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State Land Office Issues Lease For New Mexico Wind FarmThe Associated Press

The State Land Office has issued a lease to a subsidiary of a California-based energy company to build a wind farm on trust land in New Mexico.

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Special Counsel Appointed In Santa Fe Deputy Shooting CaseAssociated Press

Special counsel has been appointed to prosecute the case of a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy whose first two trials in the killing of another deputy ended when juries couldn't agree on a verdict.

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Insurance Regulator Seeks Stop To Surprise Medical BillingThe Associated Press

New Mexico's top insurance regulator wants new legislation to stop medical providers from hitting patients with unexpected bills for services they thought were covered by their health insurance.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Insurance Superintendent John Franchini has drafted legislation seeking to ease the burden of surprise health care billing on the patients.

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New Mexico Regulators Approve Utility Rate Hike With CaveatThe Associated Press

State regulators have agreed to allow New Mexico's largest electric utility to raise rates over the next two years but with the stipulation it cannot recoup the money the utility is spending to upgrade a coal power plant.

Let's Talk 2017

Dec 20, 2017
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Let's Talk New Mexico 12/21 8a: It was a year for hard questions about race, politics and identity. Some folks will tell you it’s because the media and social media are highlighting our divisions. Others will say it’s because national politics are pinned on dog-whistle rhetoric tinged with racism and xenophobia.

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By the end of this year, Albuquerque drivers will be able to head up and down Central Avenue without seeing bulldozers and cranes. Heavy construction on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project is scheduled to end this month. For over a year, about 10 miles of Central have been torn up and worked on. This sparked protests, discussion and anti-ART signs around the city. Construction workers said the hard work and unpleasant interactions they face are part of the job. KUNM visited the Cornell and San Pedro ART bus stations.

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The Childrens Health Insurance Program covers over 9 million kids nationally, but the well of federal funds has been dry for months, and with strife in Congress, uncertainty lingers.

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New Mexico Agrees To Strengthen Wage-Theft EnforcementThe Associated Press

A legal settlement has been reached to shore up New Mexico's enforcement of laws against wage theft by employers.

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New Mexico Weighs Options As Online Schools FalterThe Associated Press

A new study shows that online schools in New Mexico provide lower academic achievement than classroom-based schools even though they enroll fewer at-risk students from impoverished and non-English speaking families.

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Around the country we’ve seen tensions escalate between elected officials and journalists. Here in New Mexico, the story is the same. And four years ago, the Santa Fe Reporter sued Gov. Susana Martinez, saying her office violated the state’s Constitution when it shut out the paper for covering her administration’s use of private email for public business.

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Nearly one in 10 Americans works in the health care industry. It’s the same for our state, but there’s still a shortage of nurses here. Some schools are making efforts to get more nurses into the field.

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Aztec High School Return To Class After Deadly ShootingThe Associated Press

Students of a New Mexico high school are back in class more than a week after a deadly shooting on campus.

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Suspect Dressed In UNM Jersey Robs Albuquerque BankAssociated Press

The FBI is searching for a suspect who wore a University of New Mexico football jersey while robbing an Albuquerque bank.

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The Santa Fe Reporter filed a lawsuit against Governor Susana Martinez alleging her staff blacklisted the paper after critical coverage. Four years later, a judge has issued a decision in that case, saying the paper’s free expression rights were not violated but that the Governor’s Office did break the state’s open records law. 


The story takes place "on a night of a million stars and a million dreams."  A young boy falls asleep, then illustrator and author Joel Nakamura takes him on a journey of shifting identities, landscapes and experiences.  I Dreamed I Was A Dog is Nakamura's follow-up to Go West, his award-winning children's book from 2015.  I Dreamed I Was A Dog is available at bookstores from the local Leaf Storm Press.

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New Mexico Attorney General Joining Suit Over Net NeutralityThe Associated Press

New Mexico's attorney general is joining top prosecutors in other states suing the Federal Communications Commission for repealing "net neutrality" rules.

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Wind Farm Agreement Highlights New Mexico Businesses – The Associated Press

The state attorney general's office and advocacy groups have brokered an agreement with a utility that's planning to build a massive wind farm near the Texas-New Mexico border to ensure New Mexico businesses and vendors will have a shot at being hired once construction begins.

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The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on rolling back net neutrality protections and to weigh media ownership rules again on Thursday, Dec. 14. Surveys show the changes are not supported by people across the country, regardless of political party. KUNM spoke with Viki Harrison, the executive director of Common Cause New Mexico, about what these policy shifts could mean in New Mexico.

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Navajo Nation To Implement An Emergency Alert SystemThe Associated Press

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says he has signed a contract to purchase software to implement an emergency system for Amber Alerts, wildland fires, hazardous waste spills, weather notification and road closures.

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Hundreds of homeless people around the U.S. are the victims of violence just because they are homeless, according to a survey published last year. And in Albuquerque, police say 15 people who were experiencing homelessness were killed in 2017. 

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Classes To Resume After Shooting Rocks New Mexico SchoolThe Associated Press

Classes will resume next week as a New Mexico community works to recover in the wake of a school shooting that left two classmates and the gunman dead.

Let's Talk #MeToo: Part 3

Dec 11, 2017
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Let’s Talk New Mexico 12/14 8a: This month we’ve invited New Mexicans to share their reactions to the national conversation about sexual harassment and assault. #MeToo stories that have shown sexual abuse is common across the country, including right here at home. This week, we turn our attention to young people. Are teens comfortable sharing their stories? How are some young people stepping up to support their friends and peers? Are schools doing enough to address sexual harassment in the classroom and on school and college campuses? We invite you to join the conversation this week.

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New Mexico AG, Others Support Proposed Wind FarmsThe Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, consumer advocates and others have reached a settlement with Xcel Energy over the utility's plans to add more wind power for customers in New Mexico and parts of Texas.

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Lobbyist: Former Lawmaker Offered Vote In Exchange For SexAssociated Press

A female political lobbyist in New Mexico has accused a former state lawmaker of requesting sex in exchange for support of a bill during a legislative session in 2009.

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act on Wednesday and a local gun violence prevention group has some concerns. 

The measure would allow states to recognize concealed weapon carry licenses from all over the nation. It has received criticism because states with stricter guns laws would have to recognize licenses from states with fewer restrictions.

Police: Heroes Saved Lives In Aztec School Shooting

Dec 8, 2017
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UPDATE Friday 12:00 p.m.

Authorities say heroes helped save lives during a deadly shooting at a New Mexico high school.

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters Friday that a substitute teacher heard the gunshots Thursday morning at Aztec High School but didn't have a key to lock the door to the computer lab.

So she took students into an office or storage area and barricaded the door with a couch.

He says 21-year-old William Atchison came to the room and yelled that he knew they were in there and then fired multiple shots into the room.

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Police: Gunman Disguised Himself, Randomly Killed At SchoolThe Associated Press

A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday.

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As Republicans in Congress iron out the final version of a massive tax overhaul, some nonprofits in New Mexico are bracing for a hit to their budgets.

Nonprofit leaders are worried changes to the standard deduction could lead to fewer people making charitable donations.

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New Mexico Governor Calls Shooting Heinous ActThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says several acts of bravery helped save lives during a deadly shooting at a small-town high school.

Authorities say a student opened fire Thursday at Aztec High School, killing two classmates. The shooter also died.

Martinez told reporters that teachers, school staff and law enforcement jumped in quickly to prevent more deaths. She did not provide any details.

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Garcia Holmes, Morales Enter Races For Lieutenant Governor – The Associated Press

Two more candidates have jumped into the race for New Mexico lieutenant governor.