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New Mexico settles retaliation lawsuit by whistleblower

Santa Fe, NM (AP) –The state of New Mexico has reached a $260,000 settlement with a whistleblower who alleged retaliation by state insurance regulators after she reported that a major health care insurer was allegedly avoiding tax payments. An attorney for Shawna Maestas confirmed the financial settlement Wednesday after the terms were published on a…MORE

FBI, Navajo Nation seek information on Mexican citizen’s death in Fort Wingate

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the circumstances surrounding the deathGutierrez-Lopez, a citizen of Mexico. On July 6, 2020, Gutierrez-Lopez was found deceased near the frontage road north of Interstate 40 and east of Exit 33 in Fort Wingate, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. The cause of…MORE

Groups take aim at New Mexico drilling plan amid US review

Albuquerque, NM (AP) –Environmentalists and Native American activists on Wednesday renewed their demands for more meaningful talks with Indigenous leaders and other communities on the front lines of fossil fuel development as the Biden administration reviews the nation’s oil and gas leasing program in response to climate change. Several groups shared their frustrations over development…MORE

New Mexico school district wants 20,000 youth vaccinated

Albuquerque, NM (AP) –Albuquerque Public Schools says 50 students have received shots as part of a pilot program to promote vaccines for teenagers. State residents aged 16 and up became eligible for the vaccine last week. The school district plans to drive students to clinics by offering special events starting next week, tapping into its…MORE

NEH provides grant for Santa Fe project

Washington, DC (KKOB) –The National Endowment for the Humanities announced $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects across the country. These support a diverse range of humanities projects, including the Audio History Project, a podcast series using archival audio recordings to illuminate forgotten stories about individuals and events from twentieth-century American history and culture.…MORE

Juan Tabo and Skyline fatal pedestrian crash

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –Wednesday April 14th 2021, just after midnight, a fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Juan Tabo Boulevard N.E. and Skyline Road involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. A white 2013 Volkswagen passenger vehicle was traveling northbound on Juan Tabo in the middle lane and was approaching the intersection at Skyline Road.…MORE

ABQ FBI needs your help

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) –The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the circumstances surrounding the death of Watson Ben Watchman. On August 1, 2020, Watchman was found deceased in his residence located 3.5 miles south of the Tohatchi Speedway store on Highway 491 in Tohatchi, New Mexico. The cause of death was blunt…MORE

16 states back Alabama’s challenge to Census privacy tool

Orlando, Fla (AP) –Sixteen other states are backing Alabama’s challenge to a statistical method the U.S. Census Bureau is using for the first time to protect the privacy of people who participated in the 2020 census, the nation’s once-a-decade head count that determines political power and funding. A federal judge on Monday allowed the 16…MORE

Talk, test, and treat: April 11-17 is National STD Awareness Week

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) –The New Mexico Department of Health reminds New Mexico residents about the potential health risks that can come with sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and how talking, testing, and treating protects their health and that of their partners. “We know talking about STDs can be difficult for many, but talking openly and…MORE

AG Balderas Secures Prison Sentence of Former Personal Care Organization Owner

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) –Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General has secured a prison sentence for Lolita Begay-Yazzie as a result of her guilty plea to one count of fraud in excess of $20,000, a second degree felony, and one count of Medicaid Fraud for Failure to Retain…MORE

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