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The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - NM: Poverty

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

The number of New Mexico homeless families with children increased 5.2 percent in 2018. (liberationnews.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Homelessness has been on the rise in New Mexico over the past two years, and efforts to turn that around will receive attention on several fronts in 2019. The state has the highest number of people experiencing chronic homelessness in the U.S., according to the Department

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

An estimated 34 million children, or nearly half of all U.S. kids under 18, experienced at least one traumatic childhood experience in 2016, according to the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health. (aclu.org)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico's children experience the fourth-highest rate of trauma in the country, according to a recent study, and that’s the topic of a conference on childhood trauma coming up in Las Cruces on Wednesday. Many mental health experts think childhood trauma is one of

President Donald Trump's promise to revoke birthright citizenship for babies born in the U.S. to non-citizens could end up in a Supreme Court showdown. (Nitish Meena/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Legal experts say President Donald Trump's threat this week to revoke birthright citizenship for children born in the U.S. to non-citizens would immediately be challenged in court, but even the threat has caused outrage. The president said he had the authority to single-h

One-in-three children is growing up poor in rural New Mexico communities, according to Save the Children. (wkkf.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For many kids in New Mexico, childhood is ending too soon. According to a new report from the humanitarian group Save the Children, New Mexico ranks 47th out of 50 states in its annual End of Childhood report. That means kids are experiencing a lot of life-changing events

Some New Mexico parents spend 18 percent of their income on childcare, even with federal assistance. (ewa.org)

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – Children's advocates say too many hard-working New Mexico families struggle with the "cliff effect" when trying to pay for child care and move up the income ladder. The "cliff effect" can force parents to decline a pay increase, if it would push their income over 200 perce

New data form the Eviction Lab project shows an average of six people in Albuquerque were evicted every day in 2016. (nonprofitquarterly.org

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New data from the Eviction Lab project shows that most evictions occur in the south and southeast portions of the United States, but Albuquerque's evictions in 2016 were higher than the national average. The project examined more than 80 million records going back to 2000

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