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Trump Did 'Nothing Wrong,' His Legal Team Says In First Day Of Impeachment Defense

Updated at 1:32 p.m. ET President Trump "did absolutely nothing wrong," White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Saturday, as lawyers representing the president got their first shot to poke holes in the impeachment case made this week by Democrats. Saturday's proceedings, which lasted a little more than two hours, set up the White House arguments in the impeachment trial . The proceedings resume Monday at 1 p.m. The president's team told senators that the House managers selectively withheld...

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N.M. Senate Committee Approves $8 Million For Census 2020 Outreach

The 2020 census starts in a couple months, and organizers are reaching out to populations in New Mexico that historically were undercounted. A bill to spend $8 million on outreach efforts passed its first legislative hurdle on Thursday, Jan. 23.

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NM May Up Tobacco Oversight, Navajo Lawmakers Opt For Smaller Buffer Around National Park

New Mexico May Up Tobacco Oversight -Associated Press New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by young people.

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“Mediterraneo”

Sat. 1/17/2020, 3p: On Raíces, join us in a conversation hosted by Cristina Baccin with Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi, leaders of Newpoli , a group with a Mediterranean pulse nurtured by a contemporary beat. Carmen and Angela share with us their thoughts about their role as front singers, and women as inspiration of taranta music; immigration as topic in their new album Mediterraneo ; and the richness of a sound grounded in folk Italian music along with Greek, Turkish and Spanish roots....

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New Mexico May Up Tobacco Oversight -Associated Press

New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by young people. 

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The 2020 census starts in a couple months, and organizers are reaching out to populations in New Mexico that historically were undercounted. A bill to spend $8 million on outreach efforts passed its first legislative hurdle on Thursday, Jan. 23. 

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A lot of eyes are on recreational mairjuana in New Mexico this legislative session. Last year, a bill that regulated Hemp—the non-psychoactive strain of the cannabis plant—was signed into law. Hemp can be used to make thousands of products, like clothes, paper, biofuel and CBD oil. Farmers and advocates spoke about the burgeoning industry at the Roundhouse Thursday, Jan. 23.

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Lyla June Johnston is spending the first week of the legislative session in Santa Fe fasting to bring attention to climate crisis. The 30-year-old scholar, organizer and artist announced last month that she'll challenge New Mexico House Speaker Brain Egolf for his seat in the Democratic primary in June. KUNM caught up with Johnston outside the Roundhouse Thursday morning, where she's been praying and talking energy policy this week.

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Towns in 18th Century New Mexico were built as enclosures.  Outside adobe walls were windowless and doorless, facing inward were homes and a place of worship, and at the center was a plaza.  New Mexico's last such remaining structure is the timeworn but largely intact Plaza Del Cerro in Chimayo.  In 2017, hoping to save this historic place, the Chimayo Cultural Preservation Association teamed up the Santa Fe non-profit Cornerstones Community Partnerships.  Cornerstones Director Jake Barrow spoke with KUNM about the significance of the plaza and what the partners have done to preserve it.

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When her husband Alfred Stieglitz died in 1946, Georgia O'Keeffe left New Mexico to settle Stieglitz's complicated finances in New York.  She wound up having to stay in the city for three years.  One of her few paintings from that disruptive period is a memory of her New Mexico home.  Spring from 1948 remained in O'Keeffe's private collection until her death.  The painting is now in the collection of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and last fall the Museum received a grant for a much-needed restoration of Spring.  Head Conservator Dale Kronkright spoke with KUNM about the work he and his colleagues will be doing during that year-long process.

 

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New Mexico has a gun death rate higher than the national average, and two-thirds of those deaths are suicides. The Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act being heard this legislative session is controversial. Opponents say this bill is a form of gun control and violates the U.S. Constitution, but its supporters say it's a necessary step in mental health care.

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Navajo Lawmakers Opt For Smaller Buffer Around National Park - By Felicia Fonseca And Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site.

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Trump Rollback Could Leave Waterways Vulnerable To Pollution- By Ellen Knickmeyer Associated Press

The Trump administration is ending federal protection for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands.

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Lawmakers Assured Review Of Nuclear Weapons Work To Be Open - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say they've been assured by U.S. officials that a review of a proposal to ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear arsenal will be open and transparent.

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Your NM Gov: Ep. 5 With Julie Ann Grimm

Julie Ann Grimm from the Santa Fe Reporter shares some insight on what happened in the House Appropriations Committee when the Administrative Office of the Courts submitted their unifed budget. She also talks about the status of New Mexico's judicial system and comments on where we have room to improve.

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ABQ Residents Say City Zoning Harms Low-Income People Of Color

Throughout U.S. history, industries that dump toxic waste into the air, water and soil get put in neighborhoods where low-income people of color live. Advocates from historic neighborhoods in Albuquerque are calling for a real chance to make changes to city zoning rules, because they say the city's planning process was racially biased and ignored their concerns in favor of developers.

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