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Non-Local News Releases

This category will feature news releases from out-of-area government agencies and representatives, as well as events that are not taking place in the four-county area of Grant, Catron, Hidalgo or Luna. For those events please visit Local News Releases.

Albuquerque, NM -- A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the estate of 23-year-old Keisha Atkins who died during a botched late-term abortion last year. As reported by New Mexico Alliance for Life, Atkins died after being transferred to the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) while experiencing complications from a septic infection during an elective late-term abortion performed by Southwestern Women's Options (SWO) in Albuquerque. Atkins was six months pregnant.

"Keisha Atkins' medical treatment was a series of negligence and malpractice which ultimately led to her untimely death-these actions were compounded by the fact that she was instructed to not seek emergency room care by Southwestern doctors," said Atkins' attorney Michael Seibel. "We also have reason to believe that these parties conspired with UNM's Medical Investigator to conceal the cause of death from the abortion in order to protect each other's interests and long-standing relationships."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) are calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development to preserve funding included in the fiscal year 2019 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to maintain Amtrak train service along the long-distance Southwest Chief route.

molly hayes rsMolly Hayes, middle, is surrounded by 4-H members she has worked with over the years. Hayes is the National 4-H Salute to Excellence 4-H Volunteer of the Year. Celebrating her award are, front from left, Joel Gonzales, Lauren Wilder, Kaityn Davis, Ashtyn Leden, Emily Heine and Bethany Heine. Back from left are Evan Garcia, Casey Hendren, RaeAnna Gallegos and Brooklyn Powel. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu

The 4-H program made a difference in Molly Hayes' life while growing up. She now helps it make a difference in the lives of hundreds of Bernalillo County youth and military families.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, was named to the conference committee that will finalize the fiscal year 2019 Interior & Environment Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Forest Service, and various other agencies.
 
The conference committee includes leaders of four House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees and held a key meeting today as it works to reconcile the differences between the two versions of the Interior & Environment funding bill that have passed the House and the Senate. Udall helped author the bill that passed the Senate, the first of its kind to pass the Senate and go to conference since 2009.

scott bundy rsNMSU entomology professor Scott Bundy (pictured) collects insect samples. Bundy has been featured on two episodes of “Strange Evidence” on the Science Channel with a third episode to air soon. (Courtesy photo)WRITER: Melissa R. Rutter, 575-646-4211, mrrutter@nmsu.edu

New Mexico State University entomology professor Scott Bundy has been featured on the show "Strange Evidence" on the Science Channel. Bundy is offering his entomology expertise to decipher what is occurring in videos featuring strange phenomena.

Lea County, NM – On September 12, 2018 at around 5:00 p.m. the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on New Mexico State Road 529 west of Hobbs.
 
The initial investigation shows a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse was travelling east on SR 529 recklessly and at an excessive rate of speed. The Eclipse left the roadway on a curve and began to roll. The driver, Christopher Michael Clayburn (43) of Artesia, NM was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Washington, DC – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today released a detailed accounting of how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) calculated estimated damage from trade disruptions. USDA's Office of the Chief Economist developed an estimate of gross trade damages for commodities with assessed retaliatory tariffs by Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico, and Turkey to set commodity payment rates and purchase levels in the trade mitigation package announced by USDA on September 4, 2018. USDA employed the same approach often used in adjudicating World Trade Organization trade dispute cases.

Washington, DC – A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) aimed at detecting and preventing terrorism and other illicit finance activity passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The FinCEN Improvement Act would modernize the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) authorizing statute to ensure the law enforcement and intelligence communities work together to detect and stop criminals and terrorist networks.

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