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Today's News

  • Court dismisses funding appeal

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Behavioral health providers under investigation for possible overbillings, mismanagement and fraud lost an appeal Monday of a ruling that allows New Mexico to continue to withhold Medicaid payments.

    Among the providers affected is TeamBuilders, which has an office in Las Vegas.

    The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver dismissed the appeal by eight nonprofit providers.

  • Audit: Nonprofit operators received $1.5M

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — An audit of 15 behavioral health providers in New Mexico says a couple who run a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that provides Medicaid-funded services to children and families is estimated to make as much as $1.5 million a year in salaries and other income.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the audit says Shannon and Lorraine Freedle derived much of that income from leases paid by the nonprofit, TeamBuilders Counseling Services Inc., to holding companies owned in full or in part by the Freedles and other TeamBuilders officers.

  • State eyes opening deadly prison riot site as museum

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico state officials are hoping to make a tourist attraction out of an unusual place: a prison where one of the nation’s deadliest riots took place in 1980.

    In February 1980, inmates at New Mexico’s “Old Main” prison killed 33 fellow prisoners in a violent clash that included beheadings, amputations and burned bodies. More than 100 other inmates and guards were hurt in the 36-hour riot fueled by overcrowded conditions.

  • Firm will defend Mora County

    The New Mexico Environmental Law Center has agreed to represent Mora County if it is sued over the Community Rights Ordinance that the commission majority adopted earlier this year, board chairman John Olivas announced recently.

    The ordinance bans oil and gas extraction within the county and also seeks to strip corporations that want to drill of rights that courts have said they enjoy.

    Olivas said in his release that the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has agreed to defend the county on any constitutional claims that might arise.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 7, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Aug. 7, 2013

    Beer and Chili Fest
    Heritage Week continues through this weekend. Among the events taking place is a Beer and Chili Fest from 5 to 7 p.m. this Thursday at El Fidel Courtyard.

  • Weather - Aug. 7, 2013

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Thursday

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 7, 2013

    TODAY HOY

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 7 , 2013
  • Evaluate teachers fairly

    There’s no question in our minds that the system used to evaluate teachers needs to change.

    Effective teachers have the power to change the course of a child’s life, and they deserve to be recognized for the great work they are doing. But there are also teachers who struggle in the classroom, and that, too, needs to be brought out in the evaluation process. A good evaluation system would flag those individuals who are struggling so that they can be given the opportunity to get additional training in hopes of turning them into effective teachers.