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KUNM News Update
9:02 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Albuquerque Protest To Put Police Chief 'On Trial'

Albuquerque Protest To Put Police Chief 'On Trial' The Associated Press

Critics of Albuquerque police say they will put the embattled police chief "on trial" during a planned rally Saturday.

Demonstrators say the march scheduled to start at Roosevelt Park at noon, is aimed at pushing for reforms at APD following a harsh U.S. Justice Department report over the agency's use of force.

Albuquerque police also are under scrutiny over 40 police shootings — 26 of them fatal — since 2010.

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KUNM News Update
8:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Farmington Deputy Shooting Ruled Homicide

Farmington Deputy Shooting Ruled Homicide - The Associated Press & The Daily Times

The death of a driver who was shot by a federal officer in Farmington in March has been ruled a homicide.  The Daily Times reports that the Office of the Medical Investigator says John Marszalek died from the gunshot and multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to the throat.

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KUNM News Update
9:01 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Senate Panel OKs Funds To Help WIPP Reopen

Senate Panel OKs Funds To Help WIPP Reopen - The Albuquerque Journal

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad would get an extra $102 million to help reopen the facility, under a new Senate appropriation. 

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KUNM News Update
9:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Wildfire Rages As Navajo Communities Evacuate

Wildfire Rages As Navajo Communities Evacuate The Associated Press

A wildfire that has forced the evacuations of Navajo communities in northwestern New Mexico has grown to more than 17 square miles.

Fire officials say the Assayii Lake Fire is being fueled by fierce winds.

There's zero containment, and the gusts have hampered any effort to attack the flames directly.

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KUNM News Update
8:40 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Guilty Plea In Governor's Hacked Email Case

Guilty Plea In Governor's Hacked Email Case - The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's former campaign manager has pleaded guilty to two counts in a case that accused him of intercepting her email.

Jamie Estrada entered his plea Monday as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Under the plea agreement, Estrada faces up to one year in jail for intercepting email from Martinez's campaign account and for making false statements to federal investigators.

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KUNM News Update
9:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Report: New Mexico Prisons Need $277M In Repairs

Report: New Mexico Prisons Need $277M In Repairs - The Associated Press

A new legislative report says New Mexico's state-run prison system has a $277 million backlog of needed infrastructure repairs.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee report released Thursday says prisons have holes in cell walls and floors, and flawed electrical, plumbing and sewer systems. The report says some of the problems could pose security threats to both inmates and correctional officers.

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KUNM News Update
8:57 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Police: Teen Had A Weapon When He Was Shot

Police: Teen Had A Weapon When He Was Shot - The Associated Press

New Mexico State Police confirm a teenager was armed when he was fatally shot by an Espanola police officer, but investigators aren't providing any details about the weapon.

State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said Thursday the investigation into the shooting of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando is ongoing.

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KUNM News Update
8:47 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Struggling Navajo Head Start Program On Rebound

Struggling Navajo Head Start Program On Rebound - The Associated Press

The Navajo Nation's Head Start program has struggled for years to ensure children are safe, employees undergo background checks and it has qualified teachers. Now, it's on the rebound.

The federal government recently announced the tribe will receive a 5-year, non-competitive grant after fully passing reviews for the first time in decades.

Sharon Henderson-Singer, who oversees the program, says the tribe is required to meet some 2,800 standards.

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KUNM News Update
9:09 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: VA Officials Confirm 21 Patients Died While Waiting To See Doctor

VA Officials Address Wait Times For NM VeteransThe Associated Press

Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico say they have identified at least 21 people who died while waiting to see a doctor amid an investigation into lapses in care.

Authorities have not determined whether any of the deaths were related to a lack of care. They said Tuesday during a news conference that each case is being reviewed in detail to determine the circumstances.

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KUNM News Update
8:54 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Monday News Roundup: State Police: Española Officer Shoots Teenager

State Police: Española Officer Shoots Teenager – The Associated Press

A fatal shooting of an armed teenager by an Española police officer is under investigation by New Mexico State Police.

Authorities say two Española officers on Sunday responded to a report of a suspicious person in a parking lot behind a shopping center and then made contact with a person identified as 16-year-old Victor Vialpando of Española.

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KUNM News Update
8:48 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Mora Commissioner Behind Fracking Ban Defeated

Mora Commissioner Behind Fracking Ban Defeated  The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press

The driving force behind an ordinance that made a northern New Mexico county the first in the country to ban fracking lost his seat in this week's primary, raising new questions about the future of the ordinance.

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KUNM News Update
8:35 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Lab Tests Show Semen Sprayed On Victims

Lab tests: Semen Sprayed On Victims In Albuquerque -The Associated Press

Authorities say lab tests show semen was sprayed on two victims in squirt gun incidents in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque police say samples collected from two victims who were sprayed by a man in February tested positive for "male bodily fluids."

Police say 35-year-old Kevin Jaramillo was arrested more than a week after several children reported being squirted and filmed by a stranger.

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KUNM News Update
8:56 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: General Election Race For Governor Under Way

General Election Race For Governor Under WayThe Associated Press

Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.

King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.

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KUNM News Update
9:23 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: NM Democrats To Pick Gubernatorial Nominee

New Mexico Democrats To Pick Gubernatorial NomineeThe Associated Press

New Mexico Democrats choose among five candidates for governor in a primary election to decide who will challenge Republican incumbent Susana Martinez, a rising star in GOP circles as the nation's first Hispanic female governor.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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KUNM News Update
9:19 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Protesters Arrested At Mayor's Office In Albuquerque

Dozens of protesters stormed Albuquerque Mayor Richard Barry's office this afternoon and demanded to speak with him about police reform. Berry never appeared. Several protesters were arrested.
Credit Rita Daniels

Group Stages Sit-In Over Albuquerque PoliceThe Associated Press

Albuquerque police are arresting about a dozen people staging a sit-in at Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's office to protest police shootings.

About three dozen people gathered Monday afternoon at Berry's office and demanded to see the mayor. They're seeking more immediate reforms within the police department as well as the firing of Police Chief Gordon Eden.

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KUNM News Update
6:47 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Feds Say It Could Take 2 Years To Seal Nuke Dump

Feds Say It Could Take 2 Years To Seal Nuke DumpThe Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Energy says it could take two years or more to meet a state order to seal off potentially dangerous containers at its troubled underground nuclear waste dump.

In a filing with the New Mexico Energy Department on Friday, officials detailed the work and gave broad ranges that indicate it could take a minimum of about 100 work weeks — and possibly twice that long — to secure the rooms at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

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KUNM News Update
6:15 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Autopsy Reveals A Shot To The Back From Police Killed Homeless Man

Autopsy Reveals A Shot To The Back From Police Killed Homeless Man The Associated Press

An autopsy report says a homeless man shot and killed by Albuquerque police — a shooting that sparked a violent protest — had multiple surgeries and his arm amputated before he died.

The Office of the Medical Investigator on Thursday released the autopsy report of 38-year-old James Boyd on Thursday and said he died from three gunshot wounds.

The report says one gunshot wound to his upper right arm required surgical amputation of the arm.

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KUNM News Update
6:15 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Marijuana Changes Pushed In Santa Fe, Albuquerque

Marijuana Changes Pushed In Santa Fe, Albuquerque The Associated Press

Two groups have started petition drives aimed at putting measures that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in New Mexico's two largest cities before voters.

The Drug Policy Alliance and Progress Now New Mexico say they have filed petitions with the city clerks in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and plan to collect the required signatures to have the measures considered.

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KUNM News Update
6:17 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: New Mexico Biofuel Plant Fire Prompts Evacuations

New Mexico Biofuel Plant Fire Prompts Evacuations - The Associated Press

UPDATE: An evacuation order has been lifted and residents of about 350 homes in Anthony are being escorted back to their homes after a biofuel facility caught fire.

A series of small explosions was reported Tuesday at the Rio Valley Biofuels plant near the town of Anthony, but authorities say there are no reports of any injuries.

Operations manager Jed Smith says he believes all five employees who work at the plant were OK.

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KUNM News Update
6:44 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Release More Shooting Details

Albuquerque Police Release More Shooting Details  The Associated Press, Russell Contreras

Albuquerque police say a knife-wielding man yelled at officers to shoot him after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and then slashed the throat of a man who tried to help her.

Deputy Chief William Roseman played audio recordings from the officers in which they yelled at him to drop the knife and he yelled back for them to shoot him.

The officers pleaded with the man, but Roseman says the man continued to aggressively approach them.

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KUNM News Update
9:47 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: No Video From Policeman's Lapel Camera

No Video From Policeman's Lapel Camera – The Associated Press

The manufacturer of the lapel camera that an Albuquerque police officer was wearing when he was involved in a fatal shooting can't get any video from it.

Officer Jeremy Dear was involved in an April 21 chase with 19-year-old Mary Hawkes, who was suspected of stealing a truck.

Police say Hawkes pulled a weapon on Dear, prompting the officer to fire his gun.

A toxicology report later showed that Hawkes had a high concentration of methamphetamine in her system when she died.

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KUNM News Update
6:17 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Albuquerque Teachers To Get Pay Raises Under Pact

Albuquerque Teachers To Get Pay Raises Under PactThe Associated Press

A tentative agreement between Albuquerque's public school system and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation calls for teachers and other educators to get pay raises.

An announcement by the district and the union says teachers and other educators will get a raise of the greater of $2,000 or 3 percent.

The state budget for the upcoming fiscal year provides funding for minimum raises for all teachers but only required raises for entry-level ones.

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Local News
9:23 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Medical Marijuana OK'd For Injured Worker

Medical Marijuana OK'd For Injured Worker  The Associated Press

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that a worker's employer and its insurer must pay for medical marijuana for treating the employee's chronic pain from a job-related back injury.

The court upheld a decision by a workers' compensation judge that medical marijuana was "reasonable and necessary medical care" from a health care provider under terms of workers' compensation law.

The worker had a 99 percent permanent partial disability.

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KUNM News Update
8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Monday News Roundup: New Mexico Says 57 Nuke Containers Could Be Threat

New Mexico Says 57 Nuke Containers Could Be Threat  -  The Associated Press

The New Mexico Environment Department says Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 containers of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter thought to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled repository.

Department Secretary Ryan Flynn on Monday gave the lab two days to submit a plan for fixing the problem, saying the barrels may "present an imminent and substantial threat" to public health and the environment.

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KUNM News Update
8:53 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Weekend News Roundup: Wildfire Near Silver City At 60 Percent Containment

Wildfire Near Silver City At 60 Percent Containment - The Associated Press

Crews have containment lines around 60 percent of a southwestern New Mexico wildfire as they go up against dry and windy conditions.

Fire managers said Sunday an "initial attack crew" is on standby in case hot spots flare up inside the 9-square-mile Signal Fire burning in the Gila National Forest.

They say high winds and dryness make the scenario extremely likely.

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KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Friday News Roundup: Los Alamos Container Linked To Nuke Dump Leak

Los Alamos Container Linked To Nuke Dump Leak The Associated Press

Federal officials say a radiation leak at the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico has been linked to waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Officials Friday said pictures from the latest entry into the half-mile deep Waste Isolation Pilot Project confirm that a container from Los Alamos has a cracked lid and evidence of heat damage.

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KUNM News Update
9:17 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Thursday News Roundup: Police Promote Commander In 'Excessive Force' Case

Police Promote Commander In 'Excessive Force' Case   -  The Associated Press

Albuquerque police have promoted a commander who was accused in a lawsuit of burning off part a homeless man's ear with a stun gun.

Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden announced Thursday he was promoting two Albuquerque commanders to the newly created rank of major in response to a harsh U.S. Justice Department report critical of Albuquerque police's use of force.

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KUNM News Update
6:58 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Wednesday News Roundup: Panel Finds APD Officer Improperly Used Force

Panel: Albuquerque Officer Improperly Used Force The Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal

A police oversight panel says an Albuquerque officer improperly used force when he fired at a driver who had escaped a SWAT lockdown.

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KUNM News Update
7:02 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Tuesday News Roundup: Kitty Litter Explored In Radiation Leak

WIPP Investigators Find Melted Plastic, Rubber – The Associated Press, Carlsbad Current Argus

UPDATE: A mysterious radiation release that has indefinitely shuttered the federal government's only permanent nuclear waste dump may have been caused by a switch in the type of kitty litter that is mixed with the toxic waste.

That's one of the theories that officials are exploring.

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KUNM News Update
6:27 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Monday News Roundup: Court Overturns Mentally Disabled Man's Conviction

Court Overturns Mentally Disabled Man's Conviction The Associated Press

A federal appeals court has overturned a Navajo Nation resident's conviction in a sex-crime case, ruling that his confession to law enforcement agents was involuntary and shouldn't have been used during his trial.

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