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PNS Daily Newscast - August 21, 2019 


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Public News Service - NM: Children's

New Mexico shoppers save about $4 million during the annual tax-free holiday weekend, according to the state's Taxation and Revenue Department. (Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico's annual sales-tax holiday starts today, which means families can save a little money as they stock up on clothing and school supplies, including computers. New Mexico is one of 16 states that offer a sales-tax holiday, waiving the 5% tax on qualifying items.

Only one-third of New Mexico's children have access to the Child Care Assistance program, but the state nonetheless is proposing to make even fewer low-income families eligible. (pramsnm.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico families who could lose state funding for child care are being asked to share their views with the state's Children, Youth and Families Department. Under its proposal, eligibility for the Child Care Assistance program would be reduced from 200% of the federal povert

Once again, New Mexico ranks last among states for overall children's well-being, but advocates for children say state lawmakers made some progress this year to help reverse the trend. (savethechildrenactionnetwork.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico is once again ranked 50th out of the 50 states for child well-being in the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book, compiled by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. But children's advocates see opportunities for improvement. The rankings are based on four factors – economic w

New Mexico's governor has demanded that a right-wing militia group stop detaining migrants at the border after they rounded up about 300 immigrants, many of them children. (Hencer Oliva/Adobe)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico man the FBI says was part of a right-wing militia group stopping migrant families at the border will appear in a Las Cruces courtroom today following his arrest on Saturday. The man was a member of the United Constitutional Patriots, an armed group that has b

Legislation approved by New Mexico lawmakers would send dental therapists to the state's hard-to-reach areas and significantly improve children's dental health. (healthactionnm.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Nearly 900,000 New Mexicans do not have access to dental health care, but legislation headed for the governor's desk would change that. New Mexico is poised to become the eighth state to adopt a program that allows dental therapists to provide routine and preventive care and

New Mexico legislators begin a new session today under a court order to file an initial plan to fix the state's schools by April 15. (mcsk12nm)

SANTA FE, N.M. — As part of opening day at the 2019 New Mexico Legislature, the state's Voices for Children group will highlight its annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book. Deputy Director Amber Wallin said there have been improvements in teen birth rates, increased rates of kids covered by

New Mexico has until April to ensure the state's schools receive adequate resources to meet the needs of at-risk students, based on a court order handed down last year. (lanlfoundation.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico state lawmakers say their number-one priority in the upcoming legislative session is to improve the state's public education system - a pledge they'll need to keep based on a court order. In July 2018, a state district judge ruled that New Mexico was violating

Working families in New Mexico who are earning low wages spend a much larger share of their income on food, compared with middle-income groups. (rrfb.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico residents who are likely to vote in 2020 oppose reinstatement of a tax on food. Renewal of the tax has been discussed by some interim legislative committees ahead of next month's session. Lawmakers previously have argued that reinstating th

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