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October 27, 2016

U.S. lawmakers raise privacy concerns over new hacking rules -- Reuters

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Congress on Thursday asked the Justice Department to clarify how a looming rule change to the government's hacking powers could impact privacy rights of innocent Americans.

The Supreme Court in April approved amendments to Rule 41 of the federal rules of criminal procedure that would allow judges to issue warrants in cases when a suspect uses anonymizing technology to conceal the location of his or her computer or for an investigation into a network of hacked or infected computers, such as a botnet.

Those amendments will take effect on December 1 of this year unless Congress passes legislation that would reject, amend or postpone the changes. Some lawmakers, led by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, have introduced legislation that would halt the changes, but it has yet to gain much traction. -- 10/27/2016

 

October 25, 2016

Governor vetoes $22M in budget cuts -- Santa Fe New Mexican

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Monday that reduces state spending by $150 million. But the Republican governor stopped short of giving lawmakers all the cuts they asked for and accused them of trying to “gut classroom spending” meant to help struggling schools and students.

Using line-item vetoes, the governor rejected $22 million in cuts passed by the Legislature during a special session last month to education initiatives backed by her administration, including a controversial teacher evaluation program. -- 10/25/2016

 

October 21, 2016

American Academy Of Pediatrics Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule -- NPR

If there's one rule that most parents cling to in the confusing, fast-changing world of kids and media, it's this one: No screens before age 2.

As of today, that rule is out the window.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which first issued that recommendation back in 1999, has extensively updated and revised its guidelines for children and adolescents to reflect new research and new habits. -- 10/21/2016

 

Feds to look closer at oil, gas drilling near Chaco Canyon -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The federal government announced Thursday that it will study the potential effects of drilling on public and tribal lands near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in the San Juan Basin, an area that is one of the state’s largest centers for oil and gas production. -- 10/21/2016

October 19, 2015

Requirements to get ID under two-tier license program draw criticism -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The state’s effort to implement a new two-tier driver’s license system is coming under fire from critics who say proposed rule changes will make it too difficult for immigrants, the homeless and even domestic violence victims to obtain a state identification card.

Advocates for the various groups packed a public hearing at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department on Tuesday to voice concerns over the agency’s proposed regulations. -- 10/19/2016

 

Mammograms a must for New Mexico womenLas Cruces Sun News

Friday, Oct. 21, is National Mammography Day. It’s a day scheduled in the month of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month where women are encouraged to make a mammography appointment — with good reason.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports that breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the state and the second leading cause of cancer death among New Mexico women. Each year an estimated 1,300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in New Mexico and nearly 250 women will die. Every year, about 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported nationwide and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. -- 10/19/2016

 

 

October 7, 2016

 
...The special legislative session originally intended to resolve the state’s budget deficit came to be dominated by partisan politics. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez added the death penalty and two other crime-and-punishment bills to the session's agenda. Martinez then scheduled the session to start just weeks before the general election in which control of the Legislature is at stake.
 
Infighting followed. Democrats said Republican House members introduced the crime bills in the middle of a financial crisis simply to try to get an edge in campaign ads for coming weeks. The session ended Thursday afternoon on an anticlimactic note with approval of a solvency package to save the budget, stopping nearly a week of political maneuvering and bickering. -- 10/7/2016
 

Authorities: 20 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico this yearLas Cruces Sun News

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator are investigating 20 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico this year that were likely caused by illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The overdose victims ranged in age from 17 to 63 and 85 percent were male. - - 10/7/2016

September 27, 2016

U.S. Government To Pay $492 Million To 17 American Indian Tribes -- NPR The Two-Way

The U.S. government has agreed to pay a total of $492 million to 17 American Indian tribes for mismanaging natural resources and other tribal assets, according to an attorney who filed most of the suits.

In a joint press release by the Departments of Interior and Justice, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel said, "Settling these long-standing disputes reflects the Obama Administration's continued commitment to reconciliation and empowerment for Indian Country."

The settlements mark the end of a push by the Obama administration to resolve what the U.S. says is more than 100 lawsuits totaling more than $3.3 billion brought by American Indian individuals and tribal governments against the federal government. The policy of reaching settlements on the disputes, some of which date back more than a century, is part of a campaign promise the president made to American Indians before he took office. -- 9/27/2016

September 23, 2016

Rudolfo Anaya honored for ‘pioneering stories’ -- Albuquerque Journal

In bestowing the National Humanities Medal to New Mexico’s Rudolfo Anaya, President Obama lauded the famed author for his “pioneering stories of the American Southwest.”
 
“His works of fiction and poetry celebrate the Chicano experience and reveal universal truths about the human condition,” Obama said. “And as an educator, he has spread a love of literature to new generations.”
 
Anaya, a native of New Mexico whose Southwestern-themed fiction and poetry dazzled the literary world, received the heavy bronze medal from Obama at an upbeat ceremony Thursday in the White House. -- 9/23/2016
 
 
 
A Hermosa Middle School sixth-grade science teacher has been awarded a presidential award for her effort to champion science education beyond the classroom. Cindy Colomb was one of 213 math and science teachers nationwide selected as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, according to a White House press release. The teachers will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8.
 
Colomb recently completed a project in May called Trout in the Classroom in which 170 Hermosa students traveled to the Cottonwood Campground at Navajo Dam to release 100 triploid rainbow trout into the San Juan River. The students spent five months raising the fish from eggs before they were released in the wild. The program provided students an opportunity to learn how to raise the fish, monitor the water quality in the tank, and study the growth and development of the trout. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and the San Juan Fly Fishing Federation sponsored the program.