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9:33 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Former NM Reporter Dies From Gunshoot Wounds In Phoenix

 A lawyer who died after being shot by a gunman in a Phoenix office was a former reporter with the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The paper reported (http://bit.ly/TlxKH2) that Mark Hummels left the Santa Fe New Mexican in 2001 to attend law school at the University of Arizona.

A publicist for his law firm said Friday that the 43-year-old Hummels died after being placed on life support. He was the second of three people hit by gunfire to die from in the attack.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
8:29 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher - The Life of Photographer Edward Curtis

This month’s guest is New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize winner author Timothy Egan whose latest work is a biography, Short Nights of the Shadow CatcherShadow catcher was the name given to acclaimed photographer Edward Curtis by American Indians as he traveled the country taking their photos and documenting their tradions, language and culture in the early 20th Century.

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Local News
7:04 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Proposal Boosts Payout From NM Permanent Fund

Early childhood programs would receive a dramatic increase in funding under a legislative proposal that calls for increasing how much is paid out each year from one of New Mexico's endowment funds.

A coalition of religious groups, business leaders, labor unions and social advocacy organizations is backing a constitutional amendment to raise the payout from the more than $11 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to 7 percent from 5.5 percent currently.

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Local News
6:54 am
Fri February 1, 2013

NM Election Consultants Guilty Of Conspiracy, Fraud

 A federal jury in Albuquerque has convicted two men accused of conspiring to steal money intended for voter education efforts in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old Joseph C. Kupfer of Rio Rancho and 65-year-old Armando C. Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, Texas, were found guilty Thursday after an eight-day trial.

They say the two consultants conspired to get more money than they were due out of New Mexico's $19 million in Help America Vote Act funds.

The indictment charged $2.5 million in fraud.

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Entertainment
9:27 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Carnaval 2013

Thurs. 1/31 10a:  The musical group, PANdemonium, teams up with the Odara Dance Ensemble to celebrate the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans, February 8 and 9 at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.  Spencer Beckwith gets a preview of the celebration from the leader of PANdemonium, percussionist, vocalist and composer Frank Leto.

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Local News
5:10 am
Thu January 31, 2013

"Ted" Talkers Make Case For Arts In Education

This month, educators gathered in Albuquerque for the first New Mexico Ted conference to focus on education.  Over a dozen presenters gave short talks at the event, affiliated with the national nonprofit conference organizer “Ted.”  Presenters spoke of the innovation required in an era of standardized tests.  As schools have seen the arts squeezed out of their schedules in favor of academics, several speakers argued for preserving the critical role of art in education.

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Local News
5:03 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Immigrants Rally For Reform In Santa Fe

Credit KOAT-TV

Dozens of immigrants and supporters of their cause rallied at the state capitol today. They applauded the national movement by Congress and the President towards immigration reform, and they spoke in favor of New Mexico's law that grants driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

They came from as far away as Belen to listen to lawmakers and authorities tout the momentum of immigration reform,  including State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque:

 

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Local News
7:02 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

A Special Needs Chat with The Santa Fe Reporter

Special Education funding is in jeopardy here in New Mexico.  Alexa Schirtzinger, editor of the Santa Fe Reporter, gives us the scoop.  Of course you can read the entire article here.

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Local News
4:28 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Once Again Object of Concern

Grant county commissioners, and the Forest Service are meeting to open up restricted roads in the Gila National Forest, and it has environmentalists worried.

The Center of Biological Diversity claims the proposed measure will critically endanger Gila's native wildlife, and plan to rally at the meeting.

They and other environmentalists argue opening up the forest will further endanger animals needing protection, including Mexican gray wolves. The Mexican gray wolf has been the subject of concern for some time.

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Local News
3:40 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

State Could Lose Tens of Millions in Special Education Funds From Feds

New Mexico may be spending too little on special education to qualify for perhaps as much as %93 million in aid this year from the federal government.

Legislators were recently told by state education officials that $43 million to $93 million in grants could be withheld in future years by the Feds.

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Entertainment
9:25 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Opera Southwest Presents "A Way Home"

Wed. 1/30 10a:  An opera for young people and their families, "A Way Home," by composer Ethan Frederick Greene, will be on the stage of the Journal Theater at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center on February 1.  The production is presented by Opera Southwest.  Spencer Beckwith speaks with the young mezzo-soprano from Houston who's singing the central role in "A Way Home," Cecilia Duarte.

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Local News
9:10 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Bill Would End 'Monuments To Me'

Manny Aragon Library

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker wants to end what he calls the practice by public officials of creating "monuments to me."


Republican Sen. Mark Moores of Albuquerque says he has introduced a bill that would prohibit any public building from being named after a living person. He says the practice can turn embarrassing, as in the case of the Manny Aragon library at Lowell Elementary School in Albuquerque. Aragon is a former Senate leader serving time in federal prison for accepting kickbacks.

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Local News
7:27 am
Wed January 30, 2013

New Mexico Renewing Fight Over Immigrant Licenses

A House committee has shelved a proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to stop New Mexico from issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants but the issue isn't likely to go away in the Legislature.

The Labor and Human Resources Committee voted 5-4 along party lines Tuesday to keep the measure bottled up in the panel — a possible way for majority Democrats to try to delay action on the politically thorny issue until the Legislature adjourns in mid-March.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Op Ed: "Linked-In" Brings Unwelcome Blast From The Past

The other day, when I was supposed to be doing something else, I was casually reviewing my own profile on Linked In -- the online network for professionals, a sort of serious version of Facebook -- when Linked asked – oh, so innocently! -- if I’d like to add more people to my list of professional contacts.

Sure, why not?  I hit the Yes button.

Minutes later I got an unexpected email. The name was vaguely familiar. Oh yeah, that guy. Somebody I’d quoted in a news story, what, 10 years ago?

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Local News
4:41 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Congressman Ben Lujan Part 2: VAWA, Debt Ceiling

    We've been hearing from Third Congressional District Congressional Representative Ben Ray Lujan this week.  KUNM's statehouse reporter Deborah Martinez visited with him at his office, and she has part two of her interview.

 

The third-term democrat spoke on a variety of subjects he's passionate about, including the Violence Against Women Act, which he hopes to vote on during this session of Congress:

 

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Local News
4:06 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Dramatically Higher Grad Rate May Have Been Influenced By Skipped Test

Just days after Governor Susana Martinez announced big gains in New Mexico’s high school graduation rate, reports suggest an exit exam may be behind the change.

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Local News
8:09 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Bernalillo Judges Say No To Return Of Special Grand Juries To Investigate APD

Bernalillo County District Court judges are barring District Attorney Kari Brandenberg's office from using investigative grand juries to probe shootings involving police officers.

Chief Judge Ted Baca and another judge say in a letter to Brandenberg that there's an appearance of a lack of impartiality.

The judges' letter says that's because the investigative grand juries are used only in officer-involved shootings and only after there's been a determination that there's no probable cause for criminal charges against the officers.

Local News
7:16 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Democrats Propose Lifting Film Subsidy Cap

Democratic lawmakers say they want to lift a cap on film production tax subsidies to help create jobs in New Mexico.

House and Senate Democratic legislative leaders said Monday they're working on measures to boost the economy and one proposal is to help attract more film production.

New Mexico provides a 25 percent refund on certain expenditures on film and television projects.

The state hands out only $50 million in tax credits each year under a 2011 law, and a proposal by Sen. Phil Griego, a San Jose Democrat, would eliminate the cap.

Local News
7:14 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Gun restrictions stall in NM legislative panel

A proposal requiring criminal background checks of people buying firearms from private sellers has stalled in the Legislature.

The measure failed Monday on a tie vote in the House Judiciary Committee, with one Democrat joining Republicans in opposing it.

Democratic Rep. Miguel Garcia of Albuquerque said supporters will try to revamp the bill and bring it up for another vote later.

Garcia said his proposal would help prevent sales of firearms to felons and others prohibited from buying firearms.

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Local News
7:12 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Judge Halts Investigative Grand Juries For Police Shootings

A judge has ordered the District Attorney of Bernalillo County not to reinstate a controversial process of presenting police officer involved shooting cases to an investigative grand jury.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Bernalillo County District Court Judge Ted Baca sent a letter to DA Kari Brandenberg saying she had failed to cite the legal authority that supports the use of the special grand juries in officer involved shooting cases.  

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Poverty and Public Health
4:27 am
Tue January 29, 2013

3rd District Congressman Ben Lujan on Immigration Reform, Guns

Congressman Ben R. Lujan is spending some time in his district that includes the northern and eastern parts of the state.  Tuesday he'll address state legislators. he also dropped by the studio to talk with our statehouse reporter Deborah Martinez.  Here's part one of that interview.

 

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KUNM Call In Show
10:48 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Are Abortion Rights Under Attack In New Mexico?

  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/31 8a: A bill introduced in the state legislature would make it a crime to coerce or facilitate an abortion with the intention of destroying evidence for a woman who has been the victim of rape or incest.  The bill's sponsor, Representative Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), is defending the measure and says she has made changes in the language of the bill to make it clear she is trying to prevent rapists from coercing women to have abortions.  What would a law like this mean for abortion rights in New Mexico?

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Local News
8:50 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced In Congress This Week

Advocates of the Violence Against Women Act have reintroduced the bill to congress this week. Also known as "VAWA", the bill could have major impacts on how authorities respond to domestic violence against Native Americans, Undocumented Immigrants, and members of the LGBT community. However, as KUNM News Intern Christine Trudeau reports, the bill could also be killed by house republicans, again, if a compromise can't be met.

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Local News
8:36 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Albuquerque Officials Eye Changes To Police Review

Two members of the Albuquerque City Council say they want the city to consider changing how it oversees the Police Department.

Councilors Dan Lewis and Don Harris are proposing a study to consider ways to revamp the existing system under which a commission and an office handle citizens' complaints against police officers.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/VfQean) reports that activists and relatives of people shot by police question the effectiveness of the Police Oversight Commission.

Local News
8:32 am
Mon January 28, 2013

7 In 10 Births In New Mexico Paid For By Medicaid

Seven in 10 births in New Mexico are paid for by Medicaid.

The Albuquerque Journal cites (http://bit.ly/VpAkxz) a recent analysis by the state Legislative Finance Committee that shows 71 percent of the nearly 27,800 babies born in New Mexico during 2010 were paid for by the state and federally funded health insurance program for the poor.

Experts say the large number of Medicaid births reflects a slew of problems in New Mexico, such as high rates of unemployment, drug use, school dropout and teen pregnancy.

Local News
8:30 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Gun Restrictions Go Before NM Legislative Panel

New Mexico lawmakers are turning their attention to a proposal that will require criminal background checks of people buying firearms from private sellers, including at gun shows.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled Monday to consider the legislation by Democratic Rep. Miguel Garcia of Albuquerque.

Federal law requires background checks for sales by licensed dealers in stores or at gun shows. However, the law doesn't cover firearm sales between private individuals, whether at a gun show or someone's home.

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Local News
8:27 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Fraud Allegedly Targeted Dell Computers

Court papers allege that somebody fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in parts from Dell Computers by making hundreds of calls while pretending to place orders for Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/VfQh5P ) reports that the alleged fraud reportedly started in 2007 and continued until 2010.

The case was turned over to the Secret Service that year after a security investigator for Round Rock, Texas-based Dell contacted Albuquerque police.

Local News
8:26 am
Mon January 28, 2013

NM Improves Data Compilation For Background Checks

New Mexico's effort to provide mental-health records for a federal database used in background checks for gun buyers had been lacking until about 18 months ago.

New Mexico is one of three dozen states that rely on the FBI to conduct background checks to help keep firearms out of potentially dangerous hands.

The background check system created decades ago relies on data compiled with spotty help from states.

Local News
8:23 am
Mon January 28, 2013

LANL Announce Live Pathogens Detect Breakthrough

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have developed a technique for quick detection of live pathogens in the field.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports (http://bit.ly/10YgYkw) that the advance could prove to be a game-changer of being able to rapidly identify the source of food-borne illnesses such as E. coli.

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Local News
1:42 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Proposed Protection For Zuni Bluehead Sucker In NM And AZ

The Zuni Bluehead Sucker

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have proposed endangered species protection for the Zuni Bluehead Sucker. The proposal includes 293 miles of streams considered critical habitat for the fish in New Mexico, and Arizona.


A biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity, Tierra Curry says the Zuni Bluehead Sucker is only found in the Zuni river watershed in New Mexico and in the Little Colorado River watershed, and Canyon de Chelly watershed found in Arizona.

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