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KUNM News Update
Austin Fisher
Source New Mexico
The $2.5 billion included in the new congressional spending plan greatly exceeds the amount Congress awarded the last time the federal government accidentally let a prescribed burn escape in New Mexico, according to a Source New Mexico review.
Let's Talk New Mexico
Doctor Crossing Arms
Sasun Bughdaryan
Let's Talk NM 9/29 8a: People with substance use disorders often face stigma and discrimination when seeking medical care. Some healthcare providers will blame the patient's SUD for unrelated health problems, even after years of sobriety. That can allow conditions that would be routine procedures under normal circumstances turn into larger, sometimes life-threatening, problems. Moreover, the negative experience from the patient's perspective can make them less likely to seek care in the future.
Local News
  • New Mexico Highlands University
    Jimmy Emerson
    In 2021, a record number of people quit their jobs, what economists are calling the Great Resignation. While COVID was certainly a factor, experts say people were already exiting their jobs at an increasing rate starting in 2009. Now New Mexico Highlands University plans to use new funding to address mass exits and burnout in northern New Mexico.
  • Democratic candidate for Congress Gabe Vasquez speaks in front of a wall with a pelican themed mural on it
    Alice Fordham
    But some think that the Democratic candidate does have an increased chance of winning here, after the district was redrawn to include Albuquerque's South Valley, and lost some of the southeast of the state.
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    Jered Ebenreck/CDC
    CDC COVID Data Tracker
    Last week President Joe Biden said the pandemic had ended. Yet the federal public health emergency order is good until mid-October and will likely be extended into January. For two weeks in a row all 33 New Mexico counties are pastel green on the CDC COVID Community Levels map showing low hospitalization rates from the virus across the state. Yet, only two counties, Harding and Hidalgo actually have low COVID transmission rates.
  • prison
    Graywalls, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
    In Fiscal Year 2020, 54% of people released from prison were incarcerated again within three years. Now, that number is 38%.
Midterms 2022
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