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Janet Yellen Says U.S. Could Run Out Of Cash To Pay Its Bills In Less Than 3 Weeks

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned lawmakers Tuesday that the federal government could run short of cash to pay its bills by Oct. 18 unless Congress acts quickly to increase the government's borrowing authority. The warning, at an appearance before the Senate Banking Committee, comes amid a standoff in Congress over the so-called debt ceiling. Senate Republicans blocked a measure to increase or suspend the debt ceiling on Monday. Yellen said the exact date was subject to change given the...

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The Las Cruces Utilities Board is considering a natural gas rate increase after unanimously accepting a recommendation from the Utility Customer Advisory Group for review. Rate and Economic Analysis Manager Domonique Rodriguez reviewed how the increase will impact natural gas customers.

“The UCAG is recommending to the utilities board an alternative phased-in approach over all customer classes where year one would increase by 20%,” Rodriguez said. “This would mitigate the cost-of-service increase while businesses recover, where year two and year three would have a 40% implementation.”

Many members of the public voiced concern over the proposed increase—of the public responses received by the Utility Customer Advisory Group, 21 requested no increase while 10 requested a full phased-in option.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a man has confessed to killing three people whose dismembered bodies were found in a burning dumpster in Texas, as well as his roommate and girlfriend, saying he felt compelled to sacrifice them. Jason Thornburg was arrested Monday on a capital murder charge in the deaths of the three people whose bodies were found in the dumpster on Sept. 22. Fort Worth police say while questioning the 41-year-old Thornburg about those killings, he also admitted to killing his roommate in Texas and girlfriend in Arizona.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a passenger on a hot air balloon that crashed and killed five people in Albuquerque in June is suing the estate of the deceased pilot and the companies that operated the commercial balloon.

Martin Martinez's family filed the lawsuit last week in state district court. It names Hot Air Balloonatics LLC, Sventato LLC, and the estate of the pilot, Nicholas Meleski. The suit accuses Meleski of piloting the balloon in a reckless manner. A Federal Aviation Administration report shows the pilot had marijuana and cocaine in his blood and urine.

New Mexico State Police Arrest Texas Homicide Suspect

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Chaves County, NM - On Monday, September 27, 2021, at around 4:52 p.m., the New Mexico State Police was contacted by the Texas Rangers, who requested assistance in locating a homicide suspect wanted by the Midland, TX Police Department. 

Texas Rangers had reason to believe that the suspect, Kionne Lewis, 29, of Midland, TX was in the Roswell, NM area and armed with a rifle.  New Mexico State Police officers in the Roswell and surrounding areas began searching for Lewis, who was reported to be driving a white 2013 Ford F-150.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 613 additional COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths. As of today, there are 301 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

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  SANTA FE – On Thursday, September 30, Premier Medical Group (PMG) will begin full-service COVID-19 testing for Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) at their Lincoln Complex. This event, to be held from 9 am to 1 pm, will be primarily for unvaccinated teachers and staff who are required to test weekly. APS estimates that there are approximately 4000 unvaccinated staff, most of whom will likely be tested through the PMG program.

In addition to APS, a PMG testing event will occur at Raices del Saber Xinachtli Community School in the Las Cruces area on Friday, October 8, from 9 am to 1 pm.

New Early Voting Locations In Las Cruces And The Region

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  LAS CRUCES, NM – Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office announced Thursday that an additional early voting site in Mesilla is being made available to voters on October 16th. Early in-person voting for the 2021 Regular Local Election (RLE) begins on October 5th at the Doña Ana County Government Center.

“There are elections taking place across the county on November 2nd,” said Clerk Amanda López Askin. “We added Mesilla Town Hall as an early voting location this year because we wanted to make sure that each municipality with races on the ballot had a location for its voters to participate.”

Early voting at the Government Center continues Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until October 29th, and Saturday, October 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Early voting will be closed on Monday, October 11th in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Activists are working to increase voter turnout among young people.  In the 2020 election, less than half of young eligible registered voters actually voted. New Mexico State University student Nevaeh Torres-Carrillo says the 2020 election was her first time at the polls.

“The last election was actually the first election that I’ve voted in, and I do plan on voting in future elections,” said Torres-Carrillo.

From left to right, Jason Lee Baca, 17, Jason Baca and Ayden Baca, 13

For the past several weeks, Jason Baca has called The University of New Mexico Hospital home.

 

Two of his teenage sons, his wife and his mother-in-law were diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-August. His wife, Renee Baca, was released from the hospital after a two-week stay. His mother-in-law, Sandra Moya, was admitted and passed away.

 

The Bacas’ two sons, Jason Lee Baca, 17, and Ayden Baca, 13, are still in the pediatric intensive care unit.

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You better get those holiday packages mailed out sooner rather than later: Mail delivery is about to get slower and more expensive.

Beginning Friday, the U.S. Postal Service will start to "implement new service standards" for first class mail and periodicals — slowing its target delivery time by about 30%, USPS spokesperson Kim Frum told NPR.

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  Commentary: Today, the Interior Department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) announced it will formally withdraw a Trump-era rule that  amended regulations governing how oil, gas, and coal companies assess the value of publicly-owned minerals they extract and the amount of royalties that they should pay to taxpayers. The Trump administration had previously rescinded an Obama-era ONRR valuation rule, an action that was subsequently struck down in court, then adopted a new ONRR rule in the final week before President Biden was inaugurated.

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  Commentary: An assistant district attorney’s missed deadlines in the Baby Favi case made headlines. That same fortnight, I read of three more missed deadlines, one by the same ADA. Not good.

That ADA has left, after many years with the Third Judicial District Attorney’s DA’s office. Everyone says he was a good, conscientious attorney. His resignation letter said he just couldn’t stand having such a heavy caseload that he couldn’t do his work properly. “I was shocked, given his deep commitment to the office,” a defense attorney said.

New Mexico Patients, Advocates Push for Changes to Medical Debt Rules

Sep 27, 2021

  Commentary: Patients, advocates and medical providers on Monday testified before a virtual hearing for the Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) to ask OSI to change draft rules to require hospitals, urgent cares, and clinics to connect patients with public assistance for medical bills and to adequately protect low-income patients from being sued or sent to collections for a medical bill--as mandated by the new Patients’ Debt Collection Protection Act. New Mexicans spoke about the need to place affirmative obligations on hospitals, urgent cares, and medical providers to check if patients qualify for protection from lawsuits or being sent to collections, and to remove language that would allow this protection to automatically expire after only 12 months.


 

  Commentary: I lack the credentials to offer a legal opinion as to how the New Mexico Supreme Court should rule in the case relating to the death of Faviola Rodriguez. But you don’t need a law degree to know what’s right.

 

Baby Favi was 2 years old in September, 2018 when police responded to a 3 a.m. call for help with a toddler who was not breathing. EMTs trying to save the little girl’s life noticed bruises to her ribs and face. She was taken to MountainView Regional Medical Center, where she died from the blunt-trauma abuse she had suffered.

Democrats Join Supreme Court Brief in the Fight to Uphold Roe v. Wade

Sep 22, 2021
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  Commentary: This week, U.S. Representative Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) joined 236 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in filing a bicameral amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold nearly 50 years of precedent in Roe v. Wade, after the Court decided to hear a challenge in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. 188 Democrats in the House and 48 in the Senate joined in filing the amicus in support of women’s reproductive rights with the Court. 

 

The House will also vote on Friday on a bill to protect reproductive rights legislatively through the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755), which Congresswoman Stansbury cosponsors with 214 total members.

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