Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 12:00 pm
With the country slowly digging itself out of recession, some of his legislative priorities buried under Washington's partisanship and his approval ratings at some of their lowest levels, President Obama called for "a year of action" during his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:58 pm
Just like the issues and themes that color the annual State of the Union speech, the list of White House invitees is intended to send a message about what an administration cares about and prioritizes.
The State of the Union guests, after all, are announced beforehand with biographies attached. And the typically staggered announcement of names allows the media to chew them over for several news cycles.
State Finds No Fraud By Mental Health Provider - The Associated Press
Attorney General Gary King says investigators found no fraud by a behavioral health provider in Alamogordo although Medicaid was improperly billed for $19,000 in services.
King's office announced Thursday it had finished an investigation of the first of more than a dozen nonprofit mental health providers that had their Medicaid payments suspended last year by the Human Services Department because of allegations of fraud, mismanagement and billing problems.
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.
Two students have been hospitalized after a gunman opened fire at a New Mexico middle school Tuesday morning.
The shooting occurred at a Roswell Middle School in eastern New Mexico when students gathered in the gym to get out of the weather and a 12-year-old suspect brought what's presumed to be a shotgun to school.
"This individual opened fire on the audience that was in the gym," Said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. "At this time we can confirm that two students were injured, a boy and a girl, as well as a school staff member."
Valencia County Commisoners Vote Down Abortion Ban- The Albuquerque Journal
Last night a proposal to ban late-term abortions in Valencia County was rejected by County Commissioners in a 3-2 vote.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Chairman Charles Eaton said he had a hard time supporting a measure that was “largely symbolic” since at the moment there are no abortion providers in Valencia County, be it late-term or otherwise.
Governor Susana Martinez To Release Budget Proposals -The Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez is gearing up for the Legislature by preparing to unveil her budget proposals to lawmakers.
The Republican governor is scheduled to release her budget recommendations Monday afternoon. The Legislature convenes Jan. 21 for a 30-day session that's limited mostly to budget, tax and other issues placed on the agenda by the governor.
New Mexico National Refuge To Expand - The Associated Press
The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge on Albuquerque's southern edge is growing thanks to the purchase of 57 acres.
The $1.1 million purchase was announced this week by Bernalillo County Commissioner Art de la Cruz and state Sen. Michael Padilla. They also say development of a master plan for the refuge and visitors' center is underway.
The state Legislature approved the funding for the purchase during its last session.
Friday Hearing Set On Horse Slaughter - The Associated Press
A Friday court hearing is set on the latest effort to stop a Roswell plant from resuming domestic horse slaughter.
State District Judge Matthew Wilson in Santa Fe will hear New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's request for a temporary restraining order to block Valley Meat Co. from opening its doors in the coming days.
King's suit says Valley Meat stands to violate state laws related to food safety, water quality and unfair business practices.
New Mexico Lawmaker Aims To Confront Truancy Problem - The Associated Press
A state lawmaker has proposed taking away the driver's licenses of New Mexico students who habitually play hookey from school.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Senator Craig Brandt wants to give school authorities the ability to work with the Motor Vehicle Division to deny or suspend licenses of students who have a pattern of truancy, poor grades and are at risk of dropping out.
Court Asked To Mull NM's Teacher Evaluation Plan - Associated Press
Teachers unions and some state lawmakers who are opposed to the New Mexico Public Education Department's teacher evaluation system are asking the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its contention that the program is invalid because it violates state laws.
The reconsideration request comes after a state District Court judge last month refused to block Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from continuing to implement a new system for evaluating teachers.
Gov. Susana Martinez has proposed spending $9.5 million on two high-tech research and development initiatives.
The governor says the aim is to attract top faculty members to New Mexico's colleges and universities and to fund innovative projects that have the potential to contribute to the state's economic growth.
Martinez unveiled her proposals during visits Thursday to the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech.