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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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KUNM News Update
6:39 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: NM Court Considers Legalizing Gay Marriage

NM Court Considers Legalizing Gay Marriage - Associated Press

New Mexico's highest court is stepping into the fray over gay marriage and could set a statewide precedent at a time when some counties grant the unions and others don't.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments from lawyers Wednesday. The court will issue a decision later.

At issue is a ruling by an Albuquerque district court judge that it's unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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Local News
11:37 am
Tue October 22, 2013

LISTEN: NM Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Same-Sex Marriage

The New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases on October 23, 2013. It was the first time the state's highest court allowed a live broadcast of their proceedings. KUNM broadcast the oral arguments live. You can listen to them here. 

During the first hour, the justices heard arguments relating to the state's marriage statutes.

The second hour of arguments examined the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

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KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Court Won't Immediately Decide Gay Marriage Case

Court Won't Immediately Decide Gay Marriage Case - Associated Press

New Mexico's highest court says it won't issue an immediate decision in a case that could decide whether gay marriage is legal statewide.

The state Supreme Court will hear two hours of arguments from lawyers in the case on Wednesday.

The court clerk told lawyers last week that the court won't make a decision on the day of the hearing but will take the case under consideration.

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KUNM News Update
7:17 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Democrats Assail GOP Governor Over Chopper Flight

Democrats Assail GOP Governor Over Chopper Flight - The Associated Press

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing fire from Democratic campaign challengers for using a state helicopter to fly to Albuquerque so she wouldn't miss a commercial flight to Texas to attend political fundraisers.

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Local News
6:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: NM AG Says Abortion Ban Unenforceable

2 Hurt When Balloon Hits Power Line In New Mexico - Associated Press

Officials have identified the two men hospitalized with burns and injuries after a balloon in Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta hit a power line yesterday morning. Police in Rio Rancho say 59-year-old Mark Kilgore, of Albuquerque, was the pilot. They say 66-year-old Daniel Lovato, a passenger, was shocked when he reached out to free the gondola from power lines.

NM AG Says Abortion Ban Unenforceable - Associated Press

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KUNM News Update
8:19 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Nuclear Labs In New Mexico Prepare For Shutdown

Nuclear Labs In New Mexico Prepare For Shutdown - Associated Press, The Albuquerque Journal, and The Los Alamos Monitor

Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories are preparing to shut down by Oct. 21 and furlough of most of their 18,000 workers if Congress does not reach a deal to end the federal government's partial shutdown. 

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KUNM News Update
6:43 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: RNC Hires Hispanic Director For NM

RNC Hires Hispanic Director For NM - Associated Press

As part of its ongoing effort to woo more Latinos, the Republican National Committee is building a permanent ground operation in New Mexico.

The RNC, along with the Republican Party of New Mexico, says it has hired Jose Orozco as New Mexico Hispanic Engagement Director. Orozco's job, the GOP says, will be to "work in partnership with the RNC to ensure a year-round presence in Hispanic neighborhoods" in advance of next year's gubernatorial and congressional elections.

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KUNM News Update
6:32 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Monday News Roundup: Commission To Select NM Chief Public Defender

Commission To Select NM Chief Public Defender - Associated Press

An 11-member commission is preparing to select the state's chief public defender, who administers a newly independent agency providing legal representation to criminal defendants who can't afford a lawyer.

The commission meets Tuesday in Albuquerque to interview five semi-finalists and must make a selection by Oct. 15.

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KUNM News Update
6:33 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Friday News Roundup: NM Not Offering Aid To Reopen Federal Parks

NM Not Offering Aid To Reopen Federal Parks - Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration isn't considering offering state money to try to reopen popular tourism stops in the national park system closed because of the federal government shutdown.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said in a statement that national parks are a federal responsibility and the failure "to perform even basic functions like funding government operations is a sign of the terrible dysfunction and inability to work together in Washington."

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KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Fired CEO Of NMFA Files Public Records Lawsuit

Fired CEO Of NMFA Files Public Records Lawsuit - Associated Press

The former top executive of the New Mexico Finance Authority sued Gov. Susana Martinez and one of her cabinet secretaries for failing to release public records requested in April.

Ex-CEO Rick May brought a lawsuit Wednesday in state district court in Santa Fe against Martinez and Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford.

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KUNM News Update
7:25 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: NM Lawmakers Seek Probe Of Records Confidentiality

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Goes Live - Associated Press

New Mexico officials say 170 businesses signed up for health insurance for their workers on the opening day of a state-run online marketplace.

However, individuals faced problems with a federal health insurance exchange that three dozen states, including New Mexico, relied upon for their enrollment.

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KUNM News Update
6:34 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Goes Live

 Navajo Nation Parks Open During Federal ShutdownAssociated Press

Navajo Nation officials say the tribe's parks aren't affected by the federal government shutdown.

Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin Begaye announced Tuesday that "all Navajo Nation tribal parks are fully operating and open to the public."

The Navajo tribal parks are open seven days a week with the exception of Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving.

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KUNM News Update
6:34 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Monday News Roundup: Heinrich Proposal To Expand Access To Public Lands

Heinrich Proposal To Expand Access To Public Lands - Associated Press

New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich is proposing legislation to expand access to federal lands for hunting, fishing and other recreation.

Heinrich introduced the measure last week in Washington, D.C., and said it will require federal agencies to identify lands they manage that lack routes for public access. The agencies will have to develop a plan for access to those lands with a significant recreational potential.

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KUNM News Update
6:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Friday News Roundup: NM Attorney General Hosts School Safety Summit

Disaster declaration for NM's Santa Clara Pueblo  -Associated Press

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for New Mexico's Santa Clara Pueblo.

Friday's move frees up federal aid to supplement the tribe's efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding in July.

The disaster declaration provides federal assistance for restoration, debris removal and cleanup.

It isn't immediately clear how much money the northern New Mexico tribe will be getting from the federal government.

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Local News
6:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Immigrant Group Holding 'Vigils' At Pearce Office

  Immigrant Group Holding 'Vigils' At Pearce Office - Associated Press

Advocates have launched a series of vigils outside of Congressman Steve Pearce's Las Cruces office to push for federal immigration reform.

The group Border Network for Human Rights says it will the hold daily morning vigils until Friday.

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KUNM News Update
6:32 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: NM Exchange Insurance Below National Average

NM Exchange Insurance Below National Average - Associated Press

A federal report finds that New Mexico's new health insurance marketplace will offer plans costing less than the national average.

Uninsured New Mexicans and small businesses can begin next week to enroll in health plans through the state's health insurance exchange.

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KUNM News Update
6:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Tuesday News Update: Man On Trial In Guns-Smuggling Wiretaps Tip Case

Man On Trial In Guns-Smuggling Wiretaps Tip Case - Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal

A trial has begun for a man accused of leaking word of wiretaps that were part of an investigation into a southern New Mexican border town gun smuggling ring.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Danny Burnett is on trial in federal court in Albuquerque.

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KUNM News Update
6:33 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Monday News Update: NM Floods' Wrath Also Left Some Drought Relief

GOP Lawmakers Oppose Gay Marriage In Court Filing  Associated Press

Nearly two dozen current and former Republican legislators are urging New Mexico's highest court to declare that state law prohibits same-sex marriage.

The Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the legislators with the state Supreme Court in a case that could resolve whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico.

Gay marriage supporters also filed written arguments with the court on Monday.

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KUNM News Update
6:41 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Friday News Roundup: King Disagrees With Governor On Same-sex Marriage

King Disagrees With Governor On Same-sex Marriage - The Associated Press

Democratic Attorney General Gary King is taking issue with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's suggestion that voters should decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico.

King, who's running for governor against Martinez next year, said Friday the best approach is for the state Supreme Court to resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state. He said it's a civil right issue.

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KUNM News Update
7:12 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Tribes, Feds Partner On Colorado River Water Study

Tribes, Feds Partner On Colorado River Water Study - Associated Press

The federal government has pledged to work with American Indian tribes in the Colorado River basin to address projected shortages of water.

A group of 10 tribes from around the West and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation signed an agreement Wednesday to study tribal water resources. The agency provided $100,000 to initiate the study that is expected to be complete by December 2015.

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KUNM News Update
6:18 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Weekend News Roundup: Parts Of NM Brace For More Rain, Clean Up Begins And More...

Parts Of NM Brace For More Rain, Clean Up Begins - The Associated Press

Flood waters broke through dams, inundated neighborhoods and killed at least one person, leaving New Mexico residents with a major cleanup effort.

The massive flooding prompted Gov. Susana Martinez to issue a state of emergency, opening up recovery funding after rivers overflowed because of heavy rains and caused millions of dollars in damage.

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Local News
10:26 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Airlift To Mogollon Cancelled, Supplies To Be Walked In

Dark Green = Flash Flood Watch, Bright Green = Flood Warning.
Credit National Weather Service

UPDATE 12p: A planned emergency airlift of food, water and other supplies for a tiny New Mexico town isolated after weekend flooding has been called off.

New Mexico Department of Homeland Security spokesman Estevan Lujan said Tuesday that state authorities and the National Guard will deliver supplies by foot to residents of the privately run ghost town of Mogollon. Lujan says there was not enough space to land a helicopter.

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Local News
9:28 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Flash Flood Safety Tips

Screenshot from the Facebook page of the Navajo Technical University showing flooding at the campus in Crownpoint, NM.
Credit https://www.facebook.com/NavajoTech?hc_location=timeline

The National Weather Service advises the following when flash floods are possible: 

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KUNM News Update
6:39 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Intel To Trim Workforce At Plant In Rio Rancho And More...

Intel To Trim Workforce At Plant In Rio Rancho - The Albuquerque Journal 

Intel Corporation says it is reducing the workforce at its chip-making plant in Rio Rancho, a suburb of Albuquerque.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Intel plans to "redeploy" 400 of the Rio Rancho plant's 3,300 workers due to a changing market.

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KUNM News Update
6:34 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Board Adopts Changes For NM Police Academy

Board Adopts Changes For NM Police Academy - Associated Press

The board that oversees the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy has adopted a new curriculum that will mean trimming the academy to 16 weeks for basic police officer training.

It was a unanimous decision by the boarding during a meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe to approve the new curriculum and trim six weeks from the current program.

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