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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
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
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
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 women– Las 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
Authorities: 20 drug overdose deaths in New Mexico this year– Las 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
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
Rudolfo Anaya honored for ‘pioneering stories’ -- Albuquerque Journal