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3:00 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Texas Law Lets Undocumented Convicts Apply for Parole, Deportation

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Undocumented immigrant convicts in Texas prisons are applying for parole so they can be deported home under a new state law.  Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Hernán Rozemberg reports.

 

 

Fronteras
2:58 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Arizona’s Top 1%, Who Are They?

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Occupy Wall Street protests have been reported in more than 100 American towns and cities – including Albuquerque, Las Vegas, San Diego, and San Antonio.  On Saturday, the protest goes to Arizona with occupations planned in Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff.  Protesters say they represent the 99 percent of Americans who have been left behind by the country’s economic growth.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

PeacePal Benefit Features Promoter of Social Healing

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Peace begins with me.  It’s a familiar refrain… and it’s the title of tonight’s benefit event put on by the Albuquerque non-profit PeacePals.  The organization promotes international correspondence and service projects. 

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Local News
11:55 am
Thu October 13, 2011

New Urban Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque’s South Valley

The Rio Grande near Albuquerque.
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One of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in Albuquerque’s South Valley is set to become a National Wildlife Refuge, one of few to be located in an urban area.  

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Fronteras
9:36 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Nevada Redistricting Goes to Courts and Citizen Appointees

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Fights over drawing new political districts are heating up in several states. In Nevada, the redistricting issue is in the courts. As Jude Joffe-Block reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, a state district judge has appointed three citizens to draft the district maps.

Fronteras
9:31 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Brown Signs Two Bills Into Law To Benefit Undocumented Immigrants

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Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills important to undocumented immigrants. The bills are also expected to impact the state's economy. From our Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.

Fronteras
9:28 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Maquiladora Series: Poor Working Conditions

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Foreign-owned manufacturing factories along the border in Mexico have been hailed as an economic blessing. But there’s another side to that story.

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Local News
10:09 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Biz Report: Water, Water Everywhere

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Each week we take a look at business news from around the state.  KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel checked in with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter for the New Mexico Business Weekly.

 

 

Fronteras
10:04 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Las Vegas Jews Go To Casinos to Celebrate the New Year

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As Las Vegas Nevada grew in recent years, so too did its Jewish population. But that can lead to problems during the High Holy Days.

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Local News
9:54 am
Mon October 10, 2011

ProPublica Finds Fed Loan Modification Program Oversight Ineffectual

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As part of a program to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, the federal government created a program to subsidize loan modifications by lenders. The Home Affordability Modification Program is funded by tax-payer dollars, but a new report from the non-profit journalism organization ProPublica says government oversight for the program has been ineffectual and weak.

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Fronteras
9:45 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Navy SEAL Found Guilty of Weapons Charges

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A Las Vegas jury has found a San Diego based Navy SEAL guilty on multiple federal weapons charges. The illegal firearms in the case include 30 assault rifles that were likely smuggled from Iraq. Jude Joffe-Block reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

 

Fronteras
9:40 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Navajo Coal Plant to Be Demolished

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Next month the last of the world’s largest coal-slurry plants will literally implode. The Mohave Generating Station in Laughin Nevada closed in 2005 after a series of conflicts with environmentalists and the Navajo Nation over pollution and water use.

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Public Affairs
8:52 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Who Cares About Conservation?

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Did you miss the KUNM Call-In Show this week on attitudes about conservation?  You can stream it online now!  Recent polls show some surprising results about the perspectives of Hispanic/Latinos in New Mexico and young people.  You can email callinshow@kunm.org with your comments.

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Fronteras
10:41 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Children Abducted By Parents Often End Up in MX

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International child abductions are on the rise, according to the U.S. State Department and Mexico is the number one destination. As Ruxandra Guidi reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, 65% of all cases of American children being taken away by one parent end up south of the border.

KUNM Local
10:36 am
Fri October 7, 2011

AZ Rancher Fined By US Supreme Court for Treatment of Immigrants

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The Supreme Court has ruled against a Southern Arizona rancher who once held a group of illegal immigrants at gunpoint. As Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the Court says the rancher must pay 87-thousand dollars. 

 

KUNM Local
10:26 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Solar Firm Misses Fed Loan Backing

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Arizona manufacturer First Solar will not get a 1-point-5 billion dollar federal loan guarantee to back a large energy project in California. As Peter O'Dowd reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the company says it missed a deadline to finalize the deal.

 

KUNM Local
10:24 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Report: Severe Problems in Juarez Police Force

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A study released this week highlights severe problems among police in the violent Mexican border city of Juarez. From the Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports half of the officers admit to engaging in corrupt acts.

 

KUNM Local
10:22 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Drought in the SW Expected to Continue

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Record high temperatures, severe dust storms and catastrophic wildfires have plagued much of the southwest this year. And as Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, climatologists predict there won't be much relief any time soon.

 

KUNM Local
10:19 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Hispanic Republican Leaders Gather in ABQ

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Hundreds of Hispanic Republicans are gathering today in Albuquerque hoping to build momentum ahead of next year's presidential election. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic voters in the country.

 

KUNM Local
10:17 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Biz Report: Non-Emergency ER Patients and SF Brewing Co's Success

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Each week we take a look at business news from around the state. This week, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Dennis Domrzalski.

Fronteras
10:15 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Pace Picks Up for Renewable Energy Jobs in CA

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Green jobs are coming to Imperial Valley. At least that's what local leaders and renewable energy executives have been saying for the past several years. Many projects have experienced delays, and the jobs have been trickling in very slowly. But now the pace is picking up. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Jill Replogle reports that may be because the deadline for California utilities to get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources is getting closer.

 

Fronteras
10:12 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Latinos Would Lose Most From Medicare and Social Security Cuts

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Elderly Latinos in Southwestern states would have the most to lose from potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits. From our Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has more.

Public Affairs
2:00 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Foreclosures

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Thurs. 10/6 at 8am: Are you having trouble paying your mortgage?  Do you have friends or family who have lost their homes to foreclosure?  What does the recent increase in foreclosures mean for New Mexico?

On the KUNM Call In Show this week we'll discuss foreclosures and what some organizations are doing to slow the trend.  We'd like to hear from you!  You can send us an email at callinshow@kunm.org, or call in live during the show: 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.

    

Fronteras
2:57 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Maquiladora Series: Piedras Negras Success Story

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Fronteras
2:20 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Maquiladora Series: Aerospace

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Southern California was once a critical manufacturing center for the defense and aerospace industry. But as costs have gone up, much of that production has moved across the border to Tijuana. According to the Mexican government, the amount of aerospace parts that Mexico manufactures and exports has grown more than 15 times in the last 10 years. That output is expected to double again by 2015. In this second story in our series on the maquiladora industry, Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
2:15 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Maquiladora Series: History

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American-owned manufacturing plants in Mexican border cities, called maquiladoras, have been around for more than four decades. Business has not been great in recent years with low wage jobs shifting over to Asia and the U.S. recession devastating sales. But now many maquiladoras that survived this downturn are on the rebound, adding new jobs all along the U.S. Mexican border. The Fronteras Changing America Desk launches a new series that looks at what's working for the maquiladoras, and why. Hernan Rozemberg begins, with a little history.

Fronteras
1:54 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Maquiladora Series: New Mexico Plans to Boost Trade With MX

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New Mexico has a pretty lousy business relationship with Mexico. Despite its ideal location right on the border, the state ranks 38th among U.S. states in trade with its neighbor. That's a fact not lost on the business community in southern New Mexico, where an industrial revolution of sorts is slowly taking shape. In the third installment of our series on the maquila industry, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk on a growing industrial hub that's at the heart of New Mexico's plan to boost trade with Mexico.

Fronteras
1:49 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

New Federal Judge in Texas is Native of Mexico, Now US Citizen

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A native of Mexico and long-time naturalized U.S. citizen was confirmed as a new federal judge in South Texas. Hernan Rozemberg reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

 

Fronteras
1:32 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Hopi and Navajo Tribes Come Together on Redistricting

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It happens every 10 years.  First, the census.  Then squabbles over drawing new lines for Congressional districts. The big debate is usually over whether to carve out a minority district or spread the minorities out amongst districts, making their political agenda more widely heard. In northeastern Arizona it’s surprisingly less of a squabble.

KUNM Local
9:39 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Biz Report: Drone and Kid’s Clothing Manufacturing

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Each week we take a look at business news from around the state.  KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly.

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