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AG’s Fraud Recover Strike Force recovers big money

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SANTA ROSA – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the Office of the Attorney General’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force reached a $124,455 settlement with United Parcel Service (UPS), the world’s largest package delivery company, stemming from allegations that its employees violated the false claims...

Begaye proclaims third week of October as Navajo Nation Disability Awareness Week

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – President Russell Begaye signed a proclamation Oct. 20 declaring the third week of October to be Navajo Nation Disability Awareness Week.

“Despite their contributions to our society, people with disabilities face discrimination and limited access,” President Begaye declared in the proclamation. “This Administration will work to strengthen protections against disability-based discriminations Our people should not fear discrimination in disclosing one’s disability.”

Supporters and advocates for disability awareness set out on a march this morning from the Navajo Shopping Center in Window Rock to the Navajo Nation Council Chambers.

Upon arrival at the...

DA hopefuls, State Auditor want to look into rape kit backlog

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ALBUQUERQUE—Police storage rooms across the United States are reportedly filled with boxes of DNA and other evidence that could help solve rape cases.

Some of those storage rooms are here in New Mexico. Now, at least one elected official and two district attorney hopefuls are speaking up and asking for something to be done.

While it may seem like more money might be an easy solution, it’s still unclear exactly how to fix the problem.

Former prosecutor Raúl Torrez, who has announced his candidacy for Second Judicial District Attorney, told New Mexico Political Report that a solution to working through the backlog is not necessarily simple, but starts with communication.

“The...

Sanchez vows drivers license repeal won’t happen

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Sequels are rarely as good as the original and this one has been going on for years now.

Since Gov. Susana Martinez took office, the House has passed legislation that would repeal the law that allows those who are in the country illegally to get drivers licenses. Then, it goes to the Senate where it fails to make it through the committee process.

This is a well-worn script, one that has held for years with the slightest of alterations.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says it will be the same thing in this coming legislative session, according to the Associated Press.

Those who support the repeal say that the law is a magnet for criminal activity and point to convictions for...

Lujan signs discharge petition to force vote on job-creating bank

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Washington, D.C.–Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District joined in an effort today to force a vote on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.  Luján signed a discharge petition that would require an up or down vote on legislation to reauthorize the bank once a majority of the House, 218 members, sign on to the petition.  The bank’s charter expired at the end of June after House Republican leaders refused to allow a vote on reauthorization.

After 80 years of supporting U.S. jobs by financing the export of American goods and services, the bank has been unable to provide new loans to U.S. businesses.  In that time, hundreds of jobs have been shipped...

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