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Morning Word: Book Publisher Sues PED for Public Records

July 13, 2016, 7:35 am
Publisher Claims PED is Withholding Public Documents
An independent book publisher is suing the Public Education Department for public records it says show PED bought storybooks for Gov. Susana Martinez’ 2016 First Grade Reading Initiative from at least one out-of-state publisher that missed the original submission deadline.

Inmate Housing Challenges Loom for NM 
The New Mexico Corrections Department faces an inmate capacity problem in the next decade. Andrew Oxford at the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that while prison populations around the country are shrinking, a New Mexico Sentencing Commission study shows inmate populations continuing to grow here.
A new forecast by the New Mexico Sentencing Commission said the state’s inmate population will rise from 7,518 in fiscal year 2016 to 7,663 by fiscal year 2018. In a decade, the commission expects the state’s prison population to swell to include 8,457 inmates.
Haussamen: Structural Reforms Needed
Journalist Heath Haussamen says testimony in Phil Griego’s preliminary hearing last week reveals a “culture of secrecy” and a “tolerance for conflicts” inside the Roundhouse. Haussamen suggests it’s time New Mexico make “structural reforms to make our government more transparent, ethical and accountable.”

NMSU Plans 126 Layoffs
Haussamen’s also got the scoop on New Mexico State University’s plan to cut 126 jobs to help cover its projected $12 million budget deficit.

Federal Monitor Needed at HSD, Expert Says 
The director of a California-based anti-hunger group that tracks food stamp issues around the country, who has been following a federal lawsuit in New Mexico, says he believes a federal monitor is necessary to bring the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program into compliance. “It is almost impossible when there is such a broad, longstanding inability to perform a particular function, to expect that the department is going to fix itself." 

Food Stamp Application Victim Speaks Up
KOB interviewed a woman who says she was victimized by the Human Services Department’s mishandling of her emergency food stamp application. "When you have certain higher-up people knocking you down, when you're already knocked down that makes you feel like you're worthless," she said. Watch it here.

NM State Fair One of the Best 
A new study ranks the New Mexico State Fair the ninth best in the country. KRQE reports some of the changes planned for this year, including nighttime horse racing, could make it even better. Personally, we can’t see wait to see what whacky things the food vendors dream up this year.

Where's Your Favorite Lotaburger? 
Speaking of food, if you’re like us, you love Blake’s Lotaburgers green chile hamburgers. Now, NewsCastic has published a Top 10 ranking for the company’s best Albuquerque locations with interesting descriptions about the little differences that distinguish each spot.

New Mexico Team Earns Accolades
Remember jumping rope during recess? Well for members of an Albuquerque jump rope team the schoolyard game is serious business and they’re getting some attention after doing well in a national competition last month in Orlando. Albuquerque Air Jump placed fifth in speed evens and in the top 20 in freestyle events.


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Morning Word: Stolen Email Lawsuit Dropped

Morning Word A federal lawsuit filed by several people who had their emails stolen by Jamie Estrada, a former Republican operative who gained control of the Gov. Susana Martinez 2010 web domain, has been dismissed. ... More

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