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KUNM News Update
6:51 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Governor Seeks $2.5M For Medical Provider Training

Former Nuke Lab Scientist May Change PleaAssociated Press

A defense lawyer says a former Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist who admitted communicating classified nuclear weapons data may try to withdraw his guilty plea.

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, were accused of offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela through dealings with an undercover FBI agent posing as a representative of the Venezuelan government.

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KUNM News Update
6:42 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Court Broadens Domestic Violence Arrest Authority

Court Broadens Domestic Violence Arrest Authority - Associated Press

New Mexico's highest court is giving police more leeway to make arrests without a warrant in domestic violence cases.

The state Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police can make a warrantless arrest when it's reasonably close to the scene of the domestic violence.

State law allows a warrantless arrest at the scene of a domestic disturbance, and the justices broadened that to include a location near the place where the incident happened.

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KUNM News Update
7:28 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Monday News Roundup: More Tourists Visiting New Mexico

State Report: More Tourists Visiting New Mexico - Associated Press

Tourism officials in New Mexico say more people are visiting the state.

A report from the state's Tourism Department found that New Mexico saw 2.6 percent more overnight and day visitors in 2012 than in 2011.

There were 32 million overnight and day visitors in 2012. The previous high was in 2008, with 31.4 million visits.

Tourists spent an estimated $5.9 billion in New Mexico last year. In 2011, tourists spent just over $5.5 billion in the state.

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KUNM News Update
6:41 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Friday News Roundup - Nuke Lab Works On Liquids Scanner For Airport Use

Los Alamos Working To Create National Park- Associated Press

Tucked away in one of northern New Mexico's mountain canyons is a log cabin that was the birthplace of a top-secret mission that forever changed the world.

Pond Cabin is one of the structures scattered in and around the modern day Los Alamos National Laboratory being proposed as sites for a new national park commemorating the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb.

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KUNM News Update
6:40 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Albuquerque Tech Center Gets Fed Grant

Albuquerque Tech Center Gets Fed Grant - Associated Press

The economic development arm of the University of New Mexico has received a $1.5 million federal grant for creating a new high-tech business district in downtown Albuqueruque.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Wednesday announced the Commerce Department funding for the Innovate ABQ initiative.

The grant brings funding for the project to $6.5 million, or close to the appraised value for the seven-acre First Baptist Church site that the project hopes to purchase.

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KUNM News Update
6:39 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: NM's Infant Mortality Rate On The Rise

NM's Infant Mortality Rate On The Rise - Associated Press

New Mexico health officials are concerned about an increase in the state's infant mortality rate.

The state Department of Health says New Mexico's rate has exceeded the national rate for the first time since 1994. The latest figures show an increase from 5.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011 to 6.9 in 2012.

Health Secretary Retta Ward says the department will monitor the numbers closely to see if the increase signals a trend.

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Local News
6:30 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: NM Governor To Seek Money For Water Emergencies

NM Governor To Seek Money For Water Emergencies - Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez will ask the Legislature to create an emergency fund to help communities with critical drinking water supply problems.

The governor proposed Monday that lawmakers allocate $200,000 to allow the administration to immediately respond when local governments face emergencies and potentially are running out of water.

Martinez also wants to be able to replenish the fund automatically in $200,000 installments by issuing an executive order.

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Local News
6:41 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Monday News Roundup: NM Prisoner Segregation Under Review

Audit Proposes NM Health Benefits Super Agency- The Associated Press

Legislative auditors are recommending that health care benefits for public employees and educators be administered by a single government agency.

A Legislative Finance Committee audit called last week for merging the self-funded health insurance operations for state and local government workers, public school and higher education employees.

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Local News
6:25 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Judge Says State Can Keep Audit Secret

Judge Says State Can Keep Audit Secret - Associated Press

A state district judge in Las Cruces has ruled the state can keep secret the audit that prompted it to freeze payments to substance abuse and mental health providers.

State District Judge Douglas Driggers rejected a request by the Las Cruces Sun-News and New Mexico In Depth to order the Human Services Department to release the audit under state open records laws.

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Local News
6:32 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: NM Teachers Object To Evaluation System

NM Teachers Object To Evaluation System - Associated Press

Unions representing teachers and other educational employees organized protests Wednesday against a teacher evaluation system by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration that heavily bases ratings on student performance on standardized tests.

National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers encouraged teachers to wear black and participate in rallies across the state.

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KUNM News Update
6:52 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Feds To Hold Public Hearing On Wolf Proposals

Feds To Hold Public Hearing On Wolf Proposals - Associated Press

Future management of the federal government's troubled effort to return Mexican gray wolves to the Southwest will be the focus of a public hearing Wednesday in Albuquerque.

Environmentalists, landowners and others are expected to pack the meeting. They'll be commenting on a pair of proposals that will determine how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moves forward with the program.

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KUNM News Update
6:45 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Albuquerque Votes On Late-Term Abortion Ban

Albuquerque Votes On Late-Term Abortion Ban - Associated Press

Voters in New Mexico's largest city will decide Tuesday whether to ban late-term abortions.

The municipal referendum is believed to be the first of its kind in the country and is being watched as a possible new front for activism in the abortion wars that have typically been waged at the federal and state levels.

The outcome is anyone's guess following an emotional and graphic campaign that brought in national groups and hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising.

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KUNM News Update
7:26 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Monday News Roundup: 15 NM Teachers Get Stipends For Transfers

State: 15 NM Teachers Get Stipends For Transfers - Associated Press and The Las Cruces Sun News

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says the state is "off to a good start" with 15 teachers each approved to receive a $5,000 stipend for transferring from a top-graded school to a low-graded one.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, the teachers worked for the Las Cruces, Taos, Las Vegas City, Espanola, Estancia and Gallup school districts.

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KUNM News Update
6:36 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Officer Shoots DWI Suspect

Albuquerque Police Officer Shoots DWI Suspect - Associated Press and KOAT-TV

Albuquerque's police chief says one of his officers has shot a drunken-driving suspect during a traffic stop.

Chief Allen Banks says the shooting happened early Friday after an officer pulled over a car. Banks tells KOAT-TV that after the car stopped the driver inside showed a gun and the officer shot the person.

The unidentified suspect is hospitalized in critical but stable condition. The officer was not hurt.

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KUNM News Update
6:36 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: NM Ed Chief Vows To Push Law On 3rd-Grade Reading

NM Ed Chief Vows To Push Law On 3rd-Grade Reading - Associated Press and The Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico's top education official says Gov. Susana Martinez won't stop pushing for legislation to hold back third-graders who can't read at grade level.

Public Education chief Hanna Skandera vowed that she and Martinez will be "back in full force" to push the proposal in 2014. The Legislature has rejected the plan for the past two years.

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KUNM News Update
7:35 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Tribal Leaders Gather For White House Conference

Tribal Leaders Gather For White House Conference - Associated Press

American Indian leaders are gathered in Washington, D.C., to talk directly with officials in President Barack Obama's administration about their needs.

The White House Tribal Leaders Conference is scheduled for Wednesday. Obama is set to deliver remarks to representatives invited from 566 tribes across the country at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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KUNM News Update
6:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Tuesday News Update: New Mexico Woman Who Sued To Marry Partner Dies

New Mexico Woman Who Sued To Marry Partner Dies - Associated Press

A New Mexico woman who won an emergency court order allowing her to marry her longtime partner this summer in one of a cascade of same-sex weddings in the state has died.

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KUNM News Update
7:14 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Monday News Roundup: NM County's Investments Probed By State Officials

NM County's Investments Probed By State Officials - Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal

The State Securities Division has launched an inquiry into Bernalillo County's investment practices.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the agency is trying to determine if a turnover of the county's $300 million investment portfolio was the result of a misguided effort in pursuit of higher interest rates or something more sinister.

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KUNM News Update
6:36 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Santa Fe Mayor Wants Proper Disposal Of Nuke Waste

Santa Fe Mayor Wants Proper Disposal Of Nuke Waste - Associated Press

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss is urging the Los Alamos National Laboratory to analyze and properly dispose of its nuclear waste.

He's also calling on the New Mexico Environment Department to disallow the creation of a permanent nuclear waste dump.

Coss is chairman of the regional coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities.

Los Alamos' proposed remedial plan allegedly leaves nuclear waste buried in pits and trenches at the laboratory's Area G.

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KUNM News Update
6:28 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Martinez Rips School Official For Twitter Comments

Martinez Rips School Official For Twitter Comments  - Associated Press and KOAT - TV

Gov. Susana Martinez is calling out Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks over his social media remarks about Martinez's education secretary, and Brooks is apologizing.

Brooks had suggested in Twitter comments to a KOAT-TV reporter Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Moriarty that Skandera "head for the livestock truck."

KOAT  reports that Winston then tweeted "Moo, moo, oink, oink!!"

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KUNM News Update
6:32 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Wednesday News Update: Wildlife Poaching Appears To Be On The Rise In NM

Wildlife Poaching Appears To Be On The Rise In NM - Associated Press

Wildlife poaching appears to be on the rise in New Mexico.

Game and Fish officials say they're investigating 22 cases across the state involving elk, deer and antelope carcasses found headless and left to rot.

Department officers are running road blocks across the state to check for illegal hunting activity and to gather data about harvest success.

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KUNM News Update
6:35 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Federal Appeals Court Halts Horse Slaughter

Federal Appeals Court Halts Horse Slaughter - Associated Press

A federal appeals court has temporary halted plans to resume domestic horse slaughter.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday issued a temporary injunction barring the Department of Agriculture from inspecting the plants.

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KUNM News Update
6:43 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Monday News Roundup: National Solar Testing Site Being Launched In Vermont

Military Wants To Keep Using Forest For Training - Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal

Kirtland Air Force Base's request to renew a decades-old agreement that allows military training in portions of a national forest in central New Mexico is stirring controversy.

Kirtland has had an agreement since 1977 to use parts of the Cibola National Forest for training. That training includes establishment of helicopter landing zones, high-altitude training for aircraft and remote deployment of ground teams.

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KUNM News Update
6:41 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Friday News Roundup: NM Pension System Finances Improve Under New Law

NM Pension System Finances Improve Under New Law - Associated Press

A retirement system for New Mexico's state and local government workers reports its long-term financial outlook has improved in large part because of a recently enacted pension overhaul.

The Public Employees Retirement Association said Thursday the projected cost of future pension benefits was $4.6 billion more than the retirement fund's assets in the 2013 fiscal year. That's down from an unfunded liability of $6.2 billion the previous year.

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KUNM News Update
10:12 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: NM Could Lose Up To $25M In Tobacco Revenues

NM Could Lose Up To $25M In Tobacco Revenues - Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration plans to cut spending on several health and education programs because New Mexico faces the loss of up to $25 million from a nationwide settlement with tobacco companies.

The state expected to collect about $39 million in tobacco payments in the current budget year. However, the attorney general's office said Wednesday that amount will be lowered because of an arbitration ruling against New Mexico and five others states in September.

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KUNM News Update
4:34 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: State, Kirtland Begin Fuel Spill Cleanup Test

State, Kirtland Begin Fuel Spill Cleanup Test - Associated Press

State environment and Kirtland Air Force Base officials are beginning the first large-scale test of a system for pumping and cleaning up contamination from a huge underground jet fuel spill.

Officials are holding a news conference Wednesday to showcase the system, which will pump 70,000 gallons of contaminated water from the underground aquifer that feeds Albuquerque's water supply . The water will be pumped to nearby mobile tanks for filtering and treatment.

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KUNM News Update
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: NM Officials Sued By Man With West Nile Virus

NM Officials Sued By Man With West Nile Virus - Associated Press

A federal appeals court is allowing a Texas man to sue southern New Mexico officials for not promptly providing him medical care after being arrested for drunken driving although he was suffering from West Nile virus.

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday turned down a request by Eddy County officials to reject a lawsuit by Irving Marquez of El Paso, who was arrested by a sheriff's deputy in 2009.

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KUNM News Update
6:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Monday News Roundup: Man Who Shot Police In NM Had 'Cop Killer' Tattoo

Man Who Shot Police In NM Had 'Cop Killer' Tattoo - Associated Press

Police say a man who wounded Albuquerque law enforcement officers during a high-speed chase through the city had a tattoo labeled "cop killer."

Albuquerque police on Sunday identified the gunman as 35-year-old Christopher Chase, and Albuquerque television station KOAT reports that he was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Three Albuquerque police officers and a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy were wounded Saturday.

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KUNM News Update
7:34 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Reports Possible Soon On Some Mental Health Fraud

Reports Possible Soon On Some Mental Health Fraud - Associated Press

Attorney General Gary King says his office may soon finish investigations into some fraud allegations against more than dozen behavioral health providers shut off from Medicaid payments by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.

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KUNM News Update
6:39 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Rep. Pearce Returns Pay For Shutdown

Rep. Pearce Returns Pay For Shutdown - Associated Press

New Mexico Republican Rep. Steve Pearce says he has returned the money he was paid while the federal government was shut down.

Pearce says he submitted a check for $6,283.99, to the U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday.

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