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Rep. Torres Small leads legislation to help new mothers in rural America

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Rural MOMS Act has bipartisan support

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Xochitl Torres Small introduced the Rural MOMS Act of 2019, H.R. 4243 on Sept. 9 , alongside Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., Rep. Abby Finkenauser, D-Iowa, Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., to...

Conservation groups sue Trump admin over changes to Endangered Species Act

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Conservation organization WildEarth Guardians and six other environmental and animal protection groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over changes it made to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The nonprofit law firm Earthjustice filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Parks Conservation Association, WildEarth Guardians and the Humane Society of the United States.

“Nothing in these new rules helps wildlife, period,” EarthJustice attorney Kristen Boyles said in a statement. “Instead, these regulatory changes seek to make protection and recovery of...

Voting to become easier

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McKinley County adds more Voter Convenience Centers

The McKinley County Bureau of Elections has added three more Voter Convenience Centers in the Gallup, Red Rock, Thoreau and Crownpoint areas for federal, state and county elections.

Urban voting precinct locations have now been replaced with Voter Convenience Centers.

The following precinct numbers will now have new polling places.

Precinct #: Precinct/Polling Place Precinct #: Precinct/Polling Place

9 Crownpoint Elementary School

10  Crownpoint Middle School

50 Red Rock Chapter House (North)

54 Red Rock Chapter House (South)

16 Thoreau Middle School

17 Thoreau Elementary School

55 Rehoboth Mission (Gymnasium)

58 McKinley...

AG Balderas leads multistate settlement with Equifax in largest data breach settlement in history

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Settlement includes up to $425 million in consumer restitution

Attorney General Hector Balderas announced on July 22 that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of its massive 2017 data breach. The investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of more than half of all American adults - the largest-ever breach of consumer data. They secured a settlement with Equifax that includes up to $425 million in consumer restitution, a $175 million payment to the states, and an injunction requiring significant improvements to Equifax’s business and data...

Two former lawmakers happy about a 9th circuit ruling

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“The Navajo people were given a big victory today,” LoRenzo Bates said July 30. “I applaud this federal judge who affirms our sovereignty, recognizes our need to continue in our own governance, and our inherent right to be,” Bates said.

Bates is a former Navajo Nation lawmaker who rose to serve four terms as its presiding speaker of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council is from Upper Fruitland, and whose chapter is directly affected by the loss of jobs and revenues from energy.

“The federal appeals court made the right decision today, [July 30] saying ‘no’ to environmental bullyism,” Sharon Clahchischilliage said.  Clahchischilliage left office in January as state...

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