Lawmaker who works in health care pushes for New Mexico to codify nurse-to-patient ratios

BY: - January 30, 2023

While New Mexico continues to struggle with a nursing shortage, a lawmaker with experience in the health care field wants to pass a bill that would limit how many patients a nurse has to oversee. Rep. Eleanor Chavez (D-Albuquerque) is the executive director of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, District 1199. […]

U.S. House GOP takes aim at fake pills containing deadly fentanyl sold on social media

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — On a June 2020 morning, Amy Neville entered her son’s bedroom to wake him for an orthodontist appointment. Fourteen-year-old Alex didn’t wake up. He died of fentanyl poisoning after taking a counterfeit pill he bought from someone he met on Snapchat, Neville told GOP lawmakers Wednesday during a roundtable discussion of the role […]

Elena Gonzales, 17, reads a poem about her experience with sexual assault to a group of high school students supporting affirmative consent legislation.

Supporters turn out to champion affirmative consent in Roundhouse hearing

BY: - January 26, 2023

Legislation making its way through the session would transform how sexual assault cases are handled by public schools and New Mexico colleges that take state money. And it would make what’s known as “affirmative consent” a part of sex ed in high school health classes. In a room full of educators, students, survivors of sexual […]

A yellow sign with black and turquoise lettering describes COVID mask requirements on the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Nation has lifted its mask mandate, fully reopening to the public

BY: - January 25, 2023

Almost three years after it was instituted to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Navajo Nation has lifted its mask mandate, making mask use optional in public spaces and businesses for the general public. By removing the mask mandate, the Navajo Nation is now considered fully reopened to the general public. “It’s time for the […]

Federal judge could decide as soon as February to yank abortion pill nationwide

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — A Texas judge could decide as soon as next month whether to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pull its two-decade-old approval of the abortion pill, which accounts for more than half of pregnancy terminations in the United States.  A nationwide injunction in the case, as requested by anti-abortion groups, would […]

Midwives, doulas, and reproductive health organizers listen to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, as she thanks them for their work in the Roundhouse.

Planners for southern N.M. reproductive health clinic gather in the capital to talk next steps

BY: - January 23, 2023

There’s no timeline for the future $10 million reproductive health center in Las Cruces, N.M., but advocates turned out at the capital, touting a vision beyond abortion care. About two dozen supporters of the health center — including advocacy nonprofits such as Forward Together, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Bold Futures NM — […]

VP Harris: ‘Can we truly be free if a woman cannot make decisions about her life?’

BY: , , and - January 23, 2023

In a direct challenge to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to his back yard Sunday to announce that President Joe Biden was ordering his administration to protect access to abortion-inducing medications. During a roughly 20-minute address in Tallahassee marking what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Harris […]

Abortion rights supporters march in Denver in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court opinion that indicates justices will overturn Roe v. Wade, on May 7, 2022.

Fifty years later, our lives still at risk

BY: - January 22, 2023

Fifty years ago, a very different U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. Radical right-wing extremists control the Supreme Court and serve in elective office. We have fewer freedoms than we did a generation ago. We suffer, and women die because of it. When the Supreme Court ruled last June to strip away our rights […]

Generic store-brand eggs on the shelf at a grocery store.

New Mexico prepares for a drop in monthly SNAP benefits

BY: - January 20, 2023

More than half a million New Mexicans relying on food assistance will see a significant drop in their monthly benefits in March as the federal government suspends the pandemic expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The New Mexico Human Services Department said in a media briefing Thursday that families will see their benefits drop […]

The shadow of an oil jack is on a white metal building with red trim.

States that limit business with banks that boycott fossil fuels could pay high cost, study says

BY: - January 20, 2023

Republican state policymakers’ efforts to boost fossil fuels by prohibiting their governments from doing business with companies that take sustainability into consideration have the potential to cost states millions, according to a study released this month. Researchers looked specifically at the possible effects on Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and West Virginia if they passed […]

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U.S. House agriculture leaders discuss anti-hunger measures in upcoming farm bill

BY: - January 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — The new Republican chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and a top Democrat on the panel on Wednesday laid out anti-hunger initiatives Congress could tackle in the upcoming farm bill. During a panel discussion, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson of Pennsylvania, the new head of the Agriculture Committee, said he believes members of […]

The red line pulls up to an Albuquerque Rapid Transit stop in Nob Hill in 2021.

Final decision on Albuquerque’s free bus fare program on hold, again

BY: - January 19, 2023

The fate of Albuquerque’s Zero Fares program, which allows anyone to board a bus without paying or showing a pass, will be decided at a future City Council meeting after councilors agreed Wednesday to delay a vote until next month’s meeting. This marks the fourth time the Council has deferred a vote on the matter. […]