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Morning Word: State Seeks Food Stamp Work Rule Waiver Extension

November 22, 2016, 12:00 am
Officials Want Work Waiver Extension 
Citing the state’s high unemployment rate, state officials have asked the US Government to waive a job requirement for people who can physically work to continue receiving food aid without having to get a job or volunteer at a nonprofit center in their community.
Sovereign Hager, an attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, which represents people suing Human Services over its handling of welfare cases, said up to 20,000 New Mexicans would have been subject to the work rules. But, Hager said, the state eventually could elect to ignore the waiver and try to impose the work rules. State officials indicated they may do just that.
Cutting Corners
If you’re planning to get a haircut before meeting up with family and friends for Thanksgiving, you might want to make sure your stylist is actually licensed. KOB found some shops putting people’s health at risk.

Cutting Jobs
If you’re a federal government employee, you probably should know that President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are planning to take a close look at your pay and job security benefits as they try to "shrink big government." 

Secret Settlements
Larry Barker has a investigative piece on the huge settlements paid out by the State of New Mexico’s Risk Management group. Barker and his team at KRQE News 13 reviewed six years' worth of documents and discovered the state “settled 294 state liability claims that cost taxpayers more than $72,000,000.”

What’s in a Name?
Journalist Daniel Libit, who wrote about Gov. Susana Martinez for the National Journal a few years back and called her political advisory Jay McCleskey a “consigliere,” is now taking a long look at the University of New Mexico Athletic Department’s naming deal with Wise Pies Pizza and Salad restaurant. Officials expressed concerns about collecting the $5 million gift money if the restaurant failed to pay up.

Han Family Still Seeks Answers
Six years after Albuquerque civil rights attorney Mary Han’s suspicious suicide, her family is still seeking answers as they prepare for a hearing to order the Office of the Medical Investigator to change the cause of death from suicide to undetermined.

You’re Forgiven
Pope Francis, according to the Vatican, has decided to formalize a year-old policy to allow priests to grant absolution for abortion.

 

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