From The Associated Press
Funeral arrangements set for former governor
SANTA FE — Funeral arrangements have been announced for David F. Cargo, who became the youngest governor of New Mexico and served two terms in the turbulent 1960s.
Cargo died last Friday at age 84. His family says he had been in an Albuquerque nursing home for about two years following a stroke.
The maverick Republican served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1963 to 1966 before being elected governor at age 37.
Cargo’s body will lie in state in the New Mexico State Capitol’s rotunda in Santa Fe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, followed by a memorial service.
A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.
Cargo is to be buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Accused mental health providers file lawsuit
SANTA FE — A group of New Mexico behavioral health providers have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force the state to continue paying them and to stop publicizing allegations of wrongdoing from an audit.
Eight of the 15 companies accused of fraud and abuse in a recent audit filed the lawsuit Friday. They said in court documents that the suspension of payment and the bad publicity stemming from the Human Services Department’s announcement have caused irreparable harm.
A state audit last month said 15 New Mexico providers of mental health and substance abuse services failed to meet standards, overbilled the federal and state governments by tens of millions of dollars, and may have taken part in fraudulent activities.