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Worries are increasing for family health care advocates with the addition of a new amendment to the GOP health care proposal. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- President Trump and GOP members of Congress have a new twist in their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and family advocates are more concerned than ever about the effect it would have on New Mexicans. The "MacArthur Amendment," named for the New Jersey Republican who negotia

Unusual circumstances in the New Mexico Legislature have family advocacy groups in the state hoping for more education funding. (Public Domain/Creative Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's Legislative Council hasn't ruled out the possibility of suing Gov. Susana Martinez ahead of a potential special session of the Legislature. And family advocates are watching closely, hoping for a resolution that helps education in the state. Lawmakers passed a b

Air quality in New Mexico is an increasing concern, with seven towns or cities measuring elevated smog pollution levels for more than 50 days during 2015. (Creative Commons/Wikimedia)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A new report released by Environment New Mexico shows a continuing health threat from air pollution. The report said Albuquerque had 113 days of elevated smog pollution in 2015, ranking that city 22nd-highest in the nation for the number of smoggy days. Farmington and Las Cru

Advocates for New Mexico's young families say that's who is at risk as Gov. Susana Martinez and state legislators continue their state budget tug-of-war. (Joanna Malinowski/Freestocks)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Gov. Susana Martinez refused to sign the 2017 budget presented to her by New Mexico lawmakers at the end of the legislative session last week. Instead, she vowed to call everyone back in for a special session to amend it. Family advocates are worried that in the feud, the

New Mexico state lawmakers are attempting to overturn Gov. Susana Martinez' veto of a bill they say would penalize New Mexico teachers for taking sick days. (Creative Commons/Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Teachers in New Mexico are in an uproar that Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a bill that would stop using the number of sick days they take as part of their performance evaluations. And now, state lawmakers are coming to their aid. House Bill 241 - nicknamed "Teachers Are Humans T

Part of the burden of New Mexico's budget problems could fall to Medicaid patients unless solutions are agreed on in the State Legislature. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The state budget deficit has the New Mexico Human Services Department trying to implement new fees for people who rely on Medicaid for their health care. A sharp reduction in federal matching funds is the primary reason for the shortfall that's causing anxiety, both for heal

Two bills introduced Monday would designate parts of Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande Del Norte National Monuments as Wilderness Areas. (Lisa Mandelkern)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have just reintroduced two bills to designate sections of two national monuments as wilderness areas to protect them from future development. The bills would extend wilderness protections to parts of the Organ Mountains-Desert Pea

The lesser long-nosed bat, native to New Mexico, has recovered from near extinction, so federal officials are proposing that it be taken off the endangered species list. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Three endangered species native to New Mexico, a bat and two plants, have recovered significantly – a development that conservation groups credit to the protections of the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are proposing to take the lesser

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