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  • State redraws Medicaid cuts to hospital, dentists

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico is cutting Medicaid payments by less than originally planned in response to concerns raised by Native American tribal leaders, hospitals and other health care providers.

    The Human Service Department that oversees Medicaid health care for the poor and disabled also is easing cuts to dentists and the University of New Mexico Hospital. Medicaid providers were notified of the changes as new rates went into effect Friday.

  • FBI won’t recommend charges for Clinton

    By Eric Tucker and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign.

    But Comey called her actions “extremely careless” and faulted the agency she led for a lackadaisical approach to handling classified material.

  • Death toll from weekend Baghdad attack reaches 175

    By Sinan Salaheddin
    The Associated Press

    BAGHDAD — As Iraqis mourned in shock and disbelief, more dead bodies were recovered Tuesday from the site of a massive Islamic State suicide bombing this weekend in central Baghdad, bringing the death toll to 175, officials said.

    The staggering figure — one the worst bombings in 13 years of war in Iraq — has cast a pall on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and which begins Wednesday in Iraq.

  • In Brief July 6, 2016

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    South Pacific to close for repairs

    City crews are planning to close South Pacific from Moreno to Perez today (Wednesday) for repairs.

    That portion of road is scheduled to be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    A detour and traffic control will be in place. City officials urge motorists to use extreme caution while driving in the area.

    Local is an intern at White House

  • More trouble for Griego

    Already gearing up for a preliminary hearing next week that will determine whether he will have to stand trial on bribery and other charges, former state Sen. Phil Griego is now facing another legal battle, this one out of San Miguel County.

  • Ruling: Doctors can’t help patients end lives

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors, ending what right-to-die advocates thought would be a successful legal fight.

    In a 5-0 opinion, the high court overturned a previous district court decision that doctors could not be prosecuted under the state’s assisted suicide law, which classifies helping with suicide as a fourth-degree felony.

  • WWII veterans tour memorial

    Horacio Martinez flew 35 missions in the ball turret of a heavily armed B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II. Early last month, Martinez, 95, headed onto an airplane at the Albuquerque Sunport to fly to our nation’s capital as part of the Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico along side 22 other World War II veterans, including three female veterans.

    he program provides World War II veterans or terminally ill veterans a chance to see memorials built in their honor.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: The land that I love

    We’re sailing over to South Haven, Mich., for the Fourth of July weekend. Six of us on “Speakeasy,” our 32-foot sloop. Plus boat dog Java, sandwiches, ginger snaps and ginger beer to ward off seasickness, sunscreen and insect repellent.

  • State budget crunch ripples through hospitals, museums

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico state government is looking for new ways to conserve spending as it crossed the threshold Friday into a new budget year, with the most pronounced changes set to ripple through Medicaid health care services for the poor and disabled.

  • PNM loses support for rate increase

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Bernalillo County and other groups have withdrawn their support for Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request for a rate increase in light of new information provided at hearings.

    PNM wants to increase its collections from customers by about $123.5 million per year, raising rates by an average of 14.39 percent, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.