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Public Comment Period Ends On Eyed Nuke Repository Expansion – Associated Press

The public comment period has ended on a proposal to expand the amount of radioactive and hazardous waste allowed at an underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that critics are accusing the state Environment Department of rushing the approval process.

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The Children's Hour, Sat 9/22 9a: This Saturday on The Children’s Hour we’re bringing you a taste of Globalquerque, the music festival that brings the world to Albuquerque. There will be great music, our family events calendar, the Children's Hour Birthday Club and so much more.  Join us Saturday from 9 to 10am for The Children’s Hour, reporting from Globalquerque! 

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New Mexico Observatory Closure Linked To Child PornAssociated Press

An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that mysteriously closed earlier this month sparking popular rumors of alien visitors appears to be linked to a child pornography investigation.

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The 2020 census may seem far off still, but some people in New Mexico are already starting to lay the groundwork for the population count that happens once every ten years, and organizers say there’s a lot at stake.

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Sep 19, 2018
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SAGE HARRINGTON

 This session features Albuquerque songwriter Sage Harrington playing songs old & new on her 1920s Martin ukulele, offering a preview of the annual ABQ Uke Fest in late September where she will be one of the featured instructors/performers. In addition to her solo work & as part of the duo Sage & Jared's Harry Gland Band (with Jared Putnam), Harrington has expanded her ukulele work to include instruction both in person & online. Interview & production by Jalila Arthur, Studio C, September 13, 2018. Find out more about Sage Harrington's instruction work as well as Sage & Jared's upcoming album plus her own projects, including Sweet William (musical adaptations of the poems of Sara Teasedale) at www.sageharrington.com. Find out more about the Festival at www.abqukefest.com


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Feds Plan Funding Boost To Fight Assaults On Native Women - Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

A U.S. Justice Department official says the agency is doubling the funding for tribal public safety and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women. 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 9/20 8 am: Prisons in New Mexico don’t have enough medical staff, and advocates say this means people don’t get the help they need—even when their injuries and illnesses are severe. Are you incarcerated? Or do you have friends or family members in state prisons? Are you concerned about their health? Email LetsTalk@kunm.org, tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show on Thursday morning: 277-5866.

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Trump Rolls Back Pollution Rules For Drilling On US LandsAssociated Press

The Trump administration has rolled back an Obama-era rule meant to curb climate-changing pollution caused by huge volumes of natural gas that escapes after being drilled from U.S. lands.

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UNM President Vows More TransparencyAssociated Press

The president of New Mexico's flagship university is promising to adopt further reforms amid an investigation into the school's athletics program and criticism over how regents voted to cut some sports.

NAACP Vets Candidates For Governor Of New Mexico At ForumAssociated Press

Candidates for governor of New Mexico are scheduled to talk about issues affecting the state's African-American community at a forum organized by the NAACP.

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce and Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham planned to attend Friday's forum as they compete to become the state's next governor in November elections.

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Over fifty artists are being given free rein this month in Albuquerque to create highly visible outdoor art.  Throughout downtown and nearby neighborhoods, barren walls are being turned into public canvases by local, national and international artists.  Mural Fest 2018, September 22 - October 13, is the follow-up to a successful first-time event last year.

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Libertarian Senate Candidate Discloses Cannabis Investments-Associated Press

U.S. Senate candidate Gary Johnson of New Mexico has disclosed personal financial interests in the cannabis sector that include stock holdings, a profit sharing agreement and recent capital gains on investment sales, according to filings reviewed by The Associated Press.

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Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease can take a toll on people emotionally and financially. A local organization is giving a free class in Albuquerque on Thursday about how to handle your finances when dealing with Alzheimer’s.

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New Mexico Reformats Ballots Ahead Of Midterm Elections- Associated Press

New Mexico's top elections administrator is going back to the drawing board to draft ballots for the upcoming midterm elections.

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The Bernalillo County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday in support of a Medicaid buy-in option. Supporters of the plan hope that this will pressure state lawmakers to make it happen.

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New Mexico officials are hitting the road to talk about changes to Medicaid that will take effect in January. Starting this week, the New Mexico Human Services Department is holding a series of public events across the state to educate residents about upcoming changes to Centennial Care, the state's Medicaid program.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 9/13 8 am: What do you do to keep the environment clean? Do plastic bans, eating less meat, taking fewer plane trips or carrying reusable silverware really matter? We'll talk about how to make choices that are good for the environment. We'll also look at lessons from tribes and communities across the region that have lived sustainably for generations. 

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New Mexico Court Blocks Straight-Ticket Option- Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court is blocking a ballot option that would have allowed voters to select candidates from one particular party in all races by marking a single box.

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Bernalillo County commissioners are set to hear a resolution Tuesday that would call on state lawmakers to design a public buy-in program for health insurance coverage.

Adriann Barboa with New Mexico Together for Healthcare said they designed the measure to put pressure on state lawmakers to create something like a Medicaid buy-in option. People who are undocumented or have mixed tribal status could benefit, she said. 

“Folks that are just above the poverty line that don’t currently qualify for Medicaid, so we are really talking about the under ensured,” she said.

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Hundreds of students around the state are affected by the Trump administration’s amped-up immigration rhetoric, and teachers are seeing the effects in their classrooms. The New Mexico Dream Team held a training for University of New Mexico faculty, instructors and staff on Friday.

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Attorney General Critical Of Rolling Back Methane Rules- Associated Press

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is criticizing the Trump administration's move to roll back rules intended to reduce methane leaks from oil and gas operations.

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Opioid addiction comes with more than just physical symptoms. A big part of fighting for sobriety is recovering emotionally, and for different people, that part needs a different approach.

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New Mexico Candidates Report On Fundraising Efforts- Associated Press

The Democratic candidate for governor says she has raised an additional $1.9 million dollars in campaign funds since July 1.

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Santa Fe Fiesta Turns Page On Tribute To Conquistadors - Associated Press

Civic leaders in New Mexico's capital city are turning the page on a grinding dispute over the annual re-enactment of a 17th century conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe after a Native American revolt.

The controversial pageant was being replaced Friday by new gestures of reconciliation at Santa Fe's autumn festival that starts with Catholic Mass and a performance by Indian Pueblo dancers.

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It started ten years ago as what it describes as "a dumpster-diving, Do-It-Yourself warehouse space."  Today, Santa Fe's Meow Wolf is an arts and entertainment powerhouse -- part concert venue, part immersive fantasy world and part learning center for kids.  In 2017, it decided to share its success and established the Meow Wolf DIY Fund to support other alternative arts spaces around the country.

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The Archdiocese of Santa Fe now acknowledges 78 New Mexico priests accused of sexually abusing children since the 1930s. But many other accused priests from elsewhere in the United States spent time at treatment centers run by a Catholic order called the Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico.

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GOP Candidate Draws Fire Over Remarks On Opponent's Heritage- Associated Press

A Republican congressional candidate in New Mexico is drawing criticism for questioning her Democratic opponent's Native American heritage over her immigration views and because she wasn't "raised on a reservation."

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The state supreme court will hear a lawsuit next week challenging the New Mexico Secretary of State’s decision to reinstate straight party voting on ballots this November.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 4, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas ordered the state’s three Roman Catholic dioceses to give up decades’ worth of church records relating to allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up. Church leaders in Santa Fe, Gallup and Las Cruces have all said they'll cooperate. KUNM sat down with Balderas to talk about the investigation.

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AG Slams University Of New Mexico Over Transparency Laws- Associated Press

The state attorney general's office said the University of New Mexico flagrantly abused the state's transparency laws while school officials asked employees to delete emails and text messages relating to athletics.

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