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New Mexico’s independent voters could be allowed to participate in primary elections if a proposed constitutional amendment is successful.

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Proposal To Expand New Mexico's 'Three-Strikes' Law AdvancesThe Associated Press

A proposal to expand the New Mexico's "three-strikes" law for sentencing habitual offenders has cleared another hurdle.

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The James Boyd killing two years ago spurred voters to increase taxes and spend additional millions every year on behavioral health in Bernalillo County. Now, there's a new roadmap for those funds.

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Lawmakers in Santa Fe are considering a number of bills aimed at addressing child welfare this session. We're taking a look at what's going on in the Round​h​ouse, from ​strengthening ​child porn laws ​and ending​ childhood obesity to domestic violence.​

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A bill that uses liquor taxes to fund tuition assistance is set to expire next year. If that happens, students will have to dig even deeper into their pockets to pay for schooling. University of New Mexico students planned to raise the issue at the Roundhouse Monday.

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Bill To Address Rape Kit Backlog Goes Before Lawmakers Associated Press

Legislation aimed at addressing a backlog of rape test kits in the state would appropriate $1.2 million to hire more forensic scientists to process DNA evidence from sexual assault cases in the next fiscal year.

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Sprint To Cut Nearly 400 Jobs In New Mexico- Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Business First    

Sprint is shutting down the Rio Rancho customer call center next month.

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Faces Santa Fe is comprised of 65 portraits, all of Santa Fe residents, all the same size, and all painted with the same palette and in the same time frame.  On view at SITE Santa Fe through February 13, the exhibit was conceived by artist Ben Haggard as an experiment in social networking.  Ben started with friends and family, they were then asked to invite friends and family, and the project blossomed

Why We Try: On Parenting

Jan 22, 2016
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Having children has a profound effect on parents. Not just socially and economically – but physically, like, in our brain chemistry. Commentator Andrea Mays says she is trying to be a better parent this year, despite being catapulted into emotions that vacillate between ecstasy and Dante’s Inferno, often in 10 seconds flat. 
 

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Without it, we would not today have Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and fourteen other plays by Shakespeare.  Published in 1623, Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, known today as the First Folio, is one of the most influential works in publishing history.  An exhibit from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. brings the First Folio to the New Mexico Museum of Art in February.

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 GOP-Sponsored REAL ID Fix Clears First HurdleAssociated Press

A GOP-sponsored bill that would make New Mexico compliant under the REAL ID Act and allow some  immigrants to obtain driver's permit cards has cleared its first hurdle.

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The city of Albuquerque plans to break ground next month on phase two of a controversial multi-use trail in the Rio Grande bosque. The new trail system is intended to keep people from trampling sensitive areas and to increase wheelchair accessibility.  

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A community center that’s helped thousands of urban Native Americans in this region over the last two decades is facing possible closure. 

The Albuquerque Indian Center is known for providing culturally sensitive services tailored to the needs of Native Americans. On an average morning there, people dig through piles of donated clothes in the main room, look over free bread in the kitchen and drop in to check their mail. 

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Hundreds of hospitals around the country—even the famous Mayo Clinic—are being fined in 2016 because of safety concerns, and six in New Mexico will be facing that fine, too.

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Across the country, Native American tribes are regaining parts of their ancestral land. It’s part of a push by the Obama administration to return half a million acres of territory to tribes.

Isleta Pueblo’s territory just grew by 50 percent as part of that initiative, and leaders there are looking at new ways to use their land as an economic engine.

Department Of Defense Announces New Mexico ID RestrictionsAssociated Press

The U.S. Department of Defense says it will no longer accept New Mexico driver's licenses at its installations nationwide.

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In her state of the state address Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez told lawmakers that public safety should be their top concern. But she also mentioned the need to reform an old and entrenched system of political pork that's interfering with our ability to build things New Mexicans say we badly need: new roads, bridges and water systems.

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Officer In Boyd Shooting Seeking Reinstatement – Associated Press

One of the Albuquerque officers slated to stand trial for shooting a mentally ill homeless man wants his job back.

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Gov. Susana Martinez opened a 30-day session of the state legislature Tuesday with a speech urging lawmakers to make public safety their top priority. But that wasn’t the only item on her agenda.

After a year marked by high-profile public corruption cases, the two-term Republican used part of her state of the state address to encourage government reform.

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Governor Susana Martinez delivered her State of the State address to lawmakers on the opening day of the 2016 legislative session Tuesday.

Martinez said cracking down on crime is her top priority. She pointed to fatal shootings of police officers and crimes committed by “boomerang thugs” who’ve been in and out of jail.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Convene To Forge Budget Associated Press

New Mexico's Legislature is convening in Santa Fe to hammer out a budget agreement amid faltering revenues and to tackle thorny issues from immigrant driver's licenses to major public safety reforms.

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Disgraced Former New Mexico Secretary Of State ReleasedAssociated Press

Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran was released Sunday from a Santa Fe County jail after a 30-day sentence for using political campaign funds to fuel a gambling spree.

Isleta Pueblo Reclaims Swath Of Historic Tribal Homeland- Associated Press

The Pueblo of Isleta is adding 140 square miles to its jurisdiction under a deal the U.S. Interior Department says represents the single largest transfer of land back to a tribe's control in U.S. history. 

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The Secretary of the Interior met with leaders of Isleta Pueblo Friday to return nearly 90,000 acres of ancestral land to the tribe.

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EPA Reviews New Mexico's Plans To Sue Over SpillAssociated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it's reviewing New Mexico's plan to sue the federal government over a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states.

UPDATE: Wolf Ranch Permit Denied

Jan 14, 2016
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New Mexico game commissioners in a unanimous vote today [Thursday] denied a ranch’s appeal for a permit to house and breed Mexican Gray wolves for release in the wild. Their permit was originally cancelled last spring.

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New Mexico To Sue EPA Over Mine Spill - Associated Press

New Mexico officials say they plan to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill that contaminated rivers in three Western states.

The New Mexico Environment Department says it filed a notice Thursday of its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over last year's spill. The lawsuit would be a first and would also target the state of Colorado and the owners of the Gold King and Sunnyside Mines.

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The state Legislature is getting ready to meet this month in Santa Fe and lawmakers will be focused on putting together a budget. But many people are hoping lawmakers will also address recent high-profile corruption cases and pass tougher measures to keep government clean. 

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A law in Texas that opponents say could cause the shutdown of all but 10 abortion clinics there is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in early March. In the meantime, some women seeking the procedure have been coming to neighboring New Mexico instead.

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'New Mexico Truth' Campaign Launched On Child Poverty Associated Press

A Catholic community health organization wants to draw attention to child poverty in New Mexico and is using a parody of the state's successful tourism ad campaign to do it.

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