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  • Farm workers eligible for worker’s comp

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has sided with farm and ranch laborers who say they are entitled to worker’s compensation when injured on the job.

    The case stems from a 2012 incident in which a woman who worked as a chile picker in Dona Ana County broke her wrist and requested worker’s comp but was denied.

    The Supreme Court held on Thursday that denying farm laborers worker’s comp is unconstitutional.

  • ‘Nerve of a Patriot’ a worthwhile read

    By Joe McCaffrey
    For the Optic

    The skill of David Roybal as an author is well known to my fellow New Mexicans.  He has previously written wonderful biographies of Fabián Chávez  and Richard CdeBaca (his spelling) both well known native sons.  In this biography Roybal explores the life of yet another New Mexico native, Leveo V. Sánchez, starting before his birth. 

    Readers will ask, who is this Chairman of the Highlands Board of Regents, Leveo Sánchez?

  • Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fisherman top list

    By Mike Stobbe
    AP Medical Writer

    NEW YORK — Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations.

  • Habitat for Humanity hires new executive director

    Submitted to the Optic

    Habitat for Humanity-Las Vegas welcomes Margaret Gorman as executive director.  A graduate of the University of Houston, Gorman has a background in non-profits, finance, construction, sales, event planning and fund-raising.  A nine year resident of Las Vegas, she also works at rehabilitating older properties. Her duties at Habitat will include fund raising and development, partner training and support, community outreach and office management.

  • Man jailed for threatening warden

    Don’t mess with the warden, or you might just find yourself as a guest in his establishment.

    That’s the position one Las Vegas man found himself in after he confronted San Miguel County Detention Center Warden Patrick Snedeker outside the Seventh Street Dairy Queen last month, threatened him and punched the warden’s county-owned vehicle, according to a police affidavit.

  • HU Biology prof publishes book on giant anacondas

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University biology professor’s book is the first comprehensive study in the wild of anacondas, the largest snake in the world.

    Jesús Rivas published Natural History of the Green Anaconda: With Emphasis on its Reproductive Biology in 2016. His study area is in the Venezuelan Llanos — a vast plain that floods during the wet season from May through October.

  • New laws taking effect in NM

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New laws going into effect July 1 in New Mexico run the gamut from new sentencing requirements for drunken drivers to stepped-up financial disclosures for lobbyists.

    The state also is entering a new budget year that calls for reduced general fund spending as revenue lags amid low energy prices.

  • Prison company pays $4.6M to settle suits

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The nation’s largest for-profit provider of inmate medical services has reached a nearly $4.6 million settlement with New Mexico prisoners.

    Corizon Correctional Health settled claims filed by 59 inmates at two New Mexico facilities. Most of the payouts appear to be related to a former Corizon doctor who was accused in lawsuits of sexually abusing dozens of inmates at those prisons.

  • In Brief - News - July 1, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Fourth hantavirus death in NM

    State health officials say a 20-year-old woman from Torrance County in central New Mexico has died of hantavirus.
    The Health Department said Thursday it marks the state’s sixth case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome this year. Four of the cases have been fatal.

    The patient’s name wasn’t released.

  • Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

    By Lolita C. Baldor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.