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    PNS Daily News - August 4, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; reaction to the Obama administration’s clean energy plan; a church pastor in New Mexico pledges Sunday’s bombings won’t stop his church’s mission; and a controversy brewing over guns in parks in Tennessee.

Public News Service - New Mexico

PHOTO: Thousands of low-income women in New Mexico would lose access to cancer screening, wellness visits, contraception and other Planned Parenthood services if congressional Republicans are successful in killing federal funding for the organization. That's according to Cathy Alderman with Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico. Photo credit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Efforts in Congress to end funding for Planned Parenthood could end access to cancer screenings, well-women health exams, contraception and other health services for thousands of low-income women in New Mexico. That's according to Cathy Alderman, vice president for public affai...Read More

Public News Service - NM

PHOTO: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is just two months from expiring, but a bipartisan deal in Congress could save it. In New Mexico, the program has helped create outdoor resources from city parks to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The future appears positive for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal government program that in New Mexico has helped to create Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. A bipartisan deal recently reached in the Senate would extend...Read More

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PHOTO: Veterans with Alzheimer's disease and those needing skilled nursing services will be treated at a new facility being built at the New Mexico State Veteran's Home in Truth or Consequences. Photo courtesy of the New Mexico Department of Health.

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. – A multi-million-dollar facility being built at the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences will treat veterans from across the state living with Alzheimer's disease. Lori Montgomery, administrator at the veterans' home, says construction is abou...Read More

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PHOTO: People in New Mexico providing unpaid care for a family member, partner or friend make an economic contribution that is measured in the billions of dollars, according to a report from AARP. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A new report measures the huge economic contribution made by tens of thousands of people in New Mexico who act as caregivers for a family member, partner or friend. The "Valuing the Invaluable" report from the AARP Public Policy Institute showed that in a recent year, 277,000 un...Read More

Public News Service - NM

PHOTO: Medicaid, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, provides health coverage to more than half a million low income seniors, children, and people with disabilities in New Mexico, a new report concludes. Photo credit:

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new report shows how many people in New Mexico benefit from Medicaid as the program's 50th anniversary on July 30 draws near. Judy Solomon, vice president of health policy with the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says Medicaid provides health coverage for 576,...Read More

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PHOTO: A new survey shows a majority of voters of all political stripes like the idea of preserving sagebrush landscapes where greater sage-grouse reside. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – Westerners have a soft spot for greater sage-grouse, according to a new poll released this week. A majority of voters surveyed in counties home to sage-grouse support plans to conserve sagebrush habitat, even if it includes some restrictions on energy development. Pollster D...Read More

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PHOTO: Protecting the Colorado River for future generations is the focus of a youth gathering this week. Participants will learn more about the river's rich history and immense future challenges. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - As part of this "Latino Conservation Week," young people from New Mexico and several other Western states will gather to learn more about the incredible history and future challenges facing the Colorado River. Ariel Sanchez, a college student from Albuquerque, is among about tw...Read More

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PHOTO: Congress needs time to understand how the historic agreement reached with Iran over its nuclear program will prevent that country from building an atomic weapon, says U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Photo courtesy Udall's office.

SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is among those supporting the Obama administration's historic nuclear deal with Iran. But he's also calling for more time to understand how it will work to stop Iran from getting or building a nuclear weapon. "I urge Congress to study the agreement thoughtfully ...Read More

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