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Udall Won't Run For Governor Of New Mexico

on December 8, 2016 - 9:07am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Staying in the Senate is the Best Way I can Fight for New Mexico. –Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement:

“I am very grateful for the support of so many New Mexicans who have personally urged me to run for governor in 2018. Under the current governor, our state has fallen behind in education and jobs. We have failed to take full advantage of our abundant natural resources and our potential for developing a renewable energy industry.

Zia Credit Union Strives To Curb Elder Financial Abuse

on December 7, 2016 - 1:52pm
ZCU President & CEO David Woodruff
ZCU News:
On Wednesday of last week, the Senate Special Committee on Aging called for tougher state actions to prevent elder abuse by guardians – and in a 2011 MetLife study, it was suggested that older Americans lost more than $2 billion to financial exploitation by a spectrum of perpetrators in 2010. 
In June of this year, the Taos News reported that, in the U.S., approximately 1 in 10 of senior citizens has been a victim of elder abuse, for a total of more than 1 million each year.

IRS, Security Summit Partners, Remind Taxpayers To Protect Themselves Online

on December 7, 2016 - 1:47pm
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, the states and the tax industry recently urged taxpayers to take steps to protect themselves online to help in the fight against identity theft.
Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal taxpayers’ personal information and ultimately their money. But, there are simple steps taxpayers can take to help protect themselves, like keeping computer software up-to-date and being cautious about giving out their personal information.
This is the first reminder to taxpayers during “National Tax Security Awareness Week,”

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Special Audit

on December 7, 2016 - 1:46pm
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller released a statewide special audit of untested sexual assault evidence kits, commonly known as “rape kits.”
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted the special audit to determine why a backlog of 5,440 untested kits amassed in New Mexico and develop best practices to clear it and prevent it from happening again.
In New Mexico, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime and 65 percent of sexual assault victims are minors.

DEA Releases 2016 Drug Threat Assessment: Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths Rising At An Alarming Rate

on December 7, 2016 - 1:24pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg announced results from the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which details the extent to which illicit drugs are affecting the United States.
Most notably, the 2016 NDTA continues to illuminate the nationwide opioid epidemic, which is fueling a growing heroin user population and resulting in a greater amount of overdoses. In 2014, approximately 129 people died every day as a result of drug poisoning and 61 percent (79) of them are pharmaceutical opioid or heroin related.
This opioid epidemic has been

Dec. 7, 1941 ... A Date That Lives In Infamy

on December 7, 2016 - 8:02am

The forward magazine of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373) explodes Dec. 7, 1941 during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor. Courtesy/wikimedia

Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Passage Of Foster Care Reforms

on December 6, 2016 - 12:05pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 23 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to include strongly supported reforms to the foster care system in any end-of-year budget agreement.
The Family First Prevention Services Act would allow states to use federal foster care funds to pay for programs that improve home life, such as mental health services and in-home parenting programs, which are crucial in light of the growing number of children in the foster care system whose families are affected by