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Former Provider Sues Over New Mexico Mental Health Shakeup Las Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

A former behavioral health provider in southern New Mexico is suing a company that once managed the state's Medicaid dollars.

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House Panel Chairman: Gold King Mine Was Breached On Purpose - The Associated Press

The Republican leader of a congressional panel investigating a 3-million-gallon spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive Colorado gold mine says the mine was purposely breached by a government cleanup team.

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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Monday brought felony charges against a former state senator accused of using his office to make money on a land deal.

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In front of a group of commercial real estate developers, Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill she said will make the campaign finance system more accurate and transparent, and make it easier for the public to access the information.

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Mountain View, a neighborhood in the Rio Grande Valley south of Albuquerque, is one of the most environmentally burdened communities in New Mexico. There are dozens of industrial facilities, and hardly any places for kids to play outside. With heavy traffic and no sidewalks, just walking home can be dangerous.

But some of that is changing, with the help of a new wildlife refuge.  

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Feds: Jemez Pueblo Abandoned Claim To Valles Caldera Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says a Native American community in northern New Mexico doesn't have any claims to Valles Caldera National Preserve due to a 12-year statute of limitations on tribal land claims.

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Some New Mexicans Petitioning To Secede From Santa Fe CountyAssociated Press, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Some residents of a New Mexico city are petitioning to secede from Santa Fe County to join a bordering county.

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University of New Mexico graduate Javier José Mendoza is the founder and director of the Chicago Arts Orchestra.  In 2011, the CAO started performing music that hadn't been heard since the 18th Century -- works retrieved from the archives of churches and cathedrals in Mexico, Ecuador and other regions of Colonial New Spain.

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State Officials Investigate APS Board Vice PresidentAlbuquerque Journal

The vice president of the Albuquerque Public Schools board is under investigation for seeking reimbursement for a cleaning bill.

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Budget woes at the New Mexico Department of Health are forcing a public health office in Albuquerque to close. 

The Alamosa Public Health clinic in southwest Albuquerque provides immunizations, STD screening, family planning and other services. Clients seeking help there are often low-income or uninsured.

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Santa Fe Archbishop: US Detention Policy WrongAssociated Press

Santa Fe Roman Catholic Archbishop John Wester says the federal government isn't giving detained immigrants due process and called on U.S. officials to change that.

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A congressional committee that is investigating abortion providers nationally that supply fetal tissue to researchers asked several clinics to hand over documents. On Monday, an Albuquerque clinic provided just about all of the info that was requested—except for one thing.

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Family Of Man Shot Outside Home Sends Feds LetterAssociated Press

The family of a man shot outside his home as deputy U.S. marshals sought to arrest a homicide suspect nearby has sent a letter to federal officials, saying they have been stonewalled while requesting answers in the case.

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New Mexico has one of the highest overdose death rates in the country, and recent spikes in the state’s numbers have been linked to the abuse of prescription opiates. But a drug that reverses overdoses is about to become more widely available.

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Colorado Officials Take Key Step In Gold King Mine Cleanup Durango Herald, Associated Press

The Silverton town trustees and San Juan County commissioners have voted to seek a Superfund designation to clean up of dozens of old Colorado mines, including one that tainted rivers in three states.

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Study Low-Cost Loans To State Employees — PASSED

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Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans don’t have enough food to eat. A lot of those people also have expensive medical conditions that can make buying food even harder.

A new program is trying to bridge that gap, by getting healthy food to people suffering from chronic health problems.

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Behavioral health funding in New Mexico took about a $4 million hit at the end of last week’s legislative session. But the Human Services Department may have asked for even less money than that.

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State legislators passed a budget, created a REAL-ID driver's license fix, cracked down on DWI and child porn and advanced bail reform. But did they do anything to reverse the tide of indicators that New Mexicans have lost faith in state government? We look at what lawmakers did, or didn't do, to restore the public trust. 

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New Mexico Gov. Martinez Formally Requests REAL ID Waiver

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has formally requested a waiver from federal REAL ID requirements after state lawmakers passed a bill to revise the state's driver's license law.

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Budget Woes Could Call New Mexico Lawmakers Back To Work-Associated Press

New Mexico's Legislature could be called back to the capitol for a special session later this year if state revenues continue their downward slide.

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There’s been a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of terrorist attacks in the U.S. and Europe. And the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the number of hate groups in the U.S. increased by 14 percent in 2015.

Local human rights activist Samia Assed says it’s a pivotal time in American history for defining who we are as a nation.

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The NM Legislature wrapped up another session. KUNM's Chris Boros speaks with Gwyneth Doland about what happened and what didn’t happen.

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New Mexico’s Democratic congressional delegation is calling for a federal investigation into the shakeup of the state’s behavioral health system.

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Mexico, which counts him among its most prominent living artists, is honoring Federico Ibarra's 70th birthday in 2016 with a yearlong series of concerts and performances.  The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is taking part in that celebration by welcoming Ibarra for a three-day musical residency in early March.

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Lawmakers Wrap Up 2016 Session – Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

The New Mexico Legislature has adjourned after a 30-day legislative session. The House and Senate wrapped up work yesterday with major political compromises in place to revise driver's licenses for immigrants, overhaul the state's bail bond system and trim spending next year.

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Lawmakers voted Wednesday to study a plan that would make small dollar loans available to state employees. At 26 percent interest, the loans would offer options for low income borrowers who have traditionally turned to high interest storefront loans.

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A congressional investigation into researchers who use fetal tissue and the abortion clinics that provide the tissue has recently expanded to include New Mexico.

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The legislative session ended at noon on Thursday, Feb. 18, and even though funding was scarce, lawmakers found money to process sexual assault evidence that’s been piling up around the state. 

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Lawmakers are wrapping up a 30-day session in Santa Fe Thursday. They’ve hammered out a budget, moved forward on some crime-fighting bills and spent time debating anti-corruption proposals. 

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