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Wednesday News Roundup
8:21 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Headlines: San Miguel County On Oil And Gas, Jemez Pueblo On Valles Caldera

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San Miguel County To Consider Drilling OrdinanceThe Associated Press

San Miguel County commissioners are scheduled to vote today on an ordinance that would impose some of the strictest requirements on oil and natural gas exploration in the country.

The measure would restrict oil and gas exploration to a sparsely populated stretch on the eastern side of the county, some 60 miles away from the county seat of Las Vegas.

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:51 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Headlines: $13 Million To Local TV For Election, SF Police Use State Law For Pot Cases...

Report: Nearly $13 Million On TV Ads In New MexicoThe Associated Press

A nonpartisan government watchdog group reports that nearly $13 million was spent on television advertising in New Mexico races for governor, U.S. Senate and other state offices.

The Center for Public Integrity says the governor's race accounted for about $6.2 million in ads, with $4.6 million by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in winning re-election.

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Monday News Roundup
8:32 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Headlines: Gila River Diversion, San Miguel County Drilling Ban...

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Critics Of Gila River Diversion To RallyThe Associated Press

The Interstate Stream Commission will be meeting today in Albuquerque and the agenda includes a series of presentations on proposals that call for diverting a portion of the Gila River.

The agenda does not include any time for public comment, and that's what has environmental groups upset. They plan to rally outside the meeting.

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Local News
8:16 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Headlines: Court: Bail Cannot Be Based Solely On Crime, Convicted Former Sheriff Seeks New Trial...

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Court Rules Against Bail Bond Based Only On Crime – The Associated Press

New Mexico's highest court has ruled that judges can't impose high bail bond requirements for criminal defendants solely on the seriousness of the crime.

The state Supreme Court made the ruling Thursday in the case of an Albuquerque man charged with murder who remained in jail awaiting trial for more than two years because he couldn't afford a $250,000 bail bond.

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Friday News Roundup
8:46 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Headlines: ABQ City Council OKs Police Agreement, WIPP Radiation...

Albuquerque City Council Oks Police AgreementThe Associated Press

The Albuquerque City Council has endorsed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department aimed at overhauling the troubled police department of New Mexico's most populous city amid accusations of excessive force.

The council approved the plan on an 8-0 vote during a special meeting Thursday evening. City officials are to sign it next week.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:37 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Headlines: Judge On Mora Fracking Ban, NM To "Start Over" On SNAP Changes...

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Judge: Parts Of County Ordinance UnconstitutionalThe Associated Press and Las Vegas Optic

A federal judge says portions of a Mora County ordinance that bans oil and gas drilling in the rural northern New Mexico county are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge James Browning says some of the ordinance's provisions are "pretty wild" and inconsistent with federal law.

His comments came during a motions hearing this week in Albuquerque as one oil company seeks to strike down the ordinance.

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Local News
6:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NM Voters Report Problems In Sandoval County

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The Associated Press reported today that a state judge has ordered a New Mexico county to issue provisional ballots after lawyers for Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign complained voters were being turned away due to software problems.

Judge George Eichwald told Sandoval County election officials Tuesday they must give voters provisional ballots if problems continued.

Voters in at least two precincts reported that election officials turned them away after ballots weren't printing properly. About a dozen voters were affected and ended up voting later.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:04 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Headlines: Election Day 2014, October '14 Among Warmest In ABQ History

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US Senate Seat, 3 House Seats Up For GrabsThe Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Udall is seeking his second term.  Republican challenger Allen Weh is a businessman and retired Marine colonel.

New Mexico's three congressional seats are also up for grabs.

In southern New Mexico, Republican incumbent Steve Pearce is running against Democratic challenger Roxanne Lara.

In the 1st District, Democratic incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham is facing Republican Mike Frese, a scientist and small business owner.

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Monday News Roundup
8:31 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Headlines: APD Reassignments Scrutinized, Last Full Day Of Campaigning...

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Albuquerque Police Still Face Heat On StaffingThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police have agreed to enter into a reform agreement with the U.S. Justice Department but the agency still faces scrutiny for keeping some leaders.

That's because Albuquerque police is reassigning command staff who oversaw troubled units to new positions.

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Local News
7:44 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Headlines: Court Blocks Food Stamp Changes, NM Candidates Talk Domestic Violence, Early Voting...

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Court Blocks New Mexico Food Stamp Changes - The Associated Press

A state court has temporarily stopped Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from imposing work-related requirements on about 80,000 low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.

District Judge Sarah Singleton's ruling on Friday blocks the Human Services Department from implementing the food stamp changes on Saturday.

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Friday News Roundup
8:36 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Headlines: Latest Gila River Lawsuit, Election 2014...

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Judge Orders Fast Track For NM Water Panel Dispute - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A judge yesterday ordered a fast-track process for determining whether a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission subcommittee violated the state Open Meetings Act regarding the future of the Gila River.

A week ago, state District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the commission from taking any action on the Gila River projects.

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Local News
5:26 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

LISTEN: U.S. Senate Debate Between Udall And Weh

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Thu. 10/30 7p: The last in a series of 4 debates among candidates for state-wide New Mexico office in 2014. 

Democratic incumbent Senator Tom Udall faces off against his Republican challenger Allen Weh. The debate was taped Thursday at the studio at New Mexico PBS in Albuquerque. 

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Thursday News Roundup
8:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Headlines: Accused Deputy Pleads Not Guilty, Former Athletic Director Cleared...

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New Mexico Deputy In Shooting Pleads Not Guilty  - The Associated Press

A New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of fatally shooting a fellow deputy following an argument at a hotel has pleaded not guilty.

Tai Chan entered his plea to the murder charge at his first court appearance in Las Cruces on Wednesday.

Police say Chan shot Deputy Jeremy Martin at the Hotel Encanto after the two drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument. They were staying there after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Headlines: Latest S.F. Deputy Shooting, APD Shooting Trial Begins...

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Deputy Accused In Fatal Shooting Expected In CourtThe Associated Press

Court documents say a New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy told police, "I shot the guy" after officers arrived to a chaotic scene at a hotel.

Records and 911 recordings released yesterday revealed new details about the shooting. Authorities allege Santa Fe County Deputy Tai Chan fatally shot fellow Deputy Jeremy Martin after a night of drinking and arguing.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

LISTEN: Third District Congressional Debate Between Ben Ray Lujan And Jefferson Byrd

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The third of four congressional debates KUNM will broadcast before the November 4th election. 

Incumbent Democrat Ben Ray Lujan debates his Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd at an event hosted by KENW.  

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Local News
9:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Headlines: Food Stamp Work Requirements, Deputy VS Deputy, Navajo Elections In Limbo...

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Lawsuit Seeks To Stop Food Stamp Work Requirements – The Associated Press

Social services advocates have filed a lawsuit to stop Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from imposing work-related requirements on New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, the Southwest Organizing Project and several food stamps recipients sued the Human Services Department on Monday in state district court in Santa Fe.

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Local News
9:04 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Headlines: Missing Evidence, Min Wage in Las Cruces, Pot Bust, Death Sentence Appeals...

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Several Cases Impacted By Farmington Police Theft – The Associated Press

San Juan County prosecutors say more than a dozen drug cases have been affected by thefts allegedly committed by a Farmington police evidence technician and they expect the number to rise.

The Daily Times reports that the San Juan County District Attorney's Office has identified 13 active cases impacted by Ashley Goodvoyce's theft of pills and cash from a police storage facility.

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Local News
7:49 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Nation Rethinks Election, Molotov At ABQ Mosque, Unemployment Fraud In NM...

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Navajo Officials Mull Election Amid Confusion – The Associated Press

Navajo election officials failed to decide Friday whether to follow an order by the tribe's top court to postpone a presidential race that's less than two weeks away.

Navajo Board of Election Supervisor Lenora Fulton says the board will reconvene Monday at 9 a.m.

The Navajo Supreme Court also ordered Chris Deschene off the ballot.

Deschene had appealed to the court following a challenge over whether he was fluent in Navajo, a requirement under tribal law.

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Friday News Roundup
9:08 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Headlines: Navajo Election Postponed, SE NM Ebola Checkpoint...

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Navajo High Court Orders Election Postponed The Associated Press

The Navajo Supreme Court has ordered the postponement of the tribe's presidential election and an immediate reprint of ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.

The decision Thursday came as a result of a petition to enforce a disqualification order against Chris Deschene.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:49 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Mayor Seeks Pay Increases For APD, PRC Commissioner Pays Self...

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Albuquerque Mayor Wants Action To Keep Officers  - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wants the city and the state to take action to prevent the loss of more than a fifth of the city's police force to retirements over the next two years.

Berry told the Albuquerque Journal during an interview that the city stands to lose 200 officers and still see at least 100 of them retire even if the financial incentives for them to stay are provided.

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:24 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Headlines: APD Community Meetings Begin, State Workers Still Waiting For Back Pay...

Albuquerque Begins Meetings On Police Department  - The Associated Press

Albuquerque officials have kicked off a series of community meetings regarding the city Police Department in the wake of widespread calls for changes related to the use of force.

City officials on Tuesday held the first of 10 meetings. Mayor Richard Berry says the meetings will provide a way for Albuquerque to address both a tremendous challenge and a tremendous opportunity.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:48 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Headlines: GOP Wants Majority, Navajo Presidential Race...

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New Mexico GOP Hopes To Win Legislative Majority - The Associated Press

Democrats have controlled the New Mexico House for the past 60 years, but the political landscape is giving Republicans hope for a breakthrough in the general election.

Republicans need a net gain of three seats to take control of the 70-member House. There are at least 10 competitive races, with Democrats and Republicans each holding five of those seats.

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Monday News Roundup
9:05 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Headlines: AZ Behavioral Health Firm Not Viable, Gubernatorial Debate...

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Report: Care Provider Needs Funding IncreaseThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A company providing some behavioral health services in New Mexico following a shake-up of the state's network says it needs more money to stay afloat.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Turquoise Health and Wellness said in an Oct. 9 report that it "is currently not a financially viable organization on its own."

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Friday News Roundup
8:40 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Headlines: State Land Office Nears Record, APD Shooting Probe, 42 Arrested In Drug Bust...

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NM Land Office Nears Record With $78M In RevenueThe Associated Press

The New Mexico State Land Office has earned more than $78 million for schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries of the state land trust.

September's earnings mark the second-highest monthly revenues in the history of the Land Office. The highest month on record was $79 million in December 2013.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

LISTEN: Second District Congressional Debate Between Steve Pearce and Roxanne "Rocky" Lara

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Thu. 10/16 7p: The second of three congressional debates KUNM will broadcast before the November 4th election, candidates for New Mexico's Second District Congressional seat, Republican Steve Pearce and his Democratic competition, attorney Roxanne “Rocky” Lara in a debate hosted by KRWG public radio in Las Cruces.

This Thursday night at 7, we’ll hear from New Mexico's incumbent Democratic Senator Tom Udall and his Republican challenger Allen Weh in a debate hosted by New Mexico PBS.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Headlines: Gila River Lawsuit, Virgin Galactic, APD Oversight Board, Plague...

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NM Water Panel Accused Of Violating Meetings ActThe Associated Press

The former head of the Interstate Stream Commission is accusing the agency of violating the New Mexico Open Meetings Act in its deliberations regarding the future of the Gila River.

Norm Gaume filed a lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe yesterday. He's seeking a restraining order to prevent the commission from taking any action related to proposals discussed by a subcommittee that has been considering Gila River diversion proposals.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Headlines: Mora County Continues Fracking Ban, NAACP to NM, Gubernatorial Campaign Cash

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Mora County Continues Oil And Gas Drilling BanThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Mora County commissioners have voted to continue a ban on oil and gas drilling that has triggered lawsuits from the oil industry but brought out a passionate defense from local residents concerned about pollution.

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Tuesday News Roundups
8:57 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Headlines: NM VA Health Care Execs Score Bonuses, Campaign Finance Disclosures...

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Records: $24,000 In Bonuses For State's VA LeadersThe Associated Press

Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request show the director of the New Mexico system collected more than $8,700 in 2013.

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Monday News Roundup
8:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Headlines: Update From Artesia, Gary King Back On TV...

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Artesia Mayor: Dozens Freed From Immigrant CenterThe Associated Press

The mayor of a New Mexico city where immigration authorities are holding nearly 500 detainees says dozens of immigrants have been released.

Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press that 68 detainees were released and around 14 were deported last week. He says federal immigration officials reported around 479 detainees remain at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia and more expected to arrive in the coming days.

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Local News
7:32 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Headlines: Mora County To Reconsider Drilling Ban, Balloon Fiesta Wraps Up, New Wind Farm, And More

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Mora County Eyes Drilling Ban Repeal The Associated Press

A northern New Mexico county is considering repealing an ordinance that made it the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

The Las Vegas Optic reports Mora County commissioners last month began laying the groundwork to repeal the ordinance that drew national and international attention and sparked two federal civil rights lawsuits.

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