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Today's News

  • NM predicts shrinking Medicaid shortfall

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials are predicting they can shrink a state budget shortfall for Medicaid health care to $24 million if proposals go forward to reduce reimbursement rates to hospitals and physicians along with other accounting measures.

    The Human Services Department on Monday released detailed financial projections for its evolving plan to deal with an initial $85 million shortfall in the state’s obligations toward Medicaid through June 2017.

  • Locals take state titles

    The Pecos Panthers are 2016 Class 3A state track and field champions.

    And it wasn’t that close.

    Pecos amassed 64 team points, besting second-place Estancia (47). Dexter, Capitan, Santa Rosa and Native American Community Academy rounded out the top six.

    The Panthers racked up big points in their bread and butter — distance running events — but added several strong finishes elsewhere.

    Pecos senior Ryan Sandoval won the 800-meter run in 1:59.62; junior Isaac C de Baca was fifth to also earn points.

  • State to end ban on criticizing tests

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Public Education Department said Monday that it will remove a rule that prohibits state teachers from making disparaging remarks about standardized tests.

    Robert McEntryre, a spokesman for the department, confirmed that officials are working on getting rid of the Gov. Bill Richardson-era regulation and that the department has never used it against any teacher.

  • Media arts students showcase work

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University media arts Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates will present their BFA projects in the Spring Exhibit at 5:30 p.m. today (Wednesday).

    The public exhibit features projects with animation and video, graphic design, installation art, multimedia, interactivity, photography and websites. The exhibit is in the Media Arts East and West Building at 901 University Ave.

  • In Brief May 11, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Instructional time lost in NM

    SANTA FE — A survey of available instruction time at public schools in New Mexico has found that almost a third of the hours are lost to a combination of standardized assessments, test preparation, re-teaching distracted students, absences and disciplinary actions.

  • NMSU considers furloughs for faculty

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University may furlough faculty members to help trim $10.7 million from the budget.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the university is restructuring while enrollment declines and state funding drops.

    University Provost Dan Howard says the faculty has been largely untouched by the process so far, and is the last place to look for cost savings.

    He said furloughs are just one of the options up for consideration ahead of June budget decisions.

  • Editorial Cartoon: May 11, 2016
  • Editorial : Time to demand action

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Portland Press Herald of Maine and was originally published on May 4.

    Twenty-three times so far this year, according to The Washington Post, a child age 3 or younger has found and fired a gun. In 11 of these shootings, somebody— usually the child —was killed. Incidents like these are shocking, tragic and largely preventable. But that means fully, and finally, committing ourselves to policies and technology that help keep firearms out of kids’ hands.

  • A work of Art: What does ‘they’ mean?

    “Marilyn, what are the positive, comparative and superlative degrees of ‘good’?”

    She answered, “Good, better, best.”

    “Very good, Marilyn.”

    “And Arthur, almost asleep in the corner there: What are the three degrees of ‘high’?”

    “Uh, the three degrees of ‘hi’ are ‘hi,’ ‘hello’ and ‘how do you do?’”

  • Looking Back May 11, 2016

    Thursday, May 12, 1966 — Mary London Walker, a senior from Houston, was crowned Miss Southwest Wind 1966 at the annual pageant in University Hall. Other finalists were Nancy Walkers, Gayle Gallagher, Rita Greene and Olivia Lovato. The judges were Orlando Maes, Jim Grebe, Bill Roush, Stuart Beck and Dennis Mitchell.