Feds Rank NM Health Computer System As High Risk - The Associated Press
New Mexico was among the states rated as "high risk" after government security experts reviewed the vulnerability of computer systems being used to roll out President Barack Obama's health care law.
Documents provided to The Associated Press show more than two-thirds of states had potential security problems with systems designed to tap into federal computers to verify sensitive personal information.
Udall Sponsors Bill To Increase Primary Care - The Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall wants to increase access to primary care services in New Mexico and across the country.
The New Mexico Democrat has introduced legislation that he says will address the growing shortage of doctors and other health care professionals in rural and underserved communities through a serious of programs and incentives, including those aimed at encouraging medical students to pursue primary care and work in rural communities.
5 Democrats In Race To Unseat Martinez - The Associated Press
Five Democrats have officially entered the race to unseat Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, Santa Fe businessman Alan Weber, longtime government worker Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque and state Sens. Howie Morales of Silver City and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque Tuesday turned in the petitions and paperwork required to qualify for the Democratic Party's June primary ballot.
No one has filed to run against Martinez in the GOP primary.
Lobbyists dole out $400K in campaign contributions - The Associated Press
New state reports show that lobbyists and their clients handed out about $400,000 in campaign contributions to legislators, Gov. Susana Martinez and others in the months leading up to this year's legislative session.
The contributions are in addition to more than $600,000 spent by lobbyists last year for food, drinks, gifts and entertainment for lawmakers and other state officials.
NMSP Chief Says Child Abuse Case Went Astray - The Associated Press
New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says a criminal child abuse case against a former state worker apparently fell between the cracks.
The 2012 criminal case involved 31-year-old Eddie Aragon Jr. He's among current and former state workers named as defendants in a civil suit alleging that Las Cruces youths were abused at a state-run juvenile facility in Albuquerque.
New Lawsuit Alleges Unreasonable Search In NM - The Associated Press
Another lawsuit has been filed over an unreasonable search by a New Mexico law enforcement agency along the border.
In the latest filing, a New Mexico woman says in a federal lawsuit that police illegally took her car in the town of Lordsburg, in Hidalgo County. She says when she tried to retrieve the vehicle four days later, she was forced to strip naked and a female officer visually inspected her body cavities.
Governor Susana Martinez gave her 2014 State of the State address Tuesday at the state capitol in Santa Fe. She spoke before a joint session of the house and senate and touted the success of a tax package that was passed controversially at the very end of last year’s legislative session.
“Less than one year ago, in a display of tremendous bi-partisanship, we passed the most significant tax reform in a generation and sent the loudest message yet- that New Mexico is striving to be a business friendly state,” Martinez said.
State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled Services - The Associated Press
Family members and legal guardians of developmentally disabled New Mexicans have sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration over cuts in services.
A lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday to restore the services lost by individuals and stop the administration from continuing with changes implemented this year to control costs in a Medicaid-funded program serving about 4,000 people.
According to a spokesperson from Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, a 14 year old boy and a 13 year old girl were transported by ambulance from the scene of the Berrendo Middle School shooting to the hospital. Both patients were stabilized and transferred to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. A spokesperson from the facility has confirmed that the girl is in serious condition and the boy is in critical condition.