Consistent health care access for New Mexicans can be a challenge. About 25% of people in the state live at or below the federal poverty line and the shortage of healthcare workers impacts routine preventative care. But youth advocates who hope to help fill some of those gaps with a health equity fair taking place Saturday.
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When human waste flooded part of a U.S. immigration prison in central New Mexico last month, guards ordered incarcerated people to clean it up with their bare hands and put them in solitary confinement when they protested, according to a letter from Sen. Martin Heinrich to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Advocates who recently celebrated the possibility of expanded compensation for those harmed by radiation are reeling from a setback in Congress. The compromise version of National Defense Authorization Act does not include a Senate-passed amendment expanding the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. The expansion would have, for the first time, included people who lived near the Trinity Test site in New Mexico and their descendants, as well as uranium miners who did work after 1971.
People experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque and staying on public property are currently protected from having their things cleared by the city, with some exceptions. That is because of a court order that went into effect on November 1st.But unhoused people and their advocates say that the city hasn’t followed the order.
Las Cruces police officer Brad Lunsford has been indicted on a charge of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting a Black man during a confrontation last year, according to authorities.
Dozens of families are living at a transformed hotel in Albuquerque, where the unhoused can find refuge and their kids have room to thrive.
New Mexico has the third highest rate of gun violence in the nation according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a way to combat this, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, is proposing a bill that would regulate certain kinds of semi-automatic weapons based on their lethality.
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