KUNM News Update
6:58 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled Services

State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled ServicesThe Associated Press

Family members and legal guardians of developmentally disabled New Mexicans have sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration over cuts in services.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday to restore the services lost by individuals and stop the administration from continuing with changes implemented this year to control costs in a Medicaid-funded program serving about 4,000 people.

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9:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Shooter In Custody, Two Victims Air-Lifted To Hospital After Roswell School Shooting


UPDATE 12:30p:

According to a spokesperson from Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, a 14 year old boy and a 13 year old girl were transported by ambulance from the scene of the Berrendo Middle School shooting to the hospital.  Both patients were stabilized and transferred to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.  A spokesperson from the facility has confirmed that the girl is in serious condition and the boy is in critical condition.

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KUNM News Update
6:16 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Judge To Decide Later On Horse Slaughter Plant

Judge To Decide Later On Horse Slaughter Plant  The Associated Press

A New Mexico judge will decide Friday whether a Roswell company can move ahead with plans for slaughtering horses.

State District Judge Matthew Wilson made the announcement after a hearing Monday on a request from Attorney General Gary King's office for a preliminary injunction against Valley Meat Co.

King has filed a lawsuit alleging the company's operations would violate state environmental and food safety laws.

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KUNM News Update
10:17 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Sunday News Roundup: Health Care Website Frustrates Spanish Speakers

Health Care Website Frustrates Spanish Speakers - The Associated Press

Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, users attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties.

The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched more than two months late. It had busted links. And the translations are so clunky that critics say they must have been computer-generated.

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KUNM News Update
8:43 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Saturday News Roundup: Dad Of Man Shot By Albuquerque Police Sues

Dad Of Man Shot By Albuquerque Police Sues - KOB-TV

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A father of a man shot by Albuquerque police has filed a lawsuit against the department seeking the release of public records tied to the shooting.

KOB-TV reports that David Sherrill and the attorneys are seeking lapel camera video, dashcam video, and witness statements related to the December shooting of Shaine Sherrill.

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KUNM News Update
7:07 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Taos Lawmaker Proposes Funds To Upgrade Tracks, Protect Amtrak Route

Taos Lawmaker Proposes Funds To Upgrade Tracks, Protect Amtrak Route- Santa Fe New Mexican

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KUNM News Update
5:28 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Valencia County Commisoners Vote Down Abortion Ban

Valencia County Commisoners Vote Down Abortion BanThe Albuquerque Journal

Last night a proposal to ban late-term abortions in Valencia County was rejected by County Commissioners in a 3-2 vote. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Chairman Charles Eaton said he had a hard time supporting a measure that was “largely symbolic” since at the moment there are no abortion providers in Valencia County, be it late-term or otherwise.

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Local News
5:43 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Oil, Gas Boom Boosts Earnings In NM

Oil, Gas Boom Boosts Earnings In NM- The Associated Press

An oil and gas boom in New Mexico and more than a dozen new renewable energy projects have translated into record earnings for the State Land Office.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced Wednesday his office brought in more than $670 million in 2013 for public schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries.

December alone marked a record month for the agency, with more than $79 million from oil and gas royalties and revenues from grazing, rights of way and other leases.

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KUNM News Update
7:24 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Department Of Justice To Hold Meeting On Albuquerque Police Probe

NMED Hearing Officer: Deny Permit To Horse PlantThe Associated Press

A hearing officer is recommending that the New Mexico Environment Department deny a wastewater permit for a Roswell company that wants to slaughter horses.

The hearing officer cited what she called the company's record of "willful disregard" of the state's environmental laws.

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KUNM News Update
6:12 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Governor Susana Martinez To Release Budget Proposals

  Governor Susana Martinez To Release Budget Proposals - The Associated Press 

Gov. Susana Martinez is gearing up for the Legislature by preparing to unveil her budget proposals to lawmakers.

The Republican governor is scheduled to release her budget recommendations Monday afternoon. The Legislature convenes Jan. 21 for a 30-day session that's limited mostly to budget, tax and other issues placed on the agenda by the governor.

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KUNM News Update
7:55 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Lost Family Found In Santa Fe National Forest

  Lost Family Found In Santa Fe National Forest - The Albuquerque Journal

A Santa Fe-area woman and her three young children were found in good condition after they got lost in the Santa Fe National Forest.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, Denise Lee and her children ended up several miles off course after they got turned around during their outing Wednesday afternoon on the Bear Wallow Trail.

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KUNM News Update
8:08 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: New Mexico National Refuge To Expand

  New Mexico National Refuge To Expand - The Associated Press

The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge on Albuquerque's southern edge is growing thanks to the purchase of 57 acres.

The $1.1 million purchase was announced this week by Bernalillo County Commissioner Art de la Cruz and state Sen. Michael Padilla. They also say development of a master plan for the refuge and visitors' center is underway.

The state Legislature approved the funding for the purchase during its last session.

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KUNM News Update
6:37 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Friday Hearing Set On Horse Slaughter

  Friday Hearing Set On Horse SlaughterThe Associated Press

A Friday court hearing is set on the latest effort to stop a Roswell plant from resuming domestic horse slaughter.

State District Judge Matthew Wilson in Santa Fe will hear New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's request for a temporary restraining order to block Valley Meat Co. from opening its doors in the coming days.

King's suit says Valley Meat stands to violate state laws related to food safety, water quality and unfair business practices.

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KUNM News Update
8:27 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Monday News Roundup: New Mexico Lawmaker Aims To Confront Truancy Problem

  New Mexico Lawmaker Aims To Confront Truancy Problem - The Associated Press

A state lawmaker has proposed taking away the driver's licenses of New Mexico students who habitually play hookey from school.

The Albuquerque Journal reports  that Senator Craig Brandt wants to give school authorities the ability to work with the Motor Vehicle Division to deny or suspend licenses of students who have a pattern of truancy, poor grades and are at risk of dropping out.

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KUNM News Update
11:22 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Sunday News Roundup: NM Law Officers Planning DWI Crackdown

NM Law Officers Planning DWI Crackdown - The Associated Press

Law enforcement agencies around New Mexico are planning to be out in full force, looking for suspected drunken drivers during the New Year's holiday and beyond.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation's Holiday Superblitz continues through Jan. 5. Some local agencies have also planned enforcement actions through the end of January.

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KUNM News Update
9:11 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

Saturday News Roundup: Crime Spree Ends With 1 Suspect Dead

NM Police: Crime Spree Ends With 1 Suspect Dead - The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police say one suspect is dead and two others are in custody following a crime spree that stretched from Albuquerque to the village of Placitas.

Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says it began late Friday when Albuquerque police began pursuing shoplifting suspects in a stolen vehicle.

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KUNM News Update
8:14 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Solar Power Station On It's Way To Completion

  Construction Under Way On New Mexico's Largest Solar Array -The Associated Press

 New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell says construction is well underway on what will be the state's largest solar-power generating station.

Powell shared photos this week of the Macho Springs solar power project near Deming, where workers have been busy installing the tracking systems on which thousands of solar panels will be placed.

Ground was broken in July, and the work is expected to be complete in May.

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KUNM News Update
8:22 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Spanish Market in Albuquerque For The First Time

Winter Spanish Market Noted As A Success - The Associated Press

This marked the first year for Winter Spanish Market to be held in Albuquerque, and organizers say it was a success.

The two-day event organized by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society drew some 5,000 people. That number is more than twice the visitors the event had drawn in Santa Fe in recent years.

Marketing director Maggie Magalnick tells The Santa Fe New Mexican the plan is to hold the winter arts and crafts festival in Albuquerque again next year.

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KUNM News Update
6:54 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Director Of Valles Caldera Trust To Tetire

Director Of Valles Caldera Trust To Retire - The Associated Press

The executive director of the Valles Caldera Trust says he will retire next week.

Dennis Trujillo made the announcement last week during a gathering of employees. His last day will be Jan. 3, marking the end of nearly four decades of public service.

Trujillo says he feels fortunate that his career has centered on public lands and the conservation of natural resources.

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KUNM News Update
11:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: $400M NM Border Railroad Project May Open In 2014

  $400M NM Border Railroad Project May Open In 2014 - The Associated Press

A $400 million Union Pacific railroad facility near a young New Mexico border town could open next year.

Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said Tuesday that construction near Santa Teresa is ahead of schedule and the facility could be operational in 2014.

Hunt says more than 50 contractors are involved in the project and there is an average of 250 workers on site daily.

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KUNM News Update
6:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Monday News Roundup: Court Asked To Mull NM's Teacher Evaluation Plan

Court Asked To Mull NM's Teacher Evaluation Plan - Associated Press

Teachers unions and some state lawmakers who are opposed to the New Mexico Public Education Department's teacher evaluation system are asking the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its contention that the program is invalid because it violates state laws.

The reconsideration request comes after a state District Court judge last month refused to block Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from continuing to implement a new system for evaluating teachers.

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KUNM News Update
6:56 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Friday News Roundup: NM Governor Proposes High-Tech Initiatives

NM Governor Proposes High-Tech Initiatives - Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has proposed spending $9.5 million on two high-tech research and development initiatives.

The governor says the aim is to attract top faculty members to New Mexico's colleges and universities and to fund innovative projects that have the potential to contribute to the state's economic growth.

Martinez unveiled her proposals during visits Thursday to the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech.

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Local News
11:49 am
Thu December 19, 2013

NM Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal In New Mexico

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New Mexico's highest court legalized same-sex marriage today, unanimously declaring it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples.

New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.

"The important thing is," said Peter Simonson, the Executive Director of the ACLU-New Mexico, "from this moment on, right now, same-sex couples can walk into any County Clerk's Office in the state of New Mexico and be sure that they will be married. That's their choice."

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KUNM News Update
8:28 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: FBI Targeting Corruption In New Mexico Rural Areas

Senior NM Behavioral Health Official Resigns - Associated Press and the Santa Fe New Mexican

A senior state official who was involved in the replacement of New Mexico behavioral health services providers whose Medicaid funding was suspended is stepping down.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Behavioral Health Services acting Director Diana McWilliams is leaving to head a nonprofit in Pennsylvania.

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KUNM News Update
6:48 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Former NM Uranium Mine Listed As Superfund Site

Former NM Uranium Mine Listed As Superfund Site - Associated Press

A former uranium mine near Laguna Pueblo has been added to the list of Superfund sites.

The Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine was one of nine hazardous waste sites that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added to the national priorities list last week.

The mine is located in an area of canyons and arroyos. It included more than four square miles of disturbed soil with three open pits, 32 waste dumps and more than 30 stockpiles.

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KUNM News Update
9:14 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: NM Teacher Who Said Santa Is White On Paid Leave

NM Teacher Who Said Santa Is White On Paid Leave- Associated Press

A suburban Albuquerque teacher who told a black student that Santa Claus is white has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Rio Rancho school district spokeswoman Kim Vesely confirmed on Tuesday that the teacher is out of the classroom while the incident is being investigated.

The teacher's comments came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

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KUNM News Update
7:58 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Monday News Roundup: Horse Slaughter Plants Preparing To Open

Horse Slaughter Plants Preparing To Open- Associated Press

After months of legal wrangling and false starts in a battle to resume domestic horse slaughter, plants in New Mexico and Missouri are working to begin processing equine for human consumption.

The efforts come on the heels of an order late Friday by a federal appeals court that lifted an emergency stay on the companies' plans.

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KUNM News Update
6:51 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Appeals Court Vacates Ban On US Horse Slaughter

Appeals Court Vacates Ban On US Horse Slaughter - Associated Press 

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to resume domestic horse slaughter.

In an order Friday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver removed an emergency injunction that had blocked the plants from opening.

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KUNM News Update
7:40 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Report Critical Of NM Mental Health Audit Response

Report Critical Of NM Mental Health Audit Response - Associated Press and The Santa Fe New Mexican

A legislative report is critical of New Mexico's handling of a shakeup of mental health services in which Medicaid to numerous providers were frozen as a result of an audit that reportedly found possible overbillings and fraud.

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KUNM News Update
7:21 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Hedge Fund Owner Buys Taos Ski Valley

Hedge Fund Owner Buys Taos Ski Valley-

Associated Press

One of New Mexico's top ski areas has been sold.

Taos Ski Valley officials announced Wednesday that wealthy conservationist and hedge fund owner Louis Bacon has agreed to buy the ski area. The sale price wasn't disclosed.

Taos Ski Valley CEO Mickey Blake says the ski area needs improvement, but the company doesn't have enough money for renovation.

Bacon has enough capital to buy new lifts, rebuild the base area and construct a hotel.

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