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Arianna Sena

New Mexico Lawmakers Ponder Next Move In Budget StandoffThe Associated Press

Leading New Mexico lawmakers will gather this week to weigh the consequences of the governor's veto of funding for the legislative branch of government in the coming fiscal year.

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Shipping Resumes To Only US Underground Nuclear Waste DumpThe Associated Press

The nation's only underground nuclear repository has received its first shipment of waste, more than three years after shipping was halted in response to a radiation release that contaminated part of the facility.

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New Mexico Delegation Members Want Plan, Debate On SyriaAssociated Press

Several Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are calling for President Donald Trump's administration and Congress to plan and debate a U.S. strategy on Syria.

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New Mexico Delegation Members Want Plan, Debate On SyriaThe Associated Press

Several Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are calling for President Donald Trump's administration and Congress to plan and debate a U.S. strategy on Syria.

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New Mexico To Require Officers To Carry Overdose AntidoteThe Associated Press

New Mexico on Thursday became the first U.S. state to require all local and state law enforcement agencies to provide officers with antidote kits as the state works to curb deaths from opioid and heroin overdoses.

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Albuquerque Schools Approve Budget Cuts, Possible LayoffsThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

Albuquerque Public Schools has approved a plan that will reduce the budget through larger class sizes, reduced staff work days and possible layoffs.

Heath Haussamen / New Mexico In Depth

Deadline Nears For Gov. Martinez To Act On Legislation Associated Press

The deadline is nearing for Gov. Susana Martinez to take action on a host of measures passed during the recent legislative session, but she's still vowing not to sign any measures that would raise taxes.

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Governor: Changes Being Made To Teacher Evaluation SystemAssociated Press

After hearing from educators around New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez says changes are being made to the state's long-contested teacher evaluation system.

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Drought Planning: Water Shortages Expected In New MexicoThe Associated Press

Water managers in nearly every corner of New Mexico are projecting shortages in future drinking and irrigation supplies given expected demand over the next few decades.

Arianna Sena

University Of New Mexico Looking To Tighten Its BudgetThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

Acting University President Chaouki Abdallah says it's time to tighten the University of New Mexico's purse strings.

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New Mexico Gets Record Tobacco Settlement Payment—Associated Press

New Mexico this year will receive the largest tobacco settlement payment it has ever received from the industry.

Sarah Trujillo / KUNM

Attorney Claims AG's Office Is Ignoring Records RequestsThe Associated Press

A Republican lawyer who unsuccessfully ran for a state Senate seat last year is accusing the state Attorney General of withholding public records out of political spite.

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The Latest: Governor Says New Mexico Is Facing A Crisis SoonThe Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico is facing a crisis and soon will not be able to sign checks or pay contracts and that employee furloughs are possible.

The Latest: Senators Voice Concerns With Health Overhaul—Associated Press

New Mexico's two senators have joined dozens of their colleagues in warning Republican leaders in the House that they will not support the current proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

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PED Investigating Santa Fe Schools’ Day Of ActivismSanta Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe Public Schools is facing an investigation by the Public Education Department over possible violations of state law related to the district shutting down for a half day for a political rally at the legislature.

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Storm To Produce Dangerous Winds In Parts Of New Mexico – Associated Press

Forecasters say an approaching storm system with potentially damaging winds is expected to pose hazards that include extreme fire conditions on New Mexico's eastern plains through Thursday and into Friday.

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Xcel Plans $1.6 Billion Wind Farms In New Mexico, West Texas- Associated Press

Xcel Energy has announced plans to invest $1.6 billion to build wind farms in eastern New Mexico and West Texas.

Arianna Sena

New Mexico Could Lose Millions In Block Grants – Albuquerque Journal

President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating the federal Community Development Block Grant Program in his budget, which helps fund numerous projects each year around New Mexico.

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New Mexico Budget Standoff Has No Quick Fix- Associated Press

A political standoff over how to fund New Mexico state government and public schools during the coming fiscal year is showing no sign of quick resolution.

Bills that would authorize $6.1 billion in state spending and companion revenue increases from taxes and fees had not yet reached the governor's desk today because of clerical requirements. 

Arianna Sena/KUNM

New Mexico Governor: Special Session Coming SoonAssociated Press

The office of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says a special Legislative session could be called as early as Monday or Tuesday.

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New Mexico Governor Eyes Shutdown Over Budget-Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is preparing for a state government shutdown amid a budget standoff between the Republican and the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

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New Mexico Legislature Says Several Vetoes Don't CountAssociated Press

Democratic leaders of the New Mexico House of Representatives say two recent veto attempts by the governor are invalid.

Rio Grande SPJ

You know all those times when the reporter says that the government official, public agency or politician refused to comment? We're digging into issues of press access and government transparency this week and here are some recent KUNM examples. 

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ACLU Sues Over Initial Hearings For Detained ImmigrantsAssociated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the federal government to limit the amount of time that people can be held before seeing an immigration judge, saying many are held for months while waiting for an initial appearance.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Industrial Hemp Research—Associated Press

A bill to create a research program for the industrial production of hemp in New Mexico is headed to the governor's desk for consideration.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Eye Plan To Curb Solitary Confinement – The Associated Press

New Mexico lawmakers are considering legislation designed to curb solitary confinement in jails and prisons across the state.

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New Mexico Senate Approves Gasoline Tax IncreaseThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate has approved a plan to shore up state reserves and boost road maintenance spending by increasing taxes on gasoline, diesel and vehicle sales.

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The Latest: New Mexico Senate Approves Minimum Wage HikeThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate has approved a bill to increase the statewide minimum wage from $7.50 to $9.

Sarah Gustavus

Recreational Pot Bill Stalls in House Committee – The ABQ Journal, The Santa Fe New Mexican

A bill to legalize and tax recreational marijuana was blocked in committee in Santa Fe yesterday.

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Santa Fe Councilors Compete With Mayor's Soda Tax Plan- Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A political battle is brewing between Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and two city councilors over the mayor's proposal to tax sugary drinks to fund early childhood education programs.

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