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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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Local News
4:47 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Governor Inspects Flood Damage, Flash Flooding Still Possible

Jemez River, September 13th.
Credit Glen Thamert

UPDATE 9/16 6p: New Mexicans remain on high alert to possible flash flooding as rain is expected to continue during the next few days.

Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling to three communities to inspect damage from flooding since last week, when heavy rains inundated what had been a drought-parched state.

Among her stops is Santa Rosa in eastern New Mexico, where officials are seeking a disaster declaration because flooding washed out roads and buckled pavement.

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KUNM News Update
7:57 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: NM Regulators Approve Water Protection Rules

NM Regulators Approve Water Protection Rules - Associated Press

New Mexico regulators have approved a proposed set of rules aimed at protecting groundwater at copper mines despite claims by the attorney general's office that the proposal contradicts existing state law.

Tuesday's hearing before the state Water Quality Control Commission marked the culmination of months of wrangling over how best to deal with potential contamination at mining sites.

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Local News
6:40 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: PRC Considers Renewable Energy Proposal

PRC Considers Renewable Energy Proposal - Associated Press

New Mexico regulators are considering changes to a rule that governs how much utilities must invest in renewable energy.

The Public Regulation Commission is holding a public hearing Tuesday to gather comment on the proposal backed by the commission's staff and the attorney general's office.

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KUNM News Update
6:42 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Monday News Roundup: Duncan To Tout New Preschool Plan During NM Visit

Duncan To Tout New Preschool Plan During NM Visit - Associated Press

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is expected to tout the Obama administration's new preschool plan during his visit to New Mexico.

On Monday, Duncan is traveling to Santa Fe as part of his back-to-school bus tour. One of his topics will be the president's proposal to spend $75 billion over 10 years to provide preschool for all 4-year-olds in the U.S.

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KUNM News Update
6:34 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Fed Judge To Sentence Zetas Members In Horse Deals

Fed Judge To Sentence Zetas Members In Horse Deals - Associated Press

A federal judge is set to sentence five members of the Zetas cartel for laundering drug money through horse racing.

Among the five men appearing in court on Thursday is Jose Trevino Morales, a brother to two of the Mexican gang's top leaders.

A jury found the men guilty of intent or conspiracy to commit money laundering. They face 20 years in prison.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Udall Votes No On Use Of Force In Syria

Credit Senator Tom Udall

New Mexico's senior US Senator Tom Udall (D) voted not to authorize use of force in Syria Wednesday. The Albuquerque Journal reports the Democrat was one of 7 members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to reject President Obama's request.

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KUNM News Update
9:36 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: NM Hospital Implements Water Protection Plan

NM Hospital Implements Water Protection Plan - Associated Press

The Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque has implemented a water protection plan in response to a jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base.

State environment officials say the hospital's well is less than 1,000 feet from a plume of contaminated groundwater.

The plan announced Tuesday includes contingencies for supplying the hospital with safe water.

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Local News
11:16 am
Tue September 3, 2013

LIVE WEBCAST at 12:30 TODAY: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing On Syria

Credit Senator Tom Udall

The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing today at 12:30MT to discuss the authorization of use of force in Syria.

New Mexico's senior senator Tom Udall (D) serves on the committee and will be participating.

Listen to the hearing live online

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KUNM News Update
6:40 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Energy Secretary To Visit NM Labs

Grant County To Allow Gay Marriage Next Week-Assocaited Press

A southwestern New Mexico county plans next week to start issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Grant County Clerk Robert Zamarripa said his office will begin next Monday to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

He said his office will comply with a district judge's ruling on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by a lesbian couple.

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KUNM News Update
7:26 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Monday News Roundup: Lawsuit: NM Attorney Fired After Audit Complaint

Lawsuit: NM Attorney Fired After Audit Complaint - Associated Press and the Santa Fe New Mexican

A lawyer fired by the state Human Services Department says she was let go because of her criticism of an audit of government-funded mental health care.

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KUNM News Update
7:13 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Court Upholds PRC's Energy Efficiency Decision

Court Upholds PRC's Energy Efficiency Decision - Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding a decision by state regulators to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to earn a profit on operating expenses related to the utility's energy conservation programs.

The court issued its ruling Thursday, saying the decision by the Public Regulation Commission was consistent with state law.

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KUNM News Update
6:45 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: AG Says 2004 Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Remain Legal

King: 2004 Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Remain Legal - Associated Press

Attorney General Gary King says marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in 2004 in Sandoval County remain valid.

King said Wednesday that licenses issued by a county clerk are "presumptively valid" unless voided by a court.

King delivered the non-binding advice in a letter to the current Sandoval County clerk, who found that some of the 2004 licenses recorded in the clerk's office were labeled as void or invalid.

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KUNM News Update
6:33 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: 3 More NM Counties To Issue Same-Sex Licenses

3 More NM Counties To Issue Same-Sex Licenses  - Associated Press

Three more New Mexico counties say they plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The clerks in San Miguel, Valencia and Taos counties said Tuesday they would begin issuing the licenses, joining Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Dona Ana counties.

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KUNM News Update
11:55 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Monday News Roundup: NM County Prepares For Same-sex Marriages Hearing And More...

NM County Prepares For Same-sex Marriages Hearing - The Associated Press

The clerk for New Mexico's most populous county has a supply of new forms ready in case a court orders her to issue licenses for same-sex marriages.

A judge in Albuquerque has scheduled a hearing Monday afternoon on a request by a couple from Pojoaque  to have their marriage recognized. Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she's had 1,000 licenses printed.

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KUNM News Update
6:28 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: AG Won't Challenge Same-sex Marriage Licenses And More...

AG Won't Challenge Same-sex Marriage Licenses - The Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he will not challenge a move by the Dona Ana County clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

King told reporters Wednesday that he didn't believe state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage were constitutional.

He also said he would not challenge any other county clerk who issued licenses.

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KUNM News Update
7:54 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: NM Court Asked To Expedite Gay Marriage Ruling

NM Court Asked To Expedite Gay Marriage Ruling - Associated Press

A same-sex couple from Santa Fe wants the New Mexico Supreme Court to streamline the handling of lawsuits seeking to legalize gay marriage in the state.

The couple's lawyer, Rep. Brian Egolf, said Tuesday the justices are being asked to consolidate all cases involving the gay marriage issue and assign them to a district court judge in Santa Fe.

The goal is to get a quick lower court decision and clear the way for an expedited ruling by the state's highest court.

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KUNM News Update
6:40 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Deadline Past For Oct. 8 Vote On Abortion Measure

Deadline Past For Oct. 8 Vote On Abortion Measure - Associated Press

The passing of a deadline means a proposal to implement new abortion restrictions in Albuquerque won't be placed on the city's Oct. 8 election ballot.

State law requires that election measures be published at least 50 days before an election and the deadline for the measure to get on the Oct. 8 election passed Monday.

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KUNM News Update
7:16 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Monday News Roundup: NM Expects Record-Breaking Exports This Year

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To NM Poultry Hatchery- Associated Press

State health officials say a national outbreak of salmonella has been linked to an eastern New Mexico hatchery that sells live baby poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores.

The Department of Health said Monday a strain of salmonella that's infected more than 300 people in 37 states was found in a duck pen at Privett Hatchery in Portales.

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KUNM News Update
6:55 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Feds To Fund 12 Energy Efficiency Projects In NM

Feds To Fund 12 Energy Efficiency Projects In NM - Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will be funding a dozen projects in New Mexico that are geared toward improving energy efficiency on farms and at rural businesses.

The projects were announced Thursday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The New Mexico projects are among more than 630 across the nation that are being funded by the agency.

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KUNM News Update
6:41 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: NM Permanent Funds Report Double-Digit Returns

Gov. Martinez Unveils River Protection Plan-Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled a plan aimed at protecting the state's rivers and watersheds amid drought and wildfires.

Martinez and other state officials gathered along the Rio Grande in Bernalillo on Thursday to talk about the New Mexico River Stewardship Program.

The governor says she will pursue $1.5 million in state capital outlay funds for projects that will include clearing vegetation, replanting native species and installing erosion control.

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KUNM News Update
7:38 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Albuquerque Mayor Announces Run For Re-Election

Albuquerque Mayor Announces Run For Re-Election - Associated Press

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he has a passion for the city and he's going to run for re-election.

Berry and challengers Pete Dinelli and Paul Heh filed their paperwork with the city clerk on Tuesday, officially kicking off the mayoral race.

Later this week, their names will be drawn to determine the order in which they will appear on the ballot.

Election Day is Oct. 8. If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held Nov. 19.

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KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: NMSU-Led Biofuel Research Gets Federal Funding

NMSU-Led Biofuel Research Gets Federal Funding - Associated Press

Research into the potential of algae-based fuel is getting a $5 million boost from the U.S. Department of Energy.

New Mexico State University recently announced the funding, saying it will go to a research effort aimed at improving fuel that's compatible with existing refineries.

NMSU is working on the project along with Los Alamos, Argonne and Pacific Northwest national laboratories, Washington State and Michigan State universities and four companies.

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