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New Mexico House Speaker Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque.
Andres Leighton
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Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called a special legislative session on matters of public safety that’s set to begin Thursday, July 18. Legislative leadership from her own party Monday announced they are not in agreement on the proposed legislation and are concerned the session could cause more harm than good.

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A for rent sign in Palo Alto, California. Across the country rents are on the rise, in part due to a historic shortage of homes either to rent or buy.
Paul Sukama
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AP
It can take up to 200 days for recipients of a city housing voucher to find an available apartment to use it. In the meantime, people often end up couch surfing, living in cars and on the streets. One of the main reasons for the long wait, city officials say, is landlords who are reluctant to accept a tenant with a voucher.
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The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the nation's only deep geologic long-lived radioactive waste repository. Located 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico, WIPP permanently isolates defense-generated transuranic (TRU) waste 2,150 feet underground in an ancient salt formation.
SAMUEL MOON CHRISTENSEN
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U.S. Department of Energy
What is the future of WIPP, which was supposed to be a pilot project, especially with more plutonium pit production planned at Los Alamos National Laboratory? How long will WIPP remain open and will it be expanded? Those are some of the questions advocates have for a town hall that will take place on July 22nd with top officials from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and its Office of Environmental Management.
President Biden will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8 PM ET this evening, a day after the assassination attempt against former President Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania. Watch the event live.
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The KUNM News team has once again received multiple awards from multiple organizations for our work. These contests covered stories produced in 2023.

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