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July 12, 2019 – We hear a lot about drug trafficking in New Mexico, but not as much about sex trafficking. Sex and human trafficking are global problems, and our state is not immune. Street Safe New Mexico, a local … Continue reading The Line: Sex Trafficking in New Mexico

June 28, 2019 – New Mexico has joined 27 other states in reporting measles cases this year – the highest rate of infection since 1992. And the numbers may grow as more parents choose not to vaccinate their children. Gene … Continue reading The Line: Unvaccinated School Children in NM

June 28, 2019 – Last Thursday, the Associated Press described appalling conditions at a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, just outside of El Paso. There, more than 300 migrant children were detained without adequate food, water, sanitation, and adult … Continue reading The Line: Volatile Conditions at the Mexican Border

June 28, 2019 – Asking someone being counted in the 2020 census if they are a U.S. citizen is a loaded question. Census law says the government is supposed to count every person living in the United States, not just … Continue reading The Line: No Citizenship Question on Census – For Now

June 21, 2019 – The 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book was released this week, and New Mexico was again ranked 50th out of 50 states for child well-being — dead last yet again. James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico … Continue reading The Line: New Mexico Is — Again — Ranked 50th in Child Well-Being

June 21, 2019 – June 17 at 5:00 PM was the deadline to file outstanding clergy abuse and other grievance claims against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, as part of its bankruptcy process. Court records show that 340 claims were … Continue reading The Line: Window Has Closed for Filing Abuse Claims Against Archdiocese

June 21, 2019 – Last week, NBCUniversal announced plans to expand its film and TV production with a multimillion-dollar project in downtown Albuquerque. The state is investing up to $7.7 million along with $3 million from Albuquerque in Local Economic … Continue reading The Line: NBCUniversal Film and TV Project Comes to Albuquerque

June 14, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the Albuquerque Public Schools response to elevated lead levels found in many elementary schools’ sinks and faucets. The district volunteered almost 70 schools for testing, but did not immediately … Continue reading The Line: Some APS Schools Have Elevated Lead Levels

June 14, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel examine a lawsuit filed this week by the State of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque against the Trump Administration, seeking reinstatement of its “safe release” policy for … Continue reading The Line: Trump Administration Immigration Policy Prompts Lawsuit

June 14, 2019 – The state recently added six conditions to the approved-usage list for its medical marijuana initiative. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel discuss the expanded list of qualifying conditions–including opioid use disorder–for the medical cannabis program. … Continue reading The Line: Opioid Use Disorder One of Six OK’d for Medical Cannabis