Local News
7:49 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Headlines: Santa Fe Minimum Wage, Judge's Appointment...

Santa Fe's minimum wage workers who are able to work forty hours per week will earn an extra $7.20 a week starting March 1st because of an increase to the city's minimum wage.
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Santa Fe's Minimum Wage To Increase In March The Associated Press

Santa Fe's minimum wage is set to go up by 18 cents an hour starting March 1.

The annual adjustment is based on the latest Consumer Price Index for the western region. It will raise the local wage floor to $10.84, which keeps it among the highest in the nation.

The federal mandatory minimum remains at $7.25. The state minimum wage is $7.50.

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Friday News Roundup
8:52 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Headlines: CNM Warns Of Budget Problems, Accused APD Officers Want DA Removed From Case...

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College President Warns Budget Problems May Force Cuts The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The president of the community college serving the Albuquerque area says fiscal belt-tightening might have to include cuts of low-enrollment classes.

Central New Mexico Community College President Kathie Winograd told employees and staff that she believes proposed increases in state funding are optimistic and that higher education could actually face funding cuts.

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Fronteras Desk
4:37 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Fronteras Desk Oil And Gas Regulation Series

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As part of KUNM's commitment to ongoing coverage of the oil and gas industry in New Mexico, we included a short series of stories on the regulation of this industry from reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe who reports from El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, for the Fronteras Desk.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:34 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Headlines: AZ Provider To Leave NM, Open Enrollment Deadline...

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Arizona Mental Health Provider To Withdraw From New MexicoThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

More change is coming to New Mexico's network of behavioral health providers.

New Mexico Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott confirms that an Arizona-based nonprofit will stop serving indigent patients in eastern New Mexico at the end of March.

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:00 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Headlines: Another APD Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting, Difficult Driving Conditions Northern NM...

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Police: Another Albuquerque Officer Involved In Shooting - The Associated Press

Police say an Albuquerque officer has fatally shot a man who had just fired at officers.

Tuesday's shooting marks the department's third this year and comes a day after Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced she was seeking murder charges against two officers for the March shooting of a homeless man.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:24 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Headlines: Wounded APD Detective Improves, Lawmaker Proposes Mandatory Family Services...

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Albuquerque Police: Wounded Detective ImprovesThe Associated Press

Authorities say an Albuquerque police detective who was shot and critically wounded by a fellow officer during an undercover drug bust is improving.

A police spokeswoman says the detective, identified Monday as Jacob Grant, has had three surgeries in recent days and more are scheduled.

Authorities say Grant and Holly Garcia, another undercover detective, were conducting a narcotics operation on Friday when the shooting occurred.

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Monday News Roundup
8:39 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Headlines: APD Officer Shot In $60 Sting Operation, Winter Weather On The Way...

Injured Albuquerque Officer Was Involved In Meth StingThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Police involved in an undercover operation that resulted in an officer shooting an undercover detective were trying to bust two men for selling $60 worth of methamphetamine.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that criminal complaints against two drug suspects describe how one of them met with an undercover officer on Friday to buy "shards," a slang term for meth.

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Local News
7:30 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Headlines: Mexican Trucks To Haul In U.S., Undercover Officer Shot By APD, Violence in Cruces...

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US To Allow Mexican Trucks In With Screening The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will soon allow Mexican trucking firms to apply for authorization to make long-haul cross-border runs, potentially ending a longstanding dispute.

It says it expects the move to permanently end Mexico's on-again, off-again retaliatory tariffs on $2 billion in U.S. imports.

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Friday News Roundup
2:11 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Headlines: $53M Transmission Project Approved, Balloon Pilots Wait To Attempt Record

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New Mexico Attorney General Balderas Outlines Agenda

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Newly elected New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he is reviewing the practice of allowing private lawyers to file lawsuits on behalf of the AG's office.

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Thursday News Roundup
11:28 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Headlines: State Cuts Lottery Scholarship, Suspect In Officer Shooting Pleads Not Guilty...

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State Cuts Lottery Scholarship - KOB-TV

New Mexico college students attending school on the Lottery Scholarship will not receive 100 percent tuition this spring.

KOB-TV reports the state Higher Education Department notified universities last month there wasn’t enough money in the fund and to let students know.

But some students weren’t informed until this week that the Lottery Scholarship would cover 95 percent of tuition costs for the Spring 2015 semester.

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Wednesday News Roundup
9:31 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Headlines: ABQ Journal Twitter Hacked, Federal Charges For Man Accused Of Shooting Officer...

New Mexico Newspaper's Twitter Account Hacked

Federal authorities are investigating a cyberattack on the Albuquerque Journal.

The newspaper's Twitter account was hijacked Tuesday morning. Someone replaced the profile picture with an image that expressed support for Islamic militants.

Numerous posts followed, including photos of driver's licenses belonging to New Mexico residents, inmate profiles and warnings to residents that their confidential information was at risk.

By midday, the newspaper's account was restored.

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Tuesday News Roundup
7:01 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Headlines: Calls For Improved Ventilation At WIPP, 2nd 'Right-To-Work' Proposal Filed...

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US Calls For Improved Ventilation At Troubled Nuclear Dump The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy says more needs to be done to improve ventilation for workers at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.

The contractor that operates the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has already acknowledged that air filters used to remove particles following a radiation leak in February have restricted the airflow in the underground working area.

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Monday News Roundup
7:26 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Headlines: PRC To Hear PNM Proposal, UNM Second University To Be Investigated By DOJ...

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UNM Is Second School To Have Sexual Assault Policies Investigation By DOJ The Albuquerque Journal

The U.S. Department of Justice’s review of sexual assault policies at the University of New Mexico is just the second such investigation in the nation.

The Albuquerque Journal reports UNM officials say they still don’t have details on the complaints the DOJ says sparked the investigation.

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Weekend News Roundup
7:55 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Headlines: APD Officer Shot, Bald Eagle Count At Abiquiu, Navajo Pres Vetoes Language Bill...

An APD officer was shot twice early Saturday morning during a traffic stop. The gunman fled the scene on foot.
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Police: Albuquerque Cop Shot During Traffic Stop – The Associated Press

Albuquerque police say an officer was shot as he was attempting to conduct an overnight traffic stop, and a search is underway for the gunman.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the driver of a car that was being pulled over at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday got out of the vehicle and began shooting at the officer. Tixier says the officer was shot twice but was able to return fire. He is expected to survive. It's not known if the gunman was struck.

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Friday News Roundup
8:49 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Headlines: Property Crime Down In Santa Fe, NM Democrats Plan Joint Inauguration...

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Property Crimes Were Down In Santa Fe In 2014The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe police say policy and staffing changes likely are factors in an apparent drop in property crimes in the northern New Mexico city.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the city had closed to 1,100 property crimes in the first 11 months of 2014.

December figures are not yet available, but the 11-month figure is down 26 percent from the same period of last year.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:33 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Headlines: Martinez Begins 2nd Term, No Bonus For WIPP Operator...

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Martinez To Start 2nd Term As New Mexico GovernorThe Associated Press

A public inauguration ceremony for Gov. Susan Martinez is planned New Year's Day at the State Capitol.

This time, she's taking the show inside.

The Republican is scheduled to take the oath of office for her second term inside the House chamber while Santa Fe battles freezing temperatures. Martinez held her first inauguration ceremony four years ago outside in frigid weather.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:54 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Headlines: Difficult Driving Conditions On NM Roads, Martinez Prepares For 2nd Term...

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Winter Weather A Problem For Driving In New MexicoThe Associated Press

Snow, sleet, freezing fog and slick spots on pavement are producing difficult driving conditions are reported on numerous New Mexico highways, particularly in the east.

The National Weather Service says frigid temperatures and very low wind chill readings will also persist through Wednesday.

Snow is forecast to spread into western New Mexico in the evening and then into central New Mexico early Thursday as low pressure system approaches the state.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:21 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Headlines: Snow, Ice And Cold, Feds Dock LANL...

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Snow And Ice Reported On Some New Mexico HighwaysThe Associated Press

Snow and ice are reported on sections of some highways in eastern and northern New Mexico as a winter storm moves into the state.

The state Department of Transportation says snow and ice were reported Tuesday morning on Interstate 25 near Las Vegas and on Interstate 40 near Santa Rosa.

Other highways in the regions also have snow and icy spots.

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Monday News Roundup
8:41 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Headlines: Right To Work Bill Pre-Filed In NM Legislature, Las Cruces Minimum Wage Increase...

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New Mexico Bill On Union Membership IntroducedThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A bill pre-filed in the New Mexico Senate would make it illegal to require labor union membership as a condition for employment.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the pre-filed bill is sponsored by Sen. Sander Rue.

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Weekend News Roundup
7:45 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Headlines: Fort Union Gets An Artist, Hospital Escapee Caught, Suspected Vehicle Vandal Arrested...

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Fort Union Monument To Get Resident Artist The Associated Press

Officials at Fort Union National Monument have teamed up the National Parks Arts Foundation as the nonprofit group works to expand its artist-in-residence program to parks and monuments across the country.

The application process started Friday. It will be up to a group of curators and advisers to choose the artist for Fort Union.

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Friday News Roundup
8:52 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Headlines: Winter Weather Advisory For Snow, Euthanasia At ABQ Animal Shelter Drops...

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Winter Weather Advisory For SnowNational Weather Service

A winter weather advisory for snow remains in effect until 6 pm MST.  1 to 2 inches of additional snow over the Santa Fe Metro Area and surrounding high country and over the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. Up to an inch of additional  snow over the western and southwestern high country.

Areas of snow, heavy at times, will continue through the morning before tapering off around noon. Snow impacts this afternoon will be primarily limited to higher

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Thursday News Roundup
8:45 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Headlines: Water Table Drops, Ice Skate In ABQ, Imagination Library Coming To SF...

As water tables get lower New Mexico wells are going dry.
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Water Table Drops As Drought Forces More Pumping The Associated Press

The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas' Hudspeth County to pump water from the ground to make up for the lack of snow and rain.

Experts tell the El Paso Times that has resulted in the groundwater levels dropping in the region as much as 200 feet in the past 10 years.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:41 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Headlines: Police Shootings, Politics Top NM Headlines...

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Police Shootings, Politics Top NM HeadlinesThe Associated Press

Officers surrounded James Boyd as they tried to talk him into surrendering from his campsite in the Sandia foothills. He told officers he didn't want to come down because he feared police would shoot him.

The standoff dragged on for hours, with Boyd threatening to kill officers at one point. Video from a helmet camera shows him gathering his belongings in an apparent agreement to surrender. Officers then opened fire.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:01 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Headlines: Man Killed In Las Cruces Police Shooting, Woman Reports Sexual Assault On ABQ Trail...

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Man Killed In Las Cruces Police ShootingThe Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News

Authorities say police shot and killed a man after an hourslong manhunt and standoff in Las Cruces.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that police spokesman Sgt. Roberto Gutierrez says officers were called to a fight around noon Monday on La Fonda Street. A man fled in a stolen Ford pickup. Police say they believe he was armed.

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Monday News Roundup
8:27 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Headlines: Valles Caldera National Park, APD Officer Bonuses...

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Valles Caldera Looks To Future As National ParkThe Associated Press

The management experiment at Valles Caldera National Preserve is coming to an end as the National Park Service prepares to take over the 140-square-mile property in northern New Mexico.

The transition is among dozens of public lands measures squeezed into the half-trillion-dollar defense bill approved by Congress and signed by the president last week.

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Friday News Roundup
8:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Headlines: NM Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage Hike, More Federal Money For Counties...

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New Mexico Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage HikeThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico legislators are again proposing increases in the state's minimum wage.

Democratic Sen. Clemente Sanchez has introduced a bill to raise the current hourly minimum wage of $7.50 to $8.30. Democratic Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela of Santa Fe has one to raise the minimum to $10.10.

Varela told the Albuquerque Journal that the current minimum wage isn't a livable wage.

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Local News
8:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

N.M. News In 2014

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KUNM Call In Show 12/18 8a: 

New Mexico was in the national spotlight a lot this year. What are the story threads journalists followed? Local reporters join us in the studio to talk about topics like: the Albuquerque Police Department shootings, the immigration center in Artesia, transparency, the Roswell school shooting and mental health. 

What do you think are the top stories of 2014?

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Thursday News Roundup
8:38 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Headlines: Santa Fe Paving Company Convicted Of Corruption, Flu Season Could Be Difficult...

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Santa Fe Paving Company Convicted Of CorruptionThe Associated Press

The owner of a paving company accused of embezzling $1 million from Santa Fe County has been found guilty of multiple corruption charges.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that jurors convicted Joe Anthony Montoya yesterday of bribing public officials, committing fraud and engaging in conspiracy.

The jury also convicted Montoya's company, Advantage Asphalt, of charges involving bribery, fraud and conspiracy. Montoya and his company faced more than 30 charges combined.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:31 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Headlines: Driver's License Repeal Bill Pre-Filed, Dunn Still Ahead After Recount...

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Another NM Immigrant Licenses Repeal Effort BeginsThe Associated Press

Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

Rep. Paul Pacheco, of Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, of Hatch, pre-filed a proposal yesterday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House. Pacheco and Nunez are both Republicans.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:09 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Headlines: Paseo/I-25 Interchange Opens, Judge Must Step Down...

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Major Albuquerque Construction Project FinishedThe Associated Press

Dignitaries attended a ribbon-cutting last night to celebrate the completion of the $93-million dollar reconstruction of the I-25 and Paseo del Norte interchange.

This morning the flyover that takes drivers headed northbound on I-25 to westbound Paseo del Norte is open.

Government officials had to piece together money from city, county and state bonds to pay for the project.

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