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ACLU NM: Walgreens affirms birth control policy

January 23, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Walgreens won’t allow individual pharmacists’ personal religious beliefs to prevent customers from filling birth control prescriptions, two New Mexico advocacy groups have announced. The Deerfield, Ill.-based company told the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southwest Women’s Law Center that the company...

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NM suspends some Medicaid payments to hospitals

January 23, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is withholding some Medicaid payments to hospitals while the state tries to resolve a funding dispute with the federal government. State Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott says the quarterly payments...

Lawmakers announce deal on spaceport legislation

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico law will protect spacecraft part suppliers from damage lawsuits by passengers on space tourism flights launched from the state under a compromise proposal announced Tuesday by Democratic legislative leaders. House and Senate...

NM couple arraigned in child pornography case

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico youth football league president and his wife have had their initial court appearances after being accused of manufacturing and distributing child pornography. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office announced the...

NM courts ask lawmakers to approve 9 new judges

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico courts need more judges to cope with a case backlog and delays in resolving civil and domestic lawsuits, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court said Tuesday. In a speech to a joint session of the Legislature, Chief...

Police: Hobbs jail inmate found hanged in his cell

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a jail inmate in Hobbs has been found hanged in his cell and it appears to be a suicide. Hobbs Detention Center Staff say they found 48-year-old Rene Van Der Pol dead in his single cell just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. That...

NM high school graduation rate was 67.3 percent

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government reports that New Mexico’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 was 67.3 percent. That’s below the national average of 78.2 percent. The so-called “average freshman graduation rates”...

Tribal colleges in NM seek scholarship eligibility

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal colleges in New Mexico want their students to have the same eligibility for the state’s lottery scholarships as students attending state colleges and universities. Tribal colleges also want the same so-called...

Authorities arsonist started 2 fires in Grants

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Grants suspect a serial arsonist is active in the area. The Gallup Independent (http://bit.ly/z0cIwR ) reports that Chief Robert Hayes of Grants Fire and Rescue says an arsonist apparently started two fires that occurred...

Bloomfield mobile home park evacuated during fire

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A mobile home park in Bloomfield was evacuated during a fire because of the threat of a possible explosion. Police say a family’s Winnebago was fully engulfed in flames Monday when the first officer arrived and spotted a...