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    PNS Daily News - May 22, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown: new charges in Baltimore against a half dozen police officers in the Freddy Gray case; high school graduation rates are up in Ohio, but disparities persist; a professor says he was punished for raising questions about GMO crops; and tips on safety and avoiding road rage as the summer travel season kicks into gear.

Public News Service - New Mexico

PHOTO: The CDC reports only one new strain of rabies has been discovered in the U.S. this past decade, that is until a woman in Lincoln County was attacked by fox with rabies last month. Photo credit U.S. Department of Defense.

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new strain of rabies is on the books after a fox attacked a woman in Lincoln County last month. Dr. Paul Ettestad, a public health veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health, says brain tissue from the fox was sent to the CDC in Atlanta for analysis, which showed the a...Read More

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PHOTO: When it comes to placing children in foster care or with relatives instead of a group home or institution, New Mexico is doing better than the national average, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico ranks above the national average for its efforts to place foster children in family settings rather than group homes or institutions. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found in one recent year, 92 percent of the 2,100 children in the state's care were in...Read More

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PHOTO: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being asked by New Mexico's U.S. senators to take a closer look at federal government's oil and gas development policies near Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans. In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress t...Read More

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PHOTO: About 25 people die from asthma each year in New Mexico, and the disease is among the leading chronic illnesses for children. While there is no cure for asthma, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month offers information on living with asthma. Photo credit:

SANTA FE, N.M. - The word "asthma" may bring to mind an image of a sick child with an inhaler, but in reality asthma affects about one in 12 Americans – and kills about 25 people in New Mexico every year. Creating more awareness about asthma is the goal of National Asthma and Allergy Awarenes...Read More

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PHOTO: Before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, New Mexicans are encouraged to help others in their community by donating those items to local charities. Photo credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Whether it's clothing, sports equipment, toys or books, many New Mexico homes are brimming with items that are rarely if ever used. Experts say taking the time to de-clutter during the spring not only tidies up a home, it can also be a way to help others. Evette Rios with Goodwi...Read More

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PHOTO: Spring in New Mexico has sprung rattlesnakes from their winter dens, and what may surprise some people is that many rattlesnake bites are avoidable. Photo credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico's warming weather means rattlesnakes again are out during the day, and some people will get bitten. But about half of bites are avoidable, according to Dr. Steven Seifert, medical director with the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center. He says 50 per...Read More

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PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico says a quarter of million workers in the state would benefit if Congress approves legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020. Photo credit: Sen. Udall

SANTA FE, N.M. – Raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 would help about 250,000 workers in New Mexico, according to U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico. Udall says the Raise the Wage Act also would help parents provide for their families. "That will benefit nearly 150,00...Read More

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PHOTO: Huge wildfires in New Mexico and elsewhere will be treated as natural disasters if Congress approves proposed legislation currently under consideration. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Treating major wildfires as natural disasters and spending more money on improving forest health are goals of legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. Heinrich said the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 would update how the federal government funds suppress...Read More

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