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Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Public News Service - NM: Women's Issues

Women in New Mexico make only 78 cents for each dollar men earn, and Latino women make just 55 cents.(Steve Debenport/iStock)

SANTA FE, N.M. - As millions across the country noted Equal Pay Day this week, women in New Mexico found very little to celebrate. A new report out this week said the pay gap in New Mexico costs the average employed woman almost $10,000 a year, as she makes just 78 cents per dollar paid to a man, ac

A recent survey ranks New Mexico residents 43rd in the country in terms of their financial literacy. (andresr/iStock)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A survey of financial literacy shows New Mexico residents rank poorly in understanding how to manage their money. The state ranks 43rd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for its residents' money management skills, according to information from the online survey compa

The Healthy Kids New Mexico program teaches children about fruits, vegetables and even how to make salads in order to maintain a healthy weight. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Health officials in New Mexico say childhood obesity in the state has decreased by 16 percent over the past five years, both in kindergartners and third graders. Despite the progress, however, the state's Department of Health says that means more than one-in-three third graders an

A proposal for $41 million in President Obama's budget proposal would help New Mexico and others clear the backlog of untested rape kits. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Victims advocacy groups are hailing the inclusion of $41 million in President Barack Obama's proposed budget to help address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, also called rape kits, across the United States. In New Mexico, a 2015 audit discovered more than 5,400

New Mexico officials discovered more than 5,400 untested rape kits during a recent audit of police evidence lockers. (click/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Victims' rights advocates are hoping New Mexico officials take steps during the upcoming legislative session to deal with the state's backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits, or rape kits. A state audit discovered more than 5,400 kits still sitting in police evidenc

PHOTO: Working with parents and children together, rather than separately, may help advance efforts to end the cycle of poverty in New Mexico and across the U.S., is the finding of a new report. Photo courtesy of City of Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Efforts to end the cycle of poverty in New Mexico may advance if policymakers focus on a two-generation approach that involves parents and children. That's the finding of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, on creating opportunity for families. Veronica Garcia, ex

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico supports new legislation in the U.S. Senate to reverse the effects of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows companies to not include certain types of contraception in their employees' insurance coverage. Photo courtesy Sen. Udall's office.

SANTA FE, N.M. – U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is among those supporting proposed legislation that could be voted on as early as today that aims to counteract a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The so-called Hobby Lobby decision allows companies to not pay for insurance coverage for

PHOTO: Women starting small businesses should work hard to overcome inequalities that men in business may not experience, according to Edna Lopez with the National Association of Women Business Owners of Northern New Mexico. Image courtesy of the Small Business Administration.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Women starting small businesses should work hard to overcome inequalities that men in business may not experience, according to Edna Lopez, president of the National Association of Women Business Owners of Northern New Mexico. Lopez, who owns and operates a staffing compa

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