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Public Health New Mexico
10:50 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Funding Would Boost Native Youth Suicide Prevention

"What we need from our tribal leaders and policymakers is more traditional knowledge, traditional leadership and a bigger role in the communities."
Credit —Honoring Native Life—Watch the video here: bit.ly/HonorLife

    In the fall of 2009, four young people in the southeastern part of the state died by suicide. Three were Mescalero Apaches.

Just a few months later, in the spring of 2010, five Navajo teens also died by suicide in Thoreau, a town in Western New Mexico of fewer than 2,000.

The series of Native American teen suicides those two years made it clear: New Mexico was experiencing a crisis.

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KUNM News Update
5:12 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

News Roundup: State Finds No Fraud By Mental Health Provider

State Finds No Fraud By Mental Health Provider - The Associated Press

Attorney General Gary King says investigators found no fraud by a behavioral health provider in Alamogordo although Medicaid was improperly billed for $19,000 in services.

King's office announced Thursday it had finished an investigation of the first of more than a dozen nonprofit mental health providers that had their Medicaid payments suspended last year by the Human Services Department because of allegations of fraud, mismanagement and billing problems.

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Local News
7:05 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Report: Alleviating Poverty In New Mexico Will Improve Education

A state by state comparison of additional funding provided in schools for at-risk students living in poverty.
Credit New Mexico Center On Law And Poverty

  In New Mexico, more then one in three children come from families living on less then $23,000 a year. It's the highest rate of childhood poverty in the country. At the same time, the state has the lowest educational outcomes based on test scores and graduation rates.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:42 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Most NM Enrollees Eligible For Health Insurance Discounts

New Mexicans sign up for Obamacare at an event in Taos
Credit Deborah Martinez

 Almost 75 percent of the nearly 8,000 New Mexicans who have enrolled in insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act are eligible for discounts, according to numbers released by the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Wednesday.  Officials are attributing the spike in the number of enrollees to the state’s multi-pronged advertising campaign.

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Public Health New Mexico
2:50 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Roswell Shooting Puts Focus On New Mexico Gun Violence

Between 2001 and 2010 2,392 people were killed by guns in New Mexico.
Credit Center For American Progress

On Tuesday, two students were flown to Lubbock, Texas, for medical treatment after a seventh-grade student at a Roswell middle school opened fire with a shotgun on a crowd in a gymnasium.

There is still no known motive for the shooting, and officials report the gunman stopped firing when a school staff member approached the student and asked him to put the gun down.

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Local News
7:10 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Teacher Who Stopped Roswell Shooter Had Participated In Active Shooter Training

Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy shot by a classmate at their middle school underwent a second surgery and a girl who was wounded is now in stable condition.

Martinez said at a press conference late Tuesday that the girl has been identified as 13-year-old Kendal Sanders. The wounded boy is in critical condition.

Authorities say the two were shot when a 12-year-old boy opened fire at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell Tuesday morning.

Martinez says the boy pointed the gun at a teacher, who talked him into dropping the weapon. The boy was taken into custody.

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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

Credit healthcare.gov

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

Credit Univ. of Melbourne - public domain

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

Credit Laura Paskus/KUNM

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

Credit Skarz via Wikimedia Commons

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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