Santa Fe Reporter - Local News http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-4-1-local-news.html <![CDATA[New Mexicans Continue to Fall Ill to Mean Flu Virus - The Department of Health reports 28 flu-related deaths this season, including the death of a baby in Dona Ana County]]>
By: Justin Horwath

“Some people who get flu may develop severe illness and complications, including death, and we must still be on alert,” says Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward in a news release. “People who develop influenza—particularly if they are at high risk for severe disease and complications, such as the elderly and children younger than 5 years of age—should seek medical care and antiviral medication as soon as possible.” 


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<![CDATA[If Signed, How Narrow Will State Interpret Hemp Law? - ]]>
By: Joey Peters
 Even if the governor signs the hemp bill, New Mexico farmers still may not be able to grow the plant for a while.]]>
<![CDATA[Legislature’s Winners & Losers - ]]>
By: Joey Peters, Justin Horwath, Peter St. Cyr
This year’s lawmaking session in New Mexico made history, putting Republicans in control of two of the three major branches of state government for the first time ever.
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<![CDATA[CASA away from home - Kids in court for foster care depend on volunteerism]]>
By: Zoe Baillargeon
For local children who have been taken away from their families and placed in foster care for their own well-being, a CASA can be a lot more than a home. It’s also a person who stands up for their best interests in court.]]>
<![CDATA[Federal Judge Allows Martinez Email Lawsuit to Continue - Judge William Johnson grants, denies defendants' motions to toss the politically charged case ]]>
By: Justin Horwath
In June 2014, the plaintiffs in the case—Crystal Amaya, Brad Cates, Brian Moore and Kim Ronquillo—filed a federal lawsuit against five defendants for allegedly violating a wiretapping statute by disclosing emails they sent or received over Susana Martinez' campaign domain.
 
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<![CDATA[NEA Disputes PARCC Testing Time - ]]>
By: Joey Peters
 The union representing teachers in Santa Fe wants education administrators and the public to take a new look at how much time standardized testing takes in the classroom. 

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<![CDATA[Legislature Ends Session With No Capital Outlay Bill - House and Senate can't compromise on many things]]>
By: Joey Peters
Failure to pass capital outlay bill marks end of bitter, unproductive Legislative session.
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<![CDATA[Dear Hanna Skandera - Student letters to education secretary about PARCC testing weren't as bad as story portrayed]]>
By: Joey Peters
Several students wrote letters to Education Secretary Hanna Skandera protesting the PARCC exam. Read them for yourself below.
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<![CDATA[United Healthcare: The Case of the Missing $10,000 - Tracing the destination of the ping-ponging United Healthcare check]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Officials have not answered why a $25,000 United Healthcare check landed in the coffers of the Republican Campaign Committee of New Mexico instead of the campaign account of Susana Martinez following a Sept. 14, 2010 meeting between the candidate and the company. 

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<![CDATA[Violation of Public Trust - It’s unclear if Phil Griego’s resignation from the Senate will be the end of the story]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Last Saturday, Phil Griego, a veteran Democratic Party political power broker and chairman of the New Mexico Senate’s Corporations and Transportation Committee, had what was probably the worst day of his political career. ]]>
<![CDATA[Blowing It - Biologist punished for blowing the whistle on endangered species politics]]>
By: Laura Paskus
Even though biologists said the dunes sagebrush lizard might need legal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the US government decided three years ago that it would be good enough to help the lizard by relying on the oil and gas industry and ranchers to undertake voluntary conservation efforts. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hoop Dreams - Attorney General Hector Balderas' bracket is very kind to NMSU]]>
By: Joey Peters
Today marks the start of NCAA March Madness, and in a tradition popularized by President Obama in 2009, politicians are submitting their brackets to the public.
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<![CDATA[Go Home, Drone! - ]]>
By: Joey Peters
A bill that would restrict drone access to private property currently sits before the state Senate floor, yet the sponsor is hopeful to get it through the House before session’s end this weekend.&]]>
<![CDATA[Mining and Monopolies - Buena Vista Estates sues waste agency and county for antitrust violations]]>
By: Justin Horwath
Santa Fe County and the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency are “operating an unpermitted and illegally zoned mining operation while placing a moratorium on new basalt mining operation,” all]]>
<![CDATA[Cannabis Bills Still Alive - With less than a week to go, cannabis bills are still moving in the Roundhouse]]>
By: Joey Peters
Two cannabis-related bills have made significant progress in this year's state legislative session, but only one is likely to make it to the finish line.]]>
<![CDATA[Bag Fee Passes Finance Committee - City attorney maintains 10-cent charge no longer an illegal tax]]>
By: Justin Horwath
A proposal by District 2 Councilor Peter Ives and District 1 Councilor Sig Lindell to charge a ten-cent fee with the use of each paper bag passed the Finance Committee by a narrow 3-2 vote.
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<![CDATA[UPDATED: Santa Fe County Balks at Gov.'s Request on New Senator - Motion passes to take applications for Senate District 39 seat by Wednesday and consider them on Friday]]>
By: Justin Horwath
In an emergency meeting that many critics saw as a violation of the state's sunshine laws, the Santa Fe County Commission rejected Republican Gov. Susana Martinez' request to immediately name a replacement for state Sen. Phil Griego.

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<![CDATA[Updated: State Senator Resigns Under Pressure - Sen. Phil A Griego faced ethics violations]]>
By: Peter St. Cyr
Threatened with expulsion from the New Mexico Legislature for violating Senate rules, Sen. Phil A Griego, D-San Jose, has resigned the District 39 seat he’s held since 1996.
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<![CDATA[Senate Rejects Matthew Chandler - Senate rejects lawyer's appointment to UNM regents]]>
By: Joey Peters
On near party lines, the state Senate rejected attorney Matthew Chandler's appointment to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents after a day of heated political discussions over the vote.
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<![CDATA[No Local Control - Bid to limit local control of oil and gas goes to Senate]]>
By: New Mexico In Depth
About 25 cities or counties in New Mexico have passed restrictions on mining, oil and gas that go beyond state laws. These are things like: dictating how close wells can be ]]>