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Spotlight on government accountability: McKinley County audit

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County officials discuss findings

The recent 2017 McKinley County audit summary report is a clear indication that the county is headed in the right direction when it comes to fiscal accountability. There were no major findings in the report.

Farley Vener, president and managing shareholder of Hinkle & Landers, an...

AG issues consumer alert regarding Equifax data breach

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ALBUQUERQUE –Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Consumer Alert Jan. 30, targeting New Mexico consumers who were affected by the recent Equifax data breach.

The Attorney General is asking New Mexicans to contact the Office of the Attorney General if they have been a victim of the Equifax breach, and additionally, if they have received any correspondence from Equifax since the breach.

“We are working on gathering more information about how Equifax is responding to New Mexicans who were victims of the data breach,” Balderas said. “The more documentation we have, the better we can protect our citizens by ensuring that they are being given consistent, legal, and helpful...

Legislators approve new anti-harassment policy

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Lawmakers voted to update the State Legislature’s sexual harassment policy, the first such change in a decade.

The 15-0 Legislative Council vote came a day before the start of the 2018 legislative session.

The council adopted the policy crafted by eight legislators who rewrote it at a time where many industries and organizations, including political institutions, are grappling with sexual harassment.

The policy allows for an outside investigator to look into allegations of sexual harassment against legislators. It also calls for “outside counsel who is experienced in harassment matters” to determine in consultation with legislative leaders if a complaint merits an...

Takes from the ‘State of the State’

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N.M.’s Senators won’t back spending bill without DACA fix

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New Mexico’s two U.S. Senators oppose any funding bill that does not include a fix for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

The program, known as DACA, has been debated since September when President Donald Trump announced he would he end the Obama-era program. Trump also stopped the federal government from processing new applications.

The short-term spending bill proposed by House Republicans lacks immigration provisions.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat, announced on social media he opposed the short-term 30-day spending bill.

In a statement, he added the effort “only spreads chaos once again.” Heinrich voted for a short-term spending bill in...

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