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6:34 am
Tue February 5, 2013

House Rejects Study Of Horse Slaughter Plant

New Mexico lawmakers have rejected a proposal to study the feasibility of allowing plants to slaughter horses for food.

The measure sparked a lengthy debate Monday in the House, which voted 36-28 against the measure to have a study by the state Department of Agriculture.

A Roswell meat company has proposed resuming horse slaughtering and sued the federal government last year over inaction on its application.

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Local News
6:33 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Mexican Wolf Back In Captivity After Weeks In Wild

After just three weeks in the wild, federal wildlife managers say a male Mexican gray wolf was captured in New Mexico and removed from the wild after he failed to catch the attention of a breeding female.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the male wolf — dubbed No. 1133 — was intended as a new mate for the Bluestem pack's alpha female. His release in early January was timed to coincide with early-season breeding activities.

The Arizona pack wanted nothing to do with the male wolf, and it ended up wandering into New Mexico.

Local News
6:32 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Martinez Pushes For Exemptions For Military Pensions

Gov. Susana Martinez is urging New Mexico lawmakers to pass legislation that will provide a 25 percent exemption on military pensions beginning in 2014, phasing into a 100 percent exemption by 2017.

A similar proposal last year didn't make it out of the state Legislature.

Martinez made the latest request Monday while visiting the Albuquerque Veterans' Memorial.

Military retirees currently living in New Mexico are fully taxed on their pension income.

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Local News
6:31 am
Tue February 5, 2013

NM Teen Indicted In Deaths Of Family Members

A grand jury has indicted a New Mexico teenager in the shooting deaths of his parents and three younger siblings.

The indictment against 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego was returned by the grand jury Monday. The charges include five counts of first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.

Griego is being held without bond at the Juvenile Detention Center in Albuquerque.

The teen was arrested Jan. 20 after Bernalillo County Sheriff's detectives say he shot his parents and siblings in their home in a rural area south of Albuquerque.

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Local News
6:27 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Democrats propose pay equity measure in New Mexico

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  Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation they say will expand protections against wage discrimination based on gender.

Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, said Monday the proposal is modeled after a 2009 federal pay equity law.

The state legislation would allow New Mexicans to file lawsuits for wage discrimination in a state court rather than having to go to federal court.

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Local News
6:15 am
Tue February 5, 2013

NM Gets Grant To Help Tribes Avoid Financial Fraud

New Mexico has been awarded a $50,000 grant to help American Indian residents avoid financial and investment fraud.

Tribes in New Mexico and across the country are expected to receive cash payments in the coming months thanks to a $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government over allegations that land trust royalties were mismanaged.

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KUNM Call In Show
11:33 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Gun Control In The Wild Wild West

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/7 8a: How will gun buyer background check legislation fare in the state legislature? What does this mean for 2nd Amendment rights and public safety in New Mexico?  We'll discuss the proposal's progress and get reactions.  We'd like to hear from you.  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

Guests:

  • Julie Ann Grimm, Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Debbie O'Malley, Bernalillo County Commissioner
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Local News
6:31 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Proposal Lets Voters Decide Minimum Wage Increase

 Lawmakers are considering a proposal to allow voters to decide whether New Mexico's minimum wage should be increased annually for inflation.

The House Labor and Human Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on the proposed constitutional amendment. The measure is sponsored by the committee's chairman, Democratic Rep. Miguel Garcia of Albuquerque.

The state's minimum wage went to $7.50 an hour in 2009. Garcia's proposal would require automatic cost-of-living increases in the wage rate.

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Local News
6:29 am
Mon February 4, 2013

NM Tourism Department Wants To Double Ad Budget

The New Mexico Tourism Department wants the Legislature to increase its advertising budget from $2.5 million to $5 million.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Department Secretary Monique Jacobson as saying that doubling the ad budget would let the agency to carry its "New Mexico True" marketing campaign to Chicago and California and launch a more robust promotion of the state's fall and winter attractions.

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Local News
6:27 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Rally In Farmington For Gun Rights Draws Hundreds

A few hundred people turned out in Farmington at a rally aimed at showing support for gun rights.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that many gun enthusiasts at Saturday's rally in Gateway Park say they feel unfairly blamed for gun violence across the country.

Many people who attended the rally held homemade signs or American flags.

A number of attendees carried holstered pistols despite pleas from rally organizers to leave guns at home.

The event was held by a group called Four Corners Defenders of Freedom.

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Local News
6:24 am
Mon February 4, 2013

NM Board Set To Rule In Case Of Late-term Abortion

New Mexico medical regulators are poised to rule next week on a case involving a physician who performs late-term abortions at a private clinic in Albuquerque and is accused of gross negligence in a late-term abortion during 2011.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that an attorney for the New Mexico Medical Board maintains Dr. Shelley Sella breached the standard of practice in treating a 26-year-old New York woman who had a uterine rupture during the third day of the procedure to abort a 35-week-old fetus with severe brain abnormalities.

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Local News
4:29 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Gay Marriage Ballot Proposals Pass House Committees

Lawmakers on the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee have approved a resolution that would let voters decide if same-sex marriage should be legal in New Mexico.  

The 3 to 2 vote broke along party lines, with Democrats voting in favor, Republicans against the proposed constitutional amendment.  It's one of several legislative measures aimed at defining marriage, and sponsor Brian Egolf - a Democrat from Santa Fe - says it's a no-brainer:

 

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Poverty and Public Health
1:28 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Study: Majority Of Working New Mexicans Live Paycheck To Paycheck

Key points of the 2013 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard report that most New Mexicans live in asset poverty. In other words, they lack both financial assets, like bank accounts and homes, but also lack education and educational opportunities.

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Local News
4:10 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bill Would Ban Employers From Asking Applicants For Online Passwords

Employers who want their prospective employees Facebook passwords will not longer have the option if a bill introduced into the Senate this past week becomes law.

To sponsor the bill, Senator Jacob Candelaria, a Democrat aims to protect privacy for New Mexicans. The bill would make it illegal for bosses to ask for potential employee’s password to their protected online accounts such as their Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Local News
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

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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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