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8:54 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Headlines: Powwow Returns To ABQ, Charges Of Excessive Force...

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North America's Largest Powwow Draws Thousands To New MexicoThe Associated Press

Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:

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Local News
6:41 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Many Teachers Optimistic About New APS Superintendent

The new superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools will begin his position on July 1st, 2015.
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The Albuquerque Board of Education signed off on hiring the district’s next superintendent. The local teachers union approves the board’s choice.

By mid-summer Luis Valentino will be at the helm of the Albuquerque Public School District. 

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Drilling Deep
2:51 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

The Hunt For The Source Of Four Corners Methane

Image via NASA: "The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan."
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Scientists published a paper on methane levels across the globe last year—and their satellite images show the largest methane anomaly in the United States hovers over northwestern New Mexico. Now, some of the nation’s top scientists have come here to figure out where all that methane’s coming from.  

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Local News
2:33 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Hidden Dairy Video Prompts New Animal Welfare Policy

Sick or weak cows, known as downed cows, are moved with tractors in the videos that Mercy for Animals says were recorded at Winchester Dairy.
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The world's largest mozzarella cheese producer has updated their animal welfare policy. This week's announcement comes in the wake of a hidden video investigation of animal abuse at a dairy farm in southern New Mexico last year. 

The secretly-taped video revealed that workers at Winchester Dairy near Dexter, New Mexico, used prods on cows' genitals and tractors to move sick animals.

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Friday News Roundup
4:50 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Headlines: SF Parade For Marathon Winner, Native Actors Quit Movie...

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Boston Marathon Winner Rotich To Get Santa Fe Parade - The Associated Press

The city of Santa Fe is holding a parade for a Santa Fe resident who won the Boston Marathon.

Officials announced this week the city and other groups will sponsor a parade on Monday in honor of Caroline Rotich.

Rotich, who has lived and trained in Santa Fe for about five years, used a late kick to bust through the tape first among the women runners in the 119th running of the prestigious event.

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Commentary
5:58 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Don't Slip On The Peel

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Many people in the U.S. proclaimed the election of President Barack Obama proof that our nation had become a post-racial society.

But commentator Andrea Mays says Trayvon Martin’s murder, the choke-hold death of Eric Garner, the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and most recently, the killing of Eric Harris in Oklahoma by a white volunteer police officer shows we aren’t there, yet.

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Local News
5:48 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

New Laws Expand Local Beer and Wine Markets

Recently signed legislation will allow craft brewers to distribute their product more widely.
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New Mexico’s craft beer and winemakers will be able to sell their products in more places come July 1st, 2015.

So this summer when you stop by a brewery you may be able to order a glass of local wine. And if you're visiting a tasting room at a winery, you might be able to order a pint produced at a local brewery.

That’s because New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed a few bills expanding markets for breweries and wineries around the state.

Nico Ortiz of Turtle Mountain Brewing Company is excited to sell his beer outside of his taproom.

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Thursday News Roundup
4:42 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Headlines: New Rules For Lyft And Uber, Special Legislative Session..

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New Mexico Regulators Adopt New Rules For Lyft, Uber - The Associated Press

State regulators have approved new rules to allow ride-booking services Lyft and Uber to operate in New Mexico.

The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday on new regulations that clear the way for the companies to operate under guidelines separate from those that govern traditional taxi services.

Commissioners were divided on drug testing requirements for ride-booking drivers and voted 3-2 to require testing only after accidents.

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Wednesday News Roundup
4:48 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Headlines: Tribal Businessman Upsets Former Navajo President In Race, NM Job Gains Continue...

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Tribal Businessman Upsets Former Navajo President In Race - Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press

Russell Begaye easily beat a former Navajo Nation president Tuesday for the top post on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

Begaye led Joe Shirley Jr. by about 10,000 votes, according to unofficial results.

Begaye's victory came nearly five months after the original election was scuttled amid court battles sparked by a candidate's ability to speak fluent Navajo.

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Tuesday News Roundup
5:28 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Headlines: KAFB Fuel Spill, NM Job Gains, Another APD Lawsuit...

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Kirkland Fuel Spill Plume Seems To Bypass Albuquerque Wells - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

A fuel spill that officials worried might pollute Albuquerque drinking water seems to be bypassing the city's wells.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that leaders of the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill cleanup team say the plume appears to be headed north rather than northeast.

The direction means the fuel will likely bypass two of three nearby wells. It is unclear whether it will pollute the third.

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KUNM Call In Show
8:00 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

How-To: Small Scale Solar Power

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KUNM Call In Show 4/23 8a:  

The sun shines most days of the year in New Mexico. How can we harness that power for our energy needs? What does it take to set up a solar power system for a home or business? What are the costs and benefits? How much money could be saved over time?

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

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Local News
7:53 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

PNM To Appeal Rate Hike Rejection

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New Mexico’s largest electric utility plans to appeal a Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner’s decision to reject a rate hike proposal

Public Service Company of New Mexico has two weeks to file objections with the PRC after their request to increase rates by more than $ 100 million was dismissed on Friday.

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Monday News Roundup
4:32 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Headlines: Navajo Voters Will Choose President Tuesday, PNM Marks Efficiency Milestone...

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Navajo High Court Says Voters Will Choose President Tuesday – The Associated Press

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has overturned a lower court's ruling that called for Tuesday's presidential election to be canceled.

The high court justices issued the brief order Monday and said they would elaborate on their decision later.

Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry had granted a request last week to halt the election, saying a referendum on language requirements must be held before Navajos choose their next leader.

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Local News
7:40 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Headlines: Navajo Election In Peril, Sandia Labs And LANL...

Interim Navajo President Ben Shelly may have to hold office even longer because Tuesday's scheduled election is in jeopardy.
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Court: Navajo Presidential Election Cannot Be Held Tuesday The Associated Press

A Navajo Nation judge says election officials cannot move forward with Tuesday's presidential contest.

Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry says the law is clear that a referendum vote on language requirements for the presidency must be held before Navajos choose their next leader.

Calls to election officials went unanswered late Friday, and their attorney didn't immediately respond to messages. An appeal to the tribe's Supreme Court is likely.

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Friday News Roundup
4:31 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Headlines: Private Attorney To Prosecute APD Officers, Review Of Navajo Mine...

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Private Attorney To Prosecute NM Officers In Fatal Shooting - The Associated Press

The prosecutor removed by a New Mexico judge from the case of two Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting death of a homeless man last year has tapped a private attorney to handle the case.

Randi McGinn has agreed to prosecute officers Dominque Perez and Keith Sandy, who were charged earlier this year with murder in the March 2014 death of James Boyd during an hourslong standoff.

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Local News
2:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

KUNM Continuing Coverage: PNM's Power Plan

Two coal-burning stacks at the San Juan Generating Station will be shuttered in 2017. To replace that coal-generated power, Public Service Company of New Mexico has proposed investing mostly in other coal, natural gas and nuclear energy. The utility, which provides power to half a million customers in New Mexico, says it’s the most cost effective, reliable option. 

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Thursday News Roundup
4:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Headlines: WIPP Leak Could Have Been Prevented...

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Los Alamos Radiation Release Could Have Been PreventedThe Associated Press

Investigators say officials could have prevented the poor management and lapses in safety that led to radiation contamination inside the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.

The shortcomings were outlined in a final report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy's Accident Investigation Board.

Investigators spent more than a year looking into the cause of the radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Wednesday News Roundup
4:44 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Headlines: Potash Mine Water Plan Scrutinized, APD Officers Investigated...

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Allegations Against Albuquerque Police Officers Investigated - The Associated Press

Allegations of excessive use of force by two Albuquerque police officers are the subject of a New Mexico State Police investigation.

The State Police said its Investigation Bureau is investigating a March 20 incident and that details will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

The State Police didn't release any additional information but city officials said the two officers are on paid leave.

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Local News
5:56 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Navajo Supreme Court Clarifies Source For Funding Election

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The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has settled the question of how to fund a belated presidential election.

The court says the tribe's controller can use money from a fund used to satisfy legal judgments and claims against the Navajo Nation.

The opinion came after the tribe's Department of Justice asked the court to clarify how $317,000 legally could be transferred to the election office.

Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie said Tuesday that his office is evaluating the court's opinion.

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Tuesday News Roundup
4:46 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Headlines: Fire Managers Hope For Calm Season...

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Wetter Weather Tames Wildfire Fears In New Mexico Somewhat - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

An expected wetter-than-normal spring and possible more active summer monsoons have some fire managers hoping for a calm fire season in New Mexico this year.

The Albuquerque Journal report the predictions of less wind than usual also have fire managers hopeful that the state can avoid large wildfires but they say those conditions can change rapidly.

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Monday News Roundup
4:46 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Headlines: New APS Superintendent Announced, Payday Loan Reform Quashed...

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Albuquerque Schools Names California Educator As New Leader - The Associated Press

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has named a California educator as superintendent.

The board picked Luis Valentino for the superintendent's job on Saturday from three finalists for the job. The district has nearly 88,000 students

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Local News
6:37 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Headlines: Gov Signs Bills, Judge Blocks Coal Mine Expansion...

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Martinez Approves Majority Of Bills Passed In Legislature The Associated Press

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has wrapped up action on about 190 bills passed during the recent legislative session.

Martinez approved nearly 160 bills by a Friday noon deadline, signing several of them during public appearances in Albuquerque. She vetoed about a dozen bills outright and did not take action on about 20 others, resulting in pocket vetoes.

Martinez signed the key $6.2 billion budget Thursday.

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Friday News Roundup
4:43 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Headlines: Judge Removes DA From APD Murder Case, Finalists For APS Superintendent

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Court Takes Albuquerque Prosecutor Off Police Shooting Case - The Associated Press

A judge has removed the prosecutor from the case of two Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting death of a homeless man last year.

Defense lawyers wanted prosecutor Kari Brandenburg disqualified because they believe she has a conflict of interest.

Second Judicial District Court Judge Alisa Hadfield agreed in a ruling Thursday. A special prosecutor will be appointed to handle the case of officers Dominque Perez and Keith Sandy.

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Local News
9:49 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Policing For Profit: Critics Say Civil Asset Forfeiture Is Unfair

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In March the New Mexico state Legislature unanimously passed a bill that would basically eliminate what critics call “policing for profit,” the ability of law enforcement agencies to seize cars, cash and other property police say were used in committing a crime. The practice originated in the 1980s as a tool to fight back against big drug dealers, but civil liberties groups on the right and left of the political spectrum say the lure of big money has now corrupted government agencies, who use the law to pad their coffers.

Guests:

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Thursday News Roundup
4:50 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Headlines: E-Cigarette Sales To Minors Banned, NM Water Forecast...

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New Mexico Gov Signs Bill To Ban E-Cigarette Sales To MinorsThe Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation banning the sales of e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers to minors in New Mexico.

Sen. John Ryan's bill also requires those containers to be sold in child resistant packaging and prohibits online sales to minors.

The Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Republican says the products are dangerous.

He says nicotine is "addictive and harmful" and can be the "gateway to a lifelong addiction."

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Local News
5:47 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Hearing Examiner Rejects PNM's Plan For Coal

A PRC hearing examiner recommended against PNM's proposal for 132 megawatts of coal-generated energy from Unit 4 at the San Juan Generating Station.
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On Wednesday, a Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended against part of PNM’s energy replacement plan for 132 megawatts of coal-generated electricity.

PNM has been looking for a way to replace the energy that will be lost when two coal burning stacks at the San Juan Generating Station are shut down in 2017.

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Generation Justice
5:38 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Sustaining Earth

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Sun. 4/12 7p: Tune in to Generation Justice to hear about the UNM Sustainability Program and Earth Day. Sustainability Studies students will talk with us about a more sustainable campus for UNM as well as waste management and environmental degradation. We’ll also hear from Arturo Sandoval, one of the original founders of Earth Day!!

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Wednesday News Roundup
4:46 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Headlines: Efforts To Rename Hobbs Street After MLK, AG Weighs In On PNM Plan...

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Efforts To Rename Hobbs Street After MLK Hits SnagThe Associated Press and Hobbs News-Sun

Despite vocal support a Hobbs official says the southeastern New Mexico city has not received any formal request to rename a portion of a busy street in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Hobbs development director Kevin Robinson made the announcement this week at a city commissioners meeting, putting the future of the renaming in doubt.

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Local News
5:11 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

A Compromise Plan For N.M. Dairies

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For years, dairymen, the state and environmental watchdogs have been trying to reach an agreement about how to deal with the waste that comes from hundreds of thousands of cows in New Mexico. The Water Quality Control Commission held a hearing Monday afternoon to consider proposed amendments to the Dairy Rule. But that’s not what they ended up talking about.

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Tuesday News Roundup
4:56 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Headlines: ABQ City Council Withdraws Support For PNM Plan, Reduced Speed Limit On County Roads...

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Albuquerque Withdrawing Support For San Juan Plan - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque City Council has withdrawn its support for a plan to replace part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

The resolution passed last night states the city supports an agreement reached by federal officials, Gov. Susana Martinez's administration and Public Service Co. of New Mexico to shut down part of the San Juan Generating Station in an effort to reduce haze-causing pollution.

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