Archive for the ‘New Mexico’ Category

Omnibus bill commits $4 million to combat white-nose syndrome

Posted on: December 19th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Congress allotted $4 million on Friday to study and combat the outbreak of white-nose syndrome — a mysterious and menacing disease that is killing off North American bats by the millions. (more…)

Incandescent lightbulbs win congressional reprieve at 11th hour

Posted on: December 19th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Congress didn’t just agree to keep the government’s lights on through the rest of the fiscal year. It is also ensuring it has the option of doing so with high-energy-consuming incandescent 100-watt lightbulbs. (more…)

Polls reveal GOP candidates face obstacles with Latino voters in 2012

Posted on: December 15th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments
Republicans share Newt Gingrich’s approach to immigration, but the GOP still has to work hard to get Latino voters in important swing states in the 2012 presidential elections, according to surveys.

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Michigan health depts targeting HIV-positive pregnant women unfairly, experts say

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by The American Independent 14 Comments

On World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama declared that America is on its way to defeating the global pandemic known as the AIDS virus. At an online conference Thursday, the President announced more funding ($50 million more) for HIV/AIDS treatment in the U.S. and a higher target goal for how many Americans will be on treatment by 2013 (6 million people). And while HIV patients and advocates welcome efforts to fight and treat the disease on a large scale, many agree that at the state and local levels, serious problems with treatment programs and the criminalization of HIV-positive individuals often go unaddressed. (more…)

New Mexico fines prison company for inadequate staffing

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 by The American Independent 3 Comments

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The New Mexico Department of Corrections is fining GEO Group, a Florida-based private prison operator, $1.1 million for understaffing one of its prisons.GEO manages three of the four private prisons in the state, including Lea County Correctional Facility, where from September of 2010 to March of 2011 one out of every four jobs were vacant. (more…)

Attracting fewer international students, New Mexico loses out on big money

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

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“The Open Doors 2011″ report released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) notes New Mexico colleges and universities have enrolled fewer international students this year than last, amounting to a 6 percent drop off. (more…)

New Mexico Gov. Martinez says her grandparents weren’t undocumented, after all

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

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Gov. Susana Martinez has released evidence in an effort to disprove her earlier claim that her grandparents came to the United States as undocumented immigrants.The Associated Press reports: (more…)

New Mexico Gov. Martinez challenges law stripping gubernatorial authority for out of state travel

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

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As stated in Article V, Section 7 of the New Mexico Constitution, “when the governor travels outside New Mexico’s borders . . . the lieutenant governor shall act as governor.” Governor Susana Martinez recently told the Albuquerque Journal that she’d like to amend this 1948 amendment in such a way that she would retain all the authority of her office when traveling outside the state. (more…)