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Marisa Demarco / KUNM

All around the state, evidence from sexual assault cases sits untested. Per capita, New Mexico’s backlog of sexual assault evidence kits is the worst in the nation, according to our state auditor. Most of those kits are in Albuquerque. Even though legislators have passed measures about the backlog, and Mayor Richard Berry proposed putting $1 million toward shrinking it, advocates say it’s getting worse every month. 

Katie Stone

Sat. 4/15 9a: This week on The Children's Hour, Mrs. Hawk's fifth grade class teach us about the history of their school. Just north of Old Town, Duranes Elementary is one of Albuquerque's oldest public schools. Many of these students have parents and grandparents who attended Duranes.  These kids are sure to inspire other students to learn more about their own schools. 

What Does Good Government Look Like To You?

Mar 31, 2017
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To get a sense of how New Mexicans feel about good government and accountability in advance of our interactive community event on Tuesday April 4, 2017, we sent People, Power, and Democracy reporter Jeremy Zeilik to find out.

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A new report breaks down potential years of life lost when people die before the age of 75 and younger people are dying earlier.  

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The Los Alamos School District is going to pull out of the National School Lunch Program next year.

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Students with disabilities in New Mexico are subjected to physical restraint and seclusion at a much higher rate than other students. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would limit the practices.

Seventy six percent of public school students in New Mexico who are subjected to restraints are students with disabilities, according to data from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. There are no federal laws regulating restraint and seclusion.

Ed Williams

When someone addicted to heroin or prescription wants to quit, the first step is to find a detox center where they can safely go through withdrawals from the drug, but people in northern New Mexico who are trying to get help often can’t find it.

Ed Williams / KUNM

When a public health crisis gets out of control, it can overwhelm law enforcement agencies. That’s what’s happened with the Española Police Department as it deals with a decades-old opioid epidemic and all the crime that goes with it. 

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Research shows early childhood education is one of the most effective ways to prevent drug use later in life. That’s especially important in Rio Arriba County, where an opioid epidemic has been raging for decades. 

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Española  has had one of the highest rates of heroin addiction in the country for decades. It’s a public health crisis that can create particular challenges for pregnant moms and the doctors that treat them.  

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December 31, 2016: Woman who confirmed dark matter dies; Carrie Fisher dies, followed by her mother, Debbie Reynolds; new study finds patients fare better with female doctors; West Virginia will have female major

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

New Mexico has one of the worst sexual assault rates in the nation. And thousands of envelopes of DNA evidence that could help identify repeat sexual offenders are sitting untested. We're taking a look at what it takes for survivors to provide that evidence in the first place.

Endangered Species

Nov 29, 2016
US Fish & Wildlife Service

On this edition of The Children’s Hour, we learned about endangered animals with our friends from Jimmy Carter Middle School in Albuquerque. Plus, what’s the real story behind the Nutcracker?  We found out with puppeteers and actors from AuxDog Theater Company. With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. Originally broadcast on Saturday, December 3, 2016. 

Republican Hangs On To House Seat

Nov 9, 2016
Sarah Maestas Barnes

Democrats took back control of the New Mexico House of Representatives in Tuesday election. But some Republican representatives were able to hold on to their seats.

Sarah Maestas Barnes of northeast Albuquerque was one of a handful of state representatives who withstood Democrats’ efforts.

The national elections have been especially polarizing, but Maestas Barnes said Republicans and Democrats in New Mexico are going to have to avoid the sharp partisanship that dominated the national elections.

Audubon New Mexico

Fall is in the air and so are the birds. Find out which species migrate and which make New Mexico their home year round with our friends from Audubon New Mexico.

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Stories of outsiders coming to New Mexico to exploit the state's resources are nothing new – think Spanish colonization.

That’s how many critics see Santolina, a 22-square-mile development proposed for an area west of Albuquerque. But opponents of the project are fighting back in court.

Kate Russell Photography

The traditional folk music of New Mexico has been celebrated for the past 16 years at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe with Nuestra Música, a concert celebrating the music traditions of the state.

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July marked the 16th month in a row of record setting high temperatures across the planet, including in New Mexico. Meteorologist Kerry Jones joined the KUNM Kids on The Children’s Hour Saturday at 9am to talk about the weather and the climate.

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Facebook is going to have to choose where to put its new data center: New Mexico or Utah.

The social media company stores its users’ uploads, mostly millions and millions of photos, on servers. Communities want these data centers because they inject cash back into the hosting community. 

Symbols Of Enchantment

May 31, 2016
Rebel Donut

The Children's Hour featured musician and educator, Curious Chris who took us through the various symbols representing New Mexico. From the Zia to the coelophysis, turquoise to yucca flowers the Land of Enchantment's state symbols showcase our unique culture, landscape and history. The KUNM Kids explored these official markers through music and stories.  This show was recorded live at KUNM on June 4, 2016.


Katie Stone

We sent kids with a microphone into Santa Fe's multidemensional art installation, Meow Wolf.

Originally broadcast on The Children's Hour on KUNM April 2, 2016. 

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

A law in Texas that opponents say could cause the shutdown of all but 10 abortion clinics there is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in early March. In the meantime, some women seeking the procedure have been coming to neighboring New Mexico instead.

NM 'Could Get Hammered' By El Niño

Sep 24, 2015
Rita Daniels

Mild temperatures and the turning of the leaves are reminders that summer is officially over. In the coming months New Mexico is well positioned to trap significant amounts of moisture from the third strongest El Niño on record

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Apprenticeship programs across the country are getting an infusion of cash.  The U.S. Department of Labor divided a record $175 million between 46 apprenticeship and trade institutions across the country.  The grants represent the largest award towards apprenticeships in U.S. history. 

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College students could have an easier time finding professional internships next year. Governor Susana Martinez announced a proposal Tuesday for an online internship portal hosted by the Department of Workforce Solutions.

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UPDATED 8/28: The state Game Commission has voted unanimously to approve the expansion of cougar and bear hunting in New Mexico.

The vote came Thursday during a meeting in Santa Fe that was attended by dozens of wildlife advocates who voiced concerns about the proposal.

The new rules will allow for more black bear hunting in all but two of the state's game management districts as well as the doubling of cougar hunting limits. The trapping and snaring of cougars on private land and state trust land will also be allowed without special permits.

The Game and Fish Department says new population data warranted an update of the hunting limits.

Critics argued that the department's plan wasn't based on science and that more hunting will have negative long-term effects on animal populations.

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The State Game Commission is considering several controversial new rules, including one that would allow hunters to kill 25 percent more bears in New Mexico. Wildlife conservation advocates are planning to protest at the commission meeting on Thursday in Santa Fe. At issue is how to interpret the state’s bear density study.  

New Mexico Folktales

Jun 12, 2015
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Hear New Mexican folk tales on The Children’s Hour this week, with Dr. Lamadrid, professor emirates at UNM. Also we’ll have kittens who have made it into the movies.  Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. Join us!

Mercy for Animals

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.

New Laws Expand Local Beer and Wine Markets

Apr 23, 2015
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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.

Flash Flood Warning In Effect Monday Night

Aug 4, 2014
NWS

A flash flood warning is in effect Monday across central and western New Mexico. Recent rains have already saturated the ground creating prime conditions for flooding.

The air around Albuquerque has been unusually thick with humidity since Friday night when an epic 100-year storm dumped more then 2 inches of rain in less than an hour.

Portions of downtown were completely flooded out because the downpour overwhelmed some of the city's pumping stations. 

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