KUNM News Update

KUNM News Update
6:29 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Democratic Incumbent Legislator Bumped From Ballot

Democratic Incumbent Legislator Bumped From Ballot  The Associated Press

A judge in Gallup has removed Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint from the June 3 primary election ballot.

District Judge Louis DePauli determined Monday that Jeff didn't have enough valid signatures on her nominating petitions to qualify as a candidate.

Jeff has broken Democratic ranks in the House and sided with Republicans and Gov. Susana Martinez on several high-profile legislative votes.

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KUNM News Update
6:41 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Legislative Report Touts Prekindergarten Benefits

Legislative Report Touts Prekindergarten Benefits The Associated Press

A legislative committee report concludes that prekindergarten delivers a greater return on investment for New Mexico than taxpayer subsidized child care.

The Legislative Finance Committee staff report says prekindergarten's benefits outweigh the costs, although that's not the case for child care provided through registered homes and some state licensed programs.

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KUNM News Update
7:26 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Crews Find Suspected Area Of Radiation Leak

Crews Find Suspected Area Of Radiation Leak - The Associated Press

More than two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, crews think they have identified the area where the release occurred.

The DOE's deputy recovery manager, Tammy Reynolds, told a community meeting in Carlsbad Thursday night that more trips need to made into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to further investigate the accident. Officials say they hope to have a lot more information next week.

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KUNM News Update
6:31 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Recordings Surface In New Mexico Governor Race

Recordings Surface In New Mexico Governor Race - The Associated Press

Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.

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KUNM News Update
6:55 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Oversight Members Resign

Albuquerque Police Oversight Members Resign -  The Associated Press

Half of the members of Albuquerque's Police Oversight Commission have resigned, citing a lack of independence and inability to provide any real citizen oversight of the troubled department.

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KUNM News Update
6:26 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Gov. Martinez Reports $4M Re-Election Cash Balance

Researchers Find No Signs Of Radiation In Water Near WIPP - The Associated Press

Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination after a radiation leak at the plant.

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant officials said Saturday that independent researchers found the samples had no trace amounts of radioactive particles.

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KUNM News Update
11:54 am
Thu April 10, 2014

DOJ: Serious Problems in APD

The DOJ wrote a letter to Mayor Berry, saying the Albuquerque Police Department is guilty of violating citizens Fourth Amendment.

  The U.S. Justice Department says institutional reform is needed to curb the "patterns of excessive force" that were turned up by a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department.

The federal agency said Thursday that Albuquerque officers need more training and tools to ensure they can protect the community without escalating potentially violent situations.

The agency found that officers too frequently used deadly force on people "who posed a minimal threat" and used a higher level of force too often on those with mental illness.

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KUNM News Update
12:39 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

4 Albuquerque Police Substations Vandalized

Credit Marisa Demarco

Crews in Albuquerque are cleaning and repainting four police substations that were targets of vandalism, with red zigzags and other markings painted on exterior walls and windows.

The substations were tagged Tuesday morning.

It's not known whether the vandalism is related to protests over alleged civil rights violations and allegations of use of excessive force.

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KUNM News Update
12:02 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

High Court Upholds Wedding Photo Discrimination Ruling

Credit Public Domain via Wikimedia

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a commercial photography business in New Mexico that objects to taking pictures of same-sex wedding ceremonies.

The justices on Monday left in place a state Supreme Court ruling that said Elane Photography violated a state anti-discrimination law when it refused to work for a same-sex couple who wanted pictures of their commitment ceremony.

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KUNM News Update
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

APD Allies Rally Downtown

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  Supporters are rallying to the defense of Albuquerque police, who have been criticized for a recent series of fatal shootings.

Dozens gathered Sunday around noon on the steps of police headquarters for a rally sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police.

The hour-long rally only saw two counter-protesters.

Albuquerque police are under a federal investigation over excessive force and possible civil rights violations. The department also has drawn criticism for 37 police shootings since 2010.

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KUNM News Update
6:55 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Friday News Roundup: No Contamination Found On 2nd Trip Into Nuke Dump

No Contamination Found On 2nd Trip Into Nuke Dump The Associated Press

Crews investigating a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned up no contamination during a second trip farther into the half-mile-deep repository.

The Department of Energy says Friday's trip at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant allowed crews to establish a base where they can safely remove and store their clothing and equipment if it becomes contaminated before returning to the surface.

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KUNM News Update
12:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

APD Crisis Team Not Called to Boyd Shooting

A vigil on Wednesday, April 2, at the spot where James Boyd was killed by APD
Credit Alex Limkin

 

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A specialized Albuquerque police unit trained to defuse dangerous encounters with suspects battling mental illness was not used in the March 16 police shooting of a homeless man.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Barri Roberts, executive director of the Bernalillo County Forensic Intervention Consortium, said the police's Crisis Intervention Team played no role during the long standoff with 38-year-old James Boyd.

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KUNM News Update
6:36 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: New Security System Finally Complete At Los Alamos

New Security System Finally Complete At Los Alamos - The Assocaited Press

Federal officials say the problem-plagued $244 million security system to protect the most sensitive areas at Los Alamos National Laboratory is finally complete.

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KUNM News Update
6:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Los Alamos Resumes Nuclear-Waste Shipments

Los Alamos Resumes Nuclear-Waste Shipments The Associated Press

Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste of its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas.

Los Alamos and Department of Energy officials say the first shipments arrived at a commercial nuclear waste dump in Andrews County in west Texas on Wednesday.

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KUNM News Update
7:25 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: US Marshals Shoot Man In Albuquerque's South Valley

US Marshals Shoot Man Outside Of Albuquerque The Associated Press

Authorities say federal marshals shot a wanted felon Tuesday morning in southwest Albuquerque.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office spokesman Aaron Williamson says shots were fired as the U.S. Marshal's Service Task Force moved in to arrest the man. Williamson said he didn't know if the suspect was armed.

The suspect was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

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KUNM News Update
4:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Monday News Roundup- Tests: 4 More Workers Contaminated At NM Nuke Dump

Tests: 4 More Workers Contaminated At NM Nuke Dump - The Associated Press

The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.

Officials also said Monday that they're planning to get a crew underground Tuesday for the first time since the Valentine's Day accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

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KUNM News Update
2:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Momentum Builds at Sunday APD Demonstration

Credit A still from the Daily Lobo's news show "The Howl"

  

Late Sunday night, protesters convened again in front of police headquarters, and tear gas was dispersed for the second time. The group disbanded but vowed to return. Stay tuned to KUNM 89.9 and kunm.org for updates.

The day started with city government websites going dark. The hacker collective Anonymous had called for a protest of the Albuquerque Police Department.

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KUNM News Update
10:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

APD Clashes With Protesters

Protesters climb atop the police substation in Albuquerque's Nob Hill.
Credit Screen Shot from the Daily Lobo's news show "The Howl"

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said last night a 10-hour protest over recent police shootings has turned from peaceful into "mayhem," as officers in riot gear clashed with protesters.

The demonstrators blocked traffic, tried to get on freeways and shouted anti-police slogans. The Albuquerque Journal reports Berry said one officer was injured, rocks were thrown and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break the windows.

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KUNM News Update
6:39 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Ex-legislator Max Coll Of Santa Fe Dies At Age 82

Ex-legislator Max Coll Of Santa Fe Dies At Age 82The Associated Press

Former state Rep. Max Coll of Santa Fe, longtime legislative budget committee chairman, has died at age 82.

Sen. Peter Wirth, a family friend, said Friday that Coll died Thursday night after suffering a stroke last week.

Coll served in the House for 32 years, retiring in 2004. He had been chairman of the Appropriations and Finance Committee since 1987.

Coll began representing a Santa Fe district as a Republican in 1981, and became a Democrat two years later.

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KUNM News Update
7:22 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Crews Preparing To Enter Underground Nuke Dump

Crews Preparing To Enter Underground Nuke DumpAssociated Press

The Department of Energy says it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating a mysterious radiation leak from the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Officials on Thursday said the inspections of the shafts workers will use to access the half-mile deep repository are complete and they are preparing to send an initial crew of eight into the mine early next week.

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KUNM News Update
6:13 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Thursday Evening Roundup: Albuquerque Police Under New Shooting Scrutiny

The Albuquerque Police Department came under new scrutiny Wednesday after officers shot and killed a man outside a public housing complex in the second deadly encounter in the last 10 days.

Police said the man was killed after he opened fire on officers responding to a frantic call from a woman who said the suspect had pointed at gun at two girls.

The family of the man, identified as Alfred Redwine, however, insisted he was not armed and only had a cellphone in his hand.

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KUNM News Update
5:56 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: ABQ Mayor Says It Was Wrong To Say Police Shooting Was Justified

Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting Justified - The Associated Press

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says it was wrong for Police Chief Gorden Eden to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. And Berry said Monday he wants to bring in outsiders to help investigate.

In a rare show of public displeasure with the city's troubled police department, Berry criticized Albuquerque's new police chief for making a “premature" judgment about the fatal shooting that left 38-year-old James Boyd dead.

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KUNM News Update
7:38 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Monday News Roundup- Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting Justified

Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting Justified The Associated Press

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says it was wrong for Police Chief Gorden Eden to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. And Berry said Monday he wants to bring in outsiders to help investigate.

In a rare show of public displeasure with the city's troubled police department, Berry criticized Albuquerque's new police chief for making a "premature" judgment about the fatal shooting that left 38-year-old James Boyd dead.

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KUNM News Update
7:01 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Friday News Roundup: A Rio Rancho Customer Care Center Is Expanding Its Workforce

 A Rio Rancho Customer Care Center Is Expanding Its Workforce - The Associated Press

A Rio Rancho customer care center is expanding its workforce.

Gov. Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announced Thursday that Alliance Data Retail Services will be hiring for 200 new jobs.

The Plano, Texas-based company says it will hire customer care associates, customer retention associates, trainers and customer care managers. All positions offer a full range of benefits to full-time employees.

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KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: New Mexico Sued Over Public School Financing

New Mexico Sued Over Public School Financing The Associated Press

Parents of public school students have sued the state to increase funding for education and target more assistance to disadvantaged students who are living in poverty or learning English.

The lawsuit was announced Thursday by the Center on Law and Poverty, which filed the case on Wednesday in Gallup on behalf of parents of students in the Albuquerque and Gallup-McKinley school districts.

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KUNM News Update
6:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Another Radiation Release At WIPP

Another Radiation Release At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump - The Associated Press 

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.

Department of Energy officials say a monitoring station picked up elevated radiation readings around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad on March 11. That's nearly a month after a Valentine's Day leak contaminated 17 workers and shut the only repository for toxic waste from the nation's nuclear bomb-building program.

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KUNM News Update
7:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Utilities Sue Bernalillo County Over Fees

Utilities Sue Bernalillo County Over Fees The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press

Three utilities are asking a federal court to prohibit Bernalillo County from enforcing a new ordinance that imposes fees for using roads and other public rights of way for lines.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico Gas Co., Public Service Co. of New Mexico and CenturyLink contend that the county is improperly imposing franchise fees to get more revenue to pad its budget.

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KUNM News Update
6:31 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills

Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills - The Associated Press

Police say a man shot by an Albuquerque officer during a confrontation in the foothills has died.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said the man died Monday morning.

Police Chief Gordon Eden told reporters the man was shot Sunday night and was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

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KUNM News Update
5:39 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Report Says Nuclear Waste Dump Truck Fire Was Preventable

Report: Nuclear Waste Dump Truck Fire Was Preventable - The Associated Press

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system.

Those are some of the conclusions of a report to be released Friday into the accident last month at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

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KUNM News Update
6:52 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Governor Signs Lottery Scholarship Program Fix

Governor Signs College Scholarship Program Fix - The Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a measure into law to shore up the finances of a college scholarship program that relies on lottery revenue.

The governor signed the bill Wednesday, which was the deadline for acting on measures passed by the Legislature.

The scholarship program will receive liquor tax money for two years starting in 2015. Until that happens, a newly enacted state budget provides extra money to keep the program solvent.

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