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Ethics Commission Heads To Voters, But Will It Have Teeth?

Most other states around the country have some kind of watchdog agency in place to investigate politicians and other powerful people entrusted with public dollars. But New Mexico doesn’t have anything like that. So would a commission with the power to investigate and field ethics complaints help stop corruption here? The issue will be on ballots in November .

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Let's Talk New Mexico

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Immigration And The 2018 Election

Let's Talk New Mexico 10/18 8a: Immigration is a big issue in this year’s midterm election. The border wall, separating immigrant families and reforming the visa system are some of the issues that have politicians taking sides. But Congress has accomplished little on immigration reform and the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Action program is still uncertain. Is immigration a major election issue for you? Do you feel you’ve heard enough on immigration from the candidates? We’d like to hear from you – email LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show.

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How Do Elections Work?

The Children's Hour, Sat 10/20 9a: We wondered, how do our elections actually work, so we invited Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover to explain our elections. Also, we’re sending three field reporters into the Rio Grande Community Farms corn maze. Learn something new with us, every Saturday on The Children's Hour.

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New Mexico's Public Media Stations are proud to host the 2018 Candidate Conversation Series. Host of KNME-TV'S New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant, sits down with the three major party candidates for U.S. House of Representatives: Democrat Ben Ray Lujan, Republican Jerald "Steve" McFall, and Libertarian Chris Manning. 

 

New Mexico's Public Media Stations are proud to host the 2018 Candidate Conversation Series. Host of KNME-TV'S New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant, sits down with the three major party candidates for U.S. Senate: Democrat Martin Heinrich, Republican Mick Rich and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

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Next month will see the first general election since the Las Vegas and Stoneman Douglas shootings. And New Mexico had a school shooting of its own in Aztec last December.

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Slain Albuquerque Girl's Grandparents Can Sue Police, City – KOAT-TV, Associated Press

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the grandparents of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was raped and murdered in 2016 against the police and the city can proceed.

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Nearly a quarter of New Mexican voters this year are not registered as Democrats or Republicans. 

That includes Kevin Elfering and Marla Hanno, who have lived in Rio Rancho for ten years, much of their retirement since they moved from Minnesota. They don’t identify with either major party, and say each election season they spend considerable time watching debates and reading up on candidates before casting their ballots. 

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Most other states around the country have some kind of watchdog agency in place to investigate politicians and other powerful people entrusted with public dollars. But New Mexico doesn’t have anything like that. So would a commission with the power to investigate and field ethics complaints help stop corruption here? The issue will be on ballots in November.

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Lab Worker Fired Over Plutonium Shipping Error Files LawsuitSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A former worker at a New Mexico laboratory who was fired for shipping weapons-grade plutonium by air instead of by ground as required by federal regulations is suing the lab's management for breach of contract.

Immigration And The 2018 Election

Oct 17, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 10/18 8a: Immigration is a big issue in this year’s midterm election. The border wall, separating immigrant families and reforming the visa system are some of the issues that have politicians taking sides. But Congress has accomplished little on immigration reform and the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Action program is still uncertain. Is immigration a major election issue for you? Do you feel you’ve heard enough on immigration from the candidates? We’d like to hear from you – email LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show. 

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Albuquerque Adds 29 More Officers To Police Force - Associated Press

Albuquerque officials say 29 more officers are joining the city's police department.

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New Mexico Officials Warn Of Troubling Mosquito SpeciesAssociated Press

State and local health officials say a species of mosquito capable of transmitting Zika and other viruses has been found along the Rio Grande in the Albuquerque area.

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Suit By Slain Girl's Grandparents Can Proceed, Council Approves $4.5M Netflix Package

Slain Albuquerque Girl's Grandparents Can Sue Police, City – KOAT-TV, Associated Press A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the grandparents of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was raped and murdered in 2016 against the police and the city can proceed.

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Exhibit Explores Roots Of Gun Violence

In one year on average more than 116,000 people in America are shot by guns. These include murders, assaults, suicides and suicide attempts, unintentional shootings and police interventions. That grim statistic provides the backdrop for a new exhibit at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, "Gun Violence: A Brief Cultural History." It’s at the Maxwell Museum through November 10th.

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Interpreter Training Program Aims To Foster N.M. Industry

When a hospital or doctor’s office sees a patient who doesn’t speak English, federal law requires the institution to hire an interpreter. But the need for professional language services in New Mexico far exceeds the supply. An Albuquerque organization, Valley Community Interpreters (VCI) , is hoping to change that.

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Let's Talk Food Allergies At School