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Defense attorneys filed a motion on Wednesday, Sept. 28, alleging misconduct by the prosecution in the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers who shot homeless camper James Boyd.

Shift Dance

Contemporary dance will be explored in Albuquerque at VSA North Fourth Theater as the Duke City's Shift Dance presents their first national contemporary dance festival September 29 through October 1, 2016. The event features a brand new commissioned piece by local choreographer and educator Donna Jewell, Associate Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico.  

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In the days after James Boyd was killed by police in Albuquerque, questions arose about whether officers specially trained to talk to people who are mentally ill had been sent to the scene. And it turned out, that an officer known for deescalating situations like the one was sent to the foothills that day in 2014. 

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A U.S. District Court judge has found the Human Services Department secretary in contempt of court after hearings this summer when state employees testified that they were instructed to falsify food stamps applications.

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Most of the testimony on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during the trial of the former Albuquerque police officers who shot James Boyd came from an APD officer who was trained to talk to people with mental illnesses. 

Officer Mikal Monette spent a lot of time talking to Boyd, who had a mental illness, before things went south on that day in 2014. Monette had a reputation for being the go-to officer for crisis intervention, he said, and he’d de-escalated hundreds of situations. He told the court he’d never encountered a person he couldn’t talk down.

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New Mexico Regulators Approve PNM Rate HikeThe Associated Press 

State regulators have approved a rate hike for Public Service Co. of New Mexico's half a million customers, but it's not as much as the electric utility had hoped for.

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FBI: Motor Vehicle Thefts In New Mexico Up Around 36 Percent -
By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

The FBI says motor vehicle thefts reported by New Mexico law enforcement agencies jumped around 36 percent in 2015 from the year before.

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The New Mexico Environment Department released a new rule protecting groundwater from copper mining three years ago. The copper rule was one that state officials, mining companies, and environmentalists had spent more than six months writing. When released by the state, though, key provisions had been changed.

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For most people who’ve seen the footage of Albuquerque Police shooting James Boyd, the scene ends when the shots have been fired. But testimony Monday, Sept. 26, in the trial of former officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez looked at the physical impact of those bullets and what happened next. 

Priorities For The Special Session

Sep 26, 2016
Gwyneth Doland

KUNM Call In Show 9/29/ 8a: Governor Susana Martinez expected to soon call lawmakers back to Santa Fe for a special session. They must deal with a budget deficit from the last fiscal year and a projected drop in revenue for the current fiscal year. But the governor also wants them to consider her proposal to bring back the death penalty in some cases. New Mexico abolished the death penalty in 2009.

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New Mexico Murders Jumped Nearly 16 Percent Last Year – The Associated Press

The FBI says the number of murders reported by New Mexico law enforcement agencies jumped by nearly 16 percent in 2015 from the year before.

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Trump Campaign Taps New Mexico Resident On Hispanic IssuesAssociated Press

The Donald Trump presidential campaign has added a Republican activist from New Mexico to a council of advisers on issues affecting Hispanic communities.

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Police shootings around the country are causing protests and outcry, and video footage from many of these shootings is shedding new light on the moments before a person is killed by law enforcement.

Here in New Mexico, a video ignited demonstrations and drew national attention after two Albuquerque Police Department officers shot and killed James Boyd in March of 2014. They’re now on trial for murder.  

Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal

The murder trial for two former Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed James Boyd has been going on all week in district court. 

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In certain parts of the United States, the high school graduation rate for children of migrant farmworkers is 20%.  And few of those graduates continue on to college.  Fifteen years ago, the University of New Mexico created a program that would recruit, enroll and mentor these non-traditional students during their first year at UNM.  The College Assistance Migrant Program, CAMP, was recently refunded through 2021.

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Funding Aimed At New Mexico's Solar TelescopeThe Associated Press

More than $1 million from the National Science Foundation will help support efforts to transition the operation of New Mexico's solar telescope to a consortium led by New Mexico State University.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced the funding Thursday.

The Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope specializes in high resolution imaging and spectroscopy used by astronomers for a better understanding of the sun and how space weather affects the planet.

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Affordable housing advocates gathered in Santa Fe Thursday to protest Mayor Javier Gonzales' new plan to revitalize certain areas of town. The protesters say the plan could gentrify a low-income part of the capital city.

It’s no secret Santa Fe is an expensive place to live. Natoshia Whylie, who rents a home near St. Michaels Drive, says it’s almost too expensive.

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A judge dismissed a juror Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the trial of two police officers facing murder charges for killing James Boyd in 2014. Jurors are not supposed to discuss the trial with anyone.

"You may have noticed that one of your fellow jurors is no longer with us," Judge Alisa Hadfield addressed the court. "And that’s because it was determined that there was a violation of my instructions with regard to not talking about anything involving the case on the telephone with anybody. "

Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal

The detective who oversaw the internal investigation into James Boyd’s killing continued testimony Thursday, Sept. 22, in the trial of two Albuquerque police officers charged with second-degree murder. 

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One of the only remaining providers of pregnancy care in Las Vegas is struggling with the lack of an ob-gyn unit at the hospital there. 

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New Mexico's AG Sends Investigatory Letter To Epipen MakerAssociated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas' office has sent an investigatory letter requesting information from the manufacturer of life-saving EpiPen.

Adolphe Pierre Louise / Albuquerque Journal

A judge ruled Wednesday, Sept. 21, that the rifle Dominique Perez used to shoot James Boyd can’t be admitted as evidence in the trial of two police officers facing second-degree murder charges.

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Detective Takes Stand In Trial For 2 OfficersThe Associated Press

An Albuquerque police detective who a year ago said a police standoff with a homeless man began to unravel when he held two knives and took a defensive stance has begun testifying in the trial of two officers charged in the man's shooting death.

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The independent monitor tasked with reviewing reform of the Albuquerque Police Department bashed the department's progress in a special report last week.

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Defense attorneys in the murder trial of the former Albuquerque police officers who killed James Boyd spent Tuesday trying to pick apart the credibility of an expert witness for the prosecution.

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In opening statements in the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers, prosecutor Randi McGinn said the death of homeless camper James Boyd in the Sandia Foothills was no accident or mistake. 

Lawyers delivered opening statements and the Albuquerque Police Department’s chief took the stand in the first day of the trial for two former officers facing murder charges after killing a homeless camper in 2014. 

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Expert Witness Says Police Violated TrainingThe Associated Press 

An expert witness says two Albuquerque officers violated their own training when they fatally shot an armed homeless man during a 2014 standoff.

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Officials from a hospital in Las Vegas are responding to concerns about the closure of the ob-gyn unit there more than six months ago.

The CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, R. Chris Wolf, said in a letter to Attorney General Hector Balderas that the rural hospital is not the only one in New Mexico that has trouble staffing for labor and delivery services. 

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Police Chief Questioned About Use Of ForceThe Associated Press

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden is the first witness to take the stand in the second-degree murder trial of two former officers accused in the 2014 on-duty shooting death of a homeless man who was mentally ill.

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