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NM Supreme Court To Hear Workers Comp Case – Albuquerque Journal

The New Mexico Supreme Court will begin hearing a case today on whether farm and ranch workers should be covered by workers compensation benefits.

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Gov. Martinez Welcomes Election Attention For New Mexico – The Associated Press

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she welcomes the attention New Mexico will get when the GOP presidential candidates begin campaigning in the state.

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Independent journalist Amy Goodman is in New Mexico this week to share stories from her new book Democracy Now: Twenty Years covering the Movements Changing America. We caught up with Goodman to talk about the connections she sees between social movements and the current election season. 

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Children who experience abuse and neglect can face lifelong challenges. In New Mexico, reports of child maltreatment have increased over the last several years. We'll discuss how local groups are working to provide families with resources to prevent these issues. 

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Hundreds Of Teens Register To Vote In New Mexico Primary – The Associated Press

Hundreds of New Mexico teenagers are capitalizing on a new state law that allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 the day of the election in November to vote in the June primary.

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New Mexico Judge Extends Pay-To-Play InquiryAssociated Press

A judge is extending an inquiry into conflict-of-interest allegations against a contract law firm that is helping New Mexico settle claims in a pay-to-play scandal during the administration of former Gov. Bill Richards.

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On Friday the U.S. Department of Justice released the findings of its investigation into how the University of New Mexico handles sexual assault and harassment.

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The New Mexico Broadcasters Association has selected KUNM local All Things Considered host Chris Boros as best Newscaster for 2016. We also received awards for best Continuing Coverage for Ed Williams' coverage of a toxic chemical spill south of downtown Albuquerque and best Breaking News for Rita Daniels' coverage of the Gold King Mine spill in August 2015.

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San Juan County Residents Meeting On Gold King Mine Cleanup – The Associated Press

Residents of northern New Mexico will be able to learn about the long-term monitoring plan in response to the Gold King Mine spill that affected several communities.

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The company that handles medical services for prisoners in the state—Corizon Health—is facing hundreds of lawsuits filed by inmates who say care is inadequate. A series in the Santa Fe New Mexican investigates whether state officials have been ignoring warning signs or have done an inadequate job overseeing Corizon. 

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Lawsuit Against Natural Cigarette Maker Moved To New Mexico – The Associated Press

A class-action lawsuit targeting a company behind a line of cigarettes touted as natural has moved to U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

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Five health clinics housed in public schools are set to lose their state funding this summer. Now the state health department is trying to decide where they’ll send students who use the school-based health centers.

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New Mexico Governor Rebukes Trump On Border-Fence Plan – The Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez is expressing fundamental differences with presidential candidate Donald Trump on his proposal to build a bigger wall along the southern U.S. border and make Mexico pay for it.

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Judge Slams Police Over Wiped Cellphone In Casaus CaseAlbuquerque Journal

A federal judge criticized the city of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Department for not retaining a cellphone used by a former officer, who ran a red light in his police SUV and killed a woman.

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Man’s Death In Police Custody Ruled A Homicide – Albuquerque Journal

The Office of the Medical Investigator has ruled the death of a man held by Bernalillo Police a homicide.

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You probably noticed that this February and March were much warmer and drier than normal. In fact, this year New Mexico got only 12 percent of the rainfall it usually gets in March. The unusually warm weather prompted mountain snow to melt faster and earlier than usual, while winds whipped up wild fires, stripping land that then becomes vulnerable to flooding.

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Storms Raised Some Pollutants From Mine Spill, Not Others – The Associated Press

Researchers who studied a river in Colorado after a massive mine spill say runoff from fall storms kicked up the levels of some contaminants in the water but not others.

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In 2014, Spanish artist Janire Nájera set out on a journey from New Mexico to California, following the 19th Century trade route known as the Old Spanish Trail.  Traveling in an SUV through six states, Najera documented the descendants of the Trail's first Spanish settlers.  The result is Moving Forward, Looking Back, an exhibition that has been seen around the world and is on view now through September at Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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Panel Proposes Cuts In Medicaid Reimbursement RatesAlbuquerque Journal

A panel is recommending cutting Medicaid reimbursement rates for medical providers as the state grapples with a budget crunch, raising fears about staffing and levels of care.

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Senators Call For Action To Increase Security Along BorderThe Associated Press

New Mexico's U.S. senators are calling for more personnel and equipment to help the Border Patrol secure the U.S.-Mexico border along the state's southwestern corner.

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Ex-Senator Clings To Campaign Funds Amid ScandalAssociated Press

Former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego is keeping a political campaign account open even as he fights criminal fraud and bribery allegations linked to his tenure as a lawmaker.

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9th Judge Recuses Self From Case Vs Ex-New Mexico Lawmaker Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Another judge has recused himself from the public corruption case against former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego.

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20 New Mexico Water Systems Exceed Federal Lead Standard Associated Press

A system that provides drinking water for a Santa Fe hospital is among those in New Mexico where testing has turned up elevated levels of lead.

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Medicaid Spending Crunch Raises Tensions In New MexicoAssociated Press

Health care workers are raising concerns about closed-door meetings as New Mexico forges a plan to rein in spending on Medicaid by some $400 million under a new state budget.

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A new state law that governs ride-booking companies like Uber goes into effect next month. But before it becomes official, state regulators have to write the regulations.

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Medicaid Spending Crunch Raises Tensions In New Mexico Associated Press

Health care workers are raising concerns about closed-door meetings as New Mexico forges a plan to rein in spending on Medicaid by some $400 million under a new state budget.

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Governor Susana Martinez and her administration haven’t had a lot to say after the state attorney general cleared the last 2 of 15 behavioral health organizations that were accused of fraud in 2013. Their Medicaid funding was frozen and many of them have shut down.

A statement from the Human Services Department spokesman echoed what the Governor said this week - that Medicaid dollars should be used to help the people who need it most and that the attorney general is turning a blind eye to wealthy CEO's who squandered funds on private planes.

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Dollar stores are everywhere these days—they’re being built at a record pace, according to industry reports. In some rural communities in this state, you might not see any store except a dollar store. A campaign is calling on these discount chains to make sure products are nontoxic.

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UNM Hospital and UnitedHealthcare are in negotiations over continuing coverage for the company’s Medicaid patients. The hospital and insurer haven’t come to an agreement yet and are extending their negotiations for 60 more days.

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