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Wednesday News Rounup
8:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Mayor May Veto Marijuana Vote, Governor Opposes Pot Advocacy And More...

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Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot MeasureThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.

Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:06 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Marijuana Ballot Measure, Hazing Allegations At UNM And More...

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Albuquerque Ballot Measure On Marijuana Advances - The Associated Press

A sharply divided Albuquerque City Council has voted to put a marijuana decriminalization proposal on the November ballot.

The council voted 5-4 Monday night to put the proposal on the ballot after activists failed to collect enough voter signatures.

However, the measure is subject to a possible veto by Mayor Richard Berry. Also, Bernolillo County Commission has a say on what goes on the crowded ballot.

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Monday News Roundup
8:41 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Headlines: Bishops Criticize Food Stamp Plan, Santa Fe Closer To Legal Marijuana And More...

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Bishops Criticize New Mexico Plan On Food Stamps - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Roman Catholic bishops are criticizing the plan of Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to again impose work-related requirements on some low-income New Mexicans trying to qualify for food stamps.

Bishops Sheehan of the Santa Fe Diocese, James Wall of the Gallup Diocese and Oscar Cantu of the Las Cruces Diocese say the plan might be defensible when the economy is strong but that they say it's unconscionable during the current weak economy.

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Weekend News Roundup
9:14 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Headlines: Artesia Immigrant March, Ginsberg On Gender Bias

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Immigrant Rally Planned In Artesia Near Center The Associated Press

Advocates are scheduled to hold a march and prayer rally in Artesia aimed at calling for the release of detained immigrant women and children.

The Santa-Fe based Somos Un Pueblo Unido and a coalition of Catholic churches are slated to hold the rally Sunday.

Organizers say the event will take place outside a temporary detention center where the immigrants are being held.

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Friday News Roundup
9:03 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Headlines: NM Sheriff Arrested, ABQ School Chief Resigns And More...

FBI: Embattled New Mexico Sheriff, Son ArrestedThe Associated Press

The FBI says a New Mexico sheriff and his son have been arrested in an ongoing investigation.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella and his son, Thomas, Jr., were arrested Friday morning in their Espanola home, but didn't say why.

Fisher says federal officials will give more details later Friday.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:37 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Headlines: WIPP Worker Sues, Migrant Education Deadline And More...

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Nuke Dump Worker Sues Over Smoke InhalationThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

A worker at the troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico is suing over smoke inhalation injuries from an underground fire in the storage facility.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that William Utter filed the lawsuit in May, three months after the Feb. 5 incident in which a salt-hauling truck caught fire below the surface at the now-shuttered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:29 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Headlines: UNM Reinstates Accused Players, Medical Marijuana Changes And More...

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Delay Urged On Medical Marijuana Program Changes   - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A state hearing officer says New Mexico should delay making changes to its medical marijuana program.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that hearing officer Susan Hapka recommends that current rules remain unchanged until an advisory board makes its own recommendations and another public hearing is held.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:09 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Headlines: Multiple Shooting Suspect Dead, Artesia Immigrant March And More...

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Albuquerque Police: Multiple Shooting Suspect DeadThe Associated Press

Police say a suspect wanted in a mass shooting in Albuquerque that left one woman dead has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Albuquerque police said Tuesday 46-year-old Marcos Delgado shot himself after a short chase with officers.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier said no officers fired their weapons nor were hurt in the chase.

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Monday News Roundup
9:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Headlines: DOE Goes To WIPP, Future Of The Gila River And More...

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Energy Secretary To Visit Troubled Nuke Dump  - The Associated Press

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is traveling to southeastern New Mexico to visit the government's troubled nuclear waste dump.

Moniz is scheduled to arrive in Carlsbad this evening, where he will participate in a town hall meeting to talk with residents about the radiation leak and a truck fire that have shuttered the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant since February.

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KUNM News Update
8:28 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Teens Indicted In Homeless Killings, VA Review And More...

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NM Teens Indicted In Homeless Men KillingsThe Associated Press

Three teenagers arrested for the brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque have been indicted on first-degree murder, aggravated assault and numerous other charges.

The indictments were returned yesterday by a Bernalillo County grand jury. Arraignments for the three teens have yet to be scheduled.

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KUNM News Update
9:06 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Dry System To Hit New Mexico, Limiting Storms

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Dry System To Hit New Mexico, Limiting StormsThe Associated Press

New Mexico is getting a reprieve from severe storms and heavy rain thanks to a dry system coming in from the west.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday the potent dry intrusion will limit storm chances for at least a couple of days.

That means the soil will have two days to dry up as more storms move in later in the week.

The dry weather comes after the state was pounded by heavy rains last week and Monday sparking damaging floods.

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KUNM News Update
9:07 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Test Scores In NM Lower Than 5 Years Ago

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Test Scores In New Mexico Lower Than 5 Years AgoThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The percentage of students in New Mexico scoring at or above grade level in reading and math is lower now than it was five years ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that recently released Standards Based Assessment test scores show that 49 percent of students read at grade level or better this past spring. That's down 4 percentage points since 2010.

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KUNM News Update
8:26 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Memorial In Albuquerque Honors Slain Homeless Men

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Memorial In Albuquerque Honors Slain Homeless Men - The Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

Two homeless men who were allegedly beaten to death were remembered at a memorial service at an Albuquerque shelter.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that about 100 people paid their respects Saturday to 44-year-old Allison Gorman and 46-year-old Kee Thompson.

The service was held at Noon Day Ministries and attended by others from the homeless community.

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KUNM News Update
8:58 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Friday News Roundup: NM To See More Wet Weather Through Weekend

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New Mexico To See More Wet Weather Through Weekend - The Associated Press

Forecasters says New Mexico's weather will be wet, wet and more wet today and into the weekend, with the possibility of flash flooding Friday afternoon and evening due to a very moist air mass remaining over the state.

The National Weather Service says the risk of flash flooding today will be greatest near and west of the central mountain chain.

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KUNM News Update
8:44 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Southern NM Preparing For Possible Floods

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Southern New Mexico Preparing For Possible FloodsThe Associated Press

Authorities in southern New Mexico are preparing for possible flooding amid more storms expected to hit the state.

The Dona Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags to residents.

The National Weather Service says there's a 50 percent of moderate to heavy rains today in areas across Dona Ana County including Las Cruces.

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KUNM News Update
8:37 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: King Asks To Intervene In Election Voting Case

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King Asks To Intervene In Election Voting CaseThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King wants to defend in court a state law that bars independents from voting in the primary election.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that King is asking a state District Court judge to permit him to intervene in the lawsuit filed on behalf of nearly 294,000 voters registered as independents.

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KUNM News Update
9:04 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Parts Of NM Remain Under Flash Flood Watch

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Parts Of New Mexico Remain Under Flash Flood WatchThe Associated Press

Much of northern and eastern New Mexico remain under a flash flood watch as another storm system moves across the state.

The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday to travel east and drop in intensity by mid-morning. But forecasters say another round of severe storms will likely pop up by late afternoon in central and northern New Mexico through the evening.

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KUNM News Update
8:40 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Workers At Santa Fe Hospital Reject Contract Offer

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Workers At Santa Fe Hospital Reject Contract OfferThe Associated Press

Unionized nurses and technicians at a Santa Fe hospital have rejected another contract offer from management.

Sunday's tally of the vote shows the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center workers rejected the latest offer overwhelmingly. The previous offer also was soundly rejected.

Hospital spokeswoman Arturo Delgado says managers are disappointed by the vote. Union local President Fonda Osborn says the union wants to return to the bargaining table.

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KUNM News Update
8:57 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Santa Fe Forest Travel Plan Upheld By Court

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Santa Fe Forest Travel Plan Upheld By Court - The Associated Press

Conservation groups say a federal court has upheld a travel management plan for the Santa Fe National Forest that limits access for recreational use.

The U.S. District Court in Albuquerque ruled Friday that a statewide off-highway vehicle user group that sued the forest over the plan did not have a persuasive enough argument.

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance filed its lawsuit in 2012 after a forest supervisor signed off on the plan.

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KUNM News Update
8:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: ICE Denies Late Night NM Deportation Claim

ICE Denies Late Night New Mexico Deportation ClaimThe Associated Press

Federal immigration officials are denying allegations that immigrants held at a New Mexico detention center were being deported in the middle of the night.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said Wednesday the women and children housed at the Artesia facility weren't being pulled from sleep to board removal flights to Central America.

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KUNM News Update
8:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Sick Immigrant Kids Reportedly Not Getting Meds

Sick Immigrant Kids Reportedly Not Getting Meds - The Associated Press

Immigration advocates who were allowed to visit a New Mexico detention center say women there are complaining that children aren't getting proper medical care and people are being deported before they can see a lawyer.

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KUNM News Update
9:02 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Southwest Retains Low Rankings In Child Welfare

Southwest Retains Low Rankings In Child WelfareThe Associated Press

The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada ranking in the bottom five of an annual national report card on education, health care and poverty.

New Mexico, which last year was in last place, moved back up to 49th in this year's Kids Count Data Book. The report cited a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teenage birth rate.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Santa Fe Hospital Workers Reject Contract Offer

Santa Fe Hospital Workers Reject Contract OfferThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

An overwhelming vote by unionized nurses and medical technicians at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe rejects a contract offer.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 95 percent of the nurses rejected the offer that the hospital's administration called its best and last and that 80 percent of the techs also did so.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Friday News Roundup: NM Scaling Back Marijuana Program Changes

New Mexico Scaling Back Marijuana Program ChangesThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is scaling back possible changes for New Mexico's medical marijuana program.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a Department of Health official told legislators during a Thursday hearing in Taos Pueblo that the agency will scrap two proposals that had come under fire from pot producers and users.

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KUNM News Update
8:37 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: NM Incumbents Hold Campaign Cash Edge

New Mexico Incumbents Hold Campaign Cash EdgeThe Associated Press

New campaign finance reports show that Democratic challenger Roxanne "Rocky" Lara has raised more money in the past three months than Republican incumbent Steve Pearce in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District race.

However, Pearce still maintains an overall campaign cash advantage.

Pearce reported cash-on-hand of nearly $1.5 million at the end of last month and Lara had almost $712,000.

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KUNM News Update
8:56 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Santa Fe Vote Sought On Pot Decriminalization

Santa Fe Vote Sought On Pot Decriminalization  – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Activists have submitted thousands of petition signatures to try to force a November vote in Santa Fe on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

ProgressNow New Mexico and Drug Policy Action on Tuesday submitted petitions bearing more than 7,100 signatures. They need at least 5,763 valid signatures from registered city voters to force a vote on their proposal.

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KUNM News Update
9:04 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Santa Fe Plans To Expand Video Surveillance

Santa Fe Plans To Expand Video SurveillanceThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe plans to expand its video surveillance program by adding cameras at the convention center and other locations in the northern New Mexico City.

The City Council last year approved a contract with a security company to install 38 cameras at parking lots, parks and trailheads, and a planned request for proposals would add 104 more cameras.

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KUNM News Update
8:33 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Monday News Roundup: State To Release Corrected Teacher Evaluations

State To Release Corrected Teacher EvaluationsThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

State officials say hundreds of New Mexico teachers who received evaluations with errors will get corrected evaluations within weeks.

Spokesman Larry Bahrens says the Public Education Department plans to release corrected evaluations for the past school year by end of August.

Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says the mistakes were caused by faulty data reported by districts.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Immigration Courts Backing Up With Kids

Backlogged Immigration Courts Face New DelugeAssociated Press

The country's backlogged immigration courts are bracing for a deluge of cases after tens of thousands of Central American children began arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lauren Alder Reid, counsel for legislative and public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, says the courts have temporarily reassigned judges to hear cases in southern Texas and at a New Mexico detention facility via teleconferencing since the influx.

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KUNM News Update
8:41 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: APD To Purchase 350 AR-15 Assault Rifles

APD To Purchase 350 AR-15 Assault RiflesThe Associated Press and KOB TV

The Albuquerque Police Department plans to buy at least 350 military-style rifles as replacement for officer-owned weapons.

KOB-TV reports that a request for bid called for purchases of 350 AR-15 rifles in a two-year contract's first year, followed by more purchases as necessary.

Police Chief Gorden Eden in May said officers could no longer carry personally-owned weapons in the field.

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