KUNM News Update

KUNM News Update
6:53 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Decrying Washington Stalemate, Obama Calls For 'Year Of Action'

A woman bundled against the cold walks past the U.S. Capitol dome prior to President Obama's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 12:00 pm

With the country slowly digging itself out of recession, some of his legislative priorities buried under Washington's partisanship and his approval ratings at some of their lowest levels, President Obama called for "a year of action" during his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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KUNM News Update
7:38 am
Tue January 28, 2014

LIVE: President Obama's 2014 State Of The Union Address

Credit Photo by The White House

Tonight at 7p, KUNM will broadcast President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address. The President is expected to discuss income inequality, immigration and education. 

You can listen live at 89.9 in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, 88.7 in Socorro, 91.9 in Las Vegas and Espanola, 90.9 in Taos. 

You can also stream the address live online, just click "Listen Live" at the top of this page. 

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It's All Politics
2:29 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Of The Union Invitation List: Who Makes The Cut

First lady Michelle Obama and invited guests in her box applaud during President Obama's State of the Union address in Washington, Jan. 25, 2011.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:58 pm

Just like the issues and themes that color the annual State of the Union speech, the list of White House invitees is intended to send a message about what an administration cares about and prioritizes.

The State of the Union guests, after all, are announced beforehand with biographies attached. And the typically staggered announcement of names allows the media to chew them over for several news cycles.

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KUNM News Update
7:22 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Lawmaker Wants Judicial Finance Statements Online

Lawmaker Wants Judicial Finance Statements OnlineThe Associated Press

 A state lawmaker is proposing that financial disclosure statements of New Mexico's judges be posted online.

Democratic Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque said his measure would increase governmental transparency.

Judges and other government officials must file annual financial statements with the secretary of state disclosing sources of income and business interests.

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KUNM News Update
6:31 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Seismologists To Study Earthquakes

Seismologists To Study Earthquakes - KRDO and The Associated Press

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KUNM News Update
8:14 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Rally Planned For Gun-Buyer Background Checks

NM Rally Planned For Gun-Buyer Background Checks - The Associated Press

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and gun safety advocates plan to rally at the Capitol in support of a proposal to require criminal background checks of more people who buy firearms at gun shows.

The rally is scheduled Wednesday at the Capitol and supporters hope to increase pressure on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to add the gun proposal to the Legislature's agenda.

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KUNM News Update
8:02 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Ruling Says Search For Pot Violated Privacy Rights

Ruling Says Search For Pot Violated Privacy Rights  - Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press

A court ruling says a police search that found 14 marijuana plants on a man's property in a remote area of northern New Mexico violated his privacy rights.

The state Court of Appeals' ruling says that's because authorities didn't have a warrant to conduct an aerial flyover that prompted the search.

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KUNM News Update
8:29 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Monday News Update: National Teachers Union President Visits NM

National Teachers Union President Visits NM The Associated Press

The head of the American Federation of Teachers is visiting New Mexico to push the importance of early childhood education.

Union officials say president Randi Weingarten met with local AFT leaders, teachers, parents and community members Monday morning at the Parkside Child Development Center in Albuquerque.

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KUNM News Update
5:12 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

News Roundup: State Finds No Fraud By Mental Health Provider

State Finds No Fraud By Mental Health Provider - The Associated Press

Attorney General Gary King says investigators found no fraud by a behavioral health provider in Alamogordo although Medicaid was improperly billed for $19,000 in services.

King's office announced Thursday it had finished an investigation of the first of more than a dozen nonprofit mental health providers that had their Medicaid payments suspended last year by the Human Services Department because of allegations of fraud, mismanagement and billing problems.

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KUNM News Update
6:58 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled Services

State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled ServicesThe Associated Press

Family members and legal guardians of developmentally disabled New Mexicans have sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration over cuts in services.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday to restore the services lost by individuals and stop the administration from continuing with changes implemented this year to control costs in a Medicaid-funded program serving about 4,000 people.

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KUNM News Update
3:32 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Two Students Hospitalized After Shooting At Roswell Middle School

Two students have been hospitalized after a gunman opened fire at a New Mexico middle school Tuesday morning.

The shooting occurred at a Roswell Middle School in eastern New Mexico when students gathered in the gym to get out of the weather and a 12-year-old suspect brought what's presumed to be a shotgun to school.

"This individual opened fire on the audience that was in the gym," Said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. "At this time we can confirm that two students were injured, a boy and a girl, as well as a school staff member."

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KUNM News Update
6:16 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Judge To Decide Later On Horse Slaughter Plant

Judge To Decide Later On Horse Slaughter Plant  The Associated Press

A New Mexico judge will decide Friday whether a Roswell company can move ahead with plans for slaughtering horses.

State District Judge Matthew Wilson made the announcement after a hearing Monday on a request from Attorney General Gary King's office for a preliminary injunction against Valley Meat Co.

King has filed a lawsuit alleging the company's operations would violate state environmental and food safety laws.

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KUNM News Update
10:17 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Sunday News Roundup: Health Care Website Frustrates Spanish Speakers

Health Care Website Frustrates Spanish Speakers - The Associated Press

Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, users attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties.

The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched more than two months late. It had busted links. And the translations are so clunky that critics say they must have been computer-generated.

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KUNM News Update
8:43 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Saturday News Roundup: Dad Of Man Shot By Albuquerque Police Sues

Dad Of Man Shot By Albuquerque Police Sues - KOB-TV

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A father of a man shot by Albuquerque police has filed a lawsuit against the department seeking the release of public records tied to the shooting.

KOB-TV reports that David Sherrill and the attorneys are seeking lapel camera video, dashcam video, and witness statements related to the December shooting of Shaine Sherrill.

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KUNM News Update
7:07 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Taos Lawmaker Proposes Funds To Upgrade Tracks, Protect Amtrak Route

Taos Lawmaker Proposes Funds To Upgrade Tracks, Protect Amtrak Route- Santa Fe New Mexican

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KUNM News Update
5:28 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Valencia County Commisoners Vote Down Abortion Ban

Valencia County Commisoners Vote Down Abortion BanThe Albuquerque Journal

Last night a proposal to ban late-term abortions in Valencia County was rejected by County Commissioners in a 3-2 vote. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Chairman Charles Eaton said he had a hard time supporting a measure that was “largely symbolic” since at the moment there are no abortion providers in Valencia County, be it late-term or otherwise.

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KUNM News Update
7:24 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Department Of Justice To Hold Meeting On Albuquerque Police Probe

NMED Hearing Officer: Deny Permit To Horse PlantThe Associated Press

A hearing officer is recommending that the New Mexico Environment Department deny a wastewater permit for a Roswell company that wants to slaughter horses.

The hearing officer cited what she called the company's record of "willful disregard" of the state's environmental laws.

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KUNM News Update
6:12 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Governor Susana Martinez To Release Budget Proposals

  Governor Susana Martinez To Release Budget Proposals - The Associated Press 

Gov. Susana Martinez is gearing up for the Legislature by preparing to unveil her budget proposals to lawmakers.

The Republican governor is scheduled to release her budget recommendations Monday afternoon. The Legislature convenes Jan. 21 for a 30-day session that's limited mostly to budget, tax and other issues placed on the agenda by the governor.

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KUNM News Update
7:55 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Lost Family Found In Santa Fe National Forest

  Lost Family Found In Santa Fe National Forest - The Albuquerque Journal

A Santa Fe-area woman and her three young children were found in good condition after they got lost in the Santa Fe National Forest.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, Denise Lee and her children ended up several miles off course after they got turned around during their outing Wednesday afternoon on the Bear Wallow Trail.

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KUNM News Update
8:08 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: New Mexico National Refuge To Expand

  New Mexico National Refuge To Expand - The Associated Press

The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge on Albuquerque's southern edge is growing thanks to the purchase of 57 acres.

The $1.1 million purchase was announced this week by Bernalillo County Commissioner Art de la Cruz and state Sen. Michael Padilla. They also say development of a master plan for the refuge and visitors' center is underway.

The state Legislature approved the funding for the purchase during its last session.

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KUNM News Update
6:37 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: Friday Hearing Set On Horse Slaughter

  Friday Hearing Set On Horse SlaughterThe Associated Press

A Friday court hearing is set on the latest effort to stop a Roswell plant from resuming domestic horse slaughter.

State District Judge Matthew Wilson in Santa Fe will hear New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's request for a temporary restraining order to block Valley Meat Co. from opening its doors in the coming days.

King's suit says Valley Meat stands to violate state laws related to food safety, water quality and unfair business practices.

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KUNM News Update
8:27 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Monday News Roundup: New Mexico Lawmaker Aims To Confront Truancy Problem

  New Mexico Lawmaker Aims To Confront Truancy Problem - The Associated Press

A state lawmaker has proposed taking away the driver's licenses of New Mexico students who habitually play hookey from school.

The Albuquerque Journal reports  that Senator Craig Brandt wants to give school authorities the ability to work with the Motor Vehicle Division to deny or suspend licenses of students who have a pattern of truancy, poor grades and are at risk of dropping out.

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KUNM News Update
11:22 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Sunday News Roundup: NM Law Officers Planning DWI Crackdown

NM Law Officers Planning DWI Crackdown - The Associated Press

Law enforcement agencies around New Mexico are planning to be out in full force, looking for suspected drunken drivers during the New Year's holiday and beyond.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation's Holiday Superblitz continues through Jan. 5. Some local agencies have also planned enforcement actions through the end of January.

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KUNM News Update
9:11 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

Saturday News Roundup: Crime Spree Ends With 1 Suspect Dead

NM Police: Crime Spree Ends With 1 Suspect Dead - The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police say one suspect is dead and two others are in custody following a crime spree that stretched from Albuquerque to the village of Placitas.

Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says it began late Friday when Albuquerque police began pursuing shoplifting suspects in a stolen vehicle.

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KUNM News Update
8:14 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Solar Power Station On It's Way To Completion

  Construction Under Way On New Mexico's Largest Solar Array -The Associated Press

 New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell says construction is well underway on what will be the state's largest solar-power generating station.

Powell shared photos this week of the Macho Springs solar power project near Deming, where workers have been busy installing the tracking systems on which thousands of solar panels will be placed.

Ground was broken in July, and the work is expected to be complete in May.

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KUNM News Update
8:22 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Spanish Market in Albuquerque For The First Time

Winter Spanish Market Noted As A Success - The Associated Press

This marked the first year for Winter Spanish Market to be held in Albuquerque, and organizers say it was a success.

The two-day event organized by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society drew some 5,000 people. That number is more than twice the visitors the event had drawn in Santa Fe in recent years.

Marketing director Maggie Magalnick tells The Santa Fe New Mexican the plan is to hold the winter arts and crafts festival in Albuquerque again next year.

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KUNM News Update
6:54 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Director Of Valles Caldera Trust To Tetire

Director Of Valles Caldera Trust To Retire - The Associated Press

The executive director of the Valles Caldera Trust says he will retire next week.

Dennis Trujillo made the announcement last week during a gathering of employees. His last day will be Jan. 3, marking the end of nearly four decades of public service.

Trujillo says he feels fortunate that his career has centered on public lands and the conservation of natural resources.

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KUNM News Update
11:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: $400M NM Border Railroad Project May Open In 2014

  $400M NM Border Railroad Project May Open In 2014 - The Associated Press

A $400 million Union Pacific railroad facility near a young New Mexico border town could open next year.

Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said Tuesday that construction near Santa Teresa is ahead of schedule and the facility could be operational in 2014.

Hunt says more than 50 contractors are involved in the project and there is an average of 250 workers on site daily.

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KUNM News Update
6:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Monday News Roundup: Court Asked To Mull NM's Teacher Evaluation Plan

Court Asked To Mull NM's Teacher Evaluation Plan - Associated Press

Teachers unions and some state lawmakers who are opposed to the New Mexico Public Education Department's teacher evaluation system are asking the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its contention that the program is invalid because it violates state laws.

The reconsideration request comes after a state District Court judge last month refused to block Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from continuing to implement a new system for evaluating teachers.

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KUNM News Update
6:56 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Friday News Roundup: NM Governor Proposes High-Tech Initiatives

NM Governor Proposes High-Tech Initiatives - Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has proposed spending $9.5 million on two high-tech research and development initiatives.

The governor says the aim is to attract top faculty members to New Mexico's colleges and universities and to fund innovative projects that have the potential to contribute to the state's economic growth.

Martinez unveiled her proposals during visits Thursday to the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech.

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