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Fed grant to help NM with insurance rate reviews

November 4, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say New Mexico is beefing up how it reviews rate-hike requests with a $3 million federal grant. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/tcDuzy) that state officials told state lawmakers Wednesday that a U.S. Health and Human Services Department grant will come in $1 million annual increments, and [&hellip...

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Judge mulls 1 attorney in NM gun smuggle case

November 4, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to allow a high-profile Albuquerque attorney to represent all four members of a Deming family accused of selling guns to Mexican cartel members. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports...

NM fire officials concerned about next fire season

November 4, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico fire official are already worried about the 2012 fire season. All levels of government are starting preparations now nearly two months ahead of schedule. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/rCmbLW ) reports fire experts are sharing...

Thieves hit charity pumpkin patch

November 4, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thieves ripped off an Albuquerque youth ranch charity this week. Someone Tuesday stole two generators worth about $2,000 belonging to Galloping Grace Youth Ranch. The generators were used to light up a pumpkin patch for the past...

Navajo Nation to begin issuing ID cards

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Enrolled members of the Navajo Nation soon can ditch their green Certificates of Indian Blood in favor of new, tribal-issued identification cards. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/tWeWMV ) the Navajo Office of Vital Records...

Budget cuts could hit Kirtland Latino recruitment

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Kirtland Air Force Base, under fire in previous years over its low percentage of Latino civilian employees, could see its programs aimed at attracting Latino workers at risk if Congress cuts defense spending. Tom Berardinelli,...

Groups claim EPA oversteps authority in NM

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pair of public policy groups is accusing federal environmental regulators of abusing their power when enforcing air quality rules at a coal-fired power plant in New Mexico. The New Mexico-based Rio Grande Foundation and the...

82 Kirtland jobs eliminated in US Air Force cuts

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Kirtland Air Force Base is slated to lose 82 positions after the U.S. Air Force announced it would cut around 9,000 positions nationwide. The cuts announced Wednesday means many of the Albuquerque base’s open positions will...

NM hospital’s cancer patients turn to ‘navigator’

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

In this Oct. 3, 2011 photo, Marcy Zaffron is photographed in Albuquerque, N.M. As the quality of life navigator at Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ Cancer Center, Zaffron helps mostly Stage IV cancer patients navigate practical, spiritual and emotional...

NM ‘Occupy’ protester ends hunger strike

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A protester with Albuquerque’s version of the national rallies against Wall Street has ended his week-long hunger strike. The Daily Lobo reports (http://bit.ly/rAEty6 ) that Sebastian Pais ended his hunger strike Tuesday after...