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ACLU suit seeks to end testing ‘gag rule’

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A lawsuit challenges a ban on “disparaging” school tests by public education students that has been called a “gag rule” in the past.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed the lawsuit in First Judicial District Court Wednesday morning on behalf of six public schools teachers and one parent of a...

Odds and Ends: Judge keeps GOP candidate on ballot

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—Judge keeps candidate on ballot.

A judge ruled that Jeremy Tremko will remain on the ballot for the Republican primary in House District 50. Matthew McQueen, the Democratic incumbent from Galisteo, challenged a number of his signatures, including from an individual who signed multiple times; McQueen said none of these should count, while Tremko argued at least one should count.

McQueen can still appeal to the Supreme Court.

Tremko was represented by a Republican state Representative, Zach Cook of Ruidoso.

The race will be a tough one for Republicans; it has been solidly Democratic and McQueen beat Republican Rep. Vickie Perea after Gov. Susana Martinez appointed her to the position...

NM Veterans Business Outreach Center recognized as top in nation

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Teaches Vets how to start, manage a business

SANTA FE –  Gov. Susana Martinez announced March 30 that the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center has been recognized as the best in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The outreach center, which teaches veterans how to start and manage a business, will receive the “Excellence in Service” award by the Small Business Council.

“I’m proud of the staff at our Veterans Business Outreach Center. This is a job well done. Because of their hard work, veterans are learning the ins and outs of starting and managing a business of their own,” Martinez said. “This is a well-deserved recognition, and I have no...

AG Balderas, FTC announce $75 Million settlement against sham cancer charities

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State AG’s Charities Unit was a lead agency in the action against the sham charities

SANTA FE –  Attorney General Hector Balderas along with the Federal Trade Commission and an unprecedented group consisting of all fifty states and the District of Columbia, announced that the last two nationwide sham cancer charities named in the largest charity regulation case in history, are to be dissolved, their assets transferred to a receiver for liquidation, and their president banned for life from profiting from fundraising, consulting or conducting charitable activity March 30.

The stringent ban and total forfeiture of all assets available under the law was obtained through settlement...

AG announces $605K judgements in Meth Money Laundering Case

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Alamogordo, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced March 28 that an Alamogordo judge, the Honorable James W. Counts, assessed $605,000 in penalties against brothers Joe and Robert Chavez, nicknamed “the AZ Boys”, who ran a meth-trafficking operation between New Mexico and Arizona.

In 2014, both were convicted at trial of felonies including racketeering, conspiracy, drug trafficking, and multiple counts each of money laundering. The Office of the Attorney General jointly prosecuted these criminal cases with the Twelfth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The civil penalties, sought by the Office of the Attorney General, are believed to be the first ever assessed in...

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