Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says she plans to begin tackling a backlog of 10 police shooting cases by February amid a federal probe into Albuquerque police.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Wednesday Brandenburg says she doesn't know if the cases will be examined by using a controversial practice of taking the cases to "investigative grand juries" or by reviewing them in-house.
Thurs. 12/6 10a: On New Year's Eve at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Figueroa Music and Arts Project Symphony Orchestra presents a program of Viennese classics by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss, as well as popular waltzes, polkas, and Hungarian dances. Spencer Beckwith talks with the man behind the concert, conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa.
What were the most important news stories in New Mexico in 2012? Please cast your vote - one more time! Choose from the five we have listed or add your own. We'll announce the results Thursday, December 20 during the KUNM Call-in Show at 8a.
Next month marks the start of a 60-day session of the New Mexico State Legislature. The House of Representatives is gearing up for new leadership and newly elected members.
The November election brought new faces to the state legislature - 21 of them, including 16 new House members. Representative Larry Larrañaga is a 19-year veteran Republican from Albuquerque's northeast heights. He notes there will be fundamental changes in committees and a new Speaker of the House - the body's most powerful position:
Wed. 12/5 10a: Spencer Beckwith speaks with playwright and director Becky Mayo about her new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol." The production takes the audience into a radio station broadcasting Charles Dickens‘ beloved story live before a studio audience. The radio theater production runs from November 30 through December16 at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque.
The National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Tuesday the contractor that runs LANL will have to pay 10 million dollars for a faulty security system at the lab's plutonium facility.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Los Alamos National Security LLC, which is a part of Bechtel Corporation, will cover the costs of repairing the system of fences and sensors securing LANL's Technical Area 55, where plutonium is used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons.
People often complain there are too many lawyers in the world, and you may think they have a point. After all, an astonishing 40,000 students graduate from American law schools each year, and there are already well over a million lawyers in the U.S.
But whether you believe there are too many lawyers may depend on who you are. If you’re Hispanic, and you prefer to hire a lawyer who shares your cultural background, or speaks Spanish—you’re going to wonder where all the lawyers are.
Agricultural officials were in Bernalillo County Tuesday to encourage Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers to apply to a fund to address past discrimination. Affected farmers denied federal loans can apply for up to $250,000 in compensation.
Representatives from the US Department of Agriculture held a public meeting to explain the application process for filing claims.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/6 8a: What is the 'fiscal cliff' and what would automatic budget cuts and tax increases mean for New Mexico? Do you think lawmakers should hold out for the plans they want, or are you concerned about them playing brinksmanship with the state's economic recovery?
Prosecutors say two of three Albuquerque police officers who were investigated for their conduct during a May arrest at a park will not be criminally charged in the incident.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Officers Ronald Surran and Shad Solis will not be charged in the May 31 incident, but misdemeanor battery and aggravated battery charges are pending in state District Court against officer Connor Rice.
The officers were responding to reports about suspected drug activity.
New Mexico's securities regulator says in a new report the New Mexico Finance Authority's former controller was able to forge a financial audit because of management and oversight failures at the agency.
The Securities Division said Monday those problems were aggravated by a "culture of complacency" at the authority that played down the importance of the audit to investors and placed too much of an emphasis on obtaining high credit ratings for agency bonds.
Former authority CEO Rick May disputed the report's conclusions.
State economists estimate nearly $500 million is available to finance capital improvement projects across New Mexico.
The Legislative Finance Committee was told Monday the state can issue bonds backed by severance taxes to provide about $222 million for new capital projects, which will be determined by the Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez next year when lawmakers meet in a 60-day legislative session.
State law earmarks about $175 million in bond financing for public school improvements and $33 million must go for water projects.
Mon. 12/3 7p: The small New Mexico border town of Sunland Park was in the spotlight this year. But what did the media leave out about this struggling community? Find out on the HIDDEN HISTORIES OF SUNLAND PARK, a documentary by Kent Patterson.
Students at the University of New Mexico may soon be required to take at least one class on diversity.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TEM9tO) that a draft proposal by the Provost's Diversity Council calls for a three-credit-hour diversity requirement that could go into effect in fall 2014. The class will be required for all students before graduation.
The Los Alamos National Laboratory is expected to conclude its probe into former employees who allowed visitors to operate weapons at the lab's shooting range.
The Los Alamos Monitor reports (http://bit.ly/SpVbMh) that the law says four unauthorized visitors were given access the range and were allowed to "operate a variety of firearms." The lab says participants also took photos of their time on the range and posted them on Facebook. Those photos have since been taken down.
The U.S. Department of Education says New Mexico has one of the worst four-year high school graduation rates in the nation.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/SpzOdY) that new federal numbers from2010-2011 preliminary data showed that New Mexico also falls at the bottom of the pack when analyzing rates across nearly every demographic.
Nevada had the lowest graduation rate, with 62 percent graduation, just ahead of New Mexico's 63 percent rate.
Iowa had the nation's highest with about 88 percent of students graduating.
In 1986, Sister Peggy O’Neill left behind her life in the U.S. to work in El Salvador. The Central American country was in the grip of a brutal civil war. Even nuns and priests had been murdered by government death squads. But she stayed, working with the poor in the town of Suchitoto. O’Neill, a nun with the Sisters of Charity, will be in Albuquerque this evening to talk about the center she created for young people. Centro Arte Para la Paz promotes peace through the arts, creativity, imagination and cultural exchange.
New Mexico State University is set to host more than 50 Ecuadorean teachers who are seeking to learn English.
NMSU announced Thursday that the Ecuadorean teachers are scheduled to take part is a two-semester English language program funded by the Ecuadorean government. The "Go Teacher" program is aimed at improving English education in that country's schools.
School officials say the first group of teachers will study at NMSU between Jan. 15 and Aug. 15, and will likely to be followed by additional groups in later semesters.
Officials at Western New Mexico University say the school's nursing program has earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for 10 years.
The commission found that the program met all accreditation standards. The commission's review included a visit to the Silver City campus and interviews with university officials, program faculty, students and others.
The nursing program began in the fall of 2005. It was developed so that licensed nurses could earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
A former top official of the New Mexico Finance Authority has pleaded guilty to forgery and securities fraud charges for falsifying an agency financial audit that was distributed to bond investors earlier this year.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, ex-controller Greg Campbell had faced up to six years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to two counts of forgery and one count of securities fraud.
State District Judge Stephen Pfeffer placed Campbell on probation for five years.