KUNM News Update
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Fri March 21, 2014

Friday News Roundup: A Rio Rancho Customer Care Center Is Expanding Its Workforce

 A Rio Rancho Customer Care Center Is Expanding Its Workforce - The Associated Press

A Rio Rancho customer care center is expanding its workforce.

Gov. Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announced Thursday that Alliance Data Retail Services will be hiring for 200 new jobs.

The Plano, Texas-based company says it will hire customer care associates, customer retention associates, trainers and customer care managers. All positions offer a full range of benefits to full-time employees.

In February, Alliance Data Retail Services was approved for $700,000 in Job Training Incentive Program funds to hire and train 181 new employees.

Alliance Data Retail Services currently has six other customer care centers in Colorado, Ohio, Idaho and Kansas to support its cardholder customers.

Two Dozen Legislators Running Opposed This Year - The Associated Press

Two-fifths of the state legislators seeking re-election are unopposed this year.

Sixty of the 70 members of the state House of Representatives are running for another two-term term.

The Legislative Council Service reports that two dozen incumbents — 13 Democrats and 11 Republicans — face no primary or general election opponent from a major political party. That gives them a clear path to re-election unless a minor party or independent candidate files for office in June.

Twenty-seven incumbents — a dozen Democrats and 15 Republicans — have opposition only in the November general election.

Seven incumbents — six Democrats and one Republican — only have primary election opposition. Two members — one Democrat and one Republican — drew primary and general election opponents.

Democrats hold a 37-33 House majority.

Health Officials: Teen Risky Behavior Declining - The Associated Press

Risky behavior among teenagers is on the decline in New Mexico.

That's according to a new survey conducted jointly by the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Public Education Department.

According to the 2013 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, binge drinking and cigarette smoking have fallen by half in the last 10 years, and fewer teens are getting in physical fights.

The survey says only 17 percent of high school students binge drink, and only 14 percent report having had a cigarette in the last 30 days.

 

Drug use, on the other, had has stayed steady over the past few years, although the use of painkillers to get high has fallen from 14 percent in 2009 to 8 percent last year.