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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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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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