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No More Normal: The Streets Are Hot

In the last weeks of July, we saw high temperatures across the country. The streets heated up, and we’re not talking about the weather. We’re talking about federal forces sent to Portland, Chicago, Albuquerque and other cities. The arrival of these agents was met with public outcry and increased skepticism by lawmakers and residents alike. Others support the move. In episode 3, we take a look at what exactly is going on and what it means for our civil liberties and our democracy.

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As Prisons Cancel Visitation, The Phone Line Becomes A Life Line

Tami Peay's husband is incarcerated in a Utah state prison for an illegal drugs conviction, and she hasn't seen him in more than four months. She used to see him at least once a week. But that was before visitations were nixed due to COVID-19.

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“Commemorating and protesting Oñate on the border”

Mon. 8/3, 7p: On Espejos de Aztlán, in a conversation with Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva hosted by Cristina Baccin , we talk about the controversial figure of Juan de Oñate y Salazar and the veneration of Spanish conquerors by some in the Southwest: what´s their role in the history of inclusion/exclusion in the Southwest and in the USA as a nation. Dr. Chávez Leyva wrote about “Monuments of Conformity. Commemorating And Protesting Oñate on The Border” (New Mexico Historical Review, 2007). She is a...

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Court Upholds Health Order Fines For New Mexico Businesses - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press, KUNM

The New Mexico State Supreme Court has upheld the governor's authority to fine businesses as much as $5,000 per day for violations of emergency health orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Complaint States Spaceport America CEO  Abused Authority On Money - Las Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

A whistleblower complaint says the CEO of New Mexico's commercial spacecraft launch facility pressured the former chief financial officer to circumvent internal financial controls and accounting protocol. 

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

In the last weeks of July, we saw high temperatures across the country. The streets heated up, and we’re not talking about the weather. We’re talking about federal forces sent to Portland, Chicago, Albuquerque and other cities. The arrival of these agents was met with public outcry and increased skepticism by lawmakers and residents alike. Others support the move. In episode 3, we take a look at what exactly is going on and what it means for our civil liberties and our democracy.

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Supreme Court Weighs New Mexico Restrictions On RestaurantsAssociated Press

The administration of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is defending its decision to ban indoor restaurant service as a reasonable precaution against the coronavirus.

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Governor Extends Public Health Orders Through AugustKUNM, Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

New Mexico health officials reported 255 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a briefing from the State Capitol the public health order set to expire on July 30 will be extended through August 28.

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Regulators Tap Solar To Replace New Mexico Coal-Fired Plant - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

New Mexico utility regulators have approved a plan for major investments in solar-generated electricity and battery storage to replace a coal-fired power plant.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 7/30, 8a: The Trump administration announced last week that it’s sending 35 federal agents to Albuquerque, saying they’ll fight violent crime as part of Operation Legend. But exactly what that means is unclear, and many people fear the agents will crack down on protestors, or target immigrants or low-income, largely Brown and Black communities that have borne the brunt of some past police operations. This week on Let’s Talk New Mexico we’ll talk with elected officials and community organizers about this deployment of federal agents, and we want to hear from you.

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New Mexico Restaurant In Sign Flap Gets Permit SuspendedAssociated Press

A New Mexico restaurant that sparked anger for erecting a sign that blamed China for the pandemic has had its food service permit suspended.

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This week, we get into what has disappeared from our lives—good or bad—during the pandemic. Episode 2 is all about what’s going, going, gone, maybe for good. We learn of attempts to erase people from the Census. We talk to Sen. Martin Heinrich about the erosion of our civil liberties. We reflect on what’s fading from our relationships and mental wellness. We hear from a COVID-19 survivor, so the realities of the virus don’t slip away. We examine the consciousness of community and the loss of a collective future with an international futurist. We reflect on a disappearing chicken and what life was like pre-pandemic. And we try to see and hear a vanishing Rio Grande.

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State Sets New Daily High For COVID-19 Cases With 467KUNM, Albuquerque Journal

State health officials reported 467 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, which is a new daily record.

The spike was driven in part by 170 new cases among federal inmates at the Cibola County Correctional Center.

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TUES: Court Upholds Health Order Fines On Businesses, U.S. Bill May Expand Abiquiú Reservoir

Court Upholds Health Order Fines For New Mexico Businesses - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press, KUNM The New Mexico State Supreme Court has upheld the governor's authority to fine businesses as much as $5,000 per day for violations of emergency health orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Let's Talk Federal Agents In Albuquerque

Let’s Talk New Mexico 7/30, 8a: The Trump administration announced last week that it’s sending 35 federal agents to Albuquerque, saying they’ll fight violent crime as part of Operation Legend. But exactly what that means is unclear, and many people fear the agents will crack down on protestors, or target immigrants or low-income, largely Brown and Black communities that have borne the brunt of some past police operations . This week on Let’s Talk New Mexico we’ll talk with elected officials and community organizers about this deployment of federal agents, and we want to hear from you.

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New Mexico and The Vote Ep. 1 - The West Leads The Way

Tuesday, 8/4, 8a: The American Southwest played a key role in the woman suffrage battle, as Western states led the charge to ratify the 19th Amendment. New Mexico’s fight to ensure women the right to vote, however, had a much different trajectory.

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