Dropping the ball
We told you yesterday that this was coming, and it did. Former UNM Athletic Director Krebs has been indicted on five felonies including fraud, money laundering and evidence tampering. The charges stem from a golf junket to Scotland and his botched efforts to cover his tracks. A criminal complaint filed by the attorney general says he sent an email during this time reading, "Delete everything I sent when done so nothing discoverable in (public records) request. Including from your delete file. Thanks." No, thank you.
Santa Fe's "sanctuary city" policies can't protect public records from the federal government, and that's exactly the tactic ICE used to target an immigrant who was involved in a car accident. SFR's Aaron Cantu reports on the mystery of how a city cop's business card with the crash case number landed in the hands of the federal agency. The police chief says his department did not help it get there.
Unchecked and untreated
Though more than 3,000 prisoners in New Mexico have hepatitis C, records show just 46 received treatment for it during the 2018 fiscal year. New Mexico In Depth looks a long look at the epidemic (our state has a ghastly high proportion infected) and what's holding the state back from treating the diseasebefore it costs the community even more.
Health Security Act
Could New Mexico find a way to provide universal health care? A bill that backers say has bipartisan support and would give all state residents a similar level of coverage to that currently available to state employees, including full mental health care and substance abuse treatment. If legislators approve, it first calls for a comprehensive study of the state's current health care costs and needs, to be completed by 2021.
Taxation on menstruation
Here's another way lawmakers could level the playing field: Get rid of the tax on periods. People who menstruate spend an estimated $23 million per year in New Mexico on tampons, pads and other so-called feminine hygiene products. Rep. Christine Trujillo, a Democrat from Albuquerque, is co-sponsoring a bill that would remove the GRT from adding to their purchases, noting to KUNM she believes women "should be given a reprieve on a tax for what I believe is a necessity and not a luxury."
Keep the choice
And lastly in today's news from the Legislature, the House voted Wednesday to repeal New Mexico's antiquated abortion ban. The rule has long been superseded by federal case law, but advocates who say the Supreme Court might overturn Roe v. Wade want state rules that protect access to reproductive choice. The bill moves to the Senate, and the governor has said she supports the effort.
Bust a move
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is getting some extra miles from an unused television commercial from her campaign. The same woman who filmed a Congressional campaign video on roller blades can be seen busting through three sheetrock walls as she hits her platform highlights, then she runs througha final obstacle emblazoned with the president's portrait. There's no mystery why this one is going viral ($) after Lujan Grisham took it to Twitter this week.
Thanks for reading! The Word notes that the phrase "going viral" still reminds us of something one could avoid with a well-timed immunization.
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