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Victor Onimole

Student Reporter

Victor is an Albuquerque native studying multimedia journalism in his senior year at UNM. He enjoys longboarding, listening to and producing music, as well as covering indigenous issues at National Native News. 

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act on Wednesday and a local gun violence prevention group has some concerns. 

The measure would allow states to recognize concealed weapon carry licenses from all over the nation. It has received criticism because states with stricter guns laws would have to recognize licenses from states with fewer restrictions.

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Republican Dan Lewis gathered in a Downtown ballroom with his supporters to make sense of what happened. “This has always been about a cause, that is, to make the city better, to make Albuquerque thrive, to make it safer, and you believe in that,” he said. “I know you believed in it, you still do, and I do also.”

Lewis congratulated Democrat Tim Keller on his win but said he’s not done trying to change the city.

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The Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is looking to attract new riders. That means cameras: on buses, at ART stops, and at intersections.

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The University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents announced Thursday, Nov. 2, the University’s first female president in its 128-year history. Groups around campus said they want to work with her to improve student success.

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New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas weighed in this week against a proposed concealed carry bill that’s before Congress. But some local gun owners said the bill would make it easier for them to defend themselves while traveling.

The Congressional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would have states recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits as they do drivers licenses. A person with a concealed carry license traveling to another state would have to obey that state’s gun laws.

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Comprehensive sex education helps address and prevent sexual assault. The University of New Mexico is hosting lectures, workshops, and discussions as part of the annual Sex Week. 

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The World Gay Rodeo Finals will be hosted this Saturday and Sunday at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque.

With the event, the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association aims to provide a safe space for people who identify as LGBTQ to compete and share their experiences.

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Governor Susana Martinez called this week for lawmakers to repeal a bail bond amendment during next year’s legislative session and bail bondsmen are on board with her effort.

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The Trump Administration announced this week that they’re going to pull the plug on the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era clean energy initiative. Local clean energy advocates are calling for state regulators to hurry up and take the lead on addressing climate change. 

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Roswell city councilors are expected to decide on Oct. 12 if city employees should have the option to conceal carry a weapon on the job.

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The youngest of Albuquerque’s mayoral hopefuls got only 6.8 percent of the vote on Tuesday. But Gus Pedrotty plans to have an impact on the city even without the title of mayor.

The 22-year-old candidate was surrounded by teachers, physicists, and doctors at his watch party at Boese Brother’s Brewery. Despite his loss, Gus Pedrotty was enthusiastic about his experience in the campaign. Will he run for office again?