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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Public News Service - New Mexico

PHOTO: New Mexico would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Congress is set to consider updating a decades-old law that guides New Mexico and all states on the custody and care of juveniles in the criminal justice system. Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was introduced late last week, and one big change...Read More

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PHOTO: Fewer people are dying from fall-related injuries in New Mexico, but according to a recent report the state ranks sixth in the nation for fall-related deaths. Health officials say regular exercise can prevent falls by helping build muscle and balance. Photo credit: City of Tucson, Arizona.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Falls are the leading cause of unintentional-injury deaths in New Mexico, but according to a recent report from the Department of Health, the state's fall-related death rate has fallen 10 percent in recent years. Robin Swift, section manager at the Office of Injury Prevention at th...Read More

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PHOTO: Young families don't always have a lot to smile about. Those who are struggling may benefit from home-visiting services, and a number of New Mexico organizations want to make sure Congress renews funding for these programs. Photo credit: FEMA.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children in New Mexico and across the nation. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March, unless Congress takes action. Baji Rankin, executive director ...Read More

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PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is among those in Congress condemning CIA interrogation tactics used following the Sept. 11 attacks. He commented about the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

WASHINGTON - A U.S. senator from New Mexico is among those condemning the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques" used on some terrorist suspects following the Sept. 11 attacks. Democrat Martin Heinrich was among several lawmakers who spoke on the Senate floor after the release Tuesday of a repor...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The holiday season means New Mexicans are seeing multiple pitches to donate to charities, but it's a good idea to do some research first before hitting the "donate" button. Graphic credit: City of Baltimore, Maryland.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexicans are being encouraged to be cautious when donating to nonprofits this holiday season. Connie Quillen, executive assistant at the Better Business Bureau New Mexico, says people should do homework before making a charitable donation, and be wary of anyone asking for mo...Read More

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PHOTO: A shopping cart play set is among two dozen toys named as potential hazards for children in the latest annual "Trouble in Toyland" report. Photo courtesy of U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Before New Mexicans fill the stockings of little loved ones this holiday season, a new annual report lists potential toy dangers to watch out for on store shelves. Pam Clough, campaign organizer with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), says they've released their "Trou...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report finds that more than half of all the natural gas intentionally released into the air happens in New Mexico. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Fifty-one percent of all natural gas intentionally released into the atmosphere on the nation's public lands occurs in New Mexico. That's according to a new study from Taxpayers for Common Sense. Ryan Alexander, president of the organization, says the research found since 2006, ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Intended to balance out the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday efforts are calling on New Mexicans to give back to their communities. Photo credit:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Following the massive consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today's #GivingTuesday campaign calls on New Mexicans to support a variety of charities and nonprofits in their own communities. Russell Baker serves as the executive director of the National Dance Institute (ND...Read More

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