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State representatives recently OK'd a budget that would give state workers a raise, the first since 2014.

Governor Susana Martinez proposed a 1 percent pay raise for state workers in January – but the House budget would make it 2 percent.

Senate Tables Carlsbad Brine Well Measures

Jan 25, 2018
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State lawmakers put aside a set of proposals Thursday, Jan. 25, that were aimed at stopping a sinkhole from forming in Carlsbad.

The Senate Conservation Committee tabled five bills to remediate the Carlsbad brine well. The measures would have used $35 million from multiple state funds, including one to help plug up abandoned oil and gas wells.

Kids In The Roundhouse

Jan 17, 2018
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In New Mexico, the 30 Day legislative session has begun, but what do kids have to do with it? We talked with state senator Bill O’Neill and some of the Wild Friends New Mexico about how kids can be part of the legislative process. Originally broadcast Jan 20, 2018

Media Literacy

Jan 10, 2018

What is it to be media literate? This show was originally broadcast in 2002 with the late, legendary Bob McCannon, who was an expert in educating kids about being media savvy. 

At Your Request

Jan 5, 2018
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It's an all request show with our listeners creating a playlist. Originally aired Jan 6 2018.

Puns Aplenty

Dec 28, 2017
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Turnip your radio! It’s a pun-ny show with the KUNM Kids. We’re talking puns with Paul Krza, whose game is playing with words. Puns aplenty, possibly provoking painful groans and moans. Original broadcast date: Dec 30, 2017

Sunny Days, Stormy Days

Nov 23, 2017
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The KUNM Kids will explore the weather with our friend from the National Weather Service, Kerry Jones. 

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Think New Mexico has released their latest report along with a new initiative to improve the state’s public schools by moving over $100 million from school district administrative offices to the classrooms.  Founder and Executive Director, Fred Nathan, spoke with KUNM’s Chris Boros.

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The Children's Hour's Spooky Scary Halloween Special starts at 9am Saturday Oct. 28. 

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Roswell city councilors are expected to decide on Oct. 12 if city employees should have the option to conceal carry a weapon on the job.

Balloon Fiesta 2017

Oct 3, 2017
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For the first two weekends and the week between in October, Albuquerque's Rio Grande valley fills with hot air balloons. On this episode of The Children’s Hour, we sent some of the KUNM Kids to the field, and some on the chase,  for the very first day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Featuring "The Voice of the Balloon Fiesta" Art Lloyd. 

Dinosaurs of New Mexico

Aug 24, 2017
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New Mexico is loaded with fossilized bones, and boasts several unique species who lived here millions of years ago.  This episode of the Children’s Hour features educators from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History on the show to talk about dinosaurs of New Mexico.  

Chaco Canyon

Aug 16, 2017
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8/19: Take a trip with The Children's Hour to Chaco Canyon. This UNESCO world heritage site was the center of pueblo civilization just 1000 years ago, and then was abandoned. Find out the story of Chaco Canyon and what it offers for families today. 

Who Calls Police?

Aug 10, 2017
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KUNM Call In Show 8/17 8a: Call now - 505-277-5866 (local in Albuquerque). Not everyone reaches out to law enforcement when they're in danger or when they're victims of a crime. With the federal government trying to crack down on undocumented immigrants in New Mexico, advocates say even more people here are unwilling to call police for help. But this is an ongoing issue here and all over the country.

Take A Hike

Aug 2, 2017
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8/5  On this edition of The Children’s Hour, we found out about Senator Martin Heinrich's favorite hikes with kids in New Mexico, and how he's trying to get all 4th graders unlimited access to parks, monuments and wildlife refuges across the country. 

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When a kid’s parent gets cancer, it’s confusing and scary for everyone. This edition of The Children’s Hour features kids who have been there. They'll tell us about The Children's Treehouse Foundations CLIMB program at the New Mexico Cancer Center, which has helped them cope. Plus, we'll be joined by kids who are refugees to find out about their next big thing. We’ll also celebrate some notable birthdays, including that of a future king. Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. Original airdate: July 22, 2017

State Sues Presbyterian Over Alleged Fraud

Jul 12, 2017
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New Mexico’s top prosecutor is taking one of the state’s largest health care providers to court over alleged tax fraud. Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Services yesterday.

Ancient Albuquerque

Jul 12, 2017
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7/15, Sat 9a, The Children's Hour: The middle Rio Grande valley has been home to people for over 10,000 years. Find out about ancient Albuquerque with our guest, archaeologist Dr. Matt Schmader. With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more. Join us!

Rural Health Care Options Continue To Fall Short

Jun 30, 2017
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What if you’re racing to the hospital, but it’s an hour away – or more? Pregnant women living in northern New Mexico have to cross over sixty miles to deliver their babies with a doctor or midwife. But in this state, half the battle is getting physicians to work in rural areas.

Bats

Jun 20, 2017
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6/24 9a: This episode of The Children’s Hour had live bats in the studio to help us learn more about these incredible flying mammals that live in our backyard.  Plus we found out how kids can get a scholarship to summer music camp.  With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. 

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As Republicans work to fulfill their promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the future of healthcare in the U.S. is up in the air. In New Mexico, health insurance carriers have to submit their proposed premium rates by this weekend. After state officials review them, the public will have 10 days to weigh in.

Breakfast

Jun 5, 2017
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6/10: Join us for breakfast on The Children's Hour! The KUNM Kids will explore breakfasts from around the world, and we'll share our favorite recipes with you. 

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Sat. 6/3, 2:30p: Luna Llena (Full Moon) is a new Latin band based in Albuquerque (New Mexico)  playing Cuban music. The band is led by Romeo and Ricky Carrido who will be interviewed by Cristina Baccin. Ricky Carrido became a sworn batá drummer (Omo Añá, the deity that lives in the batá drum) from the batá set by the name Obbá koso from Matanzas, Cuba. He has worked with Baracutanga, Pandemonium, Wagogo, Calle 66, and Radio La Chusma.

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New Mexico environment officials say they’ll present a plan to clean up a toxic underground plume at a public meeting Thursday evening in Albuquerque.

Keeping It Classy

May 2, 2017
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Sat 5/6 9a: This Saturday on The Children’s Hour, learn about the UNM Summer Music Institute series with UNM Fine Arts faculty Kimberley Fredenburgh and Cármelo de los Santos. We’ll have a mini live concert in the studio. 

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Sat 4/29 9a:  This week on The Children's Hour we'll learn the history of Albuquerque with Jimmy Carter Middle School's Junior Honor's Society students and the KUNM Kids.  Plus, we'll have a visit from Winnie The Pooh and friends.

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All around the state, evidence from sexual assault cases sits untested. Per capita, New Mexico’s backlog of sexual assault evidence kits is the worst in the nation, according to our state auditor. Most of those kits are in Albuquerque. Even though legislators have passed measures about the backlog, and Mayor Richard Berry proposed putting $1 million toward shrinking it, advocates say it’s getting worse every month. 

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Sat. 4/15 9a: This week on The Children's Hour, Mrs. Hawk's fifth grade class teach us about the history of their school. Just north of Old Town, Duranes Elementary is one of Albuquerque's oldest public schools. Many of these students have parents and grandparents who attended Duranes.  These kids are sure to inspire other students to learn more about their own schools. 

What Does Good Government Look Like To You?

Mar 31, 2017
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To get a sense of how New Mexicans feel about good government and accountability in advance of our interactive community event on Tuesday April 4, 2017, we sent People, Power, and Democracy reporter Jeremy Zeilik to find out.

NM Counties Lose Years To Poverty And Drugs

Mar 31, 2017
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A new report breaks down potential years of life lost when people die before the age of 75 and younger people are dying earlier.  

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