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May, 2017

  • 23 May

    Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Back in NM: What You Can Do

    Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including the kind that bear the dangerous Zika virus.

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health says a species of mosquitoes that can transmit the Zika virus has been identified in Doña Ana County. It’s the first time this season – …

  • 8 May

    Young Sentinels Watch Over NM Water

    Kids in New Mexico are helping monitor water for the protection of generations to come. (Photo: Sierra Club Rio Grande)

    VALDEZ, N.M. – “Water Sentinels” is a volunteer monitoring program started by the Sierra Club to survey rivers and streams the Environmental Protection Agency has neglected. And in rural New Mexico, its membership is increasingly …

  • 1 May

    GOP Health Care Amendment Could Hurt Most Vulnerable In NM

    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 …

April, 2017

March, 2017

February, 2017

  • 28 February

    Kids’ Advocates Push to Restore Texas Medicaid Funds

    Advocates are pushing Texas lawmakers to restore Medicaid funding for children with disabilities. (jarenwicklund/iStockphoto)

    AUSTIN – Budget cuts to the Texas Medicaid program have left many of the state’s poorest children with little or no access to necessary health care, according to children’s advocates. They say despite calls by …

  • 26 February

    Texas Lawmakers Might Revamp “Surprise Medical Bill” Mediation

    Texas lawmakers are considering improvements to the state’s mediation process for people who get “surprise bills” for out-of-network medical services. (lisafx/iStockphoto)

    AUSTIN, Texas — It can be a major setback for Texas health care consumers: a surprise bill for thousands of dollars from a doctor who isn’t in your insurance company’s network. Texas lawmakers approved a …

  • 21 February

    Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime, Research Shows

    A report summarizing four decades of research concludes that immigrants benefit U.S. communities and do not increase crime. (Pixabay)

    DENVER – As President Donald Trump continues to make good on promises to deport undocumented immigrants – with some seeking protection in sanctuary churches – a new study shows U.S. cities with large immigrant populations …

  • 21 February

    Texas Ranks High in School Breakfast Program Participation

    Texas schools have some of the highest participation levels in the School Breakfast Program compared to other states. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

    WACO, Texas — Texas is among the top states in the country for public school participation in the national School Breakfast Program. The 2017 School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center ranked …

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