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Megan Kamerick

Morning Edition Host

Megan has been a journalist for 22 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus and Weekend Edition, the Global Music Show - and her job as Morning Edition Host - fulfilling a long-held wish to learn radio.

In 2012, she moved into television with New Mexico PBS where she produced “Public Square” and “New Mexico in Focus.” Megan has produced stories for National Public Radio, Latino USA and Marketplace. She’s passionate about getting women’s voices into media and is the former president of the Journalism & Women Symposium. Her TED talk on women and media has more than 272,000 views. She’s the vice president of communications for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Rio Grande Chapter. In the spare time she manages to scrape together she goes hiking with her husband and dog, seeks out cool cultural happenings, goes to movies and travels.

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Moisés Gonzáles

We often associate slavery with the American South. But it was actually common in many places in our history, including New Mexico. Native Americans who were captives and raised in Hispanic families became known as Genizaros. They assimilated into New Mexico society and after being freed they were also given land grants in places like Abiqui, Belen and Carnuel on the frontier between Spanish settlements and Native tribes.

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New Mexico Ethics Commission Proposal Clears SenateThe Associated Press

New Mexico voters could be asked next year to create an independent political ethics commission in the wake of a recent string of corruption scandals.

The state Senate voted 30-9 Thursday in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for creating a seven-member body to investigate and sanction ethics violations. The House must sign off on Senate revisions before the amendment goes to a statewide ballot initiative in November 2018.

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APD Investigator Says Officer Violated Hawkes’ Rights – Albuquerque Journal

A police sergeant investigating the 2014 shooting death of Mary Hawkes said her constitutional rights were violated and officers mishandled evidence.

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New Mexico Senate Backs Veto Override On Teacher Sick LeaveThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate has voted to override a veto by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez of a bill that would have allowed teachers to take more than three days of annual sick leave without being penalized on performance evaluations.

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New Mexico Tops Latest Unemployment ListThe Associated Press

The latest figures from state and federal labor officials show New Mexico has the nation's highest unemployment rate at 6.7 percent.

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Mail Theft Concerns Prompt Hiring Of More Postal Inspectors – The Associated Press

With New Mexico's largest metropolitan area being plagued by mail thefts, the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to add two more postal inspectors in the Albuquerque office.

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New Mexico Tells School Kids: No Lunch Money, No ProblemThe Associated Press

A bill to ensure that New Mexico children are served school meals even if their parents do not pay on time has been approved by the state Senate.

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Sandoval County Settles Jail Suicide Suit For $1.8 Million – The Associated Press & KOB

Sandoval County has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a jail inmate who killed herself after leaving her isolation cell.

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Albuquerque Police Press Ahead With Mandated ReformsThe Associated Press

Efforts are moving forward to reform the police force in New Mexico's largest city as part of a settlement over use of excessive force.

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Solitary Confinement Suits Cost New Mexico Counties MillionsThe Associated Press/CJ Project

New Mexico lawmakers are weighing whether the state will join a small but growing list of states that have placed limits on solitary confinement.

Will the election of Donald Trump, who once boasted of grabbing women by the genitalia and has a history of sexist remarks, create a wave of female candidates at all levels of government in the coming years?

Early signs from the groups that work with women considering a bid for office suggest a level of intense interest not seen in at least a quarter century.

Kate Noble had never considered getting involved in politics until she woke up the day after Trump's surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

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Santa Fe City Council To Vote On Immigrant ResolutionThe Associated Press

The Santa Fe City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution that would affirm the city's immigrant-friendly policies without using the word "sanctuary."

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New Mexico Senate Endorses Popular-Vote System For PresidentAssociated Press

New Mexico would join a movement to elect U.S. presidents by popular vote under a bill approved by the state Senate.

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New Mexico Bill Would Ban Drones Near Power Plants, AirportsThe Associated Press

A New Mexico lawmaker has proposed banning drones from flying within 500 feet of power plants, refineries and other such critical-infrastructure facilities.

Courtesy of Heading Home

In 2011, the city of Albuquerque launched its Heading Home initiative. It was a shift in tackling homelessness because it focuses on getting people in housing first, and then provides services to help them become more stable. The program has targeted the most vulnerable people experiencing chronic homelessness who have health issues, including behavioral health challenges. Since its launch it has housed more than 600 people.

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Feds Propose Wolf Releases In Southwestern New Mexico By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Federal officials want to release two packs of Mexican gray wolves in wilderness areas near the Arizona-New Mexico border this year in an effort to bolster a struggling population threatened by inbreeding.

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New Mexico Democrats Rally Around Tax Plan To Fix Budget GapThe Associated Press 

Democrats in the New Mexico House of Representatives are rallying around a package of tax and revenue measures designed to shore up state finances and stave off spending cuts to education and Medicaid health care.

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New Mexico Receives Bleak Revenue Forecast The Associated Press

A top budget negotiator in the New Mexico House of Representatives says a dire revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year remains unchanged after a review by state economists.

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Medical Marijuana Reforms Clear New Mexico Senate – Associated Press

The New Mexico state Senate has approved revisions to the state's medical marijuana program to cover new medical conditions and eventually raise the cap on production to satisfy demand.

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Board Gives Nuclear-Weapon Lab Failing Grade On Safety StepsAssociated Press

An annual safety assessment gave Los Alamos National Laboratory a failing grade for steps it takes to prevent accidents in developing nuclear weapons.

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KUNM Callin Show 2/16 8a: New Mexico expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and the number of people covered by the program will grow to more than 900,000 by the end of June. That's about 44 percent of the state's population.

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Report: Trinity Test Caused Generations Of Cancer, Struggles – The Associated Press

A new report says the world's first atomic bomb test caused generations of southern New Mexico families to suffer from cancer and economic hardship.

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Health Report Set To Be Released On Atomic Bomb Test Effects - By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

A report is scheduled to be released on the health effects of the people who lived near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test.

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Emergency Cash For New Mexico Courts Approved – The Associated Press

Emergency funding has been approved to ensure jury trials can continue in New Mexico state courts and to stave off unpaid furloughs at the state Supreme Court.

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Moody's Says New Mexico Budget Woes Weakens School Finances Associated Press

A credit rating agency says New Mexico's decision to draw down cash balances at public schools to plug a state budget deficit has weakened the financial footings of many school districts.

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Tight Budgets Spark Talks Of Unionizing University Faculty – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Faculty members are talking about setting up a union at New Mexico State University as budget issues persist and departments prepare to reorganize.

New Mexico Democrats Condemn Veto Of Court FundsThe Associated Press

Senate Democrats are criticizing as irresponsible and disheartening a veto of emergency court funding by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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Universities Warn International Students, Faculty Against Traveling – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Major universities around New Mexico issued warnings to some students and faculty against international travel in the wake of an executive order issued by President Donald Trump.

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New Mexico Education Dept. Seeks Teacher Evaluation FixesThe Associated Press

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is asking lawmakers to pass legislation aimed at reducing the percentage student test scores count on teacher evaluations.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Emergency Court FundingThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Legislature has approved emergency funding to cover the cost of juries, court interpreters and clerk's offices for several months in response to a funding crisis in the Judiciary.

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