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KUNM News Update
7:25 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Santa Fe County Approves Minimum Wage Hike

Feds Rank NM Health Computer System As High Risk - The Associated Press

New Mexico was among the states rated as "high risk" after government security experts reviewed the vulnerability of computer systems being used to roll out President Barack Obama's health care law.

Documents provided to The Associated Press show more than two-thirds of states had potential security problems with systems designed to tap into federal computers to verify sensitive personal information.

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KUNM News Update
6:42 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Sandia Labs Releases Economic Impact Report

Sandia Labs Releases Economic Impact Report - The Associated Press

Sandia National Laboratories says it spent about $975 million dollars on goods and services during the last fiscal year, and more than 40 percent of that went to New Mexico businesses.

The federal lab released its annual economic impact report Monday.

One of Sandia's managers, Don Devoti, says 2013 was a challenging year for the national economy and for small businesses in New Mexico. Still, he says Sandia's spending was up $79 million.

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KUNM News Update
7:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Number Of Young Farmers Rising In New Mexico

 Number Of Young Farmers Rising In New Mexico - The Associated Press

A new government survey shows New Mexico has more farms and ranches than it did five years ago.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture survey also shows the state has seen significant increases in the number of young and minority farmers in recent years.

State Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte says he's glad to see a wider diversity of people getting into farming and ranching across the state. He says that diversity will help create more opportunity.

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KUNM News Update
6:57 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Friday News Roundup: New Mexico Governor Travels To Nation's Capital

 New Mexico Governor Travels To Nation's Capital - The Associated Press 

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is in the nation's capital to meet with governors from other states.

Martinez political adviser Jay McCleskey said Martinez will attend events of the National Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association.

Martinez left New Mexico on Thursday after the Legislature adjourned.

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KUNM News Update
7:47 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: 2 New Mexico Counties Stop Officiating Weddings

 2 New Mexico Counties Stop Officiating Weddings Carlsbad Current-Argus and The Associated Press

Judges in two southeastern New Mexico counties say they will no longer officiate weddings after the state's high court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that judges in Eddy and Chaves Counties recently announced they won't officiate civil marriage ceremonies for straight or same-sex couples.

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KUNM News Update
7:28 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: New Mexico Senate Approves $6B Budget

New Mexico Senate Approves $6B Budget - The Associated Press

The Senate has unanimously approved a proposed $6.2 billion budget that would provide 3 percent pay raises next year for government workers and educators.

The budget is the main assignment for lawmakers in the 30-day session, which ends on Thursday.

The bill cleared the Senate on Tuesday and heads to the House.

The measure provides for a $293 million or 5 percent increase in spending on education and government programs next year.

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KUNM News Update
6:58 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: New Mexico Senate Approves $6B Budget

 New Mexico Senate Approves $6B Budget- The Associated Press

The Senate has unanimously approved a proposed $6.2 billion budget that would provide 3 percent pay raises next year for government workers and educators.

The budget is the main assignment for lawmakers in the 30-day session, which ends on Thursday.

The bill cleared the Senate on Tuesday and heads to the House.

The measure provides for a $293 million or 5 percent increase in spending on education and government programs next year.

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KUNM News Update
7:32 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Hanna Skandera Nomination Stalls In Committee

Hanna Skandera Nomination Stalls In Committee  The Associated Press

UPDATE 12:30 - A Senate panel has bottled up the nomination of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's secretary for the Public Education Department.

The Rules Committee split 5-5 Monday on whether to send the nomination of Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera to the Senate for a confirmation vote.

The deadlock means that Skandera will continue to serve in her cabinet-level post without Senate confirmation, just as he has since 2011.

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KUNM News Update
6:58 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Senate Approves Proposal For Higher Minimum Wage

Senate Approves Proposal For Higher Minimum Wage - The Associated Press

The Senate has approved a proposal to allow voters to decide whether to raise New Mexico's minimum wage to about $8.30 an hour next year and provide for automatic annual increases for inflation.

The measure is one of the top legislative priorities of many Democrats in the 30-day session that ends next week.

The state minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009.

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KUNM News Update
7:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: New Mexico Senate Panel Eyes State Fair Commission Chair

  NM Senate panel eyes state fair commission chair - The Associated Press

A New Mexico Senate committee is scheduled to decide whether to reappoint the chair of the state fair commission.

Larry Kennedy is expected Thursday to go before the Senate Rules Committee amid questions from Democrats over a much-debated lease that allowed Downs of Albuquerque to build a larger casino.

Critics have questioned whether political contributions influenced the deal.

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KUNM News Update
6:23 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Udall Sponsors Bill To Increase Primary Care

Udall Sponsors Bill To Increase Primary Care - The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall wants to increase access to primary care services in New Mexico and across the country.

The New Mexico Democrat has introduced legislation that he says will address the growing shortage of doctors and other health care professionals in rural and underserved communities through a serious of programs and incentives, including those aimed at encouraging medical students to pursue primary care and work in rural communities.

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KUNM News Update
7:56 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: New Mexico Land Office Earns $72M In January

NM Land Office earns $72M in January -The Associated Press

The New Mexico Land Office says it brought in $72 million in January for state trust land beneficiaries.

Officials say this marks the third highest month for earnings in the history of the Land Office.

Commissioner Pay Powell calls the money critically important for New Mexico's public schools, universities and hospitals. More than $64 million was distributed to public schools alone.

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KUNM News Update
8:12 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Monday News Roundup: New Mexico School Now Native American Baccalaureate School

  NM school now Native American Baccalaureate schoolThe Associated Press

A Navajo high school has become the first Native American International Baccalaureate school in the country.

The Farmington Daily Times reports Navajo Preparatory School had its application approved last month to become an International Baccalaureate World School.

The accreditation means the school can offer an academically challenging program with an international emphasis.

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KUNM News Update
8:19 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Marijuana Legalization Before New Mexico Senate Panel

  Marijuana legalization before NM Senate panel The Associated Press

New Mexico lawmakers are preparing to debate whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The Senate Rules Committee is expected to consider a proposal Friday to allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana for those 21 years of age and older.

The question of legalizing marijuana would be decided by voters in the general election if lawmakers approve the proposed constitutional amendment.

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KUNM News Update
8:19 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Court Upholds Mount Taylor Cultural Status

Court Upholds Mount Taylor Cultural Status -  The Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme has upheld a tribal cultural designation that protects hundreds of thousands of acres on Mount Taylor.

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KUNM News Update
6:38 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Legislators To Reconsider Navajo Gambling Compact

  Agriculture Secretary Announces Focus On Climate Change - The Associated Press

Some federal research centers around the country will be focusing on helping farmers and foresters deal with climate change.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is to announce Wednesday designation of seven regional climate hubs.

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KUNM News Update
6:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: 5 Democrats In Race To Unseat Martinez

5 Democrats In Race To Unseat Martinez  - The Associated Press

Five Democrats have officially entered the race to unseat Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, Santa Fe businessman Alan Weber, longtime government worker Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque and state Sens. Howie Morales of Silver City and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque Tuesday turned in the petitions and paperwork required to qualify for the Democratic Party's June primary ballot.

No one has filed to run against Martinez in the GOP primary.

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KUNM News Update
8:04 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Lobbyists Dole Out $400K In Campaign Contributions

  Lobbyists dole out $400K in campaign contributions The Associated Press

New state reports show that lobbyists and their clients handed out about $400,000 in campaign contributions to legislators, Gov. Susana Martinez and others in the months leading up to this year's legislative session.

The contributions are in addition to more than $600,000 spent by lobbyists last year for food, drinks, gifts and entertainment for lawmakers and other state officials.

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KUNM News Update
6:54 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Police Chief Says Child Abuse Case Went Astray

NMSP Chief Says Child Abuse Case Went Astray The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says a criminal child abuse case against a former state worker apparently fell between the cracks.

The 2012 criminal case involved 31-year-old Eddie Aragon Jr. He's among current and former state workers named as defendants in a civil suit alleging that Las Cruces youths were abused at a state-run juvenile facility in Albuquerque.

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KUNM News Update
4:46 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: New Lawsuit Alleges Unreasonable Search In NM

New Lawsuit Alleges Unreasonable Search In NM The Associated Press

Another lawsuit has been filed over an unreasonable search by a New Mexico law enforcement agency along the border.

In the latest filing, a New Mexico woman says in a federal lawsuit that police illegally took her car in the town of Lordsburg, in Hidalgo County. She says when she tried to retrieve the vehicle four days later, she was forced to strip naked and a female officer visually inspected her body cavities.

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KUNM News Update
7:38 am
Tue January 28, 2014

LIVE: President Obama's 2014 State Of The Union Address

Credit Photo by The White House

Tonight at 7p, KUNM will broadcast President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address. The President is expected to discuss income inequality, immigration and education. 

You can listen live at 89.9 in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, 88.7 in Socorro, 91.9 in Las Vegas and Espanola, 90.9 in Taos. 

You can also stream the address live online, just click "Listen Live" at the top of this page. 

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KUNM News Update
7:22 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Lawmaker Wants Judicial Finance Statements Online

Lawmaker Wants Judicial Finance Statements OnlineThe Associated Press

 A state lawmaker is proposing that financial disclosure statements of New Mexico's judges be posted online.

Democratic Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque said his measure would increase governmental transparency.

Judges and other government officials must file annual financial statements with the secretary of state disclosing sources of income and business interests.

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KUNM News Update
6:31 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Seismologists To Study Earthquakes

Seismologists To Study Earthquakes - KRDO and The Associated Press

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KUNM News Update
8:14 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Rally Planned For Gun-Buyer Background Checks

NM Rally Planned For Gun-Buyer Background Checks - The Associated Press

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and gun safety advocates plan to rally at the Capitol in support of a proposal to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows.

The rally is scheduled Wednesday at the Capitol and supporters hope to increase pressure on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to add the gun proposal to the Legislature's agenda.

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Local News
10:45 am
Tue January 21, 2014

LISTEN: Governor Susana Martinez Gives 2014 State Of The State Address

Credit New Mexico State Government

Governor Susana Martinez gave her 2014 State of the State address Tuesday at the state capitol in Santa Fe. She spoke before a joint session of the house and senate and touted the success of a tax package that was passed controversially at the very end of last year’s legislative session.

Economy

“Less than one year ago, in a display of tremendous bi-partisanship, we passed the most significant tax reform in a generation and sent the loudest message yet- that New Mexico is striving to be a business friendly state,” Martinez said.

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KUNM News Update
8:02 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Ruling Says Search For Pot Violated Privacy Rights

Ruling Says Search For Pot Violated Privacy Rights  - Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press

A court ruling says a police search that found 14 marijuana plants on a man's property in a remote area of northern New Mexico violated his privacy rights.

The state Court of Appeals' ruling says that's because authorities didn't have a warrant to conduct an aerial flyover that prompted the search.

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KUNM News Update
8:29 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Monday News Update: National Teachers Union President Visits NM

National Teachers Union President Visits NM The Associated Press

The head of the American Federation of Teachers is visiting New Mexico to push the importance of early childhood education.

Union officials say president Randi Weingarten met with local AFT leaders, teachers, parents and community members Monday morning at the Parkside Child Development Center in Albuquerque.

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KUNM News Update
6:58 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled Services

State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled ServicesThe Associated Press

Family members and legal guardians of developmentally disabled New Mexicans have sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration over cuts in services.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday to restore the services lost by individuals and stop the administration from continuing with changes implemented this year to control costs in a Medicaid-funded program serving about 4,000 people.

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Breaking
9:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Shooter In Custody, Two Victims Air-Lifted To Hospital After Roswell School Shooting

 

UPDATE 12:30p:

According to a spokesperson from Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, a 14 year old boy and a 13 year old girl were transported by ambulance from the scene of the Berrendo Middle School shooting to the hospital.  Both patients were stabilized and transferred to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.  A spokesperson from the facility has confirmed that the girl is in serious condition and the boy is in critical condition.

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KUNM News Update
6:16 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Judge To Decide Later On Horse Slaughter Plant

Judge To Decide Later On Horse Slaughter Plant  The Associated Press

A New Mexico judge will decide Friday whether a Roswell company can move ahead with plans for slaughtering horses.

State District Judge Matthew Wilson made the announcement after a hearing Monday on a request from Attorney General Gary King's office for a preliminary injunction against Valley Meat Co.

King has filed a lawsuit alleging the company's operations would violate state environmental and food safety laws.

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