M = Murder. The fate of many a poor character! But if your character is going nowhere and dragging the story down as a result, it is time for them to go and you really can murder your darlings. If you write crime, or if a murder is a major part of your story, why was the victim selected? Look closely at your murderer's motives - are they strong enough?
N = News. How does your character react to breaking news? Do they take it calmly or does the prospect of change throw them into a panic? Does your government try to take over any broadcasters? Does your world have journliasts checking things out? Locally, who distributes the news? Are you using the town cryer system?
Lots to be working through there I think!