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Salary Of New Mexico Lottery Head Increases To $220KAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The New Mexico Lottery Authority has increased its CEO's base annual pay to $220,000 — a move drawing criticism by those who argue the money should be going into a scholarship program.

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A second man has accused former Santa Fe mayor Louis Montaño of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Santa Fe Boys & Girls Club. Montaño was the director of the youth organization, then called the Boys Club of Santa Fe, when the alleged abuse took place.  

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Report Finds US Nuclear Lab Gives New Mexico Economy $3B BoostAssociated Press

Los Alamos National Laboratory supports more than 24,000 direct and indirect jobs and infuses more than $3 billion a year into New Mexico's economy through federal funding and spending by employees and vendors.

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British Manufacturer Buys Nambe LLC For $12MSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A Santa Fe-based company known for its polished aluminum alloy kitchenware and home décor has been acquired by a British manufacturer and worldwide distributor.

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Lawmaker Calls For Expanded Compensation From Nuclear Weapons TestingAssociated Press

A compensation program for those exposed to radiation from years of nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining would be expanded under legislation that seeks to address fallout across the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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New Mexico AG Draws Fire For Working With NYU Energy Center – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is drawing criticism for employing two lawyers funded by a New York University center that promotes clean energy and environmental laws.

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New Mexico Launches STEM Challenge For High School Students – Associated Press

New Mexico is asking its high school students to take up the gauntlet as part of an academic challenge that aims to answer one question: How will you use science and technology to help with national security?

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Let's Talk New Mexico 7/18 8a: Thousands of New Mexicans with intellectual and developmental disabilities have waited years to get access to group homes, therapies and other services. We’ll discuss the plan Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this month to get everyone off the waitlist for the developmental disability (DD) waiver program over the next six years. Have you or someone you know been on the waitlist? What would it take to get everyone the services they are eligible for in a timely fashion? Email us your thoughts at LetsTalk@kunm.org, or call in live during the show.

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Cities that work to create safe roads for bicyclists, by providing bike lanes, wind up making those roads safer for everyone.  That's according to just-published research into twelve bike-heavy American cities, including Memphis, Austin, Seattle and Oklahoma City.  The co-author of the study is a researcher at the University of New Mexico, Nick Ferenchak, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.  

New Mexico AG Wants New Sex Offender Law Amid Epstein Probe - By Mary Hudetz Associated Press

New Mexico's attorney general wants to change a law that allowed Jeffrey Epstein to avoid registering as a sex offender in the state, where the financier owns a sprawling, secluded ranch and authorities say they are interviewing victims.

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Mosquito season is going to be bad this year and one of the ways the city of Albuquerque is tackling the problem is by giving out a fish for people to put in birdbaths, ponds and ditches. But the fish can pose a risk to aquatic ecosystems.

Let's Talk Clean Water Act In New Mexico

Jul 11, 2019
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Let's Talk New Mexico 7/11 8a:  The Trump Administration has proposed a revision to the Clean Water Act that would exclude many of New Mexico’s ephemeral waterways from protection. Environmental advocates say that this would have a harmful impact on the state’s watersheds, but critics say the move would undo government overreach under the Obama Administration.

How would this impact your area of the state? Do you work in mining or agriculture? How your operations be affected? Are you concerned about water pollution? Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet using the hashtag #LetsTalkNM or call in live.

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State Employee Among 2 People Found Fatally Shot In Santa FeAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Authorities say a state employee is one of the two people found dead in the downtown Santa Fe area.

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When the Legislature is not in session in New Mexico, lawmakers still meet and hold hearings about things like education funding, solitary confinement, green energy jobs and more. When these off-session meetings happen in Santa Fe, they’re live-streamed, and anyone around the state can tune in. But if they’re held anywhere else in New Mexico, the public’s out of luck. That might be changing.

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New Mexico Gets Approval To Change School Grading SystemAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The New Mexico Public Education Department has received federal approval to amend its grading system for school performance.

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If you are staff at the University of New Mexico, you haven’t been offered paid leave when you have a baby or adopt a child – until now.

UNM’s paid parental leave policy went into effect this month. Part-time and full-time staff employees at all UNM campuses can now take four weeks of paid leave when they welcome a new child into their family as long as they’ve been at UNM for at least a year.

New Mexico Settles With Behavioral Health ProvidersAssociated Press

New Mexico has reached settlements with three providers whose Medicaid claims were frozen as part of a shake-up in the state's behavioral health care system.

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Groups Appeal Ruling Over Santa Fe Thinning ProjectAssociated Press

Environmentalists are going back to court in hopes of putting the brakes on plans to thin thousands of forested acres in the mountains bordering Santa Fe.

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Budget cuts have left music education virtually absent from New Mexico's public schools.  Fortunately, local non-profits have been working imaginatively for years to offer effective musical experiences for young people.  This summer, for example, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival continues its series of concerts for kids and families.  The Festival's Youth Concerts take place on four consecutive Mondays at 10am starting on July 15 at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

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Walmart Plans To Cease Gun Sales At New Mexico Stores Associated Press

Walmarts in New Mexico plan to stop selling guns later this month after a new state law expanded background checks to nearly all gun purchases.

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In Border Crisis, Pregnant Teens Are Especially Vulnerable - By Astrid Galvan Associated Press

As the crisis at the border has deepened over the last year, one group of migrants is particularly vulnerable: teen moms and pregnant girls without parents of their own.

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People say bad street-lighting contributes to fatalities and violence in some parts of Albuquerque—and national studies bear this out. There’s plenty of finger-pointing, but when it comes to info about broken streetlights, the public’s still mostly in the dark.

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Fire officials are pleading for campers to safely put out their campfires this Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Around the country, abandoned campfires are the leading cause of wildfires. So, how do you know you have successfully put out your campfire? 

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The New Mexico legislature this spring passed increases in education funding, in response to a judge’s order saying the state has violated the constitutional rights of at-risk students. Last week, attorneys for the plaintiffs filed a notice with the court saying the state has not done nearly enough.

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Albuquerque Police Say Man Killed In Shootout With DetectiveAssociated Press

Albuquerque police say a man is dead following a shootout with a police detective who suffered minor injuries.

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Hundreds of protesters gathered Tuesday in downtown Albuquerque to demand an end to inhumane conditions in detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border. It was part of a nationwide response to federal immigration policies that have separated family members, led to migrant deaths in detention and sought to limit who can seek asylum in the U.S.

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Albuquerque To Chihuahua Direct Volaris Flight ScrappedAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

A new direct flight between Albuquerque and the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, has been scrapped less than two weeks after it was to have begun.

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New Mexico Utility Charts Closure For Coal-Fired Power PlantAssociated Press

New Mexico's largest electric utility is submitting to regulators its plan for shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, how it intends to replace the lost power and what it's going to cost customers.

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New Mexico Ranch Owners, State Settle Lawsuit After Raid -Headlight, Associated Press 

The state of New Mexico has settled a case with the owner of a ranch for troubled youth six years after the ranch was raided in 2013.

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Negotiations continue between UNM Hospitals (UNMH) and the union that represents about 4500 of its nurses, aides, housekeepers and other workers. The union is holding out for better compensation in their new contract, which is meant to begin July 1st.

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