Local News
5:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Tamarisk-munching beetles travel the Rio Grande

Diorhabda elongata adult on saltcedar, or tamarisk, foliage.
USDA, Agricultural Research Service

Head north of Albuquerque and look over toward the Rio Grande and its forest, or bosque. Within that green ribbon of trees, you’ll also spot leaves that are reddish brown. Even from the Interstate, the dying trees are obvious.

Those leaves belong to tamarisk, or salt cedar. More than a century ago, the trees were introduced to control erosion and act as windbreaks. But they have overtaken riverbanks across the southwestern United States, sucking up water and choking out native species like cottonwoods and willows.

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The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Was The American Consulate Attack In Benghazi Planned?

Broken furniture outside the U.S. consulate building in Benghazi on Thursday, following an attack on the building late on September 11.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 4:54 pm

One of the biggest questions still outstanding about the attack on a United States consulate in Libya is whether it was planned or whether it was the result of a protest against a U.S.-made film that criticizes the Prophet Muhammad.

The attack killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The bottom line is that nothing is firm. But NPR's Leila Fadel reports that Libya's Deputy Interior Minister, Wanis al Sharef, said this was a sophisticated two-prong attack.

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The Two-Way
3:57 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

The First Amendment: Why The Muhammad Film Is Protected Speech

Protesters carry an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday.
Nasser Nasser AP

The First Amendment guarantee of free speech is in the spotlight this week. If you haven't kept up, a U.S.-produced film depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a less than flattering way has inflamed the Arab world.

In a lot of ways, the story is showing how the sweeping nature of the First Amendment puts the United States at odds with most of the world.

That rift was perhaps most evident when you compare the statements of Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and that of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Afropop Worldwide
3:26 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Hip Deep Angola 1: Music and Nation in Luanda

Fri. 9/14 10p: We explore the role music played in the creation of a uniquely Angolan consciousness as the country struggled toward independence in the 1960s and ‘70s after centuries of colonialism. 

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3:20 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Likely To Remain

Sandra Boden holds a photo of her son, Jason, during a Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection hearing. Prosecutors told Boden that Florida's Stand Your Ground law prevented them from filing charges against the person who shot and killed Jason.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:19 pm

A panel in Florida tasked with examining the state's "Stand Your Ground" law is unlikely to suggest that any major changes are needed.

Since it was convened in May, members of the task force have held meetings at locations around the state. At almost every meeting, they've heard impassioned testimony from people like David Boden, whose son, Jason, was killed in a shooting. Prosecutors in West Palm Beach told Boden that Florida's Stand Your Ground law prevented them from filing charges against the shooter.

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Native America Calling
3:11 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Investigating Uranium Contamination in Wells

Fri. 9/14 11a: The Department of Energy released well monitoring data in 2010 connected to the Wind River reservation in Wyoming. It reported uranium levels in a number of wells had spiked up to 100 times the legal limit. 

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Ignacio has been involved in volunteer radio and production since 1990. He joined “El ColectivoRaices” (Raices Collective) in 2007 and produces programs as host of “Espejos de Aztlan” interviewprogram, which focuses on community news and views from the spectrum of arts, culture, public affairs,and politics. You can hear “Espejos de Aztlan” each Monday evening at 7 pm, following “All ThingsConsidered”, or by visiting streaming archives.

Shots - Health Blog
2:54 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Death Toll Climbs In Congo Ebola Outbreak

A medical worker from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works at the laboratory in Uganda where Ebola specimens were tested at the start of the latest outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Stephen Wandera Associated Press

As health workers try to contain an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the death toll has increased to 31.

The deaths from the hemorrhagic fever outbreak doubled in the past week. World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic tells Shots that's because they have discovered more people who were originally infected.

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Toby Atencio has been involved with KUNM radio and the Raices Collective since 2007. He became a certified and active DJ in 2009. He is a Native of Albuquerque and attended UNM forhis studies. He hosts both “Salsa Sabrosa” shows on Friday nights and Raices shows on Saturday afternoons. Toby's love for Salsa, and Latin Jazz music has been a lifelong journey, and shows in his programs with KUNM.

Leroy Montoya is a Native New Mexican and former UNM Student. He started with KUNM nine years ago and spent two engineering various programs before joining the Raices Collective around 2005. His love for good music crosses most all genres. He started with the Monday’s Raices Shows, and then  jumped to the Friday’s “Salsa Sabrosa” –Salsa always being one of his favorite styles.