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Panel Proposes Cuts In Medicaid Reimbursement RatesAlbuquerque Journal

A panel is recommending cutting Medicaid reimbursement rates for medical providers as the state grapples with a budget crunch, raising fears about staffing and levels of care.

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Senators Call For Action To Increase Security Along BorderThe Associated Press

New Mexico's U.S. senators are calling for more personnel and equipment to help the Border Patrol secure the U.S.-Mexico border along the state's southwestern corner.

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Ex-Senator Clings To Campaign Funds Amid ScandalAssociated Press

Former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego is keeping a political campaign account open even as he fights criminal fraud and bribery allegations linked to his tenure as a lawmaker.

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9th Judge Recuses Self From Case Vs Ex-New Mexico Lawmaker Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Another judge has recused himself from the public corruption case against former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego.

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20 New Mexico Water Systems Exceed Federal Lead Standard Associated Press

A system that provides drinking water for a Santa Fe hospital is among those in New Mexico where testing has turned up elevated levels of lead.

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Medicaid Spending Crunch Raises Tensions In New MexicoAssociated Press

Health care workers are raising concerns about closed-door meetings as New Mexico forges a plan to rein in spending on Medicaid by some $400 million under a new state budget.

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Medicaid Spending Crunch Raises Tensions In New Mexico Associated Press

Health care workers are raising concerns about closed-door meetings as New Mexico forges a plan to rein in spending on Medicaid by some $400 million under a new state budget.

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EPA Proposes Adding Colorado Mines To Superfund List Associated Press

Nearly 50 mining sites in southwestern Colorado, including one that spilled a torrent of wastewater into New Mexico and Utah last summer, are a bit closer to getting funding for a comprehensive cleanup.

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Complaint: US Agents Looting Immigrants Before DeportationsThe Associated Press

A new complaint says U.S. Border Patrol agents are looting immigrants of possessions before deporting them to Mexico without their IDs or money.

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Attorney General Clears Last 2 Mental Health Providers Of FraudAssociated Press

The last two of 15 mental health nonprofit providers under investigation for possible Medicaid fraud have been cleared by New Mexico's top prosecutor.

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University Of New Mexico Denies Buying, Selling Fetal TissueKOB-TV, Associated Press

The University of New Mexico is denying a claim by Lt. Gov. John Sanchez that it bought or sold fetal tissue.

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Another Arizona Mental Health Provider To Leave New MexicoAssociated Press

Another Arizona behavioral health company brought in to replace New Mexico nonprofits accused of Medicaid overbilling and fraud has announced it will stop providing services in New Mexico at the end of June.

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New Mexico Senator Seeks Opinion On Student TestingAssociated Press

A state senator from southwest New Mexico wants Attorney General Hector Balderas to weigh in on whether parents can legally opt out their children from taking an upcoming standardized test.

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Settlement In Lawsuit By Police Officer Shot By SupervisorAssociated Press

An Albuquerque undercover officer who was shot multiple times at point blank range by his supervisor has reached a settlement in a suit against the city and the since-retired supervisor.

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ACLU, Teachers And Parent Sue Public Education Department – KOB-TV

The American Civil Liberties Union along with teachers and a parent are suing the New Mexico Public Education Department over a rule they say discourages criticism of standardized tests.

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State Asked UNM Health Sciences Center For Medicaid Help Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

The state won't be relying on the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center and its $200 million in reserves for help covering Medicaid funding.

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New Mexico Unemployment Rate Declines Slightly In February—Associated Press

New Mexico's unemployment rate is down slightly even as the decline in global oil prices continues to take a toll on the state's economy.

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Judges Step Aside As Santa Fe Powerbroker Called To Court – Associated Press

A criminal case against an influential former state senator is shining a light on awkwardly close ties among judges and politicians in the New Mexico state capital, even before the defendant can be arraigned.

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Doña Ana County's Treasurer Is Indicted, Facing A Jury TrialThe Associated Press

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has been indicted on charges related to public corruption and faces a jury trial to determine if he should be removed from office.

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Regents Approve Tuition Hike For UNM Students – Associated Press

Some University of New Mexico students will have to pay more per semester now that regents have approved a 2.5 percent tuition hike and a 10 percent increase in student fees.

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City Council Approves Transit Funding – The Associated Press & Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque City Council voted to accept nearly $70 million in federal grant funds for a bus rapid transit project Monday night after four hours of noisy debate where opponents substantially outnumbered supporters.

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State Drawing Down Reserves To Fund Government Operations Associated Press

State budget analysts say New Mexico is withdrawing more money from reserves this year than it has in at least two decades.

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New Mexico Health Officials Confirm First Case Of Zika Virus—Associated Press

New Mexico health officials say they have confirmed the state's first case of the Zika virus.

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New Mexico Still Plans Lawsuit Over Mine SpillAssociated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is acknowledging the concerns of officials in New Mexico and elsewhere that spring runoff could stir up contaminants left behind by the Gold King Mine spill in southern Colorado.

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Bond Set For Woman Accused Of Harboring ConvictThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

A judge has set a $5,000 bond for one of the women accused of helping two convicts after they escaped from a prison transport van last week.

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New Mexico Governor Who Campaigned For Rubio Now UndecidedThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is not ready to endorse another Republican candidate for president after campaigning for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio only to watch him drop out of the race.

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All New Mexico Prisons On Lockdown After Inmates' Escape - Associated Press

The state's top Corrections Department official says all of New Mexico's prisons are on lockdown and no prisoners are being transported between correctional facilities as state police investigate what led to the escape of two inmates last week from a transport van.

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Records: New Mexico Lawmakers Rarely Use Work EmailAssociated Press

A records request by The Associated Press finds that New Mexico legislative leaders rarely if ever communicate by work email and keep private details of breakfast and dinner appointments with industry and special interest groups.

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Trump Of Concern As Democrats Gather In New MexicoAssociated Press

The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association is pushing Governor Susana Martinez to say whether or not she would vote for Donald Trump if he is nominated as the GOP's presidential candidate.

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NMSU Officials Propose Tuition Increase, Budget Cuts – Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico State University officials are proposing tuition increases and budget cuts to cope with a smaller budget in the upcoming fiscal year.

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