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State senator’s lawsuit unearths an invoice showing the NM prison system spent $31,000 on mail processing in one month.
Local News
  • Daycare
    Grant Barrett
    New Mexico has improved in key areas of child well-being but our state is still at the bottom. That’s according to the new Kids Count Data Book for 2022. While much of the information was collected before the pandemic it does measure the impact of COVID on anxiety and depression among kids.
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    Shelby Kleinhans
    Source NM
    People caught in human trafficking often go unseen by authorities, especially if they’re afraid to seek help. That’s why a new training program is helping law enforcement recognize the signs of trafficking and understand effective ways to intervene. KUNM spoke with Democratic Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez about how these training programs could help missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives as well.
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    Mussi Katz via Flickr
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    While New Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped in June, the state still has an issue with low workforce participation. That’s according to a recent legislative report. But a new $6.4 million federal grant from the American Rescue Plan may help more people access training and better paying jobs.
  • school gun violence
    Lorie Shaull
    After a summer of deadly gun violence all across the country, New Mexico is also seeing how gun violence impacts communities, especially children and teens. On average 433 people will die by guns in our state each year. KUNM’s Taylor Velazquez speaks with an advocate about how schools can help kids find other ways to solve their problems.
Let's Talk New Mexico
Jose Navarro https://bit.ly/3Ae2zqy
On this week’s Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’ll be taking a look at what is the future for our healthcare system taking care of an influx of people now experiencing debilitating symptoms of long COVID that make everyday tasks a challenge? What rights do individuals have once their infection qualifies as a disability? Email us at LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show at 505-277-5866.
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Courtesy Debbie Sledge
Interviews with award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington along with Debbie Sledge of Sister Sledge fame.
Pottery storage room at the School of Advanced Research.
Byron Flesher
Pottery plays a predominant role in Native American culture serving as a practice that links past and present. But it has often been exhibited through the lens of academia or museum experts. A new show at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is curated by the Indigenous communities the pottery represents.
Mountain West News Bureau
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce is distributing $500 million to workforce development programs nationwide, including a few in the Mountain West.
    John Sonderman
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    A Nevada workforce training initiative focused on rural and Indigenous communities is among a handful of workforce programs in the Mountain West receiving millions of dollars in funding through the Biden administration’s Good Jobs Challenge.
  •  Yellowstone National Park flood event 2022: Road washout upriver from Rescue Creek Trailhead
    Jacob W. Frank
    National Park Service
    U.S. Senators talked last week about the costs of climate change, and potential costs of doing nothing. Some argued we need to focus efforts on local communities and governments. They’re often paying the price when floods take out roads, wildfires pollute waterways or towns run out of water.