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Let's Talk Rural Libraries

Let’s Talk New Mexico 2/21 8a: Rural libraries reach around 500,000 New Mexicans in rural towns and pueblos and provide a range of services including tutoring, healthcare, business incubation, and voter registration. Lawmakers are considering a bill this session that would create a $50 million endowment fund to support the state’s 50 rural libraries. What could this financial support mean not only for rural communities but for the state as a whole? Are you a supporter of your local rural library? What would library support mean to your community? Email LetsTalk@kunm.org , tweet using the #LetsTalkNM hashtag, or call in during the live show.

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Violence Against Women Living On The Street Goes Unreported In ABQ

It’s no secret that sex workers often don’t trust law enforcement and don’t ask police for help after incidents of violence. Officers around the U.S. are themselves arrested for trafficking , raping and abusing people on the street. Here in New Mexico , those stories pop up, too. And people who do that kind of work here say there’s a feeling that it’s either not safe, or that police won’t respond well if they report they’ve been attacked or assaulted. That can mean serial offenders go unchecked.

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Moratorium On New Charter Schools Passes First Hurdle, N.M. Oil And Gas Lease Sale Nets $35 Million

Moratorium On New Charter Schools Passes First Hurdle - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press No new charter schools would be allowed to open in New Mexico until 2022 under a proposal that has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

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Moratorium On New Charter Schools Passes First Hurdle - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

No new charter schools would be allowed to open in New Mexico until 2022 under a proposal that has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

Three detectives are still working a combined 40 hours each week to solve the murders of nine woman and two teen girls whose remains were discovered on Albuquerque’s West Mesa in 2009.

KUNM spoke with Lt. Scott Norris, who took over the violent crimes section of the Albuquerque Police Department about a month ago and is now overseeing the investigation.

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It’s no secret that sex workers often don’t trust law enforcement and don’t ask police for help after incidents of violence. Officers around the U.S. are themselves arrested for trafficking, raping and abusing people on the street. Here in New Mexico, those stories pop up, too. And people who do that kind of work here say there’s a feeling that it’s either not safe, or that police won’t respond well if they report they’ve been attacked or assaulted. That can mean serial offenders go unchecked.

Let's Talk Rural Libraries

Feb 20, 2019
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Let’s Talk New Mexico 2/21 8a: Rural libraries reach around 500,000 New Mexicans in rural towns and pueblos and provide a range of services including tutoring, healthcare, business incubation, and voter registration. Lawmakers are considering a bill this session that would create a $50 million endowment fund to support the state’s 50 rural libraries. What could this financial support mean not only for rural communities but for the state as a whole? Are you a supporter of your local rural library? What would library support mean to your community? Email LetsTalk@kunm.org, tweet using the #LetsTalkNM hashtag, or call in during the live show. 

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More New Mexico Counties Adopt Resolutions Against Gun Bills – Associated Press

Two more rural counties in New Mexico have passed resolutions saying they will not require their sheriffs to enforce a series of gun-control proposals that have gone before state lawmakers.

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Legislature Tells UNM No Soccer, No MoneyAssociated Press

The University of New Mexico would have to reinstate its intercollegiate sports teams for skiing, men's soccer and women's beach volleyball in the fall or do without $4.6 million in state funding under a proposed state budget.

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New Mexico To Sue Trump Over Emergency Wall DeclarationAssociated Press

New Mexico's attorney general and governor say the state will sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.

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New Mexico Shuns Proposal To Raise Royalty Rates On OilAssociated Press

New Mexico state legislators have shunned a proposal to increase the maximum royalty rate for oil and natural gas production on state trust lands that generate money for public schools.

Navajo Tech

Tribal colleges are the only public higher education institutions in New Mexico where students cannot use the state lottery scholarship. A measure approved by the Senate Education Committee on Friday morning would change that.

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In the 1950s, poet Weldon Kees documented a transformative car trip in his poem, "Travels in North America."  Sixty years later, another poet, Ray Gonzalez, summoned the aching ghost of Kees to join him in his own exploratory car trip, "Crossing New Mexico With Weldon Kees."  Now, the inspiration passes to local composer, and UNM graduate student, Luke Gullickson, who created a musical variation on that car trip in "Crossing New Mexico With Weldon Kees and Ray Gonzalez."  The trio for flute, violin and piano premieres on February 24 at Chatter Sunday in Albuquerque.

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Police Say Student Reported Hearing 'Voices' Before Shooting

2/20 11a: Police say a 16-year-old boy accused of firing a gun at a New Mexico high school told officers 11 months prior voices were telling him to "shoot up the school."

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Pediatrician Hopes To Expand Child Abuse Response At UNM

University Showcase: For years New Mexico has languished at or near the bottom nationally for child well-being and one factor behind that ranking is our high rates of child abuse. Many of those cases come through the Child Abuse Response Team -- or CART -- at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

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Santa Fe Program Pairs Art With Opioid Addiction Treatment

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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