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FRI: Conceptual Redistricting Maps Emerge From Citizens Board, + More

Conceptual Redistricting Maps Emerge From Citizens Board - By Morgan Lee Associated Press A citizens advisory committee to the New Mexico Legislature on political redistricting endorsed a set of conceptual maps Thursday to circulate for public comment.

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Nearly Half Of N.M. Hospitals Lack Medication For Opioid Addiction

As overdose deaths in New Mexico have surged during the pandemic , recent research shows a searing gap in treatment available for Opioid Use Disorder at the state’s hospitals. One of the study ’s authors, Dr. Eileen Barrett, Director of Continuing Medical Education at the University of New Mexico, spoke with KUNM about the status of opioid use and treatment in the state.

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New Census Data Hits Just In Time For Redrawing District Maps

Earlier this month , KUNM reported about an online portal, Districtr , where New Mexicans can draw and submit their own maps to the Citizen Redistricting Committee, or CRC, for consideration. Kathleen Burke, project coordinator of Fair Districts for New Mexico , spoke with KUNM about the importance of newly-released 2020 Census data now available on the portal.

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For families around the world trying to evacuate loved ones from Afghanistan, time has run out. Mohmmad Ismail  served as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Afghanistan and like many who worked for the United States, he was threatened by the Taliban. He came to Albuquerque in 2013 on a special visa, but his family members stayed behind. He worked with the State Department and U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico to get his family and other family members related to Albuquerque residents during the evacuation period, but he was unsuccessful. 

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Conceptual Redistricting Maps Emerge From Citizens Board - By Morgan Lee Associated Press

A citizens advisory committee to the New Mexico Legislature on political redistricting endorsed a set of conceptual maps Thursday to circulate for public comment.

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  University Researchers Analyze Pretrial Releases Amid Debate- Associated Press

Amid debate over New Mexico's system of releasing felony defendants, University of New Mexico research indicates that just under 5% of Albuquerque-area defendants awaiting trial commit violent crimes while free from jail.

 

Findings from the university's Institute for Social Research's analysis of more than 10,000 felony cases in Bernalillo County also included that less than 1% of people on pretrial release were arrested for a first-degree felony while on pretrial release, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

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Groups Ask US To Consider Extreme Heat In Border PoliciesAssociated Press

Human rights groups are calling on the Biden administration to consider the effects that climate change-fueled heat has on migrants when designing the government's border policies.

As record numbers of COVID-19 patients — most of them unvaccinated — show up for treatment in Idaho hospitals, it’s often nurses and doctors who bear the brunt of the emotional toll.

Ashley Brown is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center. After a couple of her shifts last week, she recorded her thoughts for us.

Editor's Note: We highly recommend listening to the audio version of this story. Press the play button above to listen.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 9/16 8am: Property crime has dropped in New Mexico during the pandemic but violence has taken hold, dominating the news headlines recently: Albuquerque setting a new record for homicides, Santa Fe road rage killings, attacks on police officers, and perhaps most tragic – a child killed at school over bullying. While violent crime has not increased as much across the nation it feels like a lot in New Mexico, and how we choose to react to violence is a local decision. 

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New Mexico Deploys Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Statewide By Morgan Lee Associated Press

Election officials are deploying ballot drop boxes across New Mexico for people who chose to cast absentee ballots without walking indoors during the upcoming Nov. 2 local election for public offices including mayor of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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School Vaccine Campaigns Targeting Students Face Blowback – Cedar Attanasio, Associated Press

Across the U.S., vaccine-hesitant parents are struggling with vaccine-seeking teenagers set on getting their shots. A return to in-person school this month are raising the stakes for high school students who want to be safe in packed classrooms and homecoming rallies.

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  Ruling: Home Doesn't Have To Be Finished To Be Burglarized Associated Press

Just because a house under construction isn't finished and lacks key features doesn't mean it's not a dwelling under state law in New Mexico, making burglary of a residence a crime, an appellate court ruled.

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Let's Talk About Solutions For Violent Crime

Let’s Talk New Mexico 9/16 8am: Property crime has dropped in New Mexico during the pandemic but violence has taken hold, dominating the news headlines recently: Albuquerque setting a new record for homicides , Santa Fe road rage killings , attacks on police officers, and perhaps most tragic – a child killed at school over bullying. While violent crime has not increased as much across the nation it feels like a lot in New Mexico, and how we choose to react to violence is a local decision.

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