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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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KUNM News Update
6:52 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Governor Signs Lottery Scholarship Program Fix

Governor Signs College Scholarship Program Fix - The Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a measure into law to shore up the finances of a college scholarship program that relies on lottery revenue.

The governor signed the bill Wednesday, which was the deadline for acting on measures passed by the Legislature.

The scholarship program will receive liquor tax money for two years starting in 2015. Until that happens, a newly enacted state budget provides extra money to keep the program solvent.

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KUNM News Update
7:16 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: BLM Grants Peabody Lease To Expand NM Coal Mine

BLM Grants Peabody Lease To Expand NM Coal Mine The Associated Press

The Bureau of Land Management has issued a lease allowing for more than 9 million tons of coal to be mined in western New Mexico.

The federal agency said Tuesday it issued the 640-acre lease to Peabody Natural Resources Co. after considering an appeal that stemmed from a lease sale in August 2013.

The BLM says it weighed potential environmental effects and determined there would be no significant impacts.

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KUNM News Update
6:22 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Los Alamos Studying Alternatives For Toxic Waste

Los Alamos Studying Alternatives For Toxic Waste -The Associated Press

With the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump shuttered by a mysterious leak, Los Alamos National Laboratory has begun looking at alternatives for getting toxic waste off its campus.

Lab spokesman Matthew Nerzig confirmed Tuesday that officials have begun looking at options if the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad remains closed indefinitely.

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KUNM News Update
6:29 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Albuquerque Man Facing Federal Hate Crime Charge

Albuquerque Man Facing Federal Hate Crime Charge  The Associated Press

A 58-year-old Albuquerque man is facing a federal hate crime charge after authorities said he posted threatening anti-Semitic notes outside a Jewish deli.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that John W. Ng (ING) made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque related to notes found at the Nosh Jewish Delicatessen & Bakery.

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KUNM News Update
8:05 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Blowing Snow Expected In Parts Of New Mexico

Blowing Snow Expected In Parts Of New Mexico - The Associated Press

The National Weather Service says residents and travelers in New Mexico can expect accumulating and blowing snow in parts of the state Friday and into the weekend.

Forecasters say several inches of snow may accumulate Friday night in the northern mountains, the northeastern highlands and the plains.

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KUNM News Update
7:27 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Woman Suing Former New Mexico Parole Officer

Woman Suing Former New Mexico Parole Officer - The Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the state Corrections Department and a former probation officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

Gordon Chavez was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty last September to a civil rights violation.

The ACLU's suit filed on behalf of a parolee who alleges that Chavez violated her constitutional rights.

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KUNM News Update
6:43 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Santa Fe Elects Javier Gonzales As New Mayor

Santa Fe Elects Javier Gonzales As New Mayor - The Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe voters have elected Javier Gonzales as the city’s new mayor.

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KUNM News Update
7:14 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Union Awaits Info On Leak At New Mexico Nuke Dump

Union Awaits Info On Leak At New Mexico Nuke Dump - The Associated Press

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump says its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository opens after a radiation leak that exposed at least 13 people.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad has been off-limits to most workers for nearly three weeks.

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KUNM News Update
6:36 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Monday News Roundup: NM Sets Deadlines For Handling Waste At Nuke Dump

NM Sets Deadlines For Handling Waste At Nuke Dump  The Associated Press

The New Mexico Environment Department is giving the federal government a deadline for dealing with radioactive waste that's sitting above ground at a nuclear dump near Carlsbad.

Dozens of drums and other special containers of waste are being stored in a parking area at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and inside the facility's waste handling building.

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KUNM News Update
6:58 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Friday News Roundup: New Mexico To Address Medical Marijuana Shortage

New Mexico To Address Medical Marijuana Shortage - The Associated Press

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KUNM News Update
7:05 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: NM Deal Clears Way For Oil, Gas Development

NM Deal Clears Way For Oil, Gas Development  The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the state has brokered an agreement that stands to benefit Navajo landowners who want to lease their land to oil and gas developers.

Martinez visited Farmington on Thursday to announce the partnership between the state, San Juan College and the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Federal Indian Minerals Office.

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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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