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KUNM News Update
6:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Another Radiation Release At WIPP

Another Radiation Release At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump - The Associated Press 

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.

Department of Energy officials say a monitoring station picked up elevated radiation readings around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad on March 11. That's nearly a month after a Valentine's Day leak contaminated 17 workers and shut the only repository for toxic waste from the nation's nuclear bomb-building program.

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KUNM News Update
7:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Utilities Sue Bernalillo County Over Fees

Utilities Sue Bernalillo County Over Fees The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press

Three utilities are asking a federal court to prohibit Bernalillo County from enforcing a new ordinance that imposes fees for using roads and other public rights of way for lines.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico Gas Co., Public Service Co. of New Mexico and CenturyLink contend that the county is improperly imposing franchise fees to get more revenue to pad its budget.

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KUNM News Update
6:31 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills

Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills - The Associated Press

Police say a man shot by an Albuquerque officer during a confrontation in the foothills has died.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said the man died Monday morning.

Police Chief Gordon Eden told reporters the man was shot Sunday night and was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

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KUNM News Update
5:39 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Report Says Nuclear Waste Dump Truck Fire Was Preventable

Report: Nuclear Waste Dump Truck Fire Was Preventable - The Associated Press

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system.

Those are some of the conclusions of a report to be released Friday into the accident last month at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

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KUNM News Update
6:52 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Governor Signs Lottery Scholarship Program Fix

Governor Signs College Scholarship Program Fix - The Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a measure into law to shore up the finances of a college scholarship program that relies on lottery revenue.

The governor signed the bill Wednesday, which was the deadline for acting on measures passed by the Legislature.

The scholarship program will receive liquor tax money for two years starting in 2015. Until that happens, a newly enacted state budget provides extra money to keep the program solvent.

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KUNM News Update
7:16 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: BLM Grants Peabody Lease To Expand NM Coal Mine

BLM Grants Peabody Lease To Expand NM Coal Mine The Associated Press

The Bureau of Land Management has issued a lease allowing for more than 9 million tons of coal to be mined in western New Mexico.

The federal agency said Tuesday it issued the 640-acre lease to Peabody Natural Resources Co. after considering an appeal that stemmed from a lease sale in August 2013.

The BLM says it weighed potential environmental effects and determined there would be no significant impacts.

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KUNM News Update
6:22 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Los Alamos Studying Alternatives For Toxic Waste

Los Alamos Studying Alternatives For Toxic Waste -The Associated Press

With the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump shuttered by a mysterious leak, Los Alamos National Laboratory has begun looking at alternatives for getting toxic waste off its campus.

Lab spokesman Matthew Nerzig confirmed Tuesday that officials have begun looking at options if the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad remains closed indefinitely.

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KUNM News Update
6:29 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Albuquerque Man Facing Federal Hate Crime Charge

Albuquerque Man Facing Federal Hate Crime Charge  The Associated Press

A 58-year-old Albuquerque man is facing a federal hate crime charge after authorities said he posted threatening anti-Semitic notes outside a Jewish deli.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that John W. Ng (ING) made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque related to notes found at the Nosh Jewish Delicatessen & Bakery.

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KUNM News Update
7:27 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Woman Suing Former New Mexico Parole Officer

Woman Suing Former New Mexico Parole Officer - The Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the state Corrections Department and a former probation officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

Gordon Chavez was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty last September to a civil rights violation.

The ACLU's suit filed on behalf of a parolee who alleges that Chavez violated her constitutional rights.

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KUNM News Update
6:43 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Santa Fe Elects Javier Gonzales As New Mayor

Santa Fe Elects Javier Gonzales As New Mayor - The Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe voters have elected Javier Gonzales as the city’s new mayor.

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KUNM News Update
7:14 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Union Awaits Info On Leak At New Mexico Nuke Dump

Union Awaits Info On Leak At New Mexico Nuke Dump - The Associated Press

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump says its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository opens after a radiation leak that exposed at least 13 people.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad has been off-limits to most workers for nearly three weeks.

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KUNM News Update
6:36 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Monday News Roundup: NM Sets Deadlines For Handling Waste At Nuke Dump

NM Sets Deadlines For Handling Waste At Nuke Dump  The Associated Press

The New Mexico Environment Department is giving the federal government a deadline for dealing with radioactive waste that's sitting above ground at a nuclear dump near Carlsbad.

Dozens of drums and other special containers of waste are being stored in a parking area at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and inside the facility's waste handling building.

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KUNM News Update
7:28 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: New Mexico Senate Approves $6B Budget

New Mexico Senate Approves $6B Budget - The Associated Press

The Senate has unanimously approved a proposed $6.2 billion budget that would provide 3 percent pay raises next year for government workers and educators.

The budget is the main assignment for lawmakers in the 30-day session, which ends on Thursday.

The bill cleared the Senate on Tuesday and heads to the House.

The measure provides for a $293 million or 5 percent increase in spending on education and government programs next year.

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KUNM News Update
6:38 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Legislators To Reconsider Navajo Gambling Compact

  Agriculture Secretary Announces Focus On Climate Change - The Associated Press

Some federal research centers around the country will be focusing on helping farmers and foresters deal with climate change.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is to announce Wednesday designation of seven regional climate hubs.

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KUNM News Update
6:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: 5 Democrats In Race To Unseat Martinez

5 Democrats In Race To Unseat Martinez  - The Associated Press

Five Democrats have officially entered the race to unseat Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, Santa Fe businessman Alan Weber, longtime government worker Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque and state Sens. Howie Morales of Silver City and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque Tuesday turned in the petitions and paperwork required to qualify for the Democratic Party's June primary ballot.

No one has filed to run against Martinez in the GOP primary.

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KUNM News Update
4:46 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: New Lawsuit Alleges Unreasonable Search In NM

New Lawsuit Alleges Unreasonable Search In NM The Associated Press

Another lawsuit has been filed over an unreasonable search by a New Mexico law enforcement agency along the border.

In the latest filing, a New Mexico woman says in a federal lawsuit that police illegally took her car in the town of Lordsburg, in Hidalgo County. She says when she tried to retrieve the vehicle four days later, she was forced to strip naked and a female officer visually inspected her body cavities.

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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
8:29 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
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
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
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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KUNM News Update
6:48 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Wednesday News Roundup: Former NM Uranium Mine Listed As Superfund Site

Former NM Uranium Mine Listed As Superfund Site - Associated Press

A former uranium mine near Laguna Pueblo has been added to the list of Superfund sites.

The Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine was one of nine hazardous waste sites that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added to the national priorities list last week.

The mine is located in an area of canyons and arroyos. It included more than four square miles of disturbed soil with three open pits, 32 waste dumps and more than 30 stockpiles.

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KUNM News Update
9:14 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Tuesday News Roundup: NM Teacher Who Said Santa Is White On Paid Leave

NM Teacher Who Said Santa Is White On Paid Leave- Associated Press

A suburban Albuquerque teacher who told a black student that Santa Claus is white has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Rio Rancho school district spokeswoman Kim Vesely confirmed on Tuesday that the teacher is out of the classroom while the incident is being investigated.

The teacher's comments came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

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KUNM News Update
7:58 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Monday News Roundup: Horse Slaughter Plants Preparing To Open

Horse Slaughter Plants Preparing To Open- Associated Press

After months of legal wrangling and false starts in a battle to resume domestic horse slaughter, plants in New Mexico and Missouri are working to begin processing equine for human consumption.

The efforts come on the heels of an order late Friday by a federal appeals court that lifted an emergency stay on the companies' plans.

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KUNM News Update
6:51 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Friday News Roundup: Appeals Court Vacates Ban On US Horse Slaughter

Appeals Court Vacates Ban On US Horse Slaughter - Associated Press 

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for companies in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa to resume domestic horse slaughter.

In an order Friday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver removed an emergency injunction that had blocked the plants from opening.

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KUNM News Update
7:40 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Thursday News Roundup: Report Critical Of NM Mental Health Audit Response

Report Critical Of NM Mental Health Audit Response - Associated Press and The Santa Fe New Mexican

A legislative report is critical of New Mexico's handling of a shakeup of mental health services in which Medicaid to numerous providers were frozen as a result of an audit that reportedly found possible overbillings and fraud.

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