Transit Construction Delayed Until JulyAlbuquerque Journal

Construction on a bus rapid transit system in Albuquerque would not start until late July rather than May in order to incorporate design changes and an additional station along the route.

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Nasty winds combined with dry air is  a sure-fire recipe for wildfire. On Tuesday, Central and Eastern New Mexico are facing the most widespread critical fire hazard in two years.

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State Asked UNM Health Sciences Center For Medicaid Help Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The state won't be relying on the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center and its $200 million in reserves for help covering Medicaid funding.

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Bioethical questions around the use of fetal tissue in research have been central to a House panel’s investigation, but opponents say it’s all political theater aimed at restricting abortion. The debate is unfolding in New Mexico, as both an Albuquerque abortion clinic and researchers here respond to that panel’s queries.

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  In order to help babies that are born too early, you’ve got to experiment on fetal tissue. At least that’s what scientists say. A House panel investigation of this kind of research has raised its profile. We went to the University of New Mexico Hospital to find out how fetal tissue is used.

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New Mexico Unemployment Rate Declines Slightly In February—Associated Press

New Mexico's unemployment rate is down slightly even as the decline in global oil prices continues to take a toll on the state's economy.

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How do we bring Native American composers into the conversation about new music?  The University of New Mexico's 45th annual John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, being held on the UNM Albuquerque campus from March 28 to April 1, will look at indigenous contributions to contemporary art music.  All events are free and open to the public.

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Judges Step Aside As Santa Fe Powerbroker Called To Court – Associated Press

A criminal case against an influential former state senator is shining a light on awkwardly close ties among judges and politicians in the New Mexico state capital, even before the defendant can be arraigned.

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Doña Ana County's Treasurer Is Indicted, Facing A Jury TrialThe Associated Press

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has been indicted on charges related to public corruption and faces a jury trial to determine if he should be removed from office.

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Regents Approve Tuition Hike For UNM Students – Associated Press

Some University of New Mexico students will have to pay more per semester now that regents have approved a 2.5 percent tuition hike and a 10 percent increase in student fees.

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