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KUNM News Update
6:58 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled Services

State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled ServicesThe Associated Press

Family members and legal guardians of developmentally disabled New Mexicans have sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration over cuts in services.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday to restore the services lost by individuals and stop the administration from continuing with changes implemented this year to control costs in a Medicaid-funded program serving about 4,000 people.

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KUNM News Update
3:32 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Two Students Hospitalized After Shooting At Roswell Middle School

Two students have been hospitalized after a gunman opened fire at a New Mexico middle school Tuesday morning.

The shooting occurred at a Roswell Middle School in eastern New Mexico when students gathered in the gym to get out of the weather and a 12-year-old suspect brought what's presumed to be a shotgun to school.

"This individual opened fire on the audience that was in the gym," Said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. "At this time we can confirm that two students were injured, a boy and a girl, as well as a school staff member."

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Public Health New Mexico
1:56 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Judge Rules Physician Aid in Dying is Legal

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A District Court judge ruled today that it's legal for doctors in New Mexico to prescribe medication so patients with terminal illnesses can end their own lives.

Judge Nan Nash wrote: "If decisions made in the shadow of one's imminent death regarding how they and their loved ones will face that death are not fundamental and at the core of these constitutional guarantees, then what decisions are?" 

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Public Health New Mexico
1:41 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

New EPA Report Details Threat Of NM Jet Fuel Spill

Current EDB contamination shown in relation to drinking water supply wells. Plume contouring based on 4th quarter 2011 data for the shallow zone.
Credit EPA

A new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency is projecting it could be 30 years before Albuquerque's drinking water wells are contaminated with jet fuel from a decades-old leak at Kirtland Airforce base.  But the impact could be felt much sooner for wells closer to the original contamination site.

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KUNM Call In Show
5:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

2014 Legislative Preview: What's On Deck?

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/16 8a: New Mexico’s annual legislative session begins on January 21st.  Thirty-day sessions such as this one are mandated to handle the state’s budget matters.  

But what can we really expect to be debated and passed with talk of driver’s licenses, education issues, indigent health care funding, the behavioral health care system and the economy and jobs circulating and potentially appearing before lawmakers?  

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Public Health New Mexico
4:52 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Feds Release New Data On Health Insurance Marketplace Sign-ups

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The federal government has released new data on the number of people signing up for health care plans on the health insurance marketplace, and there has been a significant uptick in marketplace activity as of December.

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Local News
4:47 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

USDA Awards $2M To NM Forest Restoration Program

Credit US Forest Service

A forest restoration project in central New Mexico has been awarded an additional $2 million by the USDA. The money will allow state and federal agencies to cover more ground with fire prevention activities such as tree thinning, hazardous fuel removal and controlled burns.

Advocates with The Nature Conservancy said the funding is a much needed shot in the arm for efforts like the Isleta Project, a Forest Service restoration project taking place in Albuquerque’s east mountains. 

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KUNM News Update
6:16 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Judge To Decide Later On Horse Slaughter Plant

Judge To Decide Later On Horse Slaughter Plant  The Associated Press

A New Mexico judge will decide Friday whether a Roswell company can move ahead with plans for slaughtering horses.

State District Judge Matthew Wilson made the announcement after a hearing Monday on a request from Attorney General Gary King's office for a preliminary injunction against Valley Meat Co.

King has filed a lawsuit alleging the company's operations would violate state environmental and food safety laws.

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KUNM News Update
10:17 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Sunday News Roundup: Health Care Website Frustrates Spanish Speakers

Health Care Website Frustrates Spanish Speakers - The Associated Press

Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, users attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties.

The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched more than two months late. It had busted links. And the translations are so clunky that critics say they must have been computer-generated.

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KUNM News Update
8:43 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Saturday News Roundup: Dad Of Man Shot By Albuquerque Police Sues

Dad Of Man Shot By Albuquerque Police Sues - KOB-TV

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A father of a man shot by Albuquerque police has filed a lawsuit against the department seeking the release of public records tied to the shooting.

KOB-TV reports that David Sherrill and the attorneys are seeking lapel camera video, dashcam video, and witness statements related to the December shooting of Shaine Sherrill.

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Public Health New Mexico
5:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

New Mexico's Top 10 Public Health Stories In 2013

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KUNM Public Health New Mexico reporter Marisa Demarco breaks it down with the highlights of public health news for 2013.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

NM To Trade Pronghorns For AZ Turkeys

The pronghorn species is named for its prong-shaped horns.
Credit Wiki Media Commons

Early Monday morning, the New Mexico Game and Fish Department will begin rounding up hundreds of pronghorn in northeastern New Mexico. The antelope-like animals will be relocated to areas with minuscule or non-existent herds. 

 

The pronghorn is the fastest moving land mammal in North America and since the 1930's New Mexico officials have been trying to restore the population in its native short grass prairie habitat. A dramatic decline in their numbers at the turn of the 20th century was due to excessive hunting and left the creature fighting for survival.

 

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KUNM News Update
7:07 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Taos Lawmaker Proposes Funds To Upgrade Tracks, Protect Amtrak Route

Taos Lawmaker Proposes Funds To Upgrade Tracks, Protect Amtrak Route- Santa Fe New Mexican

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Local News
6:59 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Newspaper: Records Withheld In Police Shootings

A screenshot from a lapel camera during the arrest of a suspect by Albuquerque Police in 2012.
Credit The Albuquerque Police Department

A newspaper reports that the Albuquerque Police Department is withholding numerous documents and other material requested in connection with officer-involved police shootings.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the material requested under the state Inspection of Public Records Act in recent months but not provided includes documents, 911 calls and lapel camera videos.

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KUNM News Update
5:28 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Valencia County Commisoners Vote Down Abortion Ban

Valencia County Commisoners Vote Down Abortion BanThe Albuquerque Journal

Last night a proposal to ban late-term abortions in Valencia County was rejected by County Commissioners in a 3-2 vote. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Chairman Charles Eaton said he had a hard time supporting a measure that was “largely symbolic” since at the moment there are no abortion providers in Valencia County, be it late-term or otherwise.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Mexico's Education Performance Ranked Last In The Nation

Quality Counts 2014 State Report Cards
Credit Education Week

 

New Mexico came in dead last in a report card that measures education performance across the nation.  The annual Quality Counts Report from the Education Research Center gave New Mexico a D+ when it comes to a student's chance for success. The index measures the role of education in a person's life from cradle to career. 

 

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Public Health New Mexico
3:15 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Chicken Soup For The Influenza-Riddled Soul

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In California, at least eight people have died from the flu. In North Texas, 19 deaths.

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Public Health New Mexico
1:24 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

A Krokodil Ripped My Flesh

According to WOAI, the Drug Enforcement Agency has “experienced the first case of a Texan being treated for using a new type of drug which leaves the user with flesh lesions and turns the skin a scaly green color.”

The drug, known as Krokodil, has made headlines in the United States for months, but has only shown up in a few isolated incidents, like the one in Texas.

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Local News
6:58 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

A Shortage Of Water Means Not A Drop To Spare

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The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently warned water contractors all the way from Red River, north of Taos, to Belen, south of Albuquerque, that for the first time ever there may be a shortage of water due to drought. Over a dozen contractors use water from the San Juan-Chama Project for drinking and irrigation.

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KUNM Call In Show
7:40 am
Wed January 8, 2014

New Mexico News To Watch For In 2014

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/9 8a: What are the news stories you're most interested in hearing about this year? Are there issues you're watching? We'll hear from New Mexico journalists about what they will be covering this year.

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.  

Guests: 

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Local News
5:43 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Oil, Gas Boom Boosts Earnings In NM

Oil, Gas Boom Boosts Earnings In NM- The Associated Press

An oil and gas boom in New Mexico and more than a dozen new renewable energy projects have translated into record earnings for the State Land Office.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced Wednesday his office brought in more than $670 million in 2013 for public schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries.

December alone marked a record month for the agency, with more than $79 million from oil and gas royalties and revenues from grazing, rights of way and other leases.

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Local News
9:57 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

DOJ Holds Exclusive Meeting To Discuss Probe Into APD's Use Of Force

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The US Department of justice held an exclusive meeting Tuesday night to discuss the status of its investigation into allegations about the Albuquerque Police Department's use of excessive force.

This is the first time that DOJ officials have provided members of the public an update since the investigation began a little over a year ago.

The federal probe into APD began after a rash of more than 20 officer involved shootings that occurred within a 20 month period and sparked high profile allegations of abuse.

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Public Health New Mexico
4:57 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Native American Cancer Rates Remain Static

A map of age-adjusted death rates for Native Americans in New Mexico, 2006-2010.
Credit National Cancer Institute

New statistics released by the American Cancer Society show that nationally there's been a 20 percent decrease in risk of death from all cancers. For breast and colon cancer, that rate of decline is closer to 35 percent. However, in the Southwest, there's a slightly different picture.

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KUNM News Update
7:24 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Department Of Justice To Hold Meeting On Albuquerque Police Probe

NMED Hearing Officer: Deny Permit To Horse PlantThe Associated Press

A hearing officer is recommending that the New Mexico Environment Department deny a wastewater permit for a Roswell company that wants to slaughter horses.

The hearing officer cited what she called the company's record of "willful disregard" of the state's environmental laws.

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Local News
9:57 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Gov. Susana Martinez Proposes 3 Percent Budget Increase

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Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing a 3 percent spending increase on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees.

The Republican governor on Monday released the administration's budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. Martinez called for spending nearly $6.1 billion in the fiscal year starting in July, an increase of almost $179 million.

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Local News
9:56 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Horse Slaughterhouse To Sue AG For Slander

A spokesman for New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says a threatened lawsuit by a company that wants to open a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell is an attempt at intimidation.

Spokesman Phil Sisneros says King has taken "a very strong stance" against horse slaughter.

Valley Meat Co. attorney Blair Dunn Monday sent letters to the state risk management division, giving the required 30-day notice of its planned legal filing.

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Local News
9:54 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Navajo To Appeal Ruling On Religious Sites Access

The Navajo Nation is challenging a decision in a federal case involving property rights and access to religious sites.

The tribe and its Hopi neighbor agreed in 2006 not to interfere with each other's religious practices when they ended a decades-long land dispute.

The Hopi Tribe sued after the Navajo Nation cited a Hopi religious practitioner for trespassing, alleging breach of the compact.

The Navajo Nation says it cannot grant access to so-called allotted land that is similar to private property on the reservation.

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Local News
9:52 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Santa Fe Archdiocese Incorporating Many Parishes

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe of the Roman Catholic Church has incorporated dozens of its parishes as nonprofits, a move that an attorney who has represented victims of clerical sexual abuse says could be an attempt to protect church assets.

Attorney James Stang of Los Angeles says incorporating parishes as separate entities allows them to argue they have no responsibility for abuses at other parishes.

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Local News
9:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Suspect In NM Police Shooting Identified

The motorist who refused to stop during a northern New Mexico police chase on Interstate 25 and was later shot by state police has been identified.

New Mexico State Police said Monday that the motorist was identified as 72-year-old Albert Urban, of Hamburg, N.Y.

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Local News
9:48 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

DOJ To Hold Meeting On Albuquerque Police Probe

The U.S. Department of Justice is set to hold an invite-only meeting with community activists over its pending investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department.

Federal authorities have scheduled the closed-door gathering Tuesday in Albuquerque after the number of shootings by officers jumped at the end of 2013.

Advocates say federal officials are expected to give an update on the year-long investigation amid allegations of high-profile abuse cases. The Justice Department launched the probe at the end of 2012.

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