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Some developers who build huge housing projects say it’s common sense to ask the community share in the cost of paying for public infrastructure.

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There’s been a lot of focus lately both locally and nationally on how police officers use force—sometimes deadly force—against people.

Now, New Mexico’s largest jail is back in the headlines after it was revealed that two inmates may have been the victims of excessive use of force.

Sarah Gustavus

KUNM Call In Show 7/28 8a: New Mexico is known for its incredible outdoor beauty. Are you taking advantage of opportunities to hike, bike, paddle or camp in state and national parks this summer? What does time in the outdoors mean to you? What keeps you from spending more time in nature? 

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 The Bernalillo County approval process for a huge housing development on Albuquerque’s west side stalled on Thursday.

The county planning commission chair blamed the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority for not working with Santolina developers to get a water contract in place that would spell out water availability for the 38,000-unit housing development.

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New Mexico Newspapers Want Settlement Details From CorizonAssociated Press   

Two newspapers and an advocacy group have asked a New Mexico district court to publicly release some settlement documents between Corizon Health and inmates in the state's prison system.

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KUNM Call In Show 7/14 8a: This week, we want to hear your response to recent police shootings of African Americans—and the killing of five Dallas police officers. How do you think the shootings of officers in Dallas have affected the national conversation on race and policing? What are the ripple effects of these deaths right here at home in New Mexico? How has the widespread anger and fear affected police officers and their ability to do their jobs? How are activists taking care of themselves in the face of a problem that's hard to gain ground with? 

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For the folks beating back flames during New Mexico’s dry season, knowing the science behind fire behavior can save lives and property. Members of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) are collecting information on fuel loads, which are the amount of wood on a forest floor that could sustain a fire. The hope is that the data will help firefighters predict the direction and intensity of a blaze.

Daphne Carrillo

UPDATE Wednesday, 29, 11:00 a.m.: The Dog Head Fire is 91 percent contained. A total of 12 residences and 44 minor structures have been damaged. The U.S. Forest Service says the wildfire was human-started, but they are still investigating how it happened.

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It looks like state officials have scrapped a $1 billion proposal to divert water from the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico – but they’re still looking to spend $80 million to $100 million to take water from the river for towns and farmers.

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The planned Santolina suburb on Albuquerque’s West Mesa has hit a potential snag: There is no agreement in place between the developers and the Water Authority, a mandatory pre-requisite for the next phase of the project. Without that agreement in place, Bernalillo County planners are hesitant to send up the second stage of Santolina’s plan for approval before the County Commission.  

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New Mexicans applying for medical marijuana cards—or renewing them—are waiting too long before they hear back from the Department of Health, according to state law. The state auditor has sent a warning saying if things don’t speed up, he’ll launch a special audit.

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Thousands of adult New Mexicans can't read well, and because of social stigmas, they’re a hidden population. The latest data estimates adult education programs only manage to reach a fraction of those folks. But an Albuquerque literacy program is developing a method of making contact with potential students. 

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KUNM Call In Show 6/23 8a: 

 

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was formally established last year and plans are underway to create facilities in Los Alamos, Oakridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington. The idea is to tell the stories behind the creation of the first atomic bomb. But critics worry the new park could glorify or gloss over controversial issues, such as using the weapons on Japan, and the impacts on communities from nuclear weapons testing.

Daphne Carrillo

The Dog Head Fire has consumed almost 17,000 acres in New Mexico since Tuesday, and it remains entirely uncontained. People are leaving their homes and property, and more mandatory evacuations may be called this weekend.

KUNM spoke with Commissioner Wayne Johnson, who was stationed at the Bernalillo County’s emergency operations center Friday evening.  

Victoria Edwards

Laun-Dry Supply Company is moving toward cleaning up a decades-old solvent spill near downtown Albuquerque. The state's Environment Department addressed a packed Wells Park Neighborhood Association meeting yesterday.

Mauro Walden-Montoya

 

KUNM Call In Show 6/16 8a:

In the wake of a tragic hate crime at an Orlando, Florida nightclub that left 49 people dead, how do we talk about violence against America’s LGBTQ community and people of color? We’ll dive into issues including bigotry, violence and the national debate over gun policy.

Elaine Baumgartel/KUNM

Just hours after LGBT folks celebrated Albuquerque’s 40th pride on Saturday night, hundreds gathered Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the people who were killed in the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

A hometown hero is being laid to rest in Louisville, Ky., as Muhammad Ali, the boxer and humanitarian, is buried Friday. Fans came to the city from far and wide to pay their respects as Ali's body passed by on its way to a private burial.

New Mexico PBS

KUNM teamed up with New Mexico PBS for a New Mexico primary election special featuring results and analysis from political observers and reporters. Gene Grant of New Mexico in Focus and Ed Williams of the KUNM Public Health New Mexico project hosted the conversation. 

Victoria Edwards / KUNM

Voters are going to the polls today to vote in New Mexico’s primary election.

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When you think of a drug sting operation, you might think of busting drug dealers. Last week the chief of the Albuquerque Police Department defended a reverse drug sting operation in which undercover officers posed as dealers in early May and arrested mainly homeless people and people with mental health issues who tried to buy drugs.

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New Mexico's primary election day is this Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Are you ready? 

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DA Races Hotly Contested Among Democrats In 3 DistrictsAssociated Press

The debate emerging from three races for district attorney in New Mexico's largest population centers are stirring up debate over crime and public safety issues that all remain hot topics in the state.

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New Mexico’s teen pregnancy rate has been cut in half over the last two decades, but it remains one of the highest in the country.

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KUNM Call In Show 6/2 8a: 

Officials are expecting a high turnout in New Mexico’s primary election June 7th.  Donald Trump has already won enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination for president. Bernie Sanders shows no signs of dropping out even as Hillary Clinton scoops up more delegates for the Democratic party nomination. But there are many state and local races. Republicans are seeking to hold on to the state House of Representatives and possibly take control of the state Senate. 

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Court Orders Bill Richardson To Attend Driving School—Associated Press

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is pleading no contest to charges of driving away from a traffic accident without notice.

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Bill Clinton campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Albuquerque, Wednesday. KUNM’s Anna Lande checked in with folks at the rally about why they came out to see the former president, and why they support his wife’s candidacy.

Elaine Baumgartel/KUNM

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters lined up outside the Albuquerque Convention Center Tuesday to hear the apparent Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, speak. Here’s a bit of what some of them had to say about why they plan to vote for him.

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