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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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The state fired the private company in charge of prisoner health care and gave the contract to another company after a 2016 investigation into dangerously bad medical care in prisons by the Santa Fe New Mexican. But in the two years since the change, millions of dollars in fines have been leveled against the new private health care provider. 

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Voters can now find New Mexico political candidates’ views on things like gun violence, education, public land use and climate change on a website put together by two children's advocacy organizations.

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New Mexico AG Seeks To Review Church Personnel Files- Associated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is asking Roman Catholic church officials around the state to review records for any materials that may be related to past or present allegations of sexual abuse.

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Kavanaugh hearings begin: Opening statements are underway in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

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New Mexico GOP Backs Former ICE Investigator For Statehouse- Associated Press

The Republican Party of New Mexico is hoping to keep control of an Albuquerque-based seat in the state House of Representatives with the nomination of a former Border Patrol agent and investigator for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Official Promises Refunds For Lock-Outs From Santa Fe EventSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

An organizer is promising refunds to about 2,000 people who were still in line when gates closed early for an annual Zozobra effigy burning ceremony marking the start of the Fiestas de Santa Fe.

FBI Arrests 5 From New Mexico Compound On Firearms ChargesAssociated Press

Federal prosecutors say the FBI has arrested five former residents of a ramshackle compound in New Mexico on firearms and conspiracy charges as local prosecutors dropped charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy at the property.

Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said Friday his office will now seek grand jury indictments involving the death.

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The late Sen. John McCain will be honored at an expansive ceremony at Washington's National Cathedral on Saturday. Former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush will give remarks, along with McCain's longtime friend Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and several others. Three of McCain's children will give readings, and Renee Fleming will perform "Danny Boy" at the late senator's request.

 

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Court Rules Fair Pay For Women Act Applies To State Employees- Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

An appeals court has rejected the Corrections Department's argument that the Fair Pay for Women Act doesn't apply to state employees.

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Police Say Four People Killed In New Mexico Bus Crash- Associated Press

New Mexico authorities say multiple people have been killed in a Greyhound bus crash along Interstate 40.

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A recovery center for youths in Albuquerque is gearing up to open new housing next month specifically for girls and young women.

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Dad, Partner Plead Not Guilty In Compound Death- Associated Press

The father of a child found dead in a northern New Mexico compound earlier this month has pleaded not guilty to new charges of child abuse resulting in death.

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Without fanfare, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe updated its website last week with more information about where and when priests accused of sexual abuse worked in New Mexico.

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The American Civil Liberties Union says laws against panhandling around the country violate free speech rights. The local branch of the ACLU sent letters to 10 cities in New Mexico on Monday, August 28, demanding that they strike down those panhandling bans.

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Pay Disparity Has Santa Fe Officers Heading To Albuquerque- Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

The pay disparity between the Santa Fe and Albuquerque police departments, highlighted by a recent raise for Albuquerque officers, is causing alarm for Santa Fe police officers and commanders who say more members of their already short-staffed department are leaving to join Albuquerque's police force.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 8/30 8a: We talk a lot about the need to bring more jobs to New Mexico, but what about remote workers? There are more opportunities for people to find jobs with outside companies and stay rooted in their own community here. But working from home or outside of an office requires internet access and specific skills to be successful. We'd like to hear from you. Email LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show.

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Confederate Markers Removed From New Mexico Rest Areas- Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

New Mexico officials say the last remaining memorials to Confederate President Jefferson Davis have been removed from New Mexico rest areas along Interstate 10, the main east-west route across the state.

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Couple From New Mexico Compound Face Child Abuse Charges– Associated Press

A sheriff in New Mexico says new child abuse charges that can carry a penalty of life in prison have been filed against the father and step-mother of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found at a ramshackle compound.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe announced Friday that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj (see-DAHJ' IBN wah-HAJ') and his wife by Muslim faith Jany Leveille have been charged with child abuse resulting in death and conspiracy to commit child abuse. 

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Voters in Bernalillo County will see another bond question about a planned tiny home village for people experiencing homelessness on their ballots come November.

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Its renovation is complete and the unveiling ceremony for the new Smith Plaza on the University of New Mexico's Albuquerque campus will take place Wednesday, August 29 at 10 a.m. on the Plaza.  The Project Manager for the transformation, Aaron Zahm of Albuquerque's MRWM Landscape Architects, joined KUNM to discuss his design for what he hopes will become "the true heart of the campus."

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New Lab Contractor To Pay New Mexico Gross Receipts Taxes- Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A management group that will soon take over Los Alamos National Laboratory will pay gross receipts taxes, easing concerns that millions of dollars in revenue could evaporate if the group was deemed to have nonprofit status.

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$2M Deal Aims To Keep Rio Grande Flowing In New Mexico Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The water utility that serves New Mexico's largest metropolitan area will lease water to the federal government to keep the stretch of the Rio Grande that flows through Albuquerque from going dry.

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Several severe storms have rattled New Mexico this summer, one of which closed Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

The Bureau of Land Management in Albuquerque made a special trip on Monday to clear debris that had floated over the the access road, into the slot canyon trail and across other areas at the monument, which had been closed since Aug 11.

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Millions in federal funding has been up in the air for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit system, or ART, since its construction in 2016. The money’s now a sure thing. Mayor Tim Keller announced on Tuesday the Federal Transit Authority will be pitching in $75 million for the ART line. 

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Oil Boom May Provide Windfall To NM Public Schools- Associated Press

A surge in New Mexico's income linked to an oil boom may give legislators an extra $1.2 billion dollars to work with as they craft the next annual budget, state economists announced Wednesday.

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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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New Mexico’s struggled for years with how to handle Real ID and created a two-tiered system where people have an option for an alternative license or identification card. A legal settlement announced on Tuesday, Aug. 21, will force the Motor Vehicle Division to accept more types of documentation for people who opt out of Real ID.

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