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Judge Hears Case Against Public Education Department

UPDATE 6:05 pm - NEA New Mexico's Charles Goodmacher was in the courtroom late this afternoon and said the judge ruled in favor of the union. We will be following this story as it unfolds. Check back for updates. *************** A district judge heard arguments Thursday in a case against the Public Education Department. A union representing teachers sued the agency over a mysterious statistic. The local chapter of the National Education Association, or NEA, asked the agency for all the...
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Rita Daniels

Key players in New Mexico’s energy economy came together Wednesday in Albuquerque to talk about some of the challenges they face.

The energy summit was hosted by the New Mexico Business Coalition and was dominated by concerns that federal regulations are stymieing the oil and gas industry. According to the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, the state produces 120 million barrels of oil in a year.

An Elegy For The American Character

Jul 1, 2015
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As we approach the 4th of July holiday, commentator Andrea Mays says we need to reflect on how racism is a central part of the ‘American character.’

Andrea Mays is an American Studies scholar who lives in Santa Fe. Her bi-weekly column, Here’s The Thing, is published by the Santa Fe Reporter. Find the full piece online here.

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A Harvard University report released last week shows that for renters making less money, Albuquerque is among the toughest U.S. cities for affordable housing.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week on a law limiting mercury and other emissions from power plants will not affect a coal-fired plant in northwestern New Mexico.

Sheila Stephenson

Mental health care and substance abuse treatment here has been in flux since Medicaid payments to providers were frozen in 2013. And two counselors are striking out on their own in a rural part of the state.

Sheila Stephenson and her business partner Heather Miranda used to work at Teambuilders Counseling Services in Clovis and Portales before it was taken over by an Arizona firm. Earlier this year, that firm—Turquoise Health and Wellness—left.

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U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced Monday that he will propose legislation to address poverty across multiple generations. 

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If you are a member of the Navajo Nation with respiratory problems and you live near the Four Corners Power Plant, you may have more access to health care soon.

The owners of the power plant struck a deal with the EPA and clean air advocates last week to create a $2 million pot of money for medical treatments for people with respiratory illnesses who live near the plant.

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Some New Mexicans may have been dropped by mistake from a federal program that aims to help people pay their phone bills.

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The federal monitor overseeing reform of the Albuquerque Police Department held his first public meeting in town this week.

James Ginger responded to skeptics who questioned his take on what successful police reform will look like and criticized him for not including anyone from New Mexico on his 10-person team.

“Cut us a little bit of slack,” Ginger said. “Let us get our feet on the ground. Let us do a reconnoiter. Let us figure out what it is we need to do, and then we’ll have meetings like this periodically throughout the year.”

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Albuquerque’s City Council will consider an ordinance in August aimed at helping part-time workers, but small business owners and employers say it’s unrealistic. 

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Kirtland AFB Bulk Fuels Facility Spill Project

Headlines: Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill, Governor's Friends Running For President...

Pumping, Treating Of Kirtland's Jet Fuel Plume Begins – The Associated Press Gov. Susana Martinez says a pump-and-treat system designed to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is now in use. She made the announcement Wednesday and praised her administration for putting pressure on the U.S. Air Force to clean up the plume. First detected in 1999, the fuel leak is believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled range...
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Public Health New Mexico

County OKs Santolina Agreement

Bernalillo County Commissioners voted to approve the Santolina development agreement in a contentious meeting Wednesday. The plan could bring about 40,000 new homes to a privately owned development on the West Mesa outside of Albuquerque. The 3-to-2 vote to approve Santolina came after hours of debate over the language in the agreement. Protesters and acequia farmers sat through the hearing with tape over their mouths—a symbolic objection to the commission’s decision not to allow public...
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