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KUNM News Update
6:38 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Abq City Council Eyes Ways To Select New Police Chief

City Council Eyes Ways To Select New Police Chief The Associated Press

The Albuquerque City Council is meeting to discuss whether the police chief should be chosen by the council or by voters.

Monday night's meeting comes just two days after a fatal police shooting and weeks after a U.S. Justice Department report faulted the Police Department over excessive use of force.

Albuquerque police have shot nearly 40 people since 2010.

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KUNM News Update
9:18 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Saturday News Roundup: Certain Shipments From Los Alamos Lab Halted

Certain Shipments From Los Alamos Lab Halted - The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy says the shipment of certain kinds of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a storage facility in west Texas has been halted.

The agency made the announcement Friday, as investigators continue searching for the cause of a Feb. 14 radiation leak at the federal government's underground repository in southeastern New Mexico.

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KUNM News Update
6:32 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Certain Shipments From Los Alamos Lab Halted

Certain Shipments From Los Alamos Lab Halted The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy says the shipment of certain kinds of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a storage facility in west Texas has been halted.

The agency made the announcement Friday, as investigators continue searching for the cause of a Feb. 14 radiation leak at the federal government's underground repository in southeastern New Mexico.

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KUNM News Update
5:26 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Crews Find Damaged Material In Nuke Dump

Crews Find Damaged Material In Nuke Dump The Associated Press

Crews searching for the source of a radiation release from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have found damaged bags of minerals in the mine, but officials say they have yet to identify what caused the radiation leak.

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KUNM News Update
4:30 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: EPA Moves Forward With Plan For NM Power Plant

EPA Moves Forward With Plan For NM Power Plant – The Associated Press

Federal regulators are moving forward with a proposal they say would target some of the oldest pollution in the country by closing part of a New Mexico coal-fired power plant.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed approving a plan they’ve negotiated along with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration and the state's largest electric provider, PNM.

A 30-day public comment period kicks off today.

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KUNM News Update
3:09 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: State Warns Air Force On Cleanup Of Kirtland Spill

State warns Air Force on cleanup of Kirtland spill - The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

New Mexico environmental regulators say the Air Force could face $10,000-per-dayy state fines if the service misses a June 30 deadline to start cleaning groundwater contaminated by a decades-old fuel spill.

A state Environment Department letter says the Air Force's current plan to use bacteria to break down the fuel could miss the June 30 date by up to a year.

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KUNM News Update
6:38 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Judge Denies Defense Request In Email Scandal Case

Judge Denies Defense Request In Email Scandal Case - The Associated Press

A federal judge has dealt a potential setback to the defense strategy of Gov. Susana Martinez's former campaign manager who is charged with hijacking the campaign's email system after Martinez took office.

District Judge William Johnson on Thursday denied requests by Jamie Estrada's attorneys to force the prosecution to provide information regarding the Martinez administration's awarding of a lease that allowed a larger casino at the state fairgrounds.

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KUNM News Update
6:17 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Management, Safety Cited For Radiation Release At WIPP

Management, Safety Cited For Radiation Release At WIPP The Associated Press

Department of Energy investigators are blaming poor management, ineffective safety and maintenance programs, and a lack of proper oversight for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico two months ago.

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KUNM News Update
8:32 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Report Expected On Nuke Dump Doesn't Look Good

Critical Report Expected On Nuke DumpThe Associated Press

The operators of the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump are bracing for a scathing report on their response to a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the southeastern New Mexico facility two months ago.

The head of the Department of Energy's Accident Investigation Board is scheduled to present findings on the leak from the Waste Isolation Pilot Project during a weekly community meeting in Carlsbad Thursday evening. And no one expects it to be good.

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KUNM News Update
5:43 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Proposed Navajo Junk-Food Tax Fails At Council

Proposed Navajo Junk-Food Tax Fails At Council The Associated Press

An effort to resurrect a junk-food tax on the country's largest American Indian reservation has failed.

The Navajo Nation Council earlier this year approved an additional 2 percent sales tax on snacks high in fat, sugar and salt. Tribal President Ben Shelly vetoed the measure, saying it was unclear how the tax would be enacted and enforced.

A bill to override that veto came before tribal lawmakers Tuesday but fell three votes short.

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KUNM News Update
6:29 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Democratic Incumbent Legislator Bumped From Ballot

Democratic Incumbent Legislator Bumped From Ballot  The Associated Press

A judge in Gallup has removed Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint from the June 3 primary election ballot.

District Judge Louis DePauli determined Monday that Jeff didn't have enough valid signatures on her nominating petitions to qualify as a candidate.

Jeff has broken Democratic ranks in the House and sided with Republicans and Gov. Susana Martinez on several high-profile legislative votes.

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KUNM News Update
6:41 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Legislative Report Touts Prekindergarten Benefits

Legislative Report Touts Prekindergarten Benefits The Associated Press

A legislative committee report concludes that prekindergarten delivers a greater return on investment for New Mexico than taxpayer subsidized child care.

The Legislative Finance Committee staff report says prekindergarten's benefits outweigh the costs, although that's not the case for child care provided through registered homes and some state licensed programs.

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KUNM News Update
6:31 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Recordings Surface In New Mexico Governor Race

Recordings Surface In New Mexico Governor Race - The Associated Press

Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.

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KUNM News Update
6:55 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Oversight Members Resign

Albuquerque Police Oversight Members Resign -  The Associated Press

Half of the members of Albuquerque's Police Oversight Commission have resigned, citing a lack of independence and inability to provide any real citizen oversight of the troubled department.

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KUNM News Update
6:26 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Gov. Martinez Reports $4M Re-Election Cash Balance

Researchers Find No Signs Of Radiation In Water Near WIPP - The Associated Press

Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination after a radiation leak at the plant.

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant officials said Saturday that independent researchers found the samples had no trace amounts of radioactive particles.

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KUNM News Update
6:55 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Friday News Roundup: No Contamination Found On 2nd Trip Into Nuke Dump

No Contamination Found On 2nd Trip Into Nuke Dump The Associated Press

Crews investigating a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned up no contamination during a second trip farther into the half-mile-deep repository.

The Department of Energy says Friday's trip at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant allowed crews to establish a base where they can safely remove and store their clothing and equipment if it becomes contaminated before returning to the surface.

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KUNM News Update
6:36 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: New Security System Finally Complete At Los Alamos

New Security System Finally Complete At Los Alamos - The Assocaited Press

Federal officials say the problem-plagued $244 million security system to protect the most sensitive areas at Los Alamos National Laboratory is finally complete.

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KUNM News Update
6:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Los Alamos Resumes Nuclear-Waste Shipments

Los Alamos Resumes Nuclear-Waste Shipments The Associated Press

Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste of its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas.

Los Alamos and Department of Energy officials say the first shipments arrived at a commercial nuclear waste dump in Andrews County in west Texas on Wednesday.

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KUNM News Update
7:25 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: US Marshals Shoot Man In Albuquerque's South Valley

US Marshals Shoot Man Outside Of Albuquerque The Associated Press

Authorities say federal marshals shot a wanted felon Tuesday morning in southwest Albuquerque.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office spokesman Aaron Williamson says shots were fired as the U.S. Marshal's Service Task Force moved in to arrest the man. Williamson said he didn't know if the suspect was armed.

The suspect was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

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KUNM News Update
4:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Monday News Roundup- Tests: 4 More Workers Contaminated At NM Nuke Dump

Tests: 4 More Workers Contaminated At NM Nuke Dump - The Associated Press

The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.

Officials also said Monday that they're planning to get a crew underground Tuesday for the first time since the Valentine's Day accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

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KUNM News Update
6:39 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Ex-legislator Max Coll Of Santa Fe Dies At Age 82

Ex-legislator Max Coll Of Santa Fe Dies At Age 82The Associated Press

Former state Rep. Max Coll of Santa Fe, longtime legislative budget committee chairman, has died at age 82.

Sen. Peter Wirth, a family friend, said Friday that Coll died Thursday night after suffering a stroke last week.

Coll served in the House for 32 years, retiring in 2004. He had been chairman of the Appropriations and Finance Committee since 1987.

Coll began representing a Santa Fe district as a Republican in 1981, and became a Democrat two years later.

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KUNM News Update
7:22 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Crews Preparing To Enter Underground Nuke Dump

Crews Preparing To Enter Underground Nuke DumpAssociated Press

The Department of Energy says it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating a mysterious radiation leak from the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Officials on Thursday said the inspections of the shafts workers will use to access the half-mile deep repository are complete and they are preparing to send an initial crew of eight into the mine early next week.

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KUNM News Update
5:56 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: ABQ Mayor Says It Was Wrong To Say Police Shooting Was Justified

Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting Justified - The Associated Press

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says it was wrong for Police Chief Gorden Eden to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. And Berry said Monday he wants to bring in outsiders to help investigate.

In a rare show of public displeasure with the city's troubled police department, Berry criticized Albuquerque's new police chief for making a “premature" judgment about the fatal shooting that left 38-year-old James Boyd dead.

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KUNM News Update
7:38 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Monday News Roundup- Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting Justified

Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting Justified The Associated Press

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says it was wrong for Police Chief Gorden Eden to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. And Berry said Monday he wants to bring in outsiders to help investigate.

In a rare show of public displeasure with the city's troubled police department, Berry criticized Albuquerque's new police chief for making a "premature" judgment about the fatal shooting that left 38-year-old James Boyd dead.

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KUNM News Update
7:01 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Friday News Roundup: A Rio Rancho Customer Care Center Is Expanding Its Workforce

 A Rio Rancho Customer Care Center Is Expanding Its Workforce - The Associated Press

A Rio Rancho customer care center is expanding its workforce.

Gov. Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announced Thursday that Alliance Data Retail Services will be hiring for 200 new jobs.

The Plano, Texas-based company says it will hire customer care associates, customer retention associates, trainers and customer care managers. All positions offer a full range of benefits to full-time employees.

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KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: New Mexico Sued Over Public School Financing

New Mexico Sued Over Public School Financing The Associated Press

Parents of public school students have sued the state to increase funding for education and target more assistance to disadvantaged students who are living in poverty or learning English.

The lawsuit was announced Thursday by the Center on Law and Poverty, which filed the case on Wednesday in Gallup on behalf of parents of students in the Albuquerque and Gallup-McKinley school districts.

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KUNM News Update
6:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Another Radiation Release At WIPP

Another Radiation Release At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump - The Associated Press 

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.

Department of Energy officials say a monitoring station picked up elevated radiation readings around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad on March 11. That's nearly a month after a Valentine's Day leak contaminated 17 workers and shut the only repository for toxic waste from the nation's nuclear bomb-building program.

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KUNM News Update
7:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Utilities Sue Bernalillo County Over Fees

Utilities Sue Bernalillo County Over Fees The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press

Three utilities are asking a federal court to prohibit Bernalillo County from enforcing a new ordinance that imposes fees for using roads and other public rights of way for lines.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico Gas Co., Public Service Co. of New Mexico and CenturyLink contend that the county is improperly imposing franchise fees to get more revenue to pad its budget.

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KUNM News Update
6:31 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills

Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills - The Associated Press

Police say a man shot by an Albuquerque officer during a confrontation in the foothills has died.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said the man died Monday morning.

Police Chief Gordon Eden told reporters the man was shot Sunday night and was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

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KUNM News Update
5:39 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Report Says Nuclear Waste Dump Truck Fire Was Preventable

Report: Nuclear Waste Dump Truck Fire Was Preventable - The Associated Press

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system.

Those are some of the conclusions of a report to be released Friday into the accident last month at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

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