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President Donald Trump’s administration is sparring with the national news media lately, but those tensions have been growing in New Mexico for quite a while. It’s been over three years since Santa Fe’s alternative weekly newspaper sued Gov. Susana Martinez over press freedom and the public’s right to know. 

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Attorney Claims AG's Office Is Ignoring Records RequestsThe Associated Press

A Republican lawyer who unsuccessfully ran for a state Senate seat last year is accusing the state Attorney General of withholding public records out of political spite.

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The Latest: Governor Says New Mexico Is Facing A Crisis SoonThe Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico is facing a crisis and soon will not be able to sign checks or pay contracts and that employee furloughs are possible.

The Latest: Senators Voice Concerns With Health Overhaul—Associated Press

New Mexico's two senators have joined dozens of their colleagues in warning Republican leaders in the House that they will not support the current proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

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State lawmakers proposed 32 changes to the New Mexico Constitution during this year’s 60-day legislative session. Only two passed – they’ll likely be approved by voters in 2018. But the state constitution is already 4.5 times longer than the federal one. So, what does it mean when a constitution looks more like a user’s manual than a clear, concise list of fundamental rights?

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Local anti-poverty advocates are thrilled that House Republicans pulled their proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act Friday before a vote. 

The music might not be what you expect.  For six years now, the Iridium Quartet has been exploring new works for multiple saxophones.  What they've found is not jazz, not band music, but classical chamber music for the 21st Century.  This month, the Iridium will be in concert at Albuquerque's Cathedral of St. John and also take part in the 2017 John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium

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PED Investigating Santa Fe Schools’ Day Of ActivismSanta Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe Public Schools is facing an investigation by the Public Education Department over possible violations of state law related to the district shutting down for a half day for a political rally at the legislature.

The Encampment

Mar 23, 2017
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The Encampment Friday 3/24 8a: For almost a year, hundreds of people continuously occupied a strip of land along the Missouri River in North Dakota, in the hope that the mere fact of their presence would help change the course of America’s energy future. 

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Storm To Produce Dangerous Winds In Parts Of New Mexico – Associated Press

Forecasters say an approaching storm system with potentially damaging winds is expected to pose hazards that include extreme fire conditions on New Mexico's eastern plains through Thursday and into Friday.

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Education Secretary Hanna Skandera has been a champion of charter schools, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure. This session they proposed several reforms to New Mexico’s charter school system, which continues to be plagued by a lack of clarity and transparency at the state level.

Ethics And Transparency In The 2017 Legislature

Mar 22, 2017
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These are some of the major ethics and transparency measures that flew or floundered during this year's 60-day legislative session.

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Xcel Plans $1.6 Billion Wind Farms In New Mexico, West Texas- Associated Press

Xcel Energy has announced plans to invest $1.6 billion to build wind farms in eastern New Mexico and West Texas.

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KUNM Call In Show 3/23 8a: Call now toll-free 1-877-899-5866.  This year's 60-day legislative session wrapped up last weekend, but lawmakers may soon be called back by Governor Susana Martinez to continue debate on the state budget. We'll look at the latest news from the Roundhouse and we ask you to share what you think would make state government more accessible and accountable to everyday New Mexicans.

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NPR Politics team will live blog the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

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New Mexico Could Lose Millions In Block Grants – Albuquerque Journal

President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating the federal Community Development Block Grant Program in his budget, which helps fund numerous projects each year around New Mexico.

The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

 

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New Mexico Budget Standoff Has No Quick Fix- Associated Press

A political standoff over how to fund New Mexico state government and public schools during the coming fiscal year is showing no sign of quick resolution.

Bills that would authorize $6.1 billion in state spending and companion revenue increases from taxes and fees had not yet reached the governor's desk today because of clerical requirements. 

Governor Martinez Rejects Budget, Will Recall Lawmakers

Mar 18, 2017
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A New Mexico state budget plan from lawmakers that would shore up spending on public schools and state agencies by raising taxes and fees was resoundingly rejected on Saturday by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, minutes after the adjournment of a 60-day legislative session.

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New Mexico Governor: Special Session Coming SoonAssociated Press

The office of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says a special Legislative session could be called as early as Monday or Tuesday.

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New Mexico Governor Eyes Shutdown Over Budget-Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is preparing for a state government shutdown amid a budget standoff between the Republican and the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

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A state agency won national recognition this week for its pattern of failing to provide information to the public.

The Society of Professional Journalists selected the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission as the winner of the 6th Annual Black Hole Award which highlights public agencies that display a contempt for the public’s right to know.

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A proposal that would prevent state and local police from detaining or arresting people who are in the U.S. illegally was scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor in Santa Fe this week. 

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After a successful premiere in Barcelona in 1911, the music disappeared.  Cant de les Estrellas (Song of the Stars) by Spanish composer Enrique Granados wasn't heard again until almost 100 years later, in a new recording on the Naxos label.  Responsible for that recording, and for retrieving this lost score, is New Mexico pianist, and Granados scholar, Douglas Riva. 

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We often associate slavery with the American South. But it was actually common in many places in our history, including New Mexico. Native Americans who were captives and raised in Hispanic families became known as Genizaros. They assimilated into New Mexico society and after being freed they were also given land grants in places like Abiqui, Belen and Carnuel on the frontier between Spanish settlements and Native tribes.

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New Mexico Legislature Says Several Vetoes Don't CountAssociated Press

Democratic leaders of the New Mexico House of Representatives say two recent veto attempts by the governor are invalid.

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The Trump Administration’s approach to reviewing local police departments’ use of force practices has some local police reform advocates concerned. But the Albuquerque Police Department plans to fulfill the requirements of a DOJ settlement agreement on police use of force.

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New Mexico Ethics Commission Proposal Clears SenateThe Associated Press

New Mexico voters could be asked next year to create an independent political ethics commission in the wake of a recent string of corruption scandals.

The state Senate voted 30-9 Thursday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for creating a seven-member body to investigate and sanction ethics violations. The House must sign off on Senate revisions before the amendment goes to a statewide ballot initiative in November 2018.

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You know all those times when the reporter says that the government official, public agency or politician refused to comment? We're digging into issues of press access and government transparency this week and here are some recent KUNM examples. 

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APD Investigator Says Officer Violated Hawkes’ Rights – Albuquerque Journal

A police sergeant investigating the 2014 shooting death of Mary Hawkes said her constitutional rights were violated and officers mishandled evidence.

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