More than 200 people gathered in downtown Albuquerque yesterday to denounce the tactics used by anti abortion rights groups recently.
The rally was held in response to an anti-abortion protest that took place earlier this month where advocates staged demonstrations in locations across the city, holding signs with pictures of bloody fetuses and messages comparing abortion in Albuquerque to the Jewish Holocaust.
More than 300 people in 37 states have been infected by salmonella, many of which were children. Investigators have linked the source of the outbreak to a chicken, duck and turkey hatchery in Eastern New Mexico.
In the Southwest, nine people have been infected in California, eight in Arizona, 19 in New Mexico, and 32 in Texas.
There are still a lot of questions about the New Mexico Human Services Department's abrupt halt of Medicaid funding to 15 behavioral health providers and the state's contracts with Arizona firms to take over provider management.
Approximately 63,000 people are currently unemployed in New Mexico. It's also estimated that nearly a third of New Mexicans speak a language other than English in the home, and that's part of the problem.
On the sidewalks along Central Avenue here in Albuquerque, Lauren Handy and about 15 other anti-abortion activists are doing their best to get an informational pamphlet about late term abortion into the hands of pedestrians.
"We actually had someone change their mind, even for first trimester." Handy says, "And that’s why were here, to change hearts and minds"
Farther up the road, Eric De la O and about 15 other young adults are holding signs with pictures of what appear to be bloody fetuses.
The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning the state's trial courts and lawyers that lack of English proficiency should not restrict someone's ability to serve on a jury. The warning was issued in a recent ruling that upheld an Albuquerque man's conviction for murder.
According to the CDC, excessive alcohol consumption, primarily binge drinking, poses a huge public health problem across the country. Major economic impacts include police responses to violence and treatment of health problems related to alcohol.
Rio Arriba County health officials hosted their first-ever Twitter Town Hall today - A panel of experts answered tweeted questions about Medicaid. The twittersphere was abuzz with questions about the state's recent audit of behavioral health providers.
KUNM Call In Show 8/15 8a: Following closely in the footsteps of Texas, Albuquerque has become the latest abortion battleground in our nation.
While the Albuquerque City Clerk verifies signatures on the first of its kind abortion ban ballot initiative to be introduced at a municipal level, coalitions are being formed on both sides of the issue, protests have been held, and rallies are being scheduled.
A group of MBA students who are traveling the country to meet with small businesses came to Albuquerque this week. MBAs Across America is a group of Harvard Business School students looking to understand the problems small businesses are facing.
The state Human Services Department has run into a roadblock with the contracts it signed with five Arizona providers who are taking over management of behavioral health services in New Mexico. The Legislative Finance Committee has delayed transfer of funds to pay for the out-of-state firms’ contracts, but the Arizona contractors still have an obligation to provide services to behavioral health clients.
The City of Santa Fe is trying out a new way of dealing with drug offenders. Recently the City Council passed a resolution to use a model that focuses on treatment instead of jail. A task force that included the Chief of Police, the City District Attorney and members of the community studied the relationship between property crimes and illegal opiate drug use.
A judge in San Juan County has upheld the death sentence for one of only two New Mexico death row inmates, a Farmington man condemned to die for a killing that occurred before New Mexico generally abolished the death penalty in 2009.
District Judge Karen Townsend on Wednesday denied a defense motion to overturn the death sentence of 39-year-old Robert Fry for the 2000 killing of 36-year-old Betty Lee.
New Mexico behavioral health providers who had their Medicaid funding frozen after allegations of fraud and mismanagement are in the process of transitioning to management from several Arizona contractors.
Meanwhile, Valencia Counseling Service, a facility south of Albuquerque, is holding out for a last minute reprieve from an Albuquerque District Court.
Nearly 300 NM Towns Face Water Crisis- Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal
A state review says around 300 New Mexico community water systems are vulnerable to drought, dropping water tables and aging infrastructure.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a state task force review to be made public Wednesday says towns or villages often depends on a single water source making them unguarded to drought and contamination.