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10:45 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Nelson Mandela Through The Eyes Of Youth

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Sun. 12/15 7p: Did you know that many young people do not know the details of Nelson Mandela's life and work? This week, Generation Justice will have youth talk about what they were NOT taught in school--even in college--about this legend. We'll also have music commemorating the struggle to end apartheid, so tune in!

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Local News
7:12 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Buddhist Relics Come to Santa Fe

Buddha’s heart disciple Ananda's relics were offered to The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour in 2001. Among the Buddha’s three heart disciples, only Ananda had not attained enlightenment by the time the Buddha passed. He was the Buddha's cousin.
Natalia Jácquez

What happens to beings on their way to enlightenment when they die? Devotees and people who were just curious came to see at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center last weekend in Santa Fe. Relics from the Buddha and several more Buddhist masters were on display for visitors of The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour.

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Public Health New Mexico
10:03 am
Fri December 13, 2013

High Demand, Strong Supply Drive New Mexico's Heroin Problems

95 pounds of black tar heroin seized in California
Credit State of California Department of Justice

Stan Padilla has been using heroin for 45 years. On this cold December morning, he’s taking time to visit an Albuquerque syringe exchange to pick up clean gear for his habit.

"I just look out for myself,” said Padilla. “'Round here there isn’t no friends, when it comes out to drugs and money, it’s all about trying to use each other. It’s the way it is. It’s the drug business for you.”

He’s 61 years old, an Albuquerque native, and says he’s cut his habit down to using about once a month.

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KUNM News Update
6:51 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Appeals Court Vacates Ban On US Horse Slaughter

Appeals Court Vacates Ban On US Horse Slaughter - Associated Press 

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to resume domestic horse slaughter.

In an order Friday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver removed an emergency injunction that had blocked the plants from opening.

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Local News
4:25 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Naman's Photos Of Distorted Faces Go Viral

The image of Rebekah Wiggins has proven to be the most popular in the Scotch Tape Series.
Credit Wes Naman

When Albuquerque photographer Wes Naman invited friends to pose for a series of what was meant to be goofy portraits, neither he nor his models had any idea the images would end up reaching millions of people across the globe.

The so called Scotch Tape Series was a game changer for the artist whose first love was creative writing.  However, a while back, he realized people are more likely to look at a single image, like a painting, then they are to sit down and read an entire book or essay. So he shifted his story telling palette and began taking pictures.

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KUNM News Update
7:40 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Report Critical Of NM Mental Health Audit Response

Report Critical Of NM Mental Health Audit Response - Associated Press and The Santa Fe New Mexican

A legislative report is critical of New Mexico's handling of a shakeup of mental health services in which Medicaid to numerous providers were frozen as a result of an audit that reportedly found possible overbillings and fraud.

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KUNM Call-In Show
4:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Finding Common Ground On Guns

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KUNM Call-In Show Thu. 12/12: The topic of guns has long been a controversial issue. Advocates for gun control say there needs to be more restrictions for gun sales while advocates for gun rights say more restrictions go against the constitution. 

With the the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut this week, we'll be discussing how to find common ground in the discussion of guns.

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KUNM News Update
7:21 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Hedge Fund Owner Buys Taos Ski Valley

Hedge Fund Owner Buys Taos Ski Valley-

Associated Press

One of New Mexico's top ski areas has been sold.

Taos Ski Valley officials announced Wednesday that wealthy conservationist and hedge fund owner Louis Bacon has agreed to buy the ski area. The sale price wasn't disclosed.

Taos Ski Valley CEO Mickey Blake says the ski area needs improvement, but the company doesn't have enough money for renovation.

Bacon has enough capital to buy new lifts, rebuild the base area and construct a hotel.

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KUNM News Update
7:13 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Santa Fe Swearing In 18 New Recruits As Officers

Suspect In Latest Albuquerque Police Shooting ID'd - Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque police have released the name of the suspect shot and killed in the city's latest officer-involved shooting.

Officials say 37-year-old Andy Jack Snider was shot by police Sunday after authorities say he charged officers with a weapon in an alley.

Albuquerque police has seen five office-involved shootings in six weeks as the department faces a federal investigation over allegations of excessive force.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

New Mexico Officer Fired In Van Shooting To Appeal

A screenshot from the dash camera video of the incident that was posted to YouTube and broadcast around the world.

Gov. Susana Martinez says she supports a decision by New Mexico State Police to fire an officer who shot at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop.

Martinez said Monday the actions of Officer Elias Montoya were unacceptable and he should not have used deadly force.

No one was hurt in the shooting.

Montoya was fired Friday following an internal investigation and a disciplinary hearing. His attorneys say he plans to appeal.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

NM 'Right-To-Die' Advocates Go To Court

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A lawsuit challenging New Mexico’s law prohibiting doctors from helping terminally ill patients end their lives will go before a state district court in Albuquerque on Wednesday. "Assisting suicide” is currently a 4th degree felony.

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico contend that the current state statute does not specifically reference a physician when prohibiting "assisting suicide."

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KUNM News Update
6:31 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Monday News Roundup: NM 'Right-To-Die' Law Trial Set To Begin

NM 'Right-To-Die' Law Trial Set To Begin - Associated Press

A legal challenge against a decades-old New Mexico law that prohibits physicians from helping terminally ill patients die is scheduled to begin.

The trial is set for Wednesday in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque and comes after the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed a lawsuit in March.

A Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer later joined two doctors in their legal challenge.

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KUNM News Update
7:22 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Friday News Roundup: AP Files Open Records Lawsuits Against NM Governor

NM Officer In Van Shooting Is FiredAssociated Press

The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired.

New Mexico State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says he confirmed with State Police Chief Pete Kassetas that Officer Elias Montoya is no longer employed by the department. His termination was effective at 5 p.m. Friday.

Montoya has 30 days to appeal his firing to a public safety advisory council.

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Local News
8:41 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Difficult Driving On Some New Mexico Highways

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Winter weather continues to produce difficult driving conditions on New Mexico highways and delays affecting public services.

Crews are plowing Interstate 40 between Clines Corner and Santa Rosa and Interstate 25 between Rowe and Raton.

Delayed openings Friday include state offices in Santa Fe. Schools with delays include Santa Fe Community College and Albuquerque's east mountain schools.

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KUNM News Update
6:36 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Former Nuke Lab Scientist May Change Plea

AP Files Open Records Lawsuits Against NM Governor - Associated Press

The Associated Press has sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration for refusing to release records about her work and travel schedules, cell phone calls and expenses of security officers.

The lawsuits were filed Thursday in state district court in Santa Fe against the governor, the Department of Finance and Administration and Department of Public Safety.

The governor's office issued a statement in which it stood by its record on open government.

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Call-In Show
3:33 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Promise And Needs Of A Growing Rio Rancho

City Hall, Rio Rancho, NM.
Credit Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/5 8a: The City of Rio Rancho experienced an 80 per cent increase in its population from the year 2000 to 2013. Neighbor to the state's largest city, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho continues to grow and has blossomed into New Mexico's third-largest city.  

We'll take a close look at the rapid growth - has the city been able to meet the challenges of providing essential services and health care, protecting the environment and creating jobs?

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KUNM News Update
6:51 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Governor Seeks $2.5M For Medical Provider Training

Former Nuke Lab Scientist May Change PleaAssociated Press

A defense lawyer says a former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist who admitted communicating classified nuclear weapons data may try to withdraw his guilty plea.

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, were accused of offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the Venezuelan government.

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Local News
9:42 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Police: All Clear After Bomb Threat At UNM

UPDATE 10:20a: UNM Police say classes can return to normal after an anonymous bomb threat was called in Tuesday morning. The LoboAlert system sent an "All Clear" message at 10:15a thanking the campus for its cooperation.

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UNM's Mitchell, Ortega and Popejoy Halls were evacuated at 8:20a Tuesday. According to a UNM Emergency Alert text message sent to staff and students, police are investigating an anonymous bomb threat. 

Police have asked people to avoid these areas of the Albuquerque campus until further notice. 

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KUNM News Update
6:42 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Court Broadens Domestic Violence Arrest Authority

Court Broadens Domestic Violence Arrest Authority - Associated Press

New Mexico's highest court is giving police more leeway to make arrests without a warrant in domestic violence cases.

The state Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police can make a warrantless arrest when it's reasonably close to the scene of the domestic violence.

State law allows a warrantless arrest at the scene of a domestic disturbance, and the justices broadened that to include a location near the place where the incident happened.

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Public Health New Mexico
8:25 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Mexico Infant Mortality Rates Surpass National Numbers

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Infant mortality rates in the Southwest have been steadily declining over the years. But recent data from New Mexico show a surprising spike in 2012. The state has surpassed national infant death rates for the first time since the 1990s.

According to the Associated Press:

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Local News
2:21 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

UNM Regents to Consider Investment in Innovate ABQ

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 An effort to establish a high-tech research and development center in downtown Albuquerque could get an infusion of some serious cash depending on what the University of New Mexico's Board of Regents decides.

The regents will review proposals to invest $13 million in the Innovate Albuquerque initiative during a special meeting Friday. This will be their first opportunity to fully vet the project.

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Local News
2:09 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Governor to Seek $600K for Telemedicine Programs

Credit Intel Free Press

Gov. Susana Martinez will ask the Legislature to provide $600,000 next year for telemedicine services to help provide access to medical specialists for patients and primary care providers in rural areas.

The governor proposed Monday that the money be used for buying and installing equipment and computer technology, such as teleconferencing video systems.

If the money is approved by lawmakers, Martinez said, health care provider organizations could apply for grants.

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Public Health New Mexico
11:24 am
Mon December 2, 2013

The Case Of New Mexico's Altered Audit

A page from the redacted audit documents released earlier this year.

It's been almost six months since the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) froze Medicaid payments to mental health providers in the state due to a "credible allegation of fraud."

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KUNM News Update
7:28 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Monday News Roundup: More Tourists Visiting New Mexico

State Report: More Tourists Visiting New Mexico - Associated Press

Tourism officials in New Mexico say more people are visiting the state.

A report from the state's Tourism Department found that New Mexico saw 2.6 percent more overnight and day visitors in 2012 than in 2011.

There were 32 million overnight and day visitors in 2012. The previous high was in 2008, with 31.4 million visits.

Tourists spent an estimated $5.9 billion in New Mexico last year. In 2011, tourists spent just over $5.5 billion in the state.

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KUNM News Update
6:41 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Friday News Roundup - Nuke Lab Works On Liquids Scanner For Airport Use

Los Alamos Working To Create National Park- Associated Press

Tucked away in one of northern New Mexico's mountain canyons is a log cabin that was the birthplace of a top-secret mission that forever changed the world.

Pond Cabin is one of the structures scattered in and around the modern day Los Alamos National Laboratory being proposed as sites for a new national park commemorating the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb.

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KUNM News Update
6:40 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Albuquerque Tech Center Gets Fed Grant

Albuquerque Tech Center Gets Fed Grant - Associated Press

The economic development arm of the University of New Mexico has received a $1.5 million federal grant for creating a new high-tech business district in downtown Albuqueruque.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Wednesday announced the Commerce Department funding for the Innovate ABQ initiative.

The grant brings funding for the project to $6.5 million, or close to the appraised value for the seven-acre First Baptist Church site that the project hopes to purchase.

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Local News
6:47 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Cavers Find Bat Bones, Blue Clay In New Carlsbad Cavern

The Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns is a popular tourist destination.
Credit WikiMedia Commons

 

Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico is considered to be a natural wonder of the world. Recently, cavers surveying the limestone caverns formed over millions of years came across an unexplored chamber. It's the largest discovery at the park in decades.  

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Local News
5:25 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Lawsuit: NM Woman's Genitals Hit With Pepper Spray

Credit Image is in public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

A lawsuit says a New Mexico corrections officer used a "chemical agent" on a woman's genitals after authorities found a plastic baggie protruding from her vagina.

The federal lawsuit filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says the Bernalillo County corrections officer sprayed the chemical agents twice on the woman's genitals during a strip search in Nov. 2011.

ACLU officials say the chemical agent was pepper spray and was used to "punish" the woman.

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Local News
5:16 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Hiltons Fund Historic Church Restoration

The Old San Miguel Mission church in Socorro, NM.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The 400-year-old San Miguel Church in Socorro County is getting a $1.1 million grant to complete a restoration and expand services.

The grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, along with $400,000 dollars raised in the community, will be used for a museum, a gift shop and a classroom for at risk youth programs at the historic church, which was founded in 1598.

Conrad Hilton of the famous hotel line was baptized at the San Miguel Mission, and Pastor Andy Pavlak says he got help from some of Hilton’s distant relatives when he applied for the funding.

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Public Health New Mexico
3:41 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

State Auditor: Behavioral Health Audit Report Had Crucial Language Removed

A page from the redacted PCG audit report released earlier this year.

Over the summer, the New Mexico Human Services Department froze Medicaid payments to a dozen mental health providers due to allegations of fraud.

The basis for those allegations: an audit conducted by an out-of-state company called PCG. That audit was never seen by the public or even by those accused of fraud. 

But in October, a heavily redacted version was released, and in it, PCG said it did not uncover what it would consider to be credible allegations of fraud. 

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