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9:56 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Napolitano Scrutinized By Congress Over New Deportation Measures

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The Department of Homeland Security is under scrutiny in Congress over recent changes to immigration enforcement, including deportations. From our Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has our story.

Fronteras
9:49 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Ban on Uranium Mining Near GCNP Advances

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The Obama Administration released this week its plan to ban new uranium mining on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park for 20 years. But this may not be the end of the battle. For the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports from Flagstaff.

 

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9:31 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Feds Knew of Earlier Gun Smuggling Program in Mexico

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Operation Fast and Furious was not the first gun-walking program taken up by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms in Arizona.

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Fronteras
9:23 am
Wed October 26, 2011

President Promotes Mortgage Program in Las Vegas, NV

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President Obama kicked off his western tour on Monday with a stop in Las Vegas to talk about housing.

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Fronteras
9:19 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Navajo Tribe Split on Grand Canyon Flight Noise

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Four months after the official public comment period ended, Grand Canyon officials are still waiting for the Navajo Nation to comment about flight noise.

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Fronteras
9:16 am
Wed October 26, 2011

CEO of Arizona Solar Firm Steps Down

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The country’s largest solar power company announced its CEO is stepping down.

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Fronteras
9:21 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Wife of Former Columbus City Councilor Indicted in Gun Smuggling Case

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The US attorney's office in New Mexico has filed yet another indictment in a gun smuggling case out of the border town of Columbus.

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Fronteras
9:18 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Clothing Co. Pulls Navajo Name from Products

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The word “Navajo” no longer appears on the Urban Outfitters website. The trendy clothing chain has removed it from numerous product names in the wake of criticism from the Navajo Nation. The tribe has trademarks on the Navajo name. As Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, all this brings up a bigger debate about private business misrepresenting and profiting from Native American imagery.

Local News
10:50 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Biz Report: National Monuments and Interships

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Each week we catch up on business news from around the state. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter with the New Mexico Business Weekly.

Fronteras
9:40 am
Wed October 19, 2011

US Expedites Visas for STEM Students

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Close to 700 thousand international students study on U.S. college campuses and the majority of those students head home after they graduate.  But the federal government wants to keep many of them here, especially those in the so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle reports on recent efforts to expedite the visas process.

Local News
3:12 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Biz Report: Staying in NM and Solar Industry Woes

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A New Mexico company rejects tax incentives to leave the state and the solar industry takes a hit in the international market. 

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Fronteras
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.

 

 

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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