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Udall, Heinrich push to make quality, affordable child care

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are continuing their push for reforms that would help all families access quality child care in New Mexico and across the country.

The senators announced Oct. 27 that they are backing a resolution outlining principles for how Congress can...

Officials grapple with restoring funding to make jails more ‘viable’

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0 Gallup City Council and the McKinley County Commission met in a joint work session to discuss strategies to obtain more funding from the state for housing inmates in the McKinley County Adult Detention Center Oct. 20.

According to the McKinley Legislative Priorities report submitted to city and county officials by County Manager Bill Lee, the county was originally granted about $5 million dollars, under the County Detention Facility Reimbursement Act in 2007, to cover the cost of housing offenders. But funds were reduced to approximately $2.96 million for fiscal year 2016, when compared to the $3.3 million budget in fiscal year 2015.

“The act says that $5 million should be...

Public will get say on SOS rule proposed campaign finance changes

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The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office will hold a public hearing on proposed campaign finance rule changes Oct. 23.

The rule changes are aimed at specifying how candidates can spend money received through contributions to their respective campaigns. A candidate, for instance, would not be able to spend campaign money on personal expenses such as membership dues or medical procedures.

Recently, a state lawmaker’s campaign came to the attention of the Secretary of State’s office for spending money on personal expenses like clothing and a surgical procedure as well as donating money to a family. The new rules would also prohibit donations to groups other than tax-exempt...

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 acts of New Mexico, 13 states, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. The agreement resolves allegations that certain UPS employees violated the law by recording inaccurate delivery times on packages sent via UPS next-day delivery services by government customers. That resulted in premium-priced packages that appeared to be delivered by their guaranteed...

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...

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