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Gun-Control Group Says New Mexico Sheriffs' Emails Show NRA HelpAssociated Press

A nonprofit that pushes for gun control laws nationwide says emails obtained through public records requests show New Mexico sheriffs received extensive help from the National Rifle Association in their stance against state gun-control legislation.

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Group Raises Concerns Over New Mexico's Landmark Energy Law

Natural gas and coal proponents say emails exchanged among environmentalists and a key member of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's cabinet represent a conflict of interest as the state was creating landmark legislation that set ambitious new renewable energy goals.

In one email, state energy secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst asked a renewable energy trade group to review some of the bill's language.

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For years, there’s been a fight in court about whether the state of New Mexico is following federal law when it comes to distributing food and medical assistance to almost half a million people here. Advocates told a federal judge this week that the state Human Services Department is still illegally denying SNAP and Medicaid to some eligible families. KUNM spoke with Maria Griego Thursday, May 16, right after the court hearing in Las Cruces. Griego is an attorney with The Center on Law and Poverty, and she explained what the state is doing wrong.

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2 Shootings By State Police In Albuquerque Spur ConcernAssociated Press

Police reform advocates say they're concerned state police patrolling Albuquerque are not being held to the same use-of-force and training standards as Albuquerque police.

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To hear Kirtland Air Force Base officials tell it, the cleanup of a decades-old jet fuel spill in Southeast Albuquerque is going great. Their pump-and-treat system is shrinking a major swath of the pollution in the city’s aquifer. But there’s a long history of distrust between the military and the community on this project, and there’s still a lot more to clean up.

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Thousands of students from around the U.S. are converging in Virginia this weekend for the Team America Rocketry Challenge. A junior ROTC team from Valley High School in Albuquerque qualified for the national finals of the world’s largest rocket contest and has a shot at winning thousands of dollars and a chance to compete internationally.

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Officials Reopen New Mexico Private Prison To Hold Migrants – Associated Press

Officials have decided to reopen a private prison in New Mexico to hold local inmates as well as immigrants being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/16 8a: All around the country, more people who are walking are hit by drivers in neighborhoods with low incomes and in communities of color. Here in Bernalillo County, one out of every five times there’s a pedestrian crash, it happens in the few square miles of Albuquerque’s International District. Residents say a big part of the problem is bad street lighting, speeding drivers, big roads, crumbling sidewalks, and not enough intersections or bus stops.

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New Mexico Seeks Federal Reimbursement For Immigrant Care - Associated Press

Local spending on humanitarian relief to asylum seekers in New Mexico would be reimbursed by the federal government under a proposal from the state's delegation to Washington, D.C.

Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich and New Mexico colleagues on Tuesday sent a letter to leaders of Senate and House appropriations committees including Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama requesting reimbursements to local and state governments, along with non-governmental groups.

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Three New Mexico agencies are getting $200,000 each to plan responses to the opioid crisis in rural parts of the state. One will use the funding to do regional-level evaluation and coordination in Rio Arriba and Taos Counties.

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Migrant Surge Prompts Second City To Declare EmergencyDeming Headlight, Associated Press

Another New Mexico community has declared an emergency in response to the increasing number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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2nd Death In Bernalillo County Linked To Hepatitis A VirusKOB-TV, Associated Press

New Mexico Department of Health officials have confirmed 103 acute hepatitis A virus infections since last October with two associated deaths in Bernalillo County.

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Utility, City Converting Streetlights In Albuquerque To LED

Albuquerque and Public Service Co. of New Mexico plan to convert all of the over 11,000 PNM-owned streetlights in New Mexico's most populous city to energy-efficient LED by the end of the year.

Officials say the conversion project is intended to save money on electricity and to improve lighting in neighborhoods.

The conversion project began last month in the International District and crews will complete the work in phases as they move from one part of the city to another.

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Betty Busby is based in Albuquerque but her work wins awards and acclaim around the world.  What she creates are called quilts, but they're more accurately paintings with fabric -- and sometimes made with paint on fabric.  It's artwork not for the bed but for the wall.  She'll be the featured artist in the 12th Biennial Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta, May 30-June 1 at Expo New Mexico.

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New Mexico Ordered To Pay Legal Fees School Funding LawsuitSanta Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A judge has ordered New Mexico to pay more than $312,000 in legal expenses to a second group involved in the lawsuit over whether the state's funding for public schools is adequate.

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It's awards season for journalists and we're proud to annouce that the New Mexico Broadcasters Association has recogized KUNM news coverage for Excellence in Broadcasting with top awards for Breaking News, Feature News, Continuing Coverage, Legislative Coverage, Best Student Newscaster and Student Reporter. 

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New Mexico Demands Closure Of Air Force Lake - By Susan Montoya Bryan Associated Press

The state attorney general's office is demanding the U.S. Air Force close a publicly accessible lake in eastern New Mexico over contamination concerns.

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The New Mexico Department of Health has missed its mark for early childhood health services and needs to create a whole new strategy to improve health outcomes. That’s according to a new report from the state Legislative Finance Committee.

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Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller got on a truck lift on Wednesday, May 8, and turned on a streetlight in the International District in a photo-op designed to announce that PNM will replace all of its streetlight bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs by the end of 2019. It’s still unclear when the area’s ongoing problem with broken streetlights and bad lighting will be resolved.

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At night, for long stretches of road on large busy streets and residential ones, it’s completely dark in Southeast Albuquerque’s International District. Residents say not having enough streetlights is an urgent problem, because it leads to hotspots of crime and more vehicles hitting pedestrians. Politicians failed to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for new lights in the area, leaving neighborhoods in the dark.

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New Mexico Investigates Possible Measles CaseAssociated Press

The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a possible case of measles in Sierra County.

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Advocates packed the Albuquerque City Council chambers Monday night in support of a resolution to spend $250,000 to help care for migrants passing through the city as they seek asylum. Support for the measure was overwhelming, but not unanimous, and it passed by a vote of 6 to 3.  

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There’s a part of Southeast Albuquerque that sees more than its share of people who are walking being hit and killed by drivers. In just five years, there were 26 pedestrian fatalities in the few square miles known as the International District—but none in neighboring Nob Hill. People who live in the district say a big part of this problem is broken streetlights that don’t get fixed, even though they’ve been asking for over a decade.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/9 8a: Communities across New Mexico are stepping up to help migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. What kinds of assistance and services do these folks need the most? And how can you get involved if you want to help out? This week we're talking to the folks who are organizing volunteers and providing food, shelter, clothing and medical care to asylum seekers who are being released by the federal government here. We'd like to hear from you. Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet with the hashtag #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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U.S. Land Managers Ordered To Review Several Drilling Permits – Associated Press

A federal appeals court says U.S. land managers should have done more to consider the cumulative effects on water resources before approving a handful of oil and gas drilling permits in northwestern New Mexico.

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New Mexico Reaches Settlement On Childcare Assistance RulesAssociated Press

A judge has approved a legal settlement aimed at providing more uniform access to childcare-assistance subsidies overseen by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

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Union Pacific Investing $20M At Key Border Station– Associated Press 

State officials say Union Pacific Railroad is undertaking a $20 million project at its Santa Teresa Intermodal Terminal and Refueling Station in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department announced Friday that the investment by Union Pacific Railroad will allow the company to add container blocks to passing trains faster and more efficiently.

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In addition to Netflix recently naming Albuquerque its U.S. production hub, the city was also cited by the trade magazine MovieMaker as its No. 1 big city to live and work in as a filmmaker.  And, the state film office reported last year that New Mexico is now the largest base for movie crew technicians between the coasts.  In response to this expanding local industry, the University of New Mexico has announced big changes to its Department of Film and Digital Arts.

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New Commissioners To Review Racino StudyAssociated Press

New Mexico's new panel of horse racing regulators will be taking some time to review all five pending applications for the state's sixth and final license for a track and casino.

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New Mexico Authorities Charge Ex-Sheriff With EmbezzlementAssociated Press

State authorities have charged a former New Mexico sheriff with embezzlement amid accusations he spent thousands of dollars in taxpayer money on guns and other equipment for his own personal use.

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