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New Mexico set to decide on health exchange plan - Bellingham Herald

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 19:12

New Mexico set to decide on health exchange plan
Bellingham Herald
SANTA FE, N.M. — The governing board of New Mexico's health insurance exchange is to consider Friday whether to continue relying on a federal online system for enrolling individuals in medical plans. Board vice chairman Jason Sandel said Thursday that ...

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Alamo Heights HS students to launch rocket in New Mexico - KSAT San Antonio

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 18:53

KSAT San Antonio

Alamo Heights HS students to launch rocket in New Mexico
KSAT San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO - Some Alamo Heights aeronautics students are aiming high. They plan to travel to New Mexico next week to launch a rocket and break a record. On Thursday morning, the students unveiled a rocket they designed and built in front of Alamo ...

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Honduras president's take: Why his country's kids flee to US

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 18:28
Exclusive: Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on why his nation's young children are fleeing to the US, the dangers they face and his meeting with Pres. Obama about the illegal immigration crisis in America
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New Mexico prosecutors: MMA fighter won't be charged in death - KHON2

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 15:19

New Mexico prosecutors: MMA fighter won't be charged in death
KHON2
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP/KRQE) — Prosecutors in southern New Mexico say a professional mixed martial artist won't be charged in a fatal stabbing of an intruder during a suspected home invasion at the fighter's home. The District Attorney's office in Las ...

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New Mexico's Phenomenal Green Chile Cheeseburgers - Eater National

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 14:53

New Mexico's Phenomenal Green Chile Cheeseburgers
Eater National
One could crisscross the breadth of New Mexico's 121,593 square miles for a month and still not consume all the green chile cheeseburgers its restaurants have to offer. The dish, popular at least since the 1950s, is practically a state symbol. (Chiles ...

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New Mexico tribe proposes ending gambling payments - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 14:43

New Mexico tribe proposes ending gambling payments
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Pojoaque Pueblo has proposed a gambling compact to the federal government that would lower the gambling age to 18 from 21 and allow the tribe to stop revenue sharing payments to the state. Pojoaque also proposes serving alcohol in casino gambling ...

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'DIG' Creators Address Relocating Shoot From Israel To New Mexico - Deadline.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 13:35

'DIG' Creators Address Relocating Shoot From Israel To New Mexico
Deadline.com
Comic-Con: USA's 'Dig' Creators Address Relocating Shoot From Israel To New At the onset of USA's Dig panel at Comic-Con, the creators and pilot director behind the action miniseries tubthumped extensively how their project is an anomaly in so far that ...

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New Mexico school grades released - KOB.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 13:04

New Mexico school grades released
KOB.com
The state Public Education Department on Thursday released the 2014 grades for New Mexico's public schools. According to a news release, 88 schools (10.4%) received an "A" grade, the most since the grading system launched in 2012. Also, 244 schools ...
New Mexico Public School Grades: Some Improvement, But More "D" And "F ...KRWG
Nearly two-fifths of New Mexico public schools graded A or B for their performanceThe Republic
State releases school letter gradesAlbuquerque Journal
Quay County Sun
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New Mexico prosecutors: MMA fighter won't be charged in fatal stabbing at his ... - Fox News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 12:14

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New Mexico prosecutors: MMA fighter won't be charged in fatal stabbing at his ...
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Prosecutors in southern New Mexico say a professional mixed martial artist won't be charged in a fatal stabbing of an intruder during a suspected home invasion at the fighter's home. The District Attorney's office in Las Cruces ...
New Mexico MMA fighter won't face charges in New Year's Day home invasion ...MMAmania.com

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New Mexico tribe proposes ending gambling payments - Sacramento Bee

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 11:21

New Mexico tribe proposes ending gambling payments
Sacramento Bee
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Pojoaque Pueblo has proposed a gambling compact to the federal government that would lower the gambling age to 18 from 21 and allow the tribe to stop revenue sharing payments to the state. Pojoaque also proposes serving alcohol in ...

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New Mexico Study Shows Sunny Results from Incentives - Variety

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:30

Paste Magazine

New Mexico Study Shows Sunny Results from Incentives
Variety
An independent study of film-TV production incentives program in New Mexico — a key destination for runaway production from California — has offered an upbeat view of its impact. The study showed production generated $1.5 billion in economic output ...
New Mexico legislators want to remove TV series from cap on tax incentivesFox Business
New Mexico film impact estimated at $1.5 billionAlbuquerque Journal
Study Reveals Strong Economic Benefits of New Mexico Film, TV ProductionPaste Magazine
Deming Headlight -Albuquerque Business First (blog)
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Ride-sharing demand grows in NM as regulators debate stifling it

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:08

IN DEMAND: A member of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission says 19,000 people in Albuquerque and Santa Fe have downloaded the smartphone app to use the ride-sharing company Uber.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE — The fate in New Mexico of ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft is still up in the air, but judging from the number of people signing up as potential customers there’s plenty of demand for their services.

At Wednesday’s New Mexico Public Regulations Commission hearing, commissioner Karen Montoya said 15,000 people in Albuquerque and 4,000 people in Santa Fe have signed up for the smartphone app to use Uber’s services.

A spokeswoman for Lyft wouldn’t give out the company’s figures for New Mexico, saying only that “tens of thousands” of Lyft drivers in 67 cities across the country have completed “millions of rides.”

“We’ve had huge, enthusiastic support from the Albuquerque community,” Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson told New Mexico Watchdog. “The community has made it very clear they want more transportation options.”

But while Montoya quoted the figures, she also expressed concern that Uber and Lyft are picking up passengers despite not being licensed by the state.

“We have 19,000 people who potentially could be in harm’s way,” Montoya said during the meeting.

Uber and Lyft each say they have insurance policies in place to protect their drivers and the passengers they pick up.

“We actually have a very comprehensive insurance policy,” Wilson said, adding, “The moment (Lyft passengers) are matched with a driver … they’re covered by our $1 million primary liability policy.”

In the meantime, the ongoing regulatory battle over ride-sharing continued at Wednesday’s hearing.

On one hand, the commission will vote next week to begin the process of a “Notice of Public Rulemaking” that could carve out distinctions in the state’s Motor Carrier Act to allow ride-sharing companies to get licensed.

That process can be lengthy, but Montoya told New Mexico Watchdog after the hearing it can be sped up by making the notice an emergency measure.

But on the other hand, the PRC also decided to vote next week on whether to start enforcing financial penalties against Uber and Lyft.

“Why haven’t we fined them?” asked Commissioner Ben Hall. “We can fine ‘em up to $10,000 a day … I think these 19,000 are riding at their own risk.”

“We have to put our foot down,” Commissioner Valerie Espinoza said.

The PRC issued a cease and desist order against Lyft in May and voted 3-2 last month to deny a request from Uber for a certificate to operate as a “specialized passenger service.” But both services are still operating in the Albuquerque area, with Lyft saying its drivers are taking donations from passengers.

“We’re not anti-regulation,” Wilson said. “We believe in common sense regulation and those regulations have to prioritize public safety and consumer choice and there are ways to do that without stifling innovation.”

Ride-sharing works by allowing customers to download a free smartphone app, which they use to request a ride.

The app connects them to the nearest available driver and tracks the length of the trip in distance and time, calculates the cost and automatically transfers the fee from the user’s credit card (already entered into the app at the beginning of the process) to the driver’s account. No cash changes hands.

The battle over regulating ride-sharing companies have played out across the country, with ride-sharing fans accusing cab companies in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco of trying to wield influence to snuff out competition. In June, the Department of Motor Vehicles department in Virginia fined Uber and Lyft for not having “proper operating authority” to do business in the state.

But last month Colorado became the first state to authorize ride-sharing and eight days ago, the city council in Seattle voted 8-1 in favor of legalizing transportation network companies.

Contact Rob Nikolewski at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @robnikolewski

'Underwater Dreams:' An immigrant underdog story

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:54
"Undercover Dreams" follows the story of four undocumented high school students who enter a underwater robot competition against the likes of MIT and win.
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Guilty plea in New Mexico to China sensor case - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:22

Guilty plea in New Mexico to China sensor case
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Kids Count data reflects slight improvement for New Mexico children - Deming Headlight

New Mexico News from Google ... - Wed, 2014-07-23 23:23

Kids Count data reflects slight improvement for New Mexico children
Deming Headlight
ALBUQUERQUE >> New Mexico moved up from the bottom ranking of 50th in the 2013 national KIDS COUNT rankings to 49th in child well-being in the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. While improvement ...

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Border crisis: US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2014-07-23 22:00
The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.
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Satellite study indicates groundwater losses putting Southwest supply in jeopardy

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2014-07-23 22:00
A new study based on NASA satellite measurements reveals what researchers called a shocking loss of groundwater in the Southwest's largest river basin.
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New Mexico prosecutors: MMA fighter won't be charged in fatal stabbing at his home

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2014-07-23 22:00
Prosecutors in southern New Mexico say a professional mixed martial artist won't be charged in a fatal stabbing of an intruder during a suspected home invasion at the fighter's home.
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More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine -- but not enough, CDC says

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2014-07-23 22:00
More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn't much of a bump, the government reported Thursday.
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Nevada education system ranked last in nation, report says

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2014-07-23 22:00
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s state ranks last in the nation in education for third year in a row, according to a children's well-being report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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